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Dr. Catherine Ball

Author, Founder, Executive Director & Ethics Advocate

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 Dr. Catherine Ball Biography

Catherine Ball is an associate professor, advisor, author, speaker, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, charity patron, future-thinker, wife, mother, and a bit of a rebel.

Catherine enjoys working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs alongside world-leading academics and outliers.

Catherine also likes to create businesses, champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

Current Work:

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world-leading conferences and events to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

A ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. As a champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time and energy on.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community is at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities.

Currently, Catherine is the 2020 patron of the Tech Girls Movement, a #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of New York based Women Who Drone, as well as a mentor to the #SuperstarsofSTEM project by Science and Technology Australia.

An Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University, and an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland; Catherine is leading national conversations around technology and its place in the current and future challenges in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Catherine’s latest business ventures include the internationally renowned World of Drones and Robotics Congress, established in Brisbane in 2017 and the free community resources of World of Drones Education, established in 2018.

Catherine is a board director for Aviation Australia, and is on the international advisory board for the Ocean Impact Org, a not-for-profit ecosystem for businesses working towards a healthier ocean.

Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and 2 young sons.

Videos
Speaking Topics
  • Gigs and Start-Ups: The Future of Business is not the same as the Future of Work

    Current desires for work/life balance, and the ongoing battle between personal wellbeing and corporate lifestyle means that in 10 years’ time, some 50% of Australians are likely to be self-employed. Does the ‘gig economy’ offer real opportunity or a type of enforced zero hours contracting? How many hours a day do you work? Do you do unpaid overtime? How many days a week do you work? Do you commute? All of these questions are likely framing an old way of doing things. People are predicted to work less overall, work more flexibly, work from non-CBD locations, and to work fewer days in the week. What will this mean for the economy, the tax system, the way we get loans, and the way we value ourselves? Key takeaways:
    • The gig economy is stretching all the way to the C-Suite
    • More people are creating start-ups from side shows
    • Working unpaid overtime is a bad sign

  • The Education Revolution and the age of the ‘never-graduate’ Student

    Micro-learning, non-accredited training, virtual classrooms, immersive avatar experiences, gamified learning, haptic suits, virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, and app-based teacher tracking… whatever happened to sitting and making notes in a classroom with a textbook? Technology is the new teacher, and the universities never want you to graduate. The phrase “Every Day is a School Day” is becoming literal as we constantly imbibe from new ways of learning. And what is this all doing to our brains
    • can we still have good recall when we are overwhelmed with hyperlinks? For our brains to develop long, stable neurons and neurological connections, we still need the slow-food of education: good, old fashioned reading, writing, and arithmetic. Ever feel like the internet and social media are making you less smart? You might just be right, so let’s look at how we can flip that on its head. Personalised education is just as much a hot opportunity as personalised medicine. What would you want to learn about? Key Takeaways:
    • What you can get from the university system to keep up to date.
    • Free resources
    • are they a waste of time? Have you considered making your own?
    • Are non-accredited training courses, coaches, mentors, and apps worth the money?

  • Beauty and The Beast: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) will allow us to be more human

    The Singularity: When we create an artificial intelligence of the same power as a human brain. Is this smoke and mirrors
    • can we truly recreate the magic of the mind? How would you teach such a thing? How do we ensure that there is diversity in this being? Who are the people creating AI? And what on earth is #AIForGood all about? Robots, like people with English accents, are very often the baddies in the movies. AI or robots going mad and killing all humans is something many famous Sci-Fi movies are based on. But, in reality, AI, (or IA: Intelligence Augmentation as some now refer to it) is the only way we, as humans, are going to be able to cope with an increasingly digitised world. Some 90% of the current data that exists in the world was created in just the last two years. Big Data and AI go together like strawberries and cream
    • and we need AI to help us separate the signal from the noise. With AI and robotics doing the boring, repetitive tasks there will be more time for us to smell the roses, talk to a neighbour, hang out with the family, and/or tackle some of the hard challenges we face today such as climate change, and world peace. How can you get educated and up to speed with the latest hot topic and also the ethical and economic issues and opportunities they bring? What are you able to apply at work and home that can make immediate and positive changes in your life? If you could change one thing about new technology, what would that be? And, what is the kind of tech waiting for us to call it into action? Life on Mars? A cure for cancer? A chance of a longer, healthier, and happier life? Or just a better social media photo filter? In the end, it is up to us to create the “5th Industrial Revolution”; Industry 5.0 where humans are the reason why. Key Takeaways:
    • What is Artificial Intelligence and how it is already in your life?
    • How much can we control what data we share and who uses it?
    • What's coming next and what we need our politicians to know.

