NSW ALGWA Conference 2024

ALGWA Branding

The World Belongs to Optimists

In an era marked by rapid change it’s the optimists that see beyond immediate challenges and envisage a world where technological advances compliment human endeavours and elevates them to new heights.

Together let’s delve deeper to explore the economic impacts, the potential to society, and embrace opportunities to shape our future communities.

Optimism is the most powerful tool a Leader has. Our NIDA masterclass will help you master intentional optimism as you pay close attention to the energy and language you are bringing into the space in leading your communities.

Early Bird Registrations are now open!

Date: 14 March to 16 March 2024 
Venue: MGSM – Macquarie Park 

Register Online

Guest Speakers


For 21 years, Juanita Phillips anchored the ABC’s flagship 7.00pm News in Sydney, making her the public broadcaster’s longest-serving prime-time female TV news presenter. She resigned from the ABC in 2023 to focus on her writing and speaking work. She specialises in gender equality, business, fintech and cyber security, but has a wide range of both business and government clients, including the mining and banking industries, local and state governments, and the finance and technology sector.


Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She is the Owner of Sky Town Planning, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She is a founding member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Shaper Hub, and was the National Convener for the United National Association of Australia Young Professionals Network.


Effie Zahos is one of Australia’s leading personal finance commentators. Known for her no-nonsense approach, she has a knack for making money matters simple. Effie is also the author of a A Real Girl’s Guide to Money, Ditch the Debt & Get Rich and The Great $20 Adventure. She is the host of Channel 9’s “Your Money” segments on the Today Show and regularly speaks with media across Australia.


Amanda Johnstone is the CEO of Transhuman and is one of Australia’s most globally recognised AI technologists and emerging technology communicators. TIME have awarded her as a Next Generation Leader for her work in social impact technology, The CEO Magazine awarded her as Start-up Executive of the Year. She’s been highlighted by peak bodies including GSMA and Singularity and has been appointed an expert keynote speaker and panellist on emerging technologies for YPO, Allianz, Stanford, Google, Optus, The Australian Government, Commonwealth Bank, The Education Department, MYOB, Zoom and more.


Author of the bestselling book Make it meaningful, Debbie is an awarded and well-published professor of business management and the MBA Director at Macquarie University, Australia. With over sixty academic articles, five books and a TED talk, she dedicates her teaching, research, and knowledge to creating impact and enabling others to find meaningfulness and purpose.


Speakers are subject to change.


NIDA Corporate Training: Executive Voice

NIDA Corporate Training will join us to deliver the "Owning the Space" course to assist you in achieving the following outcomes:

  • To build participants knowledge of the power of visual and vocal signals when presenting
  • To help manage nerves when talking to large groups
  • To feel comfortable and authentic networking and meeting new people
  • To be confident presenting delivering formal and informal presentations
  • To experience using improvisation techniques to stay present and focused while presenting and managing uncertain moments

Active Super Logo For more information, download the conference program(PDF, 2MB).