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Workday Elevate Sydney

Thursday, May 24, 2018



There’s no better way to learn about the power of Workday than from our customers. And at Workday Elevate, you get the chance to hear their stories.

Join us in Sydney to find out why our customers trust us as their partner, and how we’ve helped leaders like you rise above their biggest challenges and achieve breakthrough success.


Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf
Level 3, 26/32 Pirrama Rd 
Pyrmont NSW 2009

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Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:00 AM–9:00 AM

Workday Discovery Zone 

8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Explore the possibilities for your business in the Workday Discovery Zone. See our products in action, chat with trusted experts, connect with our customer community, and find what you need to take the next step on your journey.

Workday Welcome 

9:00 AM–9:10 AM

Speaker: Stephen Jack, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, Workday

Workday Vision

9:10 AM–9:45 AM

In this keynote, our leaders share how a single solution for finance and HR allows you to realize immediate and continuous value for your organization. Join us to discover how we help our customers embrace the future with boldness and learn about where Workday is headed next.

Presented by: Lena Shishkina, Vice President, Finance, Workday

Customer Spotlight

9:45 AM–10:15 AM

At Workday, we believe that when our customers succeed, we do too. It is this belief that has kept our customer satisfaction rating at an industry-leading 95 percent or higher year over year. Join this session to hear Deakin University discuss how partnering with Workday supports its digital transformation.

Presented by: William Confalonieri, Chief Digital Officer, CIO, and Vice President, Deakin University

Coffee Break

10:15 AM–10:45 AM

Customer Reference Panel

10:45 AM–11:30 AM

If you want to hear a candid perspective on going live with Workday, this is your chance. Join this interactive session with three of our customers to hear their stories in a casual group setting. Learn about the challenges they faced, why they chose Workday, and what they’ve been able to achieve as a result. The session closes with a Q&A. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to talk directly with PwC, Qantas, and REA Group.

Speaker: Vish Padmanabhan, Partner, PwC
Speaker: Peter Bracewell, Manager, HR Digital, Qantas
Speaker: Josh Grace-Ware, Group Head of HR Operations, REA Group

Thought Leadership Keynote 

11:30 AM–12:15 PM

Innovation and Digital Transformation Insights, Ross Dawson, Futurist and Founding Chairman of Advanced Technologies Group of companies


12:15 PM–1:15 PM

Enjoy lunch and lively conversation with our customers, deployment partners, and other attendees in the Workday Discovery Zone.

Afternoon Breakout Streams

1:15 PM–1:45 PM


Industry Trends in Finance


Industry Trends in HR


Industry Trends in IT

Higher Education

The Future of Higher-Education Platforms

Workday Customers

Workday Learning Case Study with Amanda El Bahou, Learning and Development Manager, Qantas

1:45 PM–2:30 PM


Finance Customer Case Study with Paul Harper, Program Director of Finance Transformation, Deakin University


HR Customer Case Studies with Laura Dooley, People and Purpose Business Analyst, Ricoh Australia

Dana Schulenburg, A&NZ People Team, Director of People Operations, Digital Solutions and Support

Kent Cabrera, Head of HR
Optimisation, Aesop


Fireside Chat on Innovation and Technology with William Confalonieri, CDO Deakin University

Higher Education

Higher-Education Customer Case Study with Kerrie Parker, CFO, Deakin University

Workday Customers

Product Overview: Workday Learning  


Roundtable Discussions

2:30 PM–3:15 PM

Join our customers, deployment partners, and industry experts for small group conversations around the topics you care about most.


Evolving Your Finance Talent with Insight and Analytics led by Workday

Finance in a Digital World led by Deloitte


Moving from Talent Management to Performance Enablement led by Workday

Leveraging Technology and Data for Workplace Diversity led by Accenture


Applying Machine Learning for Collaboration, Analysis, and Better Decision-Making led by Workday

Creating a Culture of Security led by Workday

Higher Education

Using Technology to Support Your Institution’s Changing Landscape led by Workday

The Future of Work led by KPMG

Workday Customers

Solution Overview: Reporting and Analytics for Workday Human Capital Management Customers


Coffee Break

3:15 PM–3:45 PM

Workday Product Overview Sessions

3:45 PM–4:15 PM

For Finance Leaders: Delivering on the Promise of Finance Transformation—at Last!

