Bold thinkers reveal essential leadership skills for 2023

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The changed property market, staff shortages, a barrage of technology and growing expectations from clients and team members means real estate leaders are facing their greatest challenges yet.

RiSE Initiative interim president John Cunningham said these issues would all be explored at the 2023 RiSE Leadership Awakening conference in Sydney from March 26-28. 

“How do you build teams that thrive on trust, create a robust and resilient work culture, and show your people how to perform to their best ability and thrive – without burning out yourself as a leader?” John said.

“The RiSE Initiative has gathered a stellar list of world-class speakers to look at the skills and tools needed to lead in 2023.

“Our keynote sessions will cover what it means to be a brave leader, how to transform culture, dealing with burnout, how to role-model mental health and wellbeing, the issue of consent and how to be a great boss.”

Keynote speakers include: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG; Gillon McLachlan, CEO of the AFL; Dr Lucy Hone, a best-selling author and resilience expert; Mitch Wallis, Heart on My Sleeve founder; Chanel Contos, director of the Australia Institute Centre for Sex and Gender equality and; Chris Hanley OAM, RiSE founding father and First National Byron CEO. 

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG: Brave Leadership. The essence of brave leadership comes down to an ability to make brave decisions. As Australia’s longest-serving high court judge, Michael Kirby knows what it means to be right, especially when it is not popular. His dissenting judgments are famous for being on the wrong side of the majority, but on the right side of history. As a highly decorated human rights champion, professor and international jurist with appointments across several UN missions, Michael’s wisdom and experience will inspire our leaders to be decisive, ethical and inclusive.

Gillon McLachlan: Transforming Traditional Cultures. How do you take a deeply traditional industry that idolises superstars and the scoreboard and transform it to become a modern and connected culture that is empowering for everyone? As CEO of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan says Australian football is built on community. In this heart-to-heart session, Gill will discuss the power of vision, diversity, discipline and resilience plus the role of leaders in building trust and creating connected communities at every level of the business.

Dr Lucy Hone: Rebuilding After Burnout. The past few years have been their own special version of a hamster wheel. So, how do you prevent burnout in yourself and your team? Leading international authority on wellbeing and resilience, Dr Lucy Hone was voted one of the Top 20 TED speakers in 2020. The best-selling author also has lived experience in personal grief, trauma and resilience, having lost her 12-year-old daughter in a car accident. In this thought-provoking session, Lucy will offer strategies on how to create a culture that manages stress effectively and harnesses it to boost performance.

Mitch Wallis: Care-Full Leadership. Is your company culture ‘care-full’, or ‘care-less’? Do you really know? Mental wellness expert and Heart on My Sleeve founder Mitch Wallis looks at the Top 5 mistakes organisations make that prevent their teams from thriving. He will share the number one step that all leaders can take to ensure that the value of mental wellness is translated into action and belief. Mitch will explore how to create psychologically safe workplaces, protect staff from becoming emotionally injured at work and, most challengingly, how to role model healthy behaviours.

Chanel Contos: How Safe is Your Workplace? You’ve got a team that works hard, plays hard, and hangs out together. What could go wrong? Consent is not a “yes” or a “no”. Consent is empathetic, and ever-changing and needs to be taught that way. Chanel Contos founded and led the Teach Us Consent campaign – which made consent education mandatory in all Australian schools. She is also the inaugural director of the Centre for Sex and Gender equality at the Australia Institute. Having worked in both residential and commercial real estate, Chanel will discuss her experiences and how to base relationships on “hell yes!”

Chris Hanley OAM: The Job of the Boss. “It’s Dad’s job to drive when everyone else is tired.” This beautiful quote from the movie Unfinished Business could also be a neat summary of what we do each day in our organisations. RiSE founding father and First National Byron CEO, Chris Hanley – who has been recognised for his services to real estate – explores the job of the boss and how strong cultures can sustain us as leaders.

“In addition to the keynote speakers, we will also have our Talking Circles and a number of panel sessions featuring some of real estate’s most accomplished leaders and genuinely fabulous humans,” John said. 

“Many thanks to our sponsors Macquarie, Domain and MRI Software for making Rise Leadership, the Real Care App and our associated initiatives possible.”


When: Sunday March 26 to Tuesday March 28

Event kicks off with drinks and dinner at the MCA from 6pm on the Sunday and ends at 4pm on the Tuesday. 

Price: Special early bird rate of $1895 (plus GST and booking fee) ends December 31, 2022. Regular price: $1999 (plus GST & booking fee). 

Location: The iconic and heritage-listed 50 Martin Place, Sydney.

Accommodation: The ticket price is conference-only or stay at the beautifully renovated Intercontinental Hotel at our specially negotiated rates.

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