The Leadership Academy hosts three Executive Connections events annually to support capability development. The events feature short topical sessions which address contemporary issues facing public sector leaders. 

Our events are designed to provide executives with the latest leadership thinking. Past events have included:

  • Creating an achievement culture with Gordon Cairns
  • Driving productivity utilising the Capability and Performance Management Frameworks
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Megatrends
  • NSW Aboriginal Policy and Employment Symposium

All NSW public sector senior executives are invited to Executive Connections events, so keep an eye on your emails for our next event. Currently events are held virtually.

There is no charge to attend these events.


Upcoming Executive Connections event

Josh Bersin - Cut through spin with data

Thursday 8 September 2022, 9am-10am

Josh Bersin, an expert on the talent market and trends impacting workforces, will share his views on the current economy and how we can use data to tell the 'real' story behind the media spin. He will explore how the use of workforce data and insights can help us build the workforces we need to achieve our collective goals for NSW.

Josh is cited as one of the top HR and workplace industry analysts in the world and is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. His recent research initiatives span diversity and inclusion, hybrid work, wellbeing, HR capabilities and business resilience.

Register for the virtual event.


Past Executive Connections events

Thursday 17 March 2022 - Customer-centric leadership: from mindset to action

NSW Government aims to be the world’s most customer-centric government by 2030. In 2021, the NSW Department of Customer Service launched a whole of government strategy to work towards a customer centric government.

Being customer-centric means that government is there for people and businesses when they need support, is easy to deal with, and works hard in the background to keep making their lives better.

This event featured The Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government; Emma Hogan, Secretary for Digital and NSW Department of Customer Service, Kathrina Lo, NSW Public Service Commissioner, and Amy Brown, Secretary of Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade. 

Dan Heath

Thursday 15 July 2021 - Dan Heath

Dan Heath, a respected global expert and best-selling co-author (with his brother) of four New York Times bestsellers, brought a strategic perspective on the impact that upstream decision-making has on the performance of organisations. 



Feedback from attendees:

‘Clear, succinct message that is so relevant to public sector executives with striking examples to illustrate his point’ 

‘Great thought provoking speaker and great insights’ 

‘Excellent presentation that was filled with relevant government sector examples’ 

‘Loved the stories and how this upstream thinking works in real life’ 

Achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +72

Tasha Eurich

Thursday 3 June 2021 - Dr Tasha Eurich

Organisational psychologist, executive coach, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author Dr Tasha Eurich highlighted the connection between self-awareness and success based on the latest research. Tasha brought a fresh perspective to this topic by pairing her scientific grounding in human behaviour with a pragmatic approach to professional development. 


Feedback from attendees:

‘So many insights - really engaging’ 

‘Relevant practical content and tools’ 

‘Explained concepts very clearly’ 

‘Engaging and thought provoking’ 

98% of attendees rated this event as excellent to very good.  

Achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +80 

Gordon Cairns

Wednesday 17 February 2021 - Gordon Cairns

Gordon Cairns is a corporate icon with deep leadership experience from CEO roles and from serving on the boards of some of Australia’s most iconic brands. Gordon spoke about how to create an achievement culture and why leaders need to change before they change their organisation. Gordon discussed the role leaders play in setting and sustaining empowering, positive workplace cultures and the role values play in achieving strategic success.



Feedback from attendees:

‘Was honest and open, with great insights and examples’ 

‘Practical, insightful, spoke directly to issues we face’ 

‘Authentic leadership stories’ 

‘Very informative, real and inspiring’ 

93% of attendees rated this event as excellent to very good 

Achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +62