Inclusive Leadership


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

The Hyatt Regency,
161 Sussex Street
Sydney, Australia 2000

The Transformation of Leadership

The Inclusive Leadership Summit is taking place as part of Oracle CloudWorld at The Hyatt Regency, Sydney on Tuesday, 1st May 2018, from 2:15pm – 4:45pm.

Hosted by the Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL) and Diversity and Inclusion teams & sponsored by Accenture invites executive-level leaders in HR, D&I and Recruitment to engage in meaningful, thought provoking discussions with customers and experts, reflecting the past, present and future of the transformation of Leadership.

Program Description

Leaders that embrace inclusivity and pursue equality advance engagement and achieve successful outcomes. This program - hosted by the Oracle Women's Leadership (OWL) organisation and sponsored by Accenture - invites executive-level leaders to learn about the importance, and challenges, in creating an environment where all employees feel valued, enabled to contribute and inspired to develop and advance. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with some of the most recognized executives and thought leaders in business today.

Diversity and Inclusion Vision

At Oracle, we foster an inclusive environment that leverages the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of all of our employees, suppliers, customers and partners to drive a sustainable global competitive advantage

Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL) Mission

As a global initiative, the Oracle Women’s Leadership mission is to develop, engage, and empower current and future generations of Oracle women leaders to foster an inclusive and innovative workforce.


— Engage with Oracle customers, executives and industry thought leaders to discuss how leading inclusively advances employee engagement and increases innovation.
— Network with peers and meet with like-minded executives to discuss the challenges and solutions of workplace inclusion.
— Understand the impact of inclusive leadership on engagement, innovation, and business success.


As an Inclusive Leadership, you will receive, access to the evening reception and exclusive content that addresses the unique needs, pertinent questions and specific challenges of top executives.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2:15 pm – 2:20 pm

Open & Welcome
Rob Willis, Regional Managing Director ANZ, Oracle

2:20 pm – 2:55 pm

The Face of Leadership – What’s Changed?
Gretchen Alarcon, Group Vice President, Product Strategy , Oracle

2:55pm – 3:40pm

Transforming Leadership: Moving Inclusivity from an Agreement to a Movement
Francoise Russo, CIO, Toll
Jacqueline Purcell, CFO, Culture Amp
Dr. Jason Fox, Author & Leadership Advisor
Sujith Abraham, Group Vice President -- Strategy & Operations, Oracle Asia Pacific and EMEA

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

Getting to Equal
What will it take to create a workplace culture where women and men have equal opportunities for advancement and pay, and how do you create an environment where everyone feels included? Building on findings about the impact of digital and technology on advancement, this year Accenture researched the effect of workplace culture on advancement – a critical business imperative in ‘Getting to Equal’. Join this session to hear how inclusion starts with I.

Greg Carroll, Senior Managing Director ANZ, Accenture

4:00 pm – 4:40 pm

The Future is Female
Drew Bradford, National Australia Banks Executive General Manager of Markets, NAB Corporate and Institutional Banking
Amanda Jobbins, VP Demand Generation & Marketing EMEA / APAC, Oracle

4:40 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing Comments
Lynette Clunies-Ross, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, APAC, Oracle Singapore



    Françoise Russo

    Chief Information Officer,Toll

    Françoise Russo was appointed to the role of Chief Information Officer for Toll Group in August 2016. Françoise has studied Psychology at University, followed by a Masters in Information Systems and an MBA. Françoise started her career working for Procter & Gamble for a number
of years, in predominantly global and regional roles. During this time, she worked on a number of Sales and Business Planning Solutions as well as various Interactive Marketing initiatives for the P&G Haircare New Business Development Division, when Digital Solutions were emerging as a tool for customer connection and engagement.

    Following that, Françoise worked for Diageo PLC for several years, in
a number of IT and Business roles. These included an eTransformation change programme, Sales and Commercial IT including Field Force Automation, the IT Director of Diageo Great Britain (Diageo’s second largest market), various Marketing IT roles including Digital Marketing Director and leader of an HR Transformation programme.

