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Head of Insurance & Risk
Alexia is passionate about law firms investing in the health and wellbeing of their people. An insurance and risk lawyer by background, Alexia is responsible for the management of enterprise-wide risk at Clayton Utz. She was honoured to receive the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Award for Wellbeing Advocate of the Year, recognising her leadership in mental health and wellbeing best practice both at Clayton Utz and the broader business community.
Alexia's work and advocacy led to Clayton Utz appointing its first-ever National Mental Health Manager, consultant psychologist Emma Howard. Emma works alongside Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager Julio Bara, to deliver the firm's mental health strategy as well as its broader health, safety and wellbeing strategy. Both strategies have people at their centre, with a focus on early intervention and prevention, mental health education, training and awareness, and an open and supportive work environment that encourages people to seek help when they need it.
Founder and Principal
Carly Stebbing is a workplace rights advocate and Founder of Resolution123. Resolution123 uses technology and flexible work to deliver employment law services to employees in a fast, simple and affordable way. Carly has 15 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law, industrial relations and employee relations, having worked for employer associations, large and boutique law firms and volunteering at community legal centres. The breadth of Carly's experience enables her to advise individuals on the quickest and most effective way to resolve workplace disputes, including underpayments, bullying, harassment, discrimination, sham contracting, redundancy, unfair dismissal and general protections breaches. Carly also helps individuals negotiate employment contracts, bargain for better wages and conditions and negotiate flexible work arrangements.
Carly is a multi-award finalist, to include Executive of the Year, Partner of the Year SME and winner of the Innovator of the Year – Firm for Resolution123 at the recent Women in Law Awards 2019.
Director, Collaborative Family Lawyer and Mediator
Brisbane Family Law Centre
By day, Clarissa Rayward is an accredited specialist family lawyer and the Director of the Brisbane Family Law Centre, a multidisciplinary practice where lawyers work alongside counsellors and financial planners to ensure that clients receive the holistic support they need through divorce.
But in her ‘other hours’ Clarissa works with lawyers around Australia through her ‘side hustle’ ‘Happy Lawyer, Happy Life’.
Clarissa’s podcast and book both titled ‘Happy Lawyer, Happy Life’ offer insights and resources for legal professionals seeking fulfilling careers and happiness both in law and in life.
Following many years of work as what she calls an ‘accidental wellness advocate’ in law, Clarissa was recognised as the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards Wellness Advocate of the Year and the inaugural winner of the Minds Court Individual Wellness Advocate in Law
Ernst & Young
We need to stop ‘managing’ change and start driving it. In a world of increasingly rapid and profound disruption, our ability to understand the forces of change that are reshaping our markets, and build strategies to respond to them, is critical to our ongoing and sustainable success.
Dom Thurbon is a partner at EY with over 13 years’ experience helping global organisations make sense of and navigate change. He is an internationally engaged thought leader in the fields of innovation, behaviour change, education and community investment, and his work has spanned Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe with clients such as Apple, Commonwealth Bank, IBM, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.
Dom was founder and Chief Creative Officer at Karrikins Group, a behaviour change agency he grew from the ground-up to over 100 full-time staff delivering programs in over 15 countries. A business leader ‘in the trenches’, Dom has lived first-hand the practical, day-to-day challenges of growing a business in a rapidly changing market, and creating a purpose-driven company that makes a real impact on the world. He is also a founder of Educator Impact, a technology company driving improved teacher performance through 360o data-driven feedback.
Dom has been architect of multi-award winning behaviour change programs that reach nearly 1 million people per year, and researched and authored best-sellers and white papers on subjects as diverse as purpose-driven leadership, strategy, innovation, competitive advantage and behaviour
Founder & Principal Lawyer
The Remote Expert
In 2011, Emma was on the traditional corporate law path. She had an office job in a boutique firm on the North Shore of Sydney. However, a near death experience changed Emma’s life and her views on work/ life balance. At 13 weeks pregnant, Emma was given a common anti-nausea drug to help with morning sickness. What followed was Emma’s heart stopping as the result of sudden cardiac arrest. Emma was resuscitated with a defibrillator on the floor of the ER in the hospital where she had presented with morning sickness. Miraculously Emma and her baby boy both survived the ordeal but Emma was left with the belief that life is too short and precious not to make the most of it. As a result, Emma and her young family moved from Sydney to far Northern New South Wales in late 2013. After the sea change, Emma worked remotely at partner level in a New law firm for a number of years before starting ‘The Remote Expert’ in early 2019 to assist others gain that work/ life balance Emma has created for herself. Emma works with clients to help them set up remotely or work differently.
Cloud and Security Sales - Senior Specialist
Gilda is a Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Telstra, where she works with the lead security practitioners of Australia’s largest organisations, understanding their cyber strategy and advising on industry trends and innovations.
