Amazing speakers

Official Opening

Leanne Kemp

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur

Leanne’s entrepreneurial success has led to her appointment as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur for Australia in October 2018, a role to further develop the start-up ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation throughout the state of Queensland. She is the first female entrepreneur to hold this position.

Leanne is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a leading emerging technology enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a global digital ledger in an authenticated immutable manner.

Her leadership role in technology has been recognised, winning awards including the 2018 Advance Australia Award, Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) as well as being named in UK Business Insider’s 26 Coolest Women in UK Tech 2016. Leanne was named Brummell Magazine’s Top 30 Female Innovators 2016 and is also an IBM Champion for 2018. Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.

Leanne will be sharing her perspective on the importance of intrapreneurialism to the economy.

Opening Keynote

Dr Tara Ruttley

Live streamed from the USA!

Associate Chief Scientist at NASA

Located in Washington, DC Dr. Ruttley’s role consists of representing and communicating all research happening on the International Space Station (ISS), and supporting NASA’s Chief Scientist in developing research recommendations to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters. Combining her love for biology and human spaceflight, she pursued her BS degree in biology and an MS in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University.

Upon completion of her MS degree, she came to work for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 2001 where she began her career as a biomedical engineer for the medical equipment and human research hardware used on the ISS. While working as an engineer, she concurrently pursued her PhD in neuroscience and then joined the ISS Program Science Office, where she spent over a decade playing an active role in ISS science activities, before moving to NASA Headquarters in 2019.

Dr. Ruttley has also recently completed a MA degree in anthropology-archaeology from the University of Houston; has authored numerous publications ranging from hardware design to neurological science, and also holds a U.S. utility patent.

Intrapreneurialism at NASA

In this presentation Dr. Tara Ruttley shares her experiences at NASA where intrapreneurial talent has driven innovation in ways that have sent humans to the moon, developed a permanent human presence in Earth’s orbit, and is leading the way for a permanent human presence on the moon and Mars. Find out how one of the most innovative organisations in the world fosters intrapreneurialism as a US government agency to promote a culture of innovation, safety, and exploration.

Dr. Sarah Pearson

Deputy Director General Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development

Dr. Sarah Pearson took up her role as DDG of DITID in the Qld Government at the end of January 2020 where she is heading up the Advance Queensland initiative. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Scientist and Chief Innovation Officer at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra where she was responsible for leading, developing and scaling innovation, science & technology practice across DFAT, countries in our region and through whole of government activity.

With an eclectic career spanning innovation and entrepreneurship, scientific research, strategy and managing change, Dr. Pearson has had a significant impact on innovation systems in Australia and overseas. With a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics she has published research in the areas of particle physics, medical physics, artificial intelligence, innovation, science communication and science policy. She also holds eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary and has worked with schools and through the media to encourage young people into studying science. 

Topic: Why Government Needs Intrapreneurs

Mundanara Bayles

Managing Director and Co-founder of BlackCard

Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu on her father’s side. She grew up in Redfern NSW with her eight sisters and moved to her father’s country in the early 90s. Coming from a family that has been active in the Aboriginal movement since the 60s and 70s she continues to follow their example. Currently she advises on several boards and committees and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with qualifications in media, business, assessment and training.

BlackCard is a ground-breaking company providing cultural capability training and consultancy services to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community. Mundanara co-founded the organisation with Dr Lilla Watson, who is a respected Aboriginal elder, artist, educator and long-time course developer.

Unlocking indigenous talent, knowledge and wisdom through intrapreneurialism

LCDR Stephen Delo

Lieutenant Commander – Royal Australian Navy, MBE, MSM

LCDR Delo is innovation engagements manager for the Royal Australian Navy with an extensive 39 year Navy career spanning two Navies. In his current role he has implemented networks and processes to assist intrapreneurial activity across Navy and other major groups in Defence. 

He has conducted a variety of innovation programs such as new people management regimes, developing a leadership academy, and a culture development program. The personnel training adjustments he has developed have previously been endorsed by the Australian Human Rights Commission. His work and input in the field of leadership for developing a 9,000 person workforce tracking and management system were  recognised by Her Majesty the Queen who awarded LCDR Delo an MBE in 2004.

A Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as well as The Australian Human Resources Institute, he specialises in people development projects across Navy and Defence.

Developing an Intrapreneurial Mindset in the Royal Australian Navy

In this presentation LCDR Delo reveals how the Royal Australian Navy has embedded an intrapreneurial mindset across the organisation in order to create a culture of innovation from which to drive innovative practice.

Suzan Briganti

Live streamed from the USA!