  • Diversity and Success are Two Sides of the Same Coin: Why we Need Points of Difference to Truly Innovate.

    Want to put a bet on a business? Invest? Buy shares? A start-up is doing a ‘friends and family’ round of funding? Could there be just one metric alone that could give you an indicator of performance for your possible investment? Some people believe there is, and they call it ‘diversity’. More diverse companies are more stable; plus female-founded businesses give, on average the best return on every dollar invested. Diverse companies not only are more successful, but they are also happier places to work at and have better staff retention. If these ideas are true, then why is it that only approximately 2% of global venture capital goes to female-founded businesses. In the top 100 share indices across the world, you’re more likely to find a bloke called Richard in charge than a woman at the top of the table. Some companies unbelievably still have all-male boards. Is this something you ever check when making large purchasing decisions? Diversity is not just about gender. If you’re sat around the table and looking back at you are people who look, speak, were educated, or live the same kind of life as you, then ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Diversity and inclusion in the corporate world can seem like an uphill battle. Diversity is being asked to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Just numbers are not going to make the difference, the final push towards equality will be a change in culture, where differences equal corporate strength. Look to mother nature, diversity is directly related to ecosystem health: The same is in the business world. Engage with the idea of 2D diversity, which means you can increase your diversity quotient by training in a new language, learning to dance, picking up a card game or chess, and hanging out with people different to yourself. Travel broadly, try new things, and broaden your horizons in ways that translate to better performance at work. Key Takeaways:
    • Key statistics and information we can use to be better informed.
    • What is 2D Diversity and how we can add value to our teams and projects?
    • How can we plan and prepare for the next generation entering the boardroom?.

  • Industry 5.0 (Boardroom Briefing)

    Impress your clients, inspire your team, and engage your staff with a boardroom briefing. Industry 5.0 is on the horizon and will affect Australia. But what is the 5th Industrial Revolution, haven’t we just started the 4th one? Well, in Japan they call it Society 5.0 and it is the economic plan for the next 10 years. How to take the best of the technology available and putting purpose and humans at the centre of our business models. Technology is not just for technology’s sake
    • there are already aspects of health and safety legislation, as well as investment risk and business performance indices that will be directly affected. 5G will play a fundamental role in the applications and uptake of 5IR, but why is 5G making global headlines? Proper planning creates opportunities for business to lead the change and build sustainable purpose into their offerings and services. 5IR will add value for Australian businesses, as we already have a strong ethical and innovative ecosystem across all levels of corporate culture. Get to learn more about drones, robots, AI, AR/VR/MR, big data, and what these could mean to you. Key takeaways:
    • What’s real and where’s the hype.
    • Changes to HSE and Risk management.
    • How to bet on the right future trend.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Dr. Catherine Ball?

    Booking fees for Dr. Catherine Ball, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Catherine Ball, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Dr. Catherine Ball

Author, Founder, Executive Director & Ethics Advocate

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Brisbane, Australia
Speaking Fee:
Live Event: $30,000 - $50,000  
Virtual Event: $10,000 - $20,000

Dr. Catherine Ball Biography

Catherine Ball is an associate professor, advisor, author, speaker, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, charity patron, future-thinker, wife, mother, and a bit of a rebel.

Catherine enjoys working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs alongside world-leading academics and outliers.

Catherine also likes to create businesses, champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

Current Work:

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world-leading conferences and events to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

A ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. As a champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time and energy on.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community is at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities.

Currently, Catherine is the 2020 patron of the Tech Girls Movement, a #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of New York based Women Who Drone, as well as a mentor to the #SuperstarsofSTEM project by Science and Technology Australia.

An Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University, and an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland; Catherine is leading national conversations around technology and its place in the current and future challenges in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Catherine’s latest business ventures include the internationally renowned World of Drones and Robotics Congress, established in Brisbane in 2017 and the free community resources of World of Drones Education, established in 2018.

Catherine is a board director for Aviation Australia, and is on the international advisory board for the Ocean Impact Org, a not-for-profit ecosystem for businesses working towards a healthier ocean.

Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and 2 young sons.

