ThoughtWorks Live Series - Executive Breakfast Events
ThoughtWorks Live Series - Executive Breakfast Events

The event series for business leaders and technology innovators

Register now for the first event in the series

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 19 September

SYDNEY, Thursday 21 September

Technological innovation continues to grow at an exponential rate with disruptors changing the face of many industries for good, forcing organisations to change the way they view the world, the way they use technology to tackle their biggest problems.

With technology augmenting the world around us and the unimaginable is created in weeks, how can business leaders know what to do, how to start and where to go? How can leaders leverage their current digital foundation to seize the growth opportunities that exist in the realm of possibility?

ThoughtWorks Live is a three-part series that will explore how thriving businesses are taking advantage of this new world by adopting real time strategic planning and enhancing their market agility, focusing on their customers and developing technological excellence at the core.

Events in this series

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 19 September

SYDNEY, Thursday 21 September

SYDNEY, Tuesday 31 October

MELBOURNE, Thursday 2 November

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 13 February

SYDNEY, Thursday 15 February

The Responsive Organisation: Delivering Value Faster

MELBOURNE, Tuesday 19 September

SYDNEY, Thursday 21 September

Join us for the first in this exclusive executive breakfast series The Responsive Organisation: Delivering Value Faster. To really thrive in the digital era, businesses need to commit to continuous evolution and strategic innovation, responding rapidly to market changes and opportunities. But not many organisations are actually built to do this and for most business leaders, there simply is not enough time to develop strategic and operational plans, while building up the capabilities, platforms and investment required to support the new initiatives.

So how do you navigate through the uncertainty in order to maximise customer value and business outcomes? Companies can thrive in this kind of environment if they can align strategy and execution in real time. Over the course of this event, we will discuss how you can improve and leverage responsiveness in your organisation by untangling your business strategy and identifying and acting on unique organisational constraints. You will hear how to take action quickly and ensure every part of the business is working in tandem to optimise value delivery to the customer and achieve business outcomes.


7:30AMRegistration and coffee
8:00AMWelcome & Introduction Dan McMahon, ThoughtWorks
8:10AMEnabling Sustainable Transformation Gary O’Brien, Global Advisory Lead, ThoughtWorks
8:30AMWhat is Your Organisation's Psychological Readiness for Agility and Adaptability?Angela Corriero,  Advisory Lead, ThoughtWorks
8:50AMIncreasing Business Agility and Customer Value Through Lean Transformation Fiona Phillips, Executive General Manager Customer Delivery, IAG
9:20AMPanel Discussion: The Responsive Organisation in Practice Fiona Phillips - IAG, Gary O’Brien & Angela Corriero, ThoughtWorks


Gary O’Brien 

Global Advisory Lead


Enabling sustainable transformation

Strategies for scaling business agility and moving from being cost-based and internally focused to a value-driven and externally focused enterprise is drawing the attention of the world's business and technology innovators, but it is not a journey without speed bumps. Planning and strategy need to change. Organisational structure needs to change. Technology delivery practices need to change. Portfolio management needs to change. Measures of success need to change. Gary discusses the hurdles that must be overcome in order to become a responsive and values-driven organisation.

Gary works with large enterprises to drive change to the culture, planning, governance, and structure of the enterprise to better align with customers’ needs.

Fiona Phillips

Executive General Manager,

Customer Delivery


Increasing business agility and customer value through lean transformation

With a mantra of ‘the business of business is technology’ and an advocate of platform thinking, agile and lean processes, Fiona is always looking at enhanced ways to meet customer expectations. Fiona will share her experiences (the good and the bad) in strategy, transformation, operational and culture change, with a focus on maximising customer and business value through innovation. From investments and delivery of services, to platforms and capabilities, Fiona will demonstrate how value is created for IAG.

Fiona is a business transformation executive with extensive experience and a track record for delivering large scale change and results through business transformation.

Angela Corriero

Advisory Lead


What is your organisation's psychological readiness for agility and adaptability?

Most organisations are seized with fear of competition, fear of future trends and fear of redundancy which increases aggression and inter-office competition whilst simultaneously decreasing capacity for innovation and strangling growth potential. Angela will discuss an organisation's psychological readiness for agility and adaptability and how leaders that rally their team around purpose and passion and create safe work cultures, have a unique competitive advantage.

Angela is a passionate investigator of global social, political and cultural challenges to business success. Most recently she worked at six Toyota Group Companies in Japan instructing global teams on the cross cultural implementation of Toyota’s Excellence model.

Event Locations


Alfred Place by Rockpool Events

Tuesday 19 September


Cafe Sydney

Thursday 21 September

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