CEO and Founder of Swarm Vision – Silicon Valley USA

Swarm Vision is an award-winning software-as-service platform to identify, organize, develop and leverage innovation and intrapreneurial talent in the enterprise to drive growth. 

Suzan brings 25 years of experience in research, strategy and innovation. She has grown Swarm Vision from a garage start-up to a trusted solution provider to global Fortune 500 clients. She leads Swarm Vision with a focus on building great products and teams.

Suzan has an MBA summa cum laude from Boston University and a design degree from Italy.  She serves on the International Standards Organization for Innovation Management (ISO 56,000), representing the United States. She is an in-demand writer and speaker on innovation in the workplace.

TOPIC: Uncovering the hidden intrapreneurial talent in your workforce to dramatically increase innovation ROI

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Chief Medical Officer & Head of Clinical Innovation – nib Health Funds, Board Director and Founder of Women & Medicine

Dr Mellissa Naidoo is a doctor with over 15 years’ experience in clinical and medical leadership roles across both the public and private sector.  She is a passionate advocate for diversity in medicine and founder of Women & Medicine.  She is also a breast cancer survivor and mother of two little girls.

Having been on both sides of medicine – as a doctor and a patient, Dr Naidoo is passionate about healthcare improvement and person-centred care.  She has overcome adversity to succeed as a female leader in a male-dominated field and is committed to encouraging others through sharing her story.

A firm believer in the benefits of inclusion and diversity in leadership and decision-making, Dr Naidoo is the recipient of a joint government/Australian Institute of Company Directors Board Scholarship and has undertaken the prestigious Harvard Executive Women in Health Care program in Boston.  She is an experienced board director and serves on several medical professional and health committees. She is an advocate for inclusive leadership, doctor health and wellbeing and flexible work and training. She holds a Masters in Health Management and fellowships with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Leading for inclusion and intrapreneurialism

Jessica Day

Live streamed from the USA!

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at IdeaScale – Silicon Valley, USA

Jessica Day is Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Communications at IdeaScale, the largest idea management platform in the world with more than 35,000 communities and 4.5 million users. IdeaScale empowers organisations to crowd-source ideas from their employees or customers who then collaborate, evaluate, and further develop those ideas into products, processes, and new initiatives. IdeaScale’s client roster includes industry leaders, such as Citrix, Marriott Vacations Worldwide, NASA, the New York City Police Department, Princess Cruises and many others. As part of her role, Jessica analyses and articulates patterns appearing in crowd-sourced innovation.

Prior to IdeaScale, Jessica was a Marketing & Brand Coordinator for Ascentium where she developed brand content and language, created sales enablement tools like presentations and case studies, and managed the Ascentium library of marketing resources.

Jessica volunteers for sustainability organisations and lives in Berkeley, CA. She holds a MFA in English, Creative Writing.

The Five Qualities of Top-Performing Intrapreneurship Programs

If the boundaries between departments are dissolving and transformative change can start anywhere, how do organizations build repeatable, inspiring intrapreneurship programs? IdeaScale is a software solution used by companies and government institutions of all sizes to identify and nurture intrapreneurial ideas. They’ve analyzed their top-performing customers to identify five qualities that set these leaders apart and allow them to find creative solutions, create teams around new concepts, and celebrate their intrapreneurs at every level.

We want YOU to influence what will appear in our June 2020 Issue of Intrapreneur Magazine!

Do you know an inspiring intrapreneur we should interview? Is there a new intrapreneurial research trend you want to know more about? The Australian Intrapreneurs Summit is hosting a crowd-sourcing experience for Summit attendees to select your best story ideas. We’ll be using the IdeaScale platform to vote on, evolve, and collaboratively select the feature story. The “winning” idea will be announced at the end of the Summit. You can make your suggestion when you create a profile in our community here.

Dr Georgina Davis

CEO of Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF)

QFF is the united voice of farming and farmers in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisations. QFF engages in a broad range of economic, social, environmental and regional issues of strategic importance to the productivity, sustainability and growth of the farming sector. QFF’s mission is to secure a strong and sustainable future for Queensland farmers by representing the common interests of our member organisations.

Georgina provides policy leadership to QFF’s members and stakeholders, including governments, on a range of policy areas. She currently serves on a number of boards and committees and holds an adjunct at Griffith University. She is a widely published author on a range of scientific issues.

Technology and Diversity-Driven Intrapreneurialism in Queensland’s Farming Sector

In this presentation Georgina will outline some of the challenges faced by Queensland’s farming sector and present successful intraprenuer-led case studies which have contributed to the sustainability of individual organisations and collaboratively strengthened agriculture in Queensland.

