Keynote Speaker - Irwin M. Rubin, Ph.D.

Consultant, writer, professor, and irrepressible idealist, Irv Rubin was educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts (B.S.E.E. Tufts University; M.S. and Ph.D. Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).


Dr. Rubin’s teachings and consulting engagements are based on the premise that authentic feedback is the fundamental factor underlying discovery and transformation. Without genuine feedback, individual and organizational excellence is destined to failure. Indeed, his most provocative article – of the many he has published – “CEOs: Keyholders to World Peace” – challenges us to consider that, without knowledge and transformation, life as we know it becomes seriously threatened. For in the business of living, he warns us, “We are all CEOs.”

Dr. Rubin is considered one of the founders of modern Organization Development. He has written and published numerous professional articles and books throughout his career. His textbook, Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach (originally co-authored with David Kolb and James McIntyre) was the first experiential text of its kind. Eight editions have followed since its introduction in 1974, and experiential learning has become the cornerstone at virtually all progressive educational institutions. Over a million people – worldwide – have greatly benefited from this text.

In response to the ubiquitous saying, “it’s not personal, it’s just business,” Dr. Rubin responds, “there is no such condition, it’s all personal.”

Un-Conference Host

Allison Tsao, AODN Australia Board Member

Allison is the founder of Humans Who Lead, a leadership development community and platform. She holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU in Management, Marketing, and International Business and a Master’s in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a board member of the Asia Organization Development Network (AODN). To date, Allison has consulted with over 25+ organisations across 4 continents and is an experienced facilitator, coach, and consultant. 

Allison is passionate about bringing OD and Change Practitioners together. In a field where there is often no single right answer, we must rely on one another to hone our intuition, judgment, and self-awareness to access the true value of our skills. 

Un-Conference Design Team

Dina Cooper is a changemaker, author, speaker and coach focused on championing the potential in leaders and emerging leaders. Author of "Smart Parenting: How to Develop Your Child's Mindset, Resilience, and Courage for the Future of Work", Dina focuses on helping parents "develop leadership skills for the biggest role of their lives."

Danielle Burdon is a Director of Projects and Innovation, with almost ten years' experience managing change and projects in not-for-profit organisations. Danielle is a transplant from Perth, by way of the Middle East, and is passionate about positively supporting people through significant change.

Michelle Jorgensen is a People and Culture Manager in Local Government.  Having spent much of her career in Organisation Development, Change Management and Human Resources, Michelle is passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential as well as encouraging authentic leadership through human connection.  Michelle believes that part of what makes us human is our natural instinct to search for belonging and she is drawn to work that enables her to inspire others to find their tribe and fulfil that search. 


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