Dr. Catherine Ball Videos

  • Dr Catherine Ball | Industry 5.0
  • Dr Catherine Ball | STEMM
  • Dr Catherine Ball | The Accidental Entrepreneur

Dr. Catherine Ball Speaking Topics

  • Gigs and Start-Ups: The Future of Business is not the same as the Future of Work

    Current desires for work/life balance, and the ongoing battle between personal wellbeing and corporate lifestyle means that in 10 years’ time, some 50% of Australians are likely to be self-employed. Does the ‘gig economy’ offer real opportunity or a type of enforced zero hours contracting? How many hours a day do you work? Do you do unpaid overtime? How many days a week do you work? Do you commute? All of these questions are likely framing an old way of doing things. People are predicted to work less overall, work more flexibly, work from non-CBD locations, and to work fewer days in the week. What will this mean for the economy, the tax system, the way we get loans, and the way we value ourselves? Key takeaways:
    • The gig economy is stretching all the way to the C-Suite
    • More people are creating start-ups from side shows
    • Working unpaid overtime is a bad sign

  • The Education Revolution and the age of the ‘never-graduate’ Student

    Micro-learning, non-accredited training, virtual classrooms, immersive avatar experiences, gamified learning, haptic suits, virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, and app-based teacher tracking… whatever happened to sitting and making notes in a classroom with a textbook? Technology is the new teacher, and the universities never want you to graduate. The phrase “Every Day is a School Day” is becoming literal as we constantly imbibe from new ways of learning. And what is this all doing to our brains
    • can we still have good recall when we are overwhelmed with hyperlinks? For our brains to develop long, stable neurons and neurological connections, we still need the slow-food of education: good, old fashioned reading, writing, and arithmetic. Ever feel like the internet and social media are making you less smart? You might just be right, so let’s look at how we can flip that on its head. Personalised education is just as much a hot opportunity as personalised medicine. What would you want to learn about? Key Takeaways:
    • What you can get from the university system to keep up to date.
    • Free resources
    • are they a waste of time? Have you considered making your own?
    • Are non-accredited training courses, coaches, mentors, and apps worth the money?

  • Beauty and The Beast: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) will allow us to be more human

    The Singularity: When we create an artificial intelligence of the same power as a human brain. Is this smoke and mirrors
    • can we truly recreate the magic of the mind? How would you teach such a thing? How do we ensure that there is diversity in this being? Who are the people creating AI? And what on earth is #AIForGood all about? Robots, like people with English accents, are very often the baddies in the movies. AI or robots going mad and killing all humans is something many famous Sci-Fi movies are based on. But, in reality, AI, (or IA: Intelligence Augmentation as some now refer to it) is the only way we, as humans, are going to be able to cope with an increasingly digitised world. Some 90% of the current data that exists in the world was created in just the last two years. Big Data and AI go together like strawberries and cream
    • and we need AI to help us separate the signal from the noise. With AI and robotics doing the boring, repetitive tasks there will be more time for us to smell the roses, talk to a neighbour, hang out with the family, and/or tackle some of the hard challenges we face today such as climate change, and world peace. How can you get educated and up to speed with the latest hot topic and also the ethical and economic issues and opportunities they bring? What are you able to apply at work and home that can make immediate and positive changes in your life? If you could change one thing about new technology, what would that be? And, what is the kind of tech waiting for us to call it into action? Life on Mars? A cure for cancer? A chance of a longer, healthier, and happier life? Or just a better social media photo filter? In the end, it is up to us to create the “5th Industrial Revolution”; Industry 5.0 where humans are the reason why. Key Takeaways:
    • What is Artificial Intelligence and how it is already in your life?
    • How much can we control what data we share and who uses it?
    • What's coming next and what we need our politicians to know.

  • Diversity and Success are Two Sides of the Same Coin: Why we Need Points of Difference to Truly Innovate.

    Want to put a bet on a business? Invest? Buy shares? A start-up is doing a ‘friends and family’ round of funding? Could there be just one metric alone that could give you an indicator of performance for your possible investment? Some people believe there is, and they call it ‘diversity’. More diverse companies are more stable; plus female-founded businesses give, on average the best return on every dollar invested. Diverse companies not only are more successful, but they are also happier places to work at and have better staff retention. If these ideas are true, then why is it that only approximately 2% of global venture capital goes to female-founded businesses. In the top 100 share indices across the world, you’re more likely to find a bloke called Richard in charge than a woman at the top of the table. Some companies unbelievably still have all-male boards. Is this something you ever check when making large purchasing decisions? Diversity is not just about gender. If you’re sat around the table and looking back at you are people who look, speak, were educated, or live the same kind of life as you, then ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Diversity and inclusion in the corporate world can seem like an uphill battle. Diversity is being asked to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Just numbers are not going to make the difference, the final push towards equality will be a change in culture, where differences equal corporate strength. Look to mother nature, diversity is directly related to ecosystem health: The same is in the business world. Engage with the idea of 2D diversity, which means you can increase your diversity quotient by training in a new language, learning to dance, picking up a card game or chess, and hanging out with people different to yourself. Travel broadly, try new things, and broaden your horizons in ways that translate to better performance at work. Key Takeaways:
    • Key statistics and information we can use to be better informed.
    • What is 2D Diversity and how we can add value to our teams and projects?
    • How can we plan and prepare for the next generation entering the boardroom?.