Tony Ryan

Education entrepreneur, author, speaker

Tony Ryan is an education entrepreneur. In the past two decades, he has directly worked with over 1,000 schools, colleges, TAFEs and universities in 10 countries around the world.

His projects focus on developing intrapreneurial practice in children and adults alike. In a future that will be inspiring, challenging, and forever evolving, he maintains that intrapreneurial practice will become our most critical capability.

Tony is the author of ‘The Thinker’s Keys’, ‘The Ripple Effect’, ‘Mindlinks’, ‘Wrapped in Living’ and a series of manuals and workbooks that stimulate innovative thinking. His latest book is ‘The Next Generation: Preparing Today’s Kids For An Extraordinary Future’.

He has frequently appeared on radio throughout Australia and has twice featured on Channel 7’s ‘The Daily Edition’.

Our Intrapreneurial Future

Why the world up ahead will become inspirational, innovative and provocatively challenging in equal measure.

Morgan Chance

Developer and Consultant at Digital Fusion

Morgan is not your typical software developer. He has a degree in veterinary science and in science education and has previously worked as a vet, a teacher and supporting marine research in UQ’s faculty of science. While in these various roles he found himself building software tools to enhance workplace operations and productivity. While working on a UQ marine station he completely rebuilt their operational software which resulted in a university innovation award. This success soon led him into manufacturing automation where he now works with a team of custom software developers who help other intrapreneurs realize their workplace innovations.

Liberating SME intrapreneurs with technology

In this presentation Morgan shares stories and case studies of how technology has made it possible for intrapreneurial employees in SME businesses to transform the business model of their enterprise catapulting them into global success.

Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw

Author, speaker, leading authority on intrapreneurialism

Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw is one of Australia’s leading authorities on intrapreneurialism, innovation and creativity. She has been a thought leader and practitioner in these fields since before they became the new workplace imperatives. With a PhD in creative problem-solving and a Masters in Adult Education, Dr. Irena is a rare combination of deep academic knowledge, real-world entrepreneurial experience and a dedicated educator who is on a mission to liberate under-utilised talent within our workplaces. In that capacity she works with leaders in both the public and private sector who want a critical mass of high-performing, dedicated, energised employees and leaders who can help shape the future of the organisation.

The unifying driving force underpinning Dr. Irena’s work is the liberation of human potential that too often languishes within businesses and organisations of all sizes. To that end she is helping to spearhead the intrapreneurialism movement in Australia to enable organisations to find their next wave of productivity and profitability.

Her recent books Intrapreneur and Leading in the Innovation Age draw on her vast experience of working with people in many different contexts who are tasked with leading change in our current disruptive times.  She is the founder and organiser of the annual Australian Intrapreneurs Summit; is editor-in-chief of Intrapreneur Magazine and sits on the advisory board of Griffith University’s Department of Business Strategy and Innovation.  

Intrapreneurial YOU!

Why developing the skill set of an intrapreneur is the best investment you can make in yourself and your career.


Stories from the Coalface

Robyn Gipters

Raising *Preneurs: How one mum is instilling an enterprising spirit in her teenage sons so they can be successful ‘preneurs’ no matter that career path they choose.

Anthony Kuhlmann

From intrapreneur to entrepreneur: How being a successful intrapreneur prepared me for the leap into becoming an entrepreneur.

Tania Heyblom

Jumping ship: What happens when talented millennial intrapreneurs are denied opportunities.

Brendon Ranson

Gen Z: A digital native’s perspective of Intrapreneurialism.

Open Mic

How about…

We want to hear your inspiring story of intrapreneurialism. Have you identified and progressed a great initiative that has transformed your team, your workplace, your customers’ lives? Too many wonderful stories never get told. This is your chance to share the ways you have put your intrapreneurial talent to work making the world a better place.

The only parameters are these:

  1. You will need to introduce yourself and tell us where you work and what you do.
  2. What was the intrapreneurial initiative? What problem did you solve, what happened, what was the outcome and most importantly what was the value?
  3. Share a bit about what you learned in the process.
  4. Anything you feel is relevant.

This section will not be orchestrated or scripted in any way. No bio. No formal introduction. No notes. No PowerPoint slides. Just an open mic, a stage and a magnificent audience. Are you up for it?

We will have time for TWO stories. So jump up as soon as we open the mic.

Our M.C.

Sally Foley Lewis

Speaker, Author, MC

Sally Foley Lewis is a professional speaker, experienced MC and an award winning business woman whose thought leadership is in the areas of productivity and self-leadership.  She has authored multiple books – most recently The Productive Leader and DELEGATE: Double the results! Halve the Effort!  She works globally to help managers to be productive, profitable and promotable.

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Royal Australian Navy