    Prior to joining Toll, she worked at British American Tobacco joining them in 2008 in a variety of senior IT Leadership roles covering Sales, Marketing, Innovation, Manufacturing, Leaf, Supply Chain and R&D. As part of BAT’s Global IT Leadership team, she then moved to a role as BAT’s Regional CIO first covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, then also taking on Western and Central Europe. All senior roles have involved team leadership and talent development, strategy development and execution, business engagement, delivery of major transformation projects and often, restructuring and building talent to develop a future t IT team.

    Françoise is also a champion of increasing the Diversity in IT and was the Group IT sponsor for this in BAT, during which period the number of women in IT significantly increased.Françoise is passionate about IT and how it can support and enable transformation and key business outcomes.


    Drew Bradford

    Executive General Manager, Markets, NAB Corporate & Institutional Banking

    Drew Bradford is responsible for leading National Australia Bank's Markets business which encompasses the fixed income trading, foreign exchange, commodities, financial institution sales and markets research businesses.

    Drew joined NAB in July 2011 from Deutsche Back in London where he was Global Head of their Listed Derivatives business. In his 12 years at Deutsche Bank, Drew had various management responsibilities across Europe, Japan and globally in their global finance and foreign exchange, equities, commodities and institutional sales businesses.

    Prior to Deutsche Bank, Drew was Head of Financial Markets at Bankers Trust New Zealand. Drew began his career as a Graduate at Bankers Trust in Sydney in 1987 and was predominantly involved in the currency and interest rate derivative trading business.

    Drew holds a Bachelor of Business in Finance from the University of Canberra as well as an MBA from the University of Sydney.


    Dr Jason Fox

    Author and Leadership Advisor

    Dr Jason Fox is a modern day wizard-rogue, author and leadership adviser. Oft sought after for his pioneering philosophies and expertise in motivation design, Dr Fox shows forward-thinking leaders around the world how to unlock new and meaningful progress—amidst a volatile sea of complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, paradox and doubt.

    Jason is the bestselling author of The Game Changer, and How to Lead a Quest: a handbook for pioneering executives, and his research has been featured in the likes of Smart Company, Huffington Post, BRW and The Financial Review. As well as the above, Jason enjoys partaking in extreme sports such as reading, beard maintenance and coffee snobbery.


    Amanda Jobbins

    Vice President Marketing, EMEA/APAC, Oracle

    Jobbins is an industry renowned marketing leader in the technology industry; her experience includes leadership positions across the globe for amongst others Symantec, IBM and Cisco. In her current role, she drives digital demand generation and marketing for Oracle in EMEA and APAC.


    Jacqueline Purcell

    Chief Financial Officer , Culture Amp

    Jacqueline Purcell is Culture Amp's VP of Strategy & Operations. She joined the company in September 2017 to help articulate and execute Culture Amp’s global growth strategy. In her role, Jacqueline coordinates the company’s global operating cadence and overseas Finance, Legal, Technology and Security practices. Prior to joining Culture Amp, Jacqueline was based in New York as an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s M&A Team, where she advised corporate clients on the structuring and execution of cross-border takeovers, mergers, acquisitions, and disposal transactions. In her final year at Morgan Stanley, Jacqueline also served as the Chief Operating Officer for the M&A business. Jacqueline earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and has a Bachelor of Commerce / Laws (Honors) from the University of Sydney.


    Sujith Abraham

    Group Vice President -- Strategy & Operations, Oracle Asia Pacific and EMEA

    Sujith Abraham oversees Sales Transformation for both Asia Pacific and EMEA. Prior to this role he designed and led the execution of Oracle’s go-to-market model for Asia Pacific. Sujith has led several large and small organizations across Field and Inside Sales, Marketing and Business Development in both Asia and the United States. Sujith has been with Oracle since 1997.

    Mr. Abraham holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


    Greg Carroll

    Senior Managing Director ANZ, Accenture

    Greg Carroll is a Senior Managing Director in Accenture’s Australia and New Zealand business, and a Director of Accenture Australia Ltd. Greg led Accenture’s Financial Services business in Australia and New Zealand for 10 years, and Accenture’s Asia Pacific Banking Business for 3 years.