With over two decades of experience in corporate strategy, risk management, governance and forensic investigation. Gilda brings many years of industry experience on how technology enables companies to mitigate their risk in the cyber world. Particularly in the areas of control, governance and compliance.
Gilda has worked for Gartner, Deloitte, many government agencies and Telstra, consulting on cyber security risk and control frameworks. Specifically, Gilda focuses on managing business risk while enabling operational and innovative business activity, including planning, responding, recovering and reporting of security incidents.
Gilda is a passionate cyber security advocate and sought-after presenter at educational and industry events.
In her downtime Gilda loves to go for a surf, travel and watch her boys play footy (AFL).
Vice President, Legal Solutions
Thomson Reuters Asia & Emerging Markets
James is accountable for product development and the integration of emerging legal technology solutions to benefit clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India and the Middle East at Thomson Reuters.
James’ global journey at Thomson Reuters commenced in the USA, as co-inventor and design patent for Westlaw, a global multi-billion dollar solution. As Vice President, Product and Partner Management for Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services, James then led the team which designed and built Thomson Reuters eDiscovery Point which was awarded the LegalTech News 2016 ‘New Product of the Year’ award in the USA.
James is recognized as an inventor on patents in legal design and technology. He has designed and launched products in the USA, UK, and Australia including a multi-application collaboration and messaging solution platform for Thomson Reuters and cloud-enabled legal and tax applications.
James has also consulted on the creation of web-based solutions in Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Canada and partners with start-ups on AI, big data and design thinking.
After working as an employment and industrial lawyer for several years, Julian Morrow has made a career of public nuisance in various forms, co-founding satirical media empire The Chaser and joke company Giant Dwarf. His TV shows - including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser's War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel and The Checkout - have been nominated, unsuccessfully, for many awards, and prosecuted successfully in many courts.
Due to the unavailability of several respected media commentators, in 2009 Julian was invited to give the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, an honour he later demeaned by creating The Annual Inaugural Chaser Lecture.
At the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards, the Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy was awarded to Julian Morrow by the event’s MC, Julian Morrow. He hopes one day to leave comedy and the media to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer again.
Kate Cliff Meditation
Kate is wellness leader and industry expert with significant experience leading and executing wellness initiatives.
She is highly experienced in designing and executing wellness programs, events, workshops and retreats and a connector who has the ability to lead organisational cultural change initiatives to transform organisations and the wellness of their people. Kate is a former lawyer with a drive and passion for assisting individuals and teams to thrive, creating high performance, healthy teams, better able to manage business priorities. In 2019 Kate was recognised for her contribution to the legal industry by being named a Finalist as the Wellness Advocate of the
Year at the Women in Law Awards. She is an experienced speaker, writer, and meditation teacher passionate about partnering with organisation throughout Australia, and worldwide.
Superannuation and Workplace Solutions at SuperFriend
With more than 20 years’ experience in superannuation and financial advice, he is committed to super’s core promise to enable working people to lead thriving lives to, and through, retirement.
Keir joined SuperFriend in July 2019 after 10 years at Mercer, where he held various senior roles in financial advice and member services, product and client management. He has advised some of Australia’s largest employers on super and led teams delivering services to over a million members. He was previously Challenger’s financial advice head of marketing, alliances and communications and prior to that worked in various marketing and business development roles in financial and professional services in Australia and the UK. Keir was a business development and communications executive in the London office of global law firm Baker & McKenzie.
Keir’s other public health passion is active transport, being Vice President and Director of Bicycle Network, Australia’s peak representative body for recreational and commuter cyclists. He holds a BA (Hons) majoring in Philosophy and an MBA from Melbourne Business School, as well as RG146 accreditation.
Laura is the founder of law firm Nest Legal, a firm that provides Wills/estates + conveyancing + family law for busy families. From the way her services are priced, sold and delivered to the set-up of her office, her strategic business plan and company culture – everything she does is designed around the people she does it for. Nest Legal's human-centric approach has won it a bunch of legal innovation awards and Laura was one of the 300 women featured in the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project, the first publicly accessible history of Australia’s trailblazing female lawyers. Laura is the editor of the Conveyancing chapter of the Law Handbook and the founder of NewLaw Chambers (a private Facebook community of 1000+ innovative Australian lawyers).
Founder and Principal Lawyer
Marianne is the founder and principal lawyer of Legalite - a new kind of law firm that aims to simplify legal services.
In less than three years, she has proudly led Legalite in becoming a recognised, market-leading law firm in the business and franchising space. Marianne regularly provides expert advice on issues affecting the franchising sector and represents a number of well-known brands as well as start-ups.
In 2018, Marianne was awarded Sole Practitioner of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, and more recently, was named Partner of the Year (SME) in the 2019 Lawyer's Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Her innovative approach, conscientious service and emphasis on trusted relationships also saw Legalite being named Australia's Best Law Firm in the NAB Professional Services Awards for two years in a row - an award judged entirely by clients.
