Leading with Joy and Compassion

Rich Sheridan

CEO and Chief Storyteller,

Menlo Innovations

Bev Sutherland

Director, Organisational Development,

Bendigo Health

April, 20th 2021 | 10 AM - 11 AM AEST | ONLINE EVENT

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Unleash the Potential of the People Who Work For You and Around You


With Joy

Change is hard. To create a joyful workplace, you can’t continue to lead the way you’ve always led.

In this talk, Rich explores his own journey to joy, focusing on how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and, by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations.

Rich will discuss the simple, actionable things you can do to get your teams off the ground and flying. You will come away energized and inspired to start your own journey toward leading with joy tomorrow! And you will be firmly convinced that it is within your power to do so, no matter how big your organisation or how longstanding its culture.

Leading With Compassion in Healthcare

There is a widespread 'call to action’ to put compassion at the centre of how healthcare is delivered and led.

In her presentation, Bev Sutherland will explore the challenge of how to bring compassion to life in our people, teams and organisations. How to create environments where compassion can thrive and practices can be built to ‘reconnect’ people with the values and behaviours that underpin their work.

This is a wicked problem that demands a clumsy solution. It demands a new way of leading that sparks and unlocks the collective wisdom and releases oneself from the expectation that you will have all the answers. There is no silver bullet. Compassionate leadership needs a multi-faceted approach. Interventions can be targeted at the individual, the manager, the leader, the team, and the organisation but it usually must be targeted at all levels together for compassion to truly thrive.

What You Will Learn

Ignite a culture of action and learning like you’ve never seen before.


Elevate Human Energy

Take concrete steps to elevate the human energy in your organisation.


Reimagine Leadership

Change how you and your team see the role of a leader.


Embrace Action

Turn your organisation around to one that embraces action instead of meetings.


Build Excitement

Create a culture that embraces change with excitement.


Move To Action

Ways of rooting conceptual notions of compassionate leadership into tangible actionable terms.

Praise for Past Events

"Very interesting topic and loved the frequent referrals back to the research. I would probably now go and read one of his books."

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Keynote Speakers

Rich Sheridan

CEO and Chief Storyteller at
Menlo Innovations

Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations, is a successful entrepreneur and author of two best-selling books—Joy Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love and Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. Rich’s passion for inspiring organizations to create their own joy-filled cultures has led him to address audiences across the world—through four continents and 18 countries (and counting) as well as throughout the United States.

Rich and his message of joyful leadership have been featured in press outlets ranging from Inc, Forbes and New York magazines to Bloomberg, U.S. News, NPR All Things Considered, and the Harvard Business Review.

Bev Sutherland

Director, Organisational Development at Bendigo Health

Bev Sutherland has a dual background in business and psychology and is the Director of Organisational Development at Bendigo Health; a regional healthcare service in Central Victoria with 18 sites and 5000 staff. 

A passionate advocate for ethical and compassionate leadership practice in healthcare settings, she has supported and enabled positive behavioural change in individuals and groups.  An experienced leader, facilitator and skills coach, she enjoys helping others to access and apply practical, evidence-based interventions that make a difference.

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