Do you ever wonder why a new accounting system doesn’t quite measure up to the promises made? Learn how Workday is different—designed from the beginning to address the challenges of traditional systems. See how our unique data model can support your business and dramatically increase the value your financials system brings to your organization.

For HR Leaders: Empowering Your Organization—the Secret to Success

To be successful, organizations need the ability to develop and empower the entire workforce. From mapping the voyage, to executing with precision and course correcting as you go, Workday is there to guide businesses every step of the way. Join this session to learn what to plan for, and how to roll out talent development initiatives and analyze results for continual improvement—all within a single system.

For IT Leaders: Focus, Adapt, Grow—Open Your Organization to Technology-Driven Possibilities

To an IT leader, 2018 is looking both enticing and daunting. While we gain benefits from proven advances such as mobile and cloud computing, we struggle with distraction from the hype of early stage technological discontinuities. How does a busy IT leader navigate the net-new while making steady progress toward their core digital business imperatives? The Workday technology platform is fundamentally different by design—agile and adaptive while trusted and secure. From this foundation, elevate your experience by adding technology advancements, intelligence from machine learning, or context from messaging platforms and digital assistants. Join this session to go inside the technologies driving the future of work and learn how Workday can help open your organization to technology-driven opportunities.

For Higher Ed Leaders: Workday solutions for Higher Education – Overview and Demo

See how Workday solutions for higher education can unite your university under one configurable service.

Discover how to use Workday Financial Management, Workday Human Capital Management and Workday Student to cohesively lead your institution toward success.

For Current Workday Customers: Getting the Most from Workday Mobile

Learn how organizations are leveraging our mobile application for employee engagement, productivity, and insights on the go.

Workday Services Overview Sessions 

4:15 PM–4:45 PM

How to Successfully Deploy Workday

What makes Workday deployment different? This session takes you through the deployment process and discusses how to set the stage for your own success. Learn how companies similar to yours have smoothly transitioned, and the benefits they have realized by being part of the continuous innovation with Workday.

We are offering three sessions aimed at the following groups:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Higher Education
Best Practices to Maximize the Value of Your Workday Subscription

As a leader, you are expected to provide tools, processes, and resources to help your people adopt, use, and enjoy their Workday subscription. But you may not know where to start—maybe you want to be completely self-sufficient, or maybe you’d rather have training and services managed for you. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, Workday can help. This session discusses Workday programs and service offerings that support you where you are now, and help you grow to your preferred level of self-sufficiency. Come learn about the best practices our successful customers use to maximize the value they get from their Workday subscription. 

Workday Closing Remarks 

4:45 PM–5:00 PM

Networking Reception 

5:00 PM–6:00 PM

Close out the day with beverages, appetizers, and a chance to mingle with Workday customers, employees, and partners.

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Sponsoring Partners


Who can attend Workday Elevate?

Workday Elevate is open to invited prospective customers and invited customers.

If you are a Workday prospective customer interested in attending the event, please email the Workday Elevate Registration team.

If you are an analyst, email the Analyst Relations team with any questions.

If you are a member of the press, email the Public Relations team with any questions.


Is there a cost to attend Workday Elevate?

No, there is no cost to attend. We’re happy to be your host, and know this will be a worthwhile event. 

When is the deadline to register?

Registration remains open until we are at capacity.

Which meals are hosted by the conference?

The following meals are hosted:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Reception with appetizers and beverages
May I bring a guest?

If you’d like to invite additional team members from your organization, or if you have a colleague outside of your organization that would benefit from attending Workday Elevate, please feel free to forward the invitation.

What if I can no longer attend?

Please return to the registration page and enter your name and confirmation number to cancel your registration or email us at

I’m driving—where should I park?

The venue offers parking nearby. We will provide more details as we get closer to the event.

Are parking fees covered?

Parking fees are the responsibility of the guest. Workday encourages ride sharing or utilizing public transportation, where available.