  • Industry 5.0 (Boardroom Briefing)

    Impress your clients, inspire your team, and engage your staff with a boardroom briefing. Industry 5.0 is on the horizon and will affect Australia. But what is the 5th Industrial Revolution, haven’t we just started the 4th one? Well, in Japan they call it Society 5.0 and it is the economic plan for the next 10 years. How to take the best of the technology available and putting purpose and humans at the centre of our business models. Technology is not just for technology’s sake
    • there are already aspects of health and safety legislation, as well as investment risk and business performance indices that will be directly affected. 5G will play a fundamental role in the applications and uptake of 5IR, but why is 5G making global headlines? Proper planning creates opportunities for business to lead the change and build sustainable purpose into their offerings and services. 5IR will add value for Australian businesses, as we already have a strong ethical and innovative ecosystem across all levels of corporate culture. Get to learn more about drones, robots, AI, AR/VR/MR, big data, and what these could mean to you. Key takeaways:
    • What’s real and where’s the hype.
    • Changes to HSE and Risk management.
    • How to bet on the right future trend.

FAQs on booking Dr. Catherine Ball

  • How to book Dr. Catherine Ball?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Catherine Ball for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Catherine Ball, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Catherine Ball or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Catherine Ball?

    Booking fees for Dr. Catherine Ball, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Catherine Ball, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Catherine Ball?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Catherine Ball for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Catherine Ball for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Catherine Ball or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Catherine Ball or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Catherine Ball is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Catherine Ball for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Dr. Catherine Ball generally travels from BrisbaneAustralia and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Abbott, Jim Craig, Robyn Benincasa, Gloria Borger and Donna Brazile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Catherine Ball for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dr. Catherine Ball Speaker Videos

  • Dr Catherine Ball | Industry 5.0
    Dr Catherine Ball | STEMM
  • Dr Catherine Ball | The Accidental Entrepreneur
    Dr Catherine Ball | Introduction
  • Dr Catherine Ball - Environmental Scientist & Entrepreneur

Dr. Catherine Ball Speaking Topics

  • Gigs and Start-Ups: The Future of Business is not the same as the Future of Work

    Current desires for work/life balance, and the ongoing battle between personal wellbeing and corporate lifestyle means that in 10 years’ time, some 50% of Australians are likely to be self-employed. Does the ‘gig economy’ offer real opportunity or a type of enforced zero hours contracting? How many hours a day do you work? Do you do unpaid overtime? How many days a week do you work? Do you commute? All of these questions are likely framing an old way of doing things. People are predicted to work less overall, work more flexibly, work from non-CBD locations, and to work fewer days in the week. What will this mean for the economy, the tax system, the way we get loans, and the way we value ourselves? Key takeaways:
    • The gig economy is stretching all the way to the C-Suite
    • More people are creating start-ups from side shows
    • Working unpaid overtime is a bad sign

  • The Education Revolution and the age of the ‘never-graduate’ Student

    Micro-learning, non-accredited training, virtual classrooms, immersive avatar experiences, gamified learning, haptic suits, virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, and app-based teacher tracking… whatever happened to sitting and making notes in a classroom with a textbook? Technology is the new teacher, and the universities never want you to graduate. The phrase “Every Day is a School Day” is becoming literal as we constantly imbibe from new ways of learning. And what is this all doing to our brains
    • can we still have good recall when we are overwhelmed with hyperlinks? For our brains to develop long, stable neurons and neurological connections, we still need the slow-food of education: good, old fashioned reading, writing, and arithmetic. Ever feel like the internet and social media are making you less smart? You might just be right, so let’s look at how we can flip that on its head. Personalised education is just as much a hot opportunity as personalised medicine. What would you want to learn about? Key Takeaways:
    • What you can get from the university system to keep up to date.
    • Free resources
    • are they a waste of time? Have you considered making your own?
    • Are non-accredited training courses, coaches, mentors, and apps worth the money?

