About our events

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.

Past Executive Connections events

Dan Heath

Thursday 15 July - Dan Heath

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



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 - Dr Tasha Eurich

Organisational psychologist, executive coach, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author Dr Tasha Eurich will highlight the connection between self-awareness and success based on the latest research. Tasha brings 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

Gordon Cairns is a corporate icon who brings deep leadership experience both from CEO roles as well as currently serving on the boards of some of Australia’s iconic brands. Gordon speaks about how to create an achievement culture and why leaders need to change before they change their organisation. Gordon discusses 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