Program Speakers


Anneli Blundell - Director, Anneli Blundell

Anneli is an author, speaker and communication expert (a.k.a professional People Whisperer), who helps her clients improve their communication, influence and engagement. She’s obsessed with decoding people dynamics for improved performance and specialises in interpersonal intelligence – the ability to understand and navigate the people dynamics in a given situation.

Anneli is the co-author of Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders. She is currently working on her next book, ‘Decoding Resistance: The real reason people won’t do what you want’, a practical guide for increasing buy-in, reducing push back and navigating the daily barriers that impact influence, engagement and change.

Dermot Crowley - Director, Adapt Productivity

Dermot Crowley is a productivity thought leader, author, speaker and trainer. He works with leaders, executives and professionals in many of Australia’s leading organisations, helping to boost the productivity of their people and teams. Dermot’s approach is inspiring, yet practical.

His passion is creating real behavioural change, and he has developed a system for working productively that is applicable to anyone working in today’s busy, email driven workplace. Dermot is the author of the best-selling productivity book, Smart Work and Smart Teams.

Tanya Williams - Digital Conversations

Tanya Williams is the pink loving, 4 inch heel wearing sparkly Chief of Everything at Digital Conversations. She wears many hats; entrepreneur, blogger, best selling author and digital trainer, and she is a Tradigital Specialists with over 20 years’ marketing experience.

For some, digital is a sea of uncertainty and holds businesses back from achieving their full potential. This is where she thrives to help businesses overcome marketing overwhelm and help establish digital foundations & strategies to drive business outcomes. Her personal mantra is never let anyone dull your sparkle.

Nesrene O'Connell - Head of ANZ Event Marketing and APJ Event Strategy, Cisco

Nes leads the Event Experience Marketing team to deliver Cisco’s award-winning face-to-face experiences in Australia and New Zealand, including the flagship customer engagement program, Cisco Live. In addition, she works with the region in Asia Pacific and Japan on Cisco’s customer and partner event strategy.

Nes is passionate about the impact events have on Cisco’s brand and growth objectives and the powerful platform of connecting like-minded individuals to create unforgettable experiences.