Business Day Out - Keynote Speakers

Early-bird tickets on sale 31 January 2018 

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Craig Hutchison

- Dr Amantha Imber 

- More keynote speakers to be announced soon... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig Hutchison, CEO Crocmedia

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Craig Hutchison began his career as a journalist with News Corporation’s Australian newspaper, before moving on to establish a highly-acclaimed career within the Australian commercial television industry.

Following a successful run at Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper within their Sport department, Hutchison was poached to produce The Big Sports Breakfast on the newly re-launched Sport 927 radio station in 1996.

Transitioning into TV soon after, he was appointed Chief Football Reporter at Channel 10 in 1997, as well as commencing work at Melbourne’s Triple M radio station.

In 1999, Hutchison moved to Channel 7 as their Chief Football Reporter, residing in the role for eight years. He went on to win the Australian Football Media Association award for Best Electronic Reporter a record 11 times and in 2007, he was bestowed the prestigious Walkley Award.

In 2006, Hutchison established Crocmedia with fellow Aussie James Swanwick. Initially created as a public relations and news distribution business, Crocmedia quickly developed into an innovative media content and entertainment business specializing in radio syndication, television and online programming.

Following a defection from the Seven Network, Hutchison joined the Nine Network in 2007 in the specially created role of AFL Editor. His reputation for breaking top stories has seen him play an instrumental role as a presenter and host of hugely popular AFL programs such as The Footy Show, The Sunday Footy Show, Future Stars and the award-winning Footy Classified.

In 2008, Hutchison founded the Saturday morning sports radio show, Off the Bench. Broadcast on SEN 1116 and syndicated nationally to over 100 regional markets, the program enjoys a cult following among its weekly listeners.

As CEO of the Crocmedia Group, Hutchison’s vision and entrepreneurial nature has seen the company grow from four employees to over 80 in ten years. Today, Crocmedia produces 36 radio programs and 6 TV shows throughout the year.

In September 2016, Hutchison further extended Crocmedia’s broadcast footprint by securing a watershed, six-year broadcasting deal with the AFL. Partnered with fellow media companies Macquarie, Southern Cross Austereo, NOVA Entertainment, Pacific Star Network and Grant Broadcasters, the deal extends from 2017-22 and includes AFL broadcast, distribution and content supply partnerships.

Topics covered in his talk: 
- The journey of Crocmedia
- How to overcome the challenges of making a business 
- Discussing the problems and solutions of running a business 
- Q&A Discussion

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Dr Amantha Imber, Founder and CEO of Inventium

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Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Austrlia's leading innovation consultancy Invertium. Invertium has been recognised as one of Australia's fastest growing companies in the BRW Fast 100 list, and was also awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia. In 2016, Amantha was inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame. 

With a Phd in organisational psychology, Amantha has helped compnaies such as Google, Coco-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. Amantha was a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women of the Year awards.

Amantha is the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review's Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that Inventrium complies, ranking Australia's top innovators. Her thoughts have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Forbes and Fast Company and she is the author of two best selling books: "The Creativity Formula" and "The Innovation Formula". 

Attendees will leave with: 
- A set of practical tools to drive breakthrough thinkikng 
- The skills to literally outthink and outlast competitors 
- Tools that can easily be communicated to their teams and others within the organisation to help spread the innovation virus quickly and effectively.