1-2 June 2021
ICC Sydney
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Insights to Influence

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s corporate public affairs and communication community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in June with renewed ambition to build business resilience.

As our operating environment corrects, the Summit presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s Corporate Affairs and Communication leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

The Summit secures national and global speakers of immense authority to arm attendees to succeed in this undertaking. Delivered as a hybrid event, delegates will have the option of interfacing digitally or attending the ICC in-person for two-powerful days of case-based exploration.

Why Attend

  • The Corporate Affairs Summit secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority. Our attendees are charged with shaping the conversation, armed with an array of real-time engagement tools that are integrated seamlessly across the digital and physical conference environment.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate, and the programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person on the business that matters.

Gain Access

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15+ Insightful Sessions
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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30+ Industry Speakers
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300+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2021 Speakers

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Damon Jones
Chief Communications Officer, Procter & Gamble (USA)
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Damon Jones
Chief Communications Officer, Procter & Gamble (USA)
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Teneille Rennick
Head of Corporate Communications, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Visa
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Teneille Rennick
Head of Corporate Communications, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Visa
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Derek Nolan
Head of Public Policy, AU and NZ, Airbnb
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Derek Nolan
Head of Public Policy, AU and NZ, Airbnb
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Brandon Borrman
Vice President, Global Communications, Twitter (USA)
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Brandon Borrman
Vice President, Global Communications, Twitter (USA)
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Origin Energy
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Origin Energy
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Laurian Hubbard
Brexit Campaign Lead, Cabinet Office (UK)
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Laurian Hubbard
Brexit Campaign Lead, Cabinet Office (UK)
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Innes Willox
Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group
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Innes Willox
Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group
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Nathan Burman
Head of Communications, ANZ, Netflix
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Nathan Burman
Head of Communications, ANZ, Netflix
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Michael Saadat
Senior Director of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Afterpay
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Michael Saadat
Senior Director of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Afterpay
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director, Diplomacy
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director, Diplomacy
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Christian Bennett
Group Head of Reputation, Government Relations & Industry Affairs, Woolworths
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Christian Bennett
Group Head of Reputation, Government Relations & Industry Affairs, Woolworths
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Western Sydney Airport
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Western Sydney Airport

At a Glance

Outlook Session 
Patterns from Chaos: Securing Your Company in a Shifting Environment 
We inhabit an increasingly combative socio-political environment. Disinformation is amplified with an audacity that whittles away our collective tolerance for compromise. Social media platforms resist responsibility for the cacophony while self-reinforcing algorithms close avenues of contrary opinion. At times, it appears the only order to the chaos is polarity. The challenge now for Corporate Affairs executives is to instil their own control, consistency, and influence on this unwieldly environment. This Session serves as a contextual platform for the Summit. We will unpack the changes unfolding across the media landscape, tracing glacial steps alongside shifts of more immediate consequence to better understand how Corporate Affairs leaders can exert influence on behalf of their organisations and stakeholders.
 
Strategy Session 
Corporate Introspection: Advancing Pathways for Transparency and Wellbeing 
Businesses are learning to communicate in an operating environment defined by distance. We are all learning how to interact in a world where the human touch has been muted. Whether as a commercial necessity, or an act of collective empathy, businesses have amplified the importance of employee wellbeing. Communication strategies and the channels our voices and faces travel on are developing to facilitate closer, more authentic connections. The challenge for Corporate Affairs is to sustain and nurture heightened attention on employee communications and wellbeing as workforces re-establish pre-pandemic norms. This Session confronts this challenge by asking how businesses are entrenching positive cultural and connective changes spurred by the pandemic.
 
Crisis Session  
Ahead of the Storm: Challenging Crisis Perspectives  
There is no denying the pace and furore with which a crisis can unfurl online. Truth and speculation alike can spread with synaptic intensity, causing irreparable damage to the nucleus of an organisation. These crisis development patterns and stakeholder communication processes are overwhelming traditional crisis communication protocols. In this Session, we will explore why stealing thunder and complementary proactive communication approaches must be considered strategic crisis options. We will observe the strategic and structural changes Corporate Affairs are making to regain and maintain control.
 
