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.

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.

Symmetra Connect 2019 will bring five new exciting topics, along with two of our most popular sessions from 2018. We hope to see you there!

Each FREE event takes place:
8.30am – 10.00am (breakfast sessions)


12.30pm – 2.00pm (lunch sessions)

in either the Sydney CBD or Melbourne CBD

A light breakfast OR lunch will be served.


Psychological Safety: Making sure good ideas don’t die 

REPEAT TOPIC DUE TO POPULAR DEMANDSydney | Wed 27 March | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

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.



Build an Inclusive Culture to Be More Ethical? Implications of the Findings of the Hayne Commission

Sydney | Tue 9 April | 12.30pm – 2.00pm REGISTER

Melbourne | Fri 12 April | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

There is no question that many of the findings of the Hayne Commission and the recommendations made by APRA to address ethical breaches in organisations point to building a more inclusive culture. This includes creating the psychological safety for people to demonstrate curiosity, express diverse perspectives, counteract group think, and leverage diversity of thought – all in the interest of adopting a more conscious approach to making ethical decisions. Whilst no direct reference has been made to building a more inclusive culture in these reports, it is clear to those who understand what defines inclusion in the 21st century, that building an inclusive culture is precisely what needs to be done.



Making Inclusion Stick: Solutions that are Brilliant in Their Simplicity

Sydney | Thursday 30 May | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

Melbourne | Wednesday 22 May | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

Why is inclusive leadership so rare and inclusion so hard to sustain? So much is being invested in diversity and inclusion, and so often it doesn’t have the desired impact. Symmetra will share its global findings on where the inclusion capability gaps are showing up in leadership and how leading organisations are closing this gap, driving inclusion across multiple markets, divisions and teams without breaking the bank and having huge sustainable impact.



Bridges, Tunnels and Pole Vaults: Diversity of thought in the siloed workplace

REPEAT TOPIC DUE TO POPULAR DEMANDMelbourne | Wed 19 June | 12.30pm – 2.00pm REGISTER

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.



Navigating the Post #MeToo World: What This Means for Our WorkplaceSydney | Thu 27 June | 12.30pm – 2.00pm REGISTER

Melbourne | Tue 23 July | 12.30pm – 2.00pm REGISTER

Women are no longer tolerating micro-inequities and micro-aggressions in the workplace, men feel like they are walking on broken glass, and countless people complain that they are going home each day thinking “I should have said something”. Come and explore how the surge in demand to deal with the full spectrum of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace is impacting on organisations and what they are doing about it.



Building Team Inclusivity: This is the Mix that Matters

Sydney | Wed 18 September | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER
Melbourne | Wed 11 September | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

The means to embedding an inclusive culture is not only through building the inclusion capability of leaders – it is also through building the inclusivity of teams. Help inoculate your organisation against disruption by coming on a journey with Symmetra to explore what we have gleaned about unlocking team-based learning and building inclusive teams that optimise their performance and innovation.



Inclusion and Employee Well-Being: A Mutually Reinforcing CycleSydney | Thu 24 October | 8.30am – 10.00am REGISTER

There is a growing body of research which suggests that perceptions of fair treatment, respectful relationships, flexible working, feeling safe to bring one’s whole self to work, and having one’s full intellectual capital and diversity of thought utilised all have a significant impact on employee well-being. The question therefore is why employee well-being and D & I initiatives are so seldom operating hand in hand in organisations and what D & I practitioners can do to foster a more integrated approach to assessing and optimising employee well-being.