  • Beauty and The Beast: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) will allow us to be more human

    The Singularity: When we create an artificial intelligence of the same power as a human brain. Is this smoke and mirrors
    • can we truly recreate the magic of the mind? How would you teach such a thing? How do we ensure that there is diversity in this being? Who are the people creating AI? And what on earth is #AIForGood all about? Robots, like people with English accents, are very often the baddies in the movies. AI or robots going mad and killing all humans is something many famous Sci-Fi movies are based on. But, in reality, AI, (or IA: Intelligence Augmentation as some now refer to it) is the only way we, as humans, are going to be able to cope with an increasingly digitised world. Some 90% of the current data that exists in the world was created in just the last two years. Big Data and AI go together like strawberries and cream
    • and we need AI to help us separate the signal from the noise. With AI and robotics doing the boring, repetitive tasks there will be more time for us to smell the roses, talk to a neighbour, hang out with the family, and/or tackle some of the hard challenges we face today such as climate change, and world peace. How can you get educated and up to speed with the latest hot topic and also the ethical and economic issues and opportunities they bring? What are you able to apply at work and home that can make immediate and positive changes in your life? If you could change one thing about new technology, what would that be? And, what is the kind of tech waiting for us to call it into action? Life on Mars? A cure for cancer? A chance of a longer, healthier, and happier life? Or just a better social media photo filter? In the end, it is up to us to create the “5th Industrial Revolution”; Industry 5.0 where humans are the reason why. Key Takeaways:
    • What is Artificial Intelligence and how it is already in your life?
    • How much can we control what data we share and who uses it?
    • What's coming next and what we need our politicians to know.

  • Diversity and Success are Two Sides of the Same Coin: Why we Need Points of Difference to Truly Innovate.

    Want to put a bet on a business? Invest? Buy shares? A start-up is doing a ‘friends and family’ round of funding? Could there be just one metric alone that could give you an indicator of performance for your possible investment? Some people believe there is, and they call it ‘diversity’. More diverse companies are more stable; plus female-founded businesses give, on average the best return on every dollar invested. Diverse companies not only are more successful, but they are also happier places to work at and have better staff retention. If these ideas are true, then why is it that only approximately 2% of global venture capital goes to female-founded businesses. In the top 100 share indices across the world, you’re more likely to find a bloke called Richard in charge than a woman at the top of the table. Some companies unbelievably still have all-male boards. Is this something you ever check when making large purchasing decisions? Diversity is not just about gender. If you’re sat around the table and looking back at you are people who look, speak, were educated, or live the same kind of life as you, then ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Diversity and inclusion in the corporate world can seem like an uphill battle. Diversity is being asked to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Just numbers are not going to make the difference, the final push towards equality will be a change in culture, where differences equal corporate strength. Look to mother nature, diversity is directly related to ecosystem health: The same is in the business world. Engage with the idea of 2D diversity, which means you can increase your diversity quotient by training in a new language, learning to dance, picking up a card game or chess, and hanging out with people different to yourself. Travel broadly, try new things, and broaden your horizons in ways that translate to better performance at work. Key Takeaways:
    • Key statistics and information we can use to be better informed.
    • What is 2D Diversity and how we can add value to our teams and projects?
    • How can we plan and prepare for the next generation entering the boardroom?.

  • Industry 5.0 (Boardroom Briefing)

    Impress your clients, inspire your team, and engage your staff with a boardroom briefing. Industry 5.0 is on the horizon and will affect Australia. But what is the 5th Industrial Revolution, haven’t we just started the 4th one? Well, in Japan they call it Society 5.0 and it is the economic plan for the next 10 years. How to take the best of the technology available and putting purpose and humans at the centre of our business models. Technology is not just for technology’s sake
    • there are already aspects of health and safety legislation, as well as investment risk and business performance indices that will be directly affected. 5G will play a fundamental role in the applications and uptake of 5IR, but why is 5G making global headlines? Proper planning creates opportunities for business to lead the change and build sustainable purpose into their offerings and services. 5IR will add value for Australian businesses, as we already have a strong ethical and innovative ecosystem across all levels of corporate culture. Get to learn more about drones, robots, AI, AR/VR/MR, big data, and what these could mean to you. Key takeaways:
    • What’s real and where’s the hype.
    • Changes to HSE and Risk management.
    • How to bet on the right future trend.

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