How companies are creating places of work to solve 21st century business challenges

Ikabo hosted its second breakfast event to a packed room of leaders and changemakers keen to learn how companies are creating places of work to solve 21st century business challenges.

Speakers included Alex Lynch from Google Australia, Lawrence Mitchell from Sumo Salad, Brett Fifield from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cindy Lenferna de la Motte from Ikabo and Natalie Yan-Chatonsky from Full Time Lives.


Alex Lynch - Google Australia

Alex Lynch is the Manager of Public policy and Government relations at Google Australia. Google is renowned as one of the world's leading global innovative digital companies

At Google staff are given weekly access to global senior leaders which ensures they are deeply engage with what is concerning staff at all levels of the organisation. They avoid micro managing their staff to ensure they take responsibility and ownership of the work and drive change for themselves.

Highlights from Alex's talk (4:21)

Alex's full talk (10:42)


Lawrence Mitchell - Sumo Salad

Lawrence Mitchell is the Chief Customer & Culture Officer for Sumo Salad, the world’s largest salad company and also founder of Raw Energy, a corporate wellbeing coaching & consultancy.

Lawrence speaks about his experience of creating at Reed Business Information a Living Well programme which increased employee engagement by 10%, reduced absenteeism by 40% and motivated 82% of the 3,0000 globally distributed employees to make changes to their personal health.

Highlights from Lawrence's talk (3:35)

Lawrence's full talk (15:41)


Brett Fifield - NSW Department of Primary Industries

Brett Fifield is the Deputy Director General Performance & Engagement at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

The DPI is one of the oldest government departments in NSW and was one of the first Australian Government Departments to implement ‘Workplace by Facebook’. Here Brett speaks about how they transformed communication with staff, its drive to share information and how it adopted a social enterprise solution to empower staff and improve collaboration throughout the Department. The results are extremely impressive, with 93% of staff claiming their account and 80% active on the account, liking and commenting.

Highlights from Brett's talk (2:52)

Brett's full talk (12:56)


Cindy Lenferna de la Motte - Ikabo

Cindy Lenferna de la Motte is the Managing Director of Ikabo, she works with clients to effectively prepare and implement digital and innovation strategies.

Cindy talks about the forces that are affecting work, and how work places need to reinvent themselves to create dynamic empowered networks of teams that are rewarded based on outcomes and effectiveness and the role technology can play in supporting these teams and create better places of work.

Highlights from Cindy's talk (4:18)

Cindy's full talk (10:48)


Natalie Yan-Chatonsky - Full Time Lives

Natalie Yan-Chatonsky is the co-founder of Full Time Lives, a social enterprise that helps pre-retirees and retirees lead meaningful and vibrant lives after full time work.

Natalie talks about how people after leaving their careers can become disconnected and isolated and lose their sense of identity and self worth. Natalie works with corporates to help their employees transition from full time work to full time living so they can thrive later in life.


Natalie's talk (4:22)