    Greg has worked for Accenture in Financial Services for more than 30 years and has extensive experience gained from clients in Australia, Asia, New Zealand, UK and North America. His Australian clients have included the four major Banks and a number of other local and international financial services organisations, with roles including: business development, business strategy and operating model definition, change management, and leadership of large, complex delivery and transformation programmes. Greg has personal responsibility for Accenture’s relationship with Westpac, a leading Oracle based transformation, and Oracle within the FS business globally.

    Greg has a first class honours degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of NSW. He is married with two children and lives in Sydney. Outside of work, Greg is a keen runner having completed several marathons, including the New York Marathon.


    Gretchen Alarcon

    Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy, Oracle

    Gretchen Alarcon is group vice president for Oracle’s human capital management strategy, responsible for development and go-to-market initiatives that help businesses around the world modernize their HR practices through the adoption of Oracle’s HCM cloud apps. Additionally, Alarcon acts as a thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud. With more than 20 years’ experience in product strategy, Alarcon uses her knowledge of the industry to showcase the importance of modernization through the integration of cloud apps in core HR, talent acquisition, and HR data analytics. Together with her team, she forecasts future of work movements and delivers initiatives to businesses to protect their bottom line.

    Prior to Oracle, Alarcon worked at Icarian, National Semiconductor, Ford, and Silicon Graphics, where she drove the management of workforce suites and aided in the redesign of worldwide human resource functions.

    Alarcon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in American Studies from Stanford University.


    Rob Willis

    Regional Managing Director, Oracle Australia and New Zealand

    Rob Willis is the regional managing director for Oracle Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). He joined the company in November 2016, with a focus on leading the company’s transformation into a major player in the cloud. In this role he will be responsible for driving Oracle’s operations and growth plans locally, with a continued focus on providing a great customer experience and building a strong internal culture.

    Willis has more than 25 years’ IT industry experience. Previously, he was Vice President of Japan and Asia Pacific (JAPAC) for Citrix Systems, a position he held for seven years. Here he was accountable for revenue and profitability across the region, managing 400 people and rapidly growing a business that spanned a broad portfolio of markets and customers segments.

    Prior appointments included Vice President of ANZ at Citrix, where he transformed the company into a high-growth business through the addition of a high-touch Enterprise Sales team. Willis has also held executive roles at several notable IT companies including IP Networks and Nortel Networks.


    Lynette Clunies-Ross

    Vice President, Strategy and Operations, APAC, Oracle Singapore

    Lynette joined Oracle in May as Vice President, Strategy and Operations for APAC in Singapore. Her mission is to transform the APAC organization to enable and support Oracle customers’ digital transformation journey through the Oracle Cloud.

    Prior to that Lynette was the Chief Operating Officer for SAS Australia & New Zealand, with direct accountability for Marketing, Pre-Sales, Business Development, Consulting and Advisory Services and Support.

    With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, Lynette is a proven and innovative business leader with a unique blend of deep technology, business and operational expertise.

    At SAS, Lynette was instrumental in helping the company achieve record growth in the advanced analytics market. She is a recognized thought leader in client partnering and collaboration. At IBM, she started as a Systems Engineer after completing a computing cadetship with the Northern Territory Government, before assuming a number of senior executive roles in Sales, Business Operations, Strategy and Transformation. This included over 5 years on international assignment to the IBM Growth Market Headquarters in Shanghai, China.

    Lynette is a graduate of the Charles Darwin University Business Computing degree, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed extensive company sponsored executive education at Harvard Business School and IBM.

    Lynette is a passionate supporter and advocate for women in technology.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please email

Diversity and Inclusion

At Oracle, we foster an inclusive environment that leverages the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of all of our employees, suppliers, customers and partners to drive a sustainable global competitive advantage

Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL)

As a global initiative, the Oracle Women’s Leadership mission is to develop, engage, and empower current and future generations of Oracle women leaders to foster an inclusive and innovative workforce.