Founding Director of the Anne Deveson Research Centre and
Deputy CEO SANE Australia | Non-Executive Director Batyr
Dr Michelle Blanchard is the Deputy CEO at SANE Australia, a national charity working to promote the wellbeing of people affected by complex mental health issues. Michelle is also the founding Director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre. The Anne Deveson Research Centre honours Anne’s legacy as co-founder of SANE and her tireless work in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with complex mental health issues.
Michelle is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
Prior to joining SANE in 2017, Michelle held leadership roles at the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. From 2011 to 2016, Michelle was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne.
Michelle is a Non-Executive Director of youth mental health organisation batyr. She was formerly Co-Chair of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and an alumni of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology and Political Science, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Founder, Mentor and Author
An award-winning finance broker, inspiring mentor, keynote speaker and energetic philanthropist determined to create lasting change, Nancy Youssef is the founder of Classic Finance and Classic Mentoring and Coaching.
Recognised as a leader, innovator and industry expert, she is an ambassador for change both within the finance industry here in Australia, and in some of the world’s most impoverished communities stemming from her firm belief that belief that any business (large or small) can create a great impact and have raised $160,000 to empower people in underprivileged communities, such as Malawi in Africa.
Aside from assisting people through mentoring and finance, Nancy is regularly invited to work with various fintechs and financial organisations, such as ANZ, Pepper Money and Prospa to deliver keynotes, moderate expert panels and provide insights/articles.
Nancy is the winner of The Adviser Better Business Award 2019's Mentor of The Year, as well as recently becoming an author, after publishing her first book 'Fear Money Purpose' written to inspire small business owners to overcome common fears in business and to ultimately find their purpose.
She has featured in many podcasts including Lawyers Weekly, My Business, Alan Kohler (Qantas Business) Kevin Turner (Real Estate Business), Elite Agent, Extraordinary Book Club (London) and David Kochie's publications to provide interviews across money and broking education.
Nancy has also contributed articles for Australian Financial Review, The Weekend Australian, Yahoo, Smart Company, Women's Agenda, CEO World to name a few.
Find out more at https://www.nancyyoussef.com.au/
Peter Moran is the founding principal of Peer Legal, a boutique law firm which aims to provide legal best-practice and quality outcomes whilst using technology and other tools to disrupt and improve. Peter is an accredited Commercial Law Specialist; a founding member the LIV’s Technology and the Law Committee and a regular columnist in the Law Institute Journal through his monthly column “Technophile”. He is also the founder of the Steward Guide, an online guide connecting Australian Lawyers with legal tech.
D2 Legal Technology
Rachel is an internationally-experienced financial services lawyer specialising in data, derivatives, asset management, life insurance and regulation. She has recently joined the data consulting firm, D2 Legal Technology, as their Asia Pacific Lead heading up the business in the region. Prior to this Rachel has worked as an in-house lawyer for Goldman Sachs, Westpac, Challenger Life and Allianz Retire+, and was General Counsel at fund manager Magellan Financial Group.
In 2018, Rachel founded the NSW “First Hundred Years” initiative celebrating the centenary of women in law. With an additional interest in music, Rachel has been a Board Director of Australia’s premier classical vocal ensemble, The Song Company, is currently on the Committee for Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard group, and is Governance Director for the International Women’s Forum Australia.
Rose is the founder of Resolve Divorce, a place where family law and personal growth collide. With a customer centric focus and a strong culture of empathy, empowerment and holistic wellbeing, Resolve is making headlines and moving fast in the legal industry nationwide.
Winner of the Thought Leader of the Year at the Women in Law awards 2019, Rose is the passionate driving force behind the Resolve Divorce ethos. Rose founded Resolve as she was compelled to right the wrongs she witnessed from years of litigation and now specialises in a resolution focused approach to divorce that nurtures the overall wellbeing and personal growth of people and their families. She believes in supporting the community to demand more from their legal experience during divorce and is determined to disrupt the legal industry to promote social change.
Rose is an energetic, determined and inspiring thought leader that is shifting the way people perceive and go about divorce and separation. Collaborating and working with businesses and people to champion the notion of divorce wellbeing is what motives Rose every single day.
Alongside her recent Thought Leader of the Year Award win, Rose and her business are multi-award finalist of many prestigious awards categories. In 2019 Resolve Divorce was a finalist in the 2019 Innovator of the Year Firm category at the Women in Law Awards, and in 2018 a finalist in the Emerging and Energised category at the Telstra Business Award. Doyle’s Guide have also recognised Rose and Resolve Divorce in 2017, 2018 and most recently 2019 as a Leading Family Law Firm.
Rose and Resolve Divorce, have been acknowledged and celebrated for their innovative and non-traditionalist, customer centric approach to the practice of family law.