Community Session  
Legacy and Identity: Raising the Bar on CSR 
The social change caused by the pandemic will constitute a cultural legacy. As the ethical dimensions of consumer decision making become more salient, businesses have a significant opportunity to reject tokenism and pursuit a meaningful agenda that earns the lasting support of customers. In this Session, we will consider how to advance a CSR agenda that achieves mutually beneficial and interdependent social, environmental, and economic goals. We will move beyond the moral case to better understand how Corporate Affairs can mobilise their businesses in pursuit of new sources of value creation.
 
Government Session 
Advocating Change: Refining Approaches to Government Engagement  
The pandemic is a paradigm shifting event that represents a genuine opportunity to instrument reform. Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex regulatory environment, businesses must continue to refine their approach to advocacy to mobilise support, secure interests and affect change. In this session, we will hear how Corporate Affairs are sustaining long-distance relations with government stakeholders in an environment embroiled by heightened transparency, and observe how businesses are leveraging media to effectively influence opinions and outcomes.
 
Communication Session
Guiding Voices: Resonating with Consumers in the Media Maze 
Digital impression is fast-becoming the only impression. In a world of restricted movement but limitless digital potential, crafting an authentic business persona that can speak credibly across channels is an unabridged priority for Communication professionals. In this Session, we will interrogate how companies are honing a genuine corporate voice that ignites curiosities and establishes trust. We will consider how companies are channelling insights into a communications strategy that not only reaches customers, but which leaves a lasting impression on the consumer mind.
 
Future Session 
Pause for Reflection: The Practical Anticipation of Business Priorities
In an environment clouded by uncertainty and ambiguity, business leaders have instinctively shortened their temporal gaze to become more responsive and reactive. But to effectively build business resilience and safeguard long-term ambitions, leaders must find the time to think more broadly on the systems, structures and strategies that will support a trajectory of growth. In this Session, we will uncover the fundamental technological architecture and business structures that are enabling organisations to scale to market pressures without losing momentum towards endgame objectives. We will consider what dimensions of the function are ripe for disruption, as well as those skills that can be honed to consolidate the position of Corporate Affairs professionals as indispensable business allies.

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SPONSORS

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Founding Partner | www.saltshein.com.au
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Event Partner | www.meltwater.com
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Gold Sponsor | www.advoc8.co
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Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.

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Meltwater helps PR, social and marketing teams go beyond media monitoring. Our local experts help clients build influence, connect with their audience and measure success on-the-go.

More than 30,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 60 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.

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Temple Executive Search are the corporate affairs experts.  We offer executive search, training and consulting in communications, public affairs and investor relations.

With more than 100 years’ combined corporate affairs, government relations, communications and investor relations experience in the Temple team, every search lead understands communications from having lived the roles we fill.  Nobody knows corporate affairs, and corporate affairs people, like Temple.  Our national and global networks and experience will bring you the hidden talent.

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Public policy development is a crowded space. Influencing issues that support business goals, requires successful navigation of complex stakeholder relationships.

Advoc8 is a full-suite technology platform for corporate public affairs teams, giving them the cutting edge in stakeholder engagement, and providing the tools and data needed to amplify their influence.

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 11th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Summit is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with the Corporate Affairs and Communication profession, the Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

This event was sold out in 2020

Venue Details

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 26/03/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
$995 + GST
$3,000 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 27/03/2021)
$1,395 + GST
$4,185 + GST
$1,195 + GST
$4,000 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to Corporate Affairs professionals, please email [email protected] to register.

LIMITED TIME OFFER

Buy one pass, get one FREE. Offer ends 15/12/2020 & is strictly limited to the first 200 Live Event Passes. Discount will be applied at check-out. Not applicable to Digital Event Passes.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence

We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health and the ICC Sydney. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact [email protected]

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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