The workplace of the future

The workplace of the future

Jan 28
Join Telstra CEO, Andy Penn as he discusses the risks of not leveraging this once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink, renew and reimagine a country fit for purpose in the post-COVID digital age.


Andrew Penn, Chief Executive Officer, Telstra
Diane Smith-Gander AO, National Chairman, CEDA, Non-Executive Director, AGL

Event overview

The workplace as most of us know it has changed forever. Since COVID hit we have seen a surge in innovation and digitisation, and more people benefitting from hybrid working and greater flexibility.  

With more people wanting to live and work differently, we cannot lose this opportunity to be bold and build more resilient, digital and future-ready organisations. In this keynote address, Andy will share some of Telstra’s learnings and set out the challenges for the year ahead, including the implications for policy settings and infrastructure investment.  

Livestream start times:
NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS: 12.30pm
SA: 12.00pm
NT: 10.30am
QLD: 11.30am
WA: 9.30am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.

Meet the speaker

Andrew Penn
Chief Executive Officer, Telstra

Andy became the CEO and Managing Director of Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, on 1 May 2015. At Telstra, Andy is leading an ambitious change program transforming Telstra to be positioned to compete in the radically changing technology world of the future with 5G at its core. He has had an extensive career spanning 40 years across three different industries - telecommunications, financial services and shipping. He joined Telstra in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and in 2014 took on the additional responsibilities as Group Executive International. Prior to Telstra, Andy spent 23 years with the AXA Group, one of the world’s largest insurance and investment groups.

Meet the facilitator

Diane Smith-Gander AO
National Chairman, CEDA, Non-Executive Director, AGL

Diane is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio over varying types of entities, industries and geographies. She is an advocate for gender equity and a past president of Chief Executive Women. Diane is non-executive director of AGL Energy, HBF Health, NQA (the operator of Cairns and Mackay airports) and Keystart Loans group. In the Federal Government sphere, she chairs the member body for Safe Work Australia. She serves pro bono as Chair of the Business School Advisory Board for the University of Western Australia and Deputy Chair of the Council for Methodist Ladies’ College.

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