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Insight: Innovate & Accelerate

Modern business is no longer about ‘big vs small’ but rather ‘fast vs slow’, and innovation is the accelerator.” Flux founder Dion Chang   Innovation is the lifeblood of any company in an era of disruption, and the new currency for achieving the competitive edge.  Once a hallmark of success, being a legacy company can be a liability in today’s economy if a corporation cannot ‘pivot’, ‘transform’, and stay ‘agile’. This month, Insight brings three innovators to the stage, to discuss the heady mix of mindset and means that delivers innovation with impact:

  • Ean Evans, Partner and Intelligent Automation Leader at EY brings innovation to complex enterprise programs. Ean led the recent Sydney University AI Hub project which won the Global Blue Prism Rookie of the Year Award for Robotic Process Automation Implementation.
  • Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations, Australia’s home of Deep Tech and winner of Best incubator in the world (2018). Sally-Ann was Executive Program Manager at Google Australia for 12 years where she led research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.
  • Paul Edwards, General Manager Workplace Experiences at Mirvac, winner of Most Innovative Property company (2019).  Paul is a serial entrepreneur founding two start-ups within Mirvac, Hoist a flexible space business and Mirvac Energy a renewables business, and is launching Mirvac’s Impact Accelerator this month.

When: Tuesday 29th October, 5.30pm drinks ahead of a 6-7pm panel discussion
Where: Golden Age Bar and Cinema, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Tickets: Purchase tickets here; Client RSVPs to email [email protected] (free for the first 20 TOS clients)

About Insight by The Office Space Now in its fifth year of production, Insight by The Office Space is a business talk series that brings together innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders to explore burgeoning topics and reveal the secrets of their success under a monthly theme. Traversing all aspects of business across the fields of design, film, innovation, technology, finance and marketing, the sell-out program has featured speakers such as actor, Susie Porter; dual Archibald-winning artist, Del Kathryn Barton: Qantas industrial designer, David Caon; producer, Jan Chapman; graphic designer, Vince Frost and City of Sydney Counsellor, Jess Scully. Insight continues to push the boundaries by asking the pertinent questions that impact all business decision-makers, be they from small, medium or even the larger organisations, as we face continuous change and new challenges Each month a new Insight theme is explored, delivered and debated. Our 2019 program is as follows:

  • February 26th – The Future Workplace
  • March 29th – Women in Business: Female Founders
  • April 30th – Truth in an Uncertain Age
  • May 28th – The War for Talent
  • June 25th – The Film Business
  • July 30th – 21st Century Travel
  • August 27th – Property Profits
  • September 24th – Philanthropy Now
  • October 29th – Innovation Nation
  • November 26th – 2020 Leadership

All sessions start with drinks and light canapes in the Golden Age Bar from 5:30pm with the panel interview 6-7pm. Tickets are $25 + GST per person and include a welcome drink. Insight proudly supports the Sydney Community Foundation (SCF) with full proceeds from ticket sales going directly to the SCF Business Incubator for disadvantaged women. In 2018, the Foundation’s influential “Conversations or Change” event series merges with the popular Insight event program to give greater voice to contemporary issues relevant to all of us who live local in Sydney and beyond.

About Sydney Community Foundation. Sydney Community Foundation, established in 2004, is Sydney’s only independent Community Foundation, granting to grassroots organisations who design and run projects that meet the needs of Greater Sydney local communities. For over a decade, Sydney Community Foundation has been the small grant specialist, supporting grassroots charities and services across Sydney. During this time the Foundation has overseen the distribution of $5 million in grants for impact, ranging between $5,000 to $100,000 to projects that create belonging; education and employment pathways; build safety and independence; and transform place. For more information, please contact Naomi Tosic at [email protected] or 02 82182100. For program information or ticket sales, please go to www.theofficespace.com.au/blog or contact [email protected]

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