Keynote Sessions

Igniting leadership for a new world

The tailored conference program includes iconic Australian family businesses and keynote speakers who will challenge your perspective on your family business.

Hear from multi generation family members and founders who will share their business journey, challenges and the lessons learned.

Keynote Sessions

Let your light shine

Storytelling is one of the greatest ways for humans to experience connection, and in family business, no two stories are the same, making family legacies unique and captivating.

Kerry Heysen and Scott Hicks are no strangers to storytelling and working collaboratively in a family business. The power film couple have been behind acclaimed South Australian films, including Shine, Highly Strung and The Boys Are Back. Together, their extensive works include the feature films Fallen, The Lucky One, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts, No Reservations, Heart in Atlantis and Snow Falling on Cedars. Today the Hicks Heysen partnership has extended to producing grapes from their Yacca Paddock Vineyard on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

From the outset, Hicks and Heysen worked together intimately, sharing each other’s visions and practical realities, with many discussions about their work held around the kitchen table at night with their two sons, Scotty, and Jet.

Scott, Kerry, Scotty and Jet will take us through the power of storytelling to not only inspire in life and business but to remind us that we are all connected to something greater than ourselves.

This session will explore how sharing stories in a family business can unite a family and their company and capture a lasting legacy that can be passed down and celebrated by future generations.


How identity is changing the face of Family (Enterprises)

To develop and maintain a lasting legacy for your Family Business it’s crucial that you develop and foster a culture of inclusivity and support within the family itself. How else can you be sure that the extraordinary foundations you have laid will be passionately carried on by future generations?

It was once true that families were homogenous and, therefore, the chances that your children, grandchildren and future generations would hold similar views, have similar passions, carry on family traditions and meet family expectations were justifiably high.

But society has changed. Young people now have an enormous range of opportunities before them. In-laws, grandchildren and cousins are very often multi-cultural or hold different political, religious and societal views. Although there is still a way to go, women are well on the road towards equality and gender orientation and sexuality are far more fluid than they were in the 20th century.

All of these changes in society must now be taken into account in all organisations. In a Family Business gaining the skills to communicate and embrace all of the changes to modern society will not only develop even stronger ties with all family members (and employees), but also set you and your business up for a legacy that will withstand the test of time.

In this session, Natalie McVeigh will explore the nuances of how these cultural changes can influence communication between family members, discuss some of the challenges individual family members may be dealing with and prepare you for how the conversations within your family can shift.

The Seven Steps To A Remarkable Workplace

With massive labour/skills shortages, technology advances and generational change, our workplaces are morphing faster than our business practices can keep up.

Finding and keeping good people is the new ‘must-have’ skill as no matter the organization or the industry, we’re now all in the ‘people’ business.

In this thought-provoking presentation, Mandy Johnson explores innovative ways to navigate effectively in this rapidly-changing world, and outlines practical tools and techniques to engage the best people and build a high-performance workplace that they never want to leave.

More Speakers to be announced soon!

*Program subject to change