Accidental Manager to Intentional Leader



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23/03/2018 - 8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Technical specialists are undoubtedly the essential cogs and gears of any successful organisation. From accountants to IT experts to data analysts, these skilled professionals earn promotions through years of dedication and proven results, but often with little experience and training in management and leadership, these managers struggle with moving from daily technical tasks to long-term strategy.

On the flipside, professional specialists looking to be promoted to managers are often disregarded by senior leaders who overlook their leadership potential.

The Institute of Managers and Leaders’ upcoming Masterclass, ‘Accidental Manager – Technical Specialist to Manager & Leader’, will explore the transition between staff member and manager, equipping you with the skills to take the next step in your career.



Members $495 | Non-Members $595


Member (3+) $445.50pp  | Non-Member (3+) $535.50pp

Jamie Getgood FIML, Director, Getgood Consulting & former HR Director, GM Holden

Jamie is a HR Director with a proven track record of achievement within a number of multinational organizations. Jamie’s passion for people, his focus on employee engagement and the success of the business is evident in his achievements. Before completing his HR Degree, Jamie started his career as a mechanical tradesman, which built a great foundation to his HR profession. With GM Holden closing its manufacturing operations in Australia, he has taken leadership in the development of a best practice Transition Centre to support all employees in receiving the support, advice and training to help them transition into new work. As a result of the work in this area, Jamie was named as the Australian Leader/Manager of the year at the Australian Excellence Awards in 2017 and has recently commenced his own business called Getgood Consulting.

In 2013, GM Holden announced that it would close its manufacturing operations. Jamie Getgood will talk briefly through how he grew through his career and how Holden managed the closure with best practice results.



Ben Palmer BAppSci (Hons) PhD, CEO Genos International

Ben completed a PhD at Swinburne University where he developed the first Australian model and measure of emotional intelligence. He has an extensive publication list in the area, has been invited to contribute chapters to books and guest edit special issues of journals on the topic. Together with Swinburne University’s commercialization arm Ben founded Genos International in 2002 to bring his model and measure of emotional intelligence to the market. The first major customer of Genos was ANZ Bank where Ben and the Genos team worked together with McKinsey & Company on transforming the culture of the organisation to be more customer centric. Genos, and the model and measure of emotional intelligence that forms its core business, is now a national and Australian export success story. Genos has operations in Australia and Europe and distribution partners servicing clients in the USA, India, China, South Africa, South East Asia and New Zealand. Companies from Walmart in the United States, to Accor Hotels in Paris, to Qantas in Australia, have used the Genos model and measure of emotional intelligence to improve leadership, resilience, customer service, sales and teamwork.

Ben’s presentation will focus on how emotionally intelligent leaders handle performance management.


Agnes Panosian, Data and AI Technical Sales Manager, Microsoft

Agnes Panosian is no stranger to Data, having spent 26 years in the industry working in the domain of Data/BI/Analytics & AI. Currently, Leading the Data and AI business for Microsoft Australia, helping organizations draw greater insights and transform their business through Advanced Analytics and Cognitive Services. Agnes is member of several advisory boards in the Education sector a regular presenter at industry and analyst events – a thought leader and evangelist for data driven culture. Her experience with Enterprise customers and background in enterprise software engineering & information management systems allows her competencies for both business and deep technical conversations.



Duncan Fish, Best Selling Author, Executive Coach, Interpersonal Skills Expert, Leadership Development & Public Speaker

Duncan is a published author, UK Registered Physiologist, Certified NLP Trainer and public speaker with 20 years experience helping executives to develop their soft skills of leadership. Duncan started his own executive development company, The Engaging Executive, in 2016 and has been working in corporates for over 20 years in both the private and public sectors. He is well known for helping technically minded executives (STEM and Finance) to become more engaging and influential. His belief is that the most effective leaders are those who can demonstrate both technical and interpersonal brilliance.




Gunnar Habitz CMgr FIML, Sales Manager, KeepItSafe

Gunnar moved to Australia in 2016 after a corporate career at HP in Switzerland from Technical Presales over Product Marketing to Sales Management. During this time, he moved up to a leadership role as accidental manager in a region covering 29 countries. As Sales Manager for KeepItSafe, he helps Managed Service Providers to protect their customers’ data with Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service. Combining sales with a more technical flavour, his team also provides Business Continuity consulting for Small and Mid/sized Enterprises in Australia and New Zealand. Passionate about the transformation of modern workplaces to embrace new ways of collaboration, he is blogging about sales, networking and leadership topics. His most recent educational journey includes the Chartered Manager from IML and an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management at AIM in Sydney. Before that, he obtained his Master of Computer Science in Germany and Advanced Studies in Business Administration in his home town Zürich in Switzerland.



Khushaal Vyas MIML, IML 2017 Australian Student Leader of the Year 

Khushaal is a 5th year undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Arts (Politics Major)/Law at the University of New South Wales and a summer clerk at Baker McKenzie. In 2009, at 13 years old, he was the youngest ever member of his local council’s Youth Advisory this role and remained active until 2013 where he was a key advocate for the multi-million dollar Fairfield City Youth and Community Centre subsequently built in 2015. In 2017, Khushaal was the President of the UNSW Law Society; the largest university law student representative group in the nation. During his time at the UNSW Law Society he co-founded a regional volunteer program to work with the Dubbo and Wiradjuri Community and mentor disadvantaged Indigenous children. For his work on the Fairfield City Youth and Community Centre and Dubbo Volunteer program, Khushaal was awarded the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Youth Medal which recognises the valuable role of a young person promoting intercultural dialogue and co-operation. Later in 2017, Khushaal also received the Institute of Managers and Leaders ‘Australian Student Leader of the Year’ award. In January, Khushaal was selected to be an Australia Day AmbassaDor and participated in official duties at Broken Hill.



Vannessa McCamley, Organisation Learning & Development Consultant/ Facilitator/ Coach/ Keynote Presenter

Vannessa McCamley has earned a reputation both in Australia and internationally, for assisting organisations, teams and
individuals to achieve impressive results through behavioural change to increase performance, productivity and revenue.
Leveraging the latest in Neuroscience for brain-based, evidence rich strategies for improving leadership of self and others.
Passionate about helping people and businesses to overcome obstacles to reach their strategic goals through being
empowered and accountable for their attitude, engagement, actions and results.
With over 20 years business experience working extensively with individuals at all levels and spanning across a number of
industries including IT, professional services, hospitality, retail, finance, government, FMCG, venture capitalists, marketing
and media agencies. Known by clients for being accountable for delivering results. Knowledge of being a high performer
individually and achieving results through teams, helps to define the programs design, intelligence & outcomes.


Suzie Brett B Bus LLB MLM, People and Legal Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

Suzie Brett is responsible for the People and Legal Functions at Konica Minolta. From a career in private practice, she is an experienced professional who is commercial in her approach. Suzie is curious about how to generate more collaborative approaches to business issues to create both more effective solutions and more engaged people and customers.





More speakers will be announced soon….


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