Symmetra Connect

Symmetra Connect provides a fresh perspective on how to leverage diversity, cultivate a high performing culture and keep informed on cutting edge ideas at the nexus of leadership, psychology, technology and workplace culture.

In our first season, we delivered 11 sessions nationally which received roughly 98% positive ratings, with 75-85% of people rating the sessions “Very Good” or “Excellent” in terms of Value, Relevance, Originality and Delivery.

We are excited about continuing to bring thought leadership and enrich the solutions we bring to our clients in 2018. Partnering with Herbert Smith Freehills, Symmetra Connect is an exciting extension of our brand, where we are engaging our communities with even more valuable and relevant content than ever before.

Each FREE event takes place
8.30am – 10.00am
in either the Sydney CBD, Melbourne CBD, Perth CBD or Central London

A light breakfast will be served.

The New Frontier: Innovation through customer inclusionSydney | Tuesday 31 July | REGISTER HERE

Melbourne | Wednesday 17 October | REGISTER HERE

Market leading organisations have gone beyond building a workforce that simply reflects their customer base. These organisations have started dissolving the organisation/customer frontier altogether. In the realms of service, product and marketing design, those leading the customer inclusion charge are changing the way we define problems; combine data with human insight; leverage the unique and collective wisdom of workforces AND customers; and respond to customer and community-based needs. Inclusive leadership is the critical ingredient to be successful at this new frontier. Come along as we share the insights from companies excelling at customer inclusion in design and provide you with practical take-aways for advancing customer inclusion in your business.


Bridges, Tunnels and Pole Vaults: Diversity of thought in the siloed workplaceSydney | Wednesday 29 August | REGISTER HERE

The great skill of an inclusive leader is ensuring that everyone in a team shares their knowledge and perspectives. But enterprise inclusion means ensuring diversity of thinking can cross boundaries and barriers that naturally exist in any large organisation. It is impossible to do away with siloes altogether, but by developing your boundary spanning and network leadership ability, you can unleash an entirely new level of functional and geographic diversity across your company to deliver incredible results for your customers.


Soft Skills, Hard Results: Implications for D & I in STEM

Sydney | Tuesday 27 November | REGISTER HERE

Among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others’ values and points of view; having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas. Hear a panel of leading STEM organisations discuss how they are redefining what good looks like, why ‘STEM’ has become ‘STEAM’, and how diversity and inclusion is taking on new meaning in their workplaces.


Past events: 

Psychological Safety: Making sure good ideas don’t die
Perth | Tuesday 1 May
Sydney | Tuesday 8 May

London | Wednesday 30 May

Psychological safety is a critical inclusion competency which will provide access to diversity of thought and the full intellectual capital of all the diverse talent you recruit. Explore what psychological safety is really all about, and why it is a cultural prerequisite for high performing teams. Symmetra will share global research on current levels of psychological safety in the corporate world and what leading organisations are doing to open the door to a new wave of creativity and collaboration.


Inclusion: The measurement that matters most

Sydney | Wednesday 6 June

Melbourne | Friday 22 June

The problem with inclusion is just about everybody already thinks they are inclusive. Unless you measure and build inclusive capability, which is a much more robust set of skills than it was considered to be in the 20th century, your cutting-edge D & I strategy will not be translated into practice. Follow Symmetra’s journey to define, model and provide meaningful measures of the rapidly evolving concept of inclusion. Learn how companies across the globe are using inclusion measures as the catalyst for sustainable change in behaviour, benchmarking progress year on year in their executive leaders, their high potential candidates and divisional teams. And, explore how hard inclusion measures can be used to rethink the way capability development programs are built so that you can offer programs people actually value.