La Trobe University (Australia) The lasting impact: how we work

Courtney Hughes-Lord Principal, Organisation and Workforce Transformation at Mercer will present on the Global Talent Trends Report, 2022 which highlights how the past two years have had a permanent impact on people’s views about work, workers and working.

Companies anticipating double digit growth this year are redefining how they relate to their workforce and contribute to society. According to Mercer’s research, these ‘Relatable Organisations’ have five things in common; values-led, new work models, healthy workforce, learning cultures and human-centred environments. Mercer’s 2022 Global Talent Trends not only reveals the ‘why’, it explores ‘how’ to build a future of work that’s future fit for all stakeholders.

We’ll then be hosting a panel discussion with industry leaders including Luke Andrews of Deloitte, Susan Nicholson of SecurePay & POLi and Demetrio Zema of Law Squared. Ask our panel questions during the Q&A session afterwards.

For the first time this year you’ll be able to join us at a Thought Leadership event in person, which means you can network while you enjoy the breakfast. We also have an option to join this event online if you can’t be there in person.

Panel members

Luke Andrews Principal | Financial Advisory | Deloitte

Luke is a Principal in Deloitte’s Turnaround & Restructuring division with over 15 years experience in supporting key stakeholders through independent, commercial, strategic and financial reviews and supporting the implementation of strategic, financial and operational restructuring of underperforming businesses. His experience also includes the management of turnaround restructures to corporate exposures within an Australian ‘Big 4’ Bank.

Susan Nicholson | General Manager | SecurePay and POLi | La Trobe alumnus

Susan Nicholson is now General Manager with SecurePay Group at Australia Post. Susan has been at Australia Post for 4 years in leadership roles in our Payments and Financial Services business. Before Australia Post, Susan was at WEX Inc, a US owned B2B payments company, where she was Director of Marketing and Product for the Asia Pacific region. She has held senior roles at GE in both consumer and commercial businesses. Susan spent over 13 years at Wesfarmers (formally Coles Myer) working across the retail group with deep experience in all the companies’ major card and loyalty programs.

Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from La Trobe University and a Master of Marketing from Monash University.

She actively supports the growth of Women in the Payments Industry where she has served on the Women in Payments Global Community Council and Global Mentorship Council. In 2019 Susan received the Distinguished Women in Payments award.

Demetrio Zema | Director and Problem Solver | Law Squared | La Trobe alumnus

Demetrio is the founder and director of Law Squared, a NewLaw firm specialising in working with Australia’s leading disruptive businesses, corporates, ASX listed entities and multi-national clients. Founded in 2016, Law Squared has grown rapidly to become ‘Australia’s most innovative law firm’ and become a leader in NewLaw and legal innovation. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Law Squared launched their London office in July 2022 to support Australian and UK businesses in both jurisdictions.

An accomplished entrepreneur and lawyer having worked with many listed, large unlisted, NFP’s and venture capital funds, Demetrio is focused on providing a true alternative to the traditional law firm model. By focusing on outcomes and culture, and dispensing with hierarchy and time-based performance metrics, Demetrio has led Law Squared to the growth it has achieved today. Aside from working closely with his team in building the Law Squared brand and client service delivery, Demetrio has extensive experience in board governance, strategic advisory and business advisory work, supporting many Chairs, CEO’s and General Counsel’s across the Law Squared client base.

Leading a globally recognised NewLaw firm, Demetrio has received numerous awards and recognitions for the growth, impact and innovation Law Squared has achieved since its launch in 2016. Outside of law and entrepreneurship, Demetrio plays an active part in the not-for-profit community and is currently Chair of the Board of the Victorian Deaf Society Ltd (Expression Australia) and director of The Pride Fund Ltd. Demetrio also plays an active role as director of Zema Estate, a wine and agricultural business located in Coonawarra, South Australia.

Location: RACV Club (501 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000) or online on ON24