Global innovation leaders to gather in Sydney

Nicole Bittar

Even though innovation is highly prized among senior executives, many still don’t know how to inculcate it at an organisational level. 

The inaugural Leading Innovation Summit 2023, sponsored by The Leadership Institute, is set to change that. 

Learning from the cream of the world’s innovation leaders, the four-day event (from 28 to 31 March) aims to propel today’s business leaders towards a cohesive mindset of organisational and cultural innovation. 

Consistency is the key to implementing lasting change. 

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to leading and driving innovation within a team, making it difficult to have a consistent approach,” The Leadership Institute’s director Dana Lightbody said.

“Providing a team with the skills and tools to innovate, along with the confidence to risk implementing new ideas at scale, is not straightforward. It takes a cultural shift, a leadership commitment and an aptitude for risk that does not come naturally to a lot of leaders.” 

Given these digitally disruptive times, that’s largely due to leaders needing to solve new, undefined problems, the event organisers said. 

It follows that shifts in leadership are less about having the answers and more about creating an organisation, and environment, that allows innovation to thrive. 

From an event perspective, business leaders can expect a practical learning approach for enhancing innovation in their organisational culture. 

They will understand how the future of artificial intelligence looks in the workplace; harness the skills for adaptability and motivating mindset change; and appreciate the key differences of truly innovative companies. 

Most importantly, they will learn the art of collaboration, how to commercialise bright ideas and irrevocably change their innovation landscape. 

Keynote speakers include, from the US: Jenn Gustetic, strategy advisor to governments, the Van Alen Institute and the Federal Innovation Council; Inca Wanca, global lead AI and Adjunct Professor at NYU; and Lawrence C. Abrahamson from Ford Motor Company. 

Also hosting keynote sessions are Chris Oliver-Taylor from Netflix in Australia and New Zealand; renowned futurist and bestselling author Ross Dawson; The Australian Financial Review-ranked number one executive, Anastasia Volkova, from Regrow Ag; and Data 61 director Jon Whittle. 

The Australian speakers’ circuit is ably represented at the Summit by executives from Macquarie University, Google, Westpac, Optus and other leading organisations and institutions. 

So, who would be an ideal attendee? Chief executives and board members, chief innovation officers and executive leadership teams in IT and technology, strategy and transformation, and product development will benefit from transferrable innovation leadership insights in the pre- and post-conference workshops bookending the two, event-packed Summit days.  

These encompass a broad tutorial outline: ranging from a design-thinking and experimentation masterclass to sessions on managing innovative change; leading innovation; technology-driven innovation; team-building and performance; and, of course, the future of innovation.  

Held at the Intercontinental Sydney, Double Bay, and also live streamed, registrations are open for the Leading Innovation Summit 2023. 

For further details, email or call (02) 8294 2044. is a media partner of The Leadership Institute. 

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