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Generation Y

The generational divide has led to crippling attrition and low engagement levels for Generation Y employees. Despite employers best efforts young employees continue to hop from job to job, even entire industries in their search for the “perfect job”. Peter Sheahan argues if we are to have any hope retaining and engaging Generation Y in the workplace we need to first understand their needs and motivations.

Peter is a globally recognised expert on Generation Y. His insights into managing generational change influence the strategy of market leading organisations including Google, News Corp, Coca-Cola and Ernst & Young. A Gen Y’er himself, Peter has worked with more than 100,000 members of this generation in workshops, seminars and focus groups. It is this experience, and the collective research he collates from around the world that Peter will draw upon in his presentation today.

A best-selling author, former Young Entrepreneur of the Year and 2006 Keynote Speaker of the Year, Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a combined audience of 350,000 people in eight different countries.


The global marketplace is evolving at such a rapid rate that “business as usual” has become a redundant concept. The successful businesses of tomorrow will be built on a platform of courageous leadership, innovation and change. In order to achieve real success, organisations must shift the mindsets of their senior leaders out of the world as it used to exist and into the world as it exists today.

Former Young Entrepreneur of the Year and best-selling author, Peter Sheahan has developed “Flip!” – A proactive future-focussed philosophy that will have you being the force of change in the market and not just responding to the change.

Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a combined audience of 350,000 people in eight different countries. His impressive array of clients includes Google, News Corp, Coca Cola, L’Oreal and Westpac. In 2006 he was voted the leading keynote speaker in Australia.

Chairman, Merryck & Co

Peter Sheahan - Testimonials

Peter Sheahan is one of the best presenters to a business audience I have ever seen. He is a master of his topic and he delivers his presentation with great style and passion, captivating the entire audience with excellent humor, appropriate anecdotes, memorable metaphors and authentic sense of purpose."

Communications & Development Director, Cisco Systems, Inc

Peter Sheahan - Testimonials

Peter can be relied upon to deliver genuine insight that moves his audience to action. These are exciting, and of course challenging times. Peter is just the right kind of thinker to help organizations profit from the opportunities which inevitably arise in such a turbulent economic environment."

Senior Vice President, Internal Communications, News Corporation

Peter Sheahan - Testimonials

Peter Sheahan is one of those people. Arguably the world leading expert in generational change, I have no hesitation recommending Peter to any organization looking to drive innovation deeper in their company, and wanting to inspire their leaders to think differently and take the necessary risk to future-proof the business."

CEO, Counterpoint, Inc.

Peter Sheahan - Testimonials

Peter, you amaze me. Your ability and willingness to customize material that resonates with audiences and reinforces brand goals is incredible. Your performance for my client last week was right on target, and the material was 90 per cent new from the material you used with another of my clients just ten months ago


MIKE'S bestselling book Futuretainment is a perfect complement to his keynote and workshop presentations, and provides a succinct overview of the digital revolution. Futuretainment is about a world transformed by consumer connectedness. It is an indispensable handbook for anyone wanting to understand the future of media and marketing, and explains what it will take for companies and brands to thrive in this challenging new environment. With a unique focus on the dynamic markets of Japan, China and Korea - Futuretainment tells the story of disruptive consumer innovation at the cutting edge of social media. Futuretainment is an intense visual feast, presenting its 23 unique insights with original photography, innovative graphs and data visualisations – a radical rethink of the traditional business book.  


Mike Walsh - Testimonials

Mike is highly inquisitive and original, not only in his thinking but also in his presentation, taking complex issues and turning them into simple and digestible themes. Mike is very valuable at helping challenge whatever your conventional wisdom is, and in setting out a clear set of views on how things might shape in months and years to come. I recommend him highly."

Fujifilm Australia

Mike Walsh - Testimonials

I would highly recommend Mike Walsh to any company who wants to get a clearer understanding of not what might be, but what is very likely to be

Roche Products Pty Limited

Mike Walsh - Testimonials

Mike was a pleasure to work with. His presentation was perfectly pitched reflecting his research prior to the event to tailor his presentation to our audience and he also took the time to meet with some of them prior to the presentation. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone interested and would love to work with him again."

Walt Disney Studios

Mike Walsh - Testimonials

Fascinating! You should also write books on presenting technology topics to non-technology people. It’s a skill very few technologists have."

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh is a futurist and leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behaviour and fast growth markets.

Advertising & Promotions Manager, Quest Serviced Apartments

Lisa McInnes-Smith - Testimonials

Your opening session set the theme for our event and energised our franchisees. Your unique communication style ensured your message sank in. You exceeded our expectations from the initial meeting to the post-event debrief.

National Sales Manager, Nestle Australia

Lisa McInnes-Smith - Testimonials

The response to your presentation has been overwhelming. The impact on both business and the personal lives of our people astounded me."


Lisa McInnes-Smith - Testimonials

Just a quick one to let you know that our client response this morning was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! I have been flooded with emails all morning about how great Lisa was. Thanks for suggesting Lisa, and Lisa – thanks for being magnificent yet again!

General Manager Retail Banking, Westpac Banking Corporation

Lisa McInnes-Smith - Testimonials

I have received much positive feedback from the day, and I am delighted with the outcome. Your presentation was both inspiring and informative for my staff.

Meetings and Events Australia

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

Thank you for a great presentation - absorbing, thought-provoking and energetic. You were singled out as one of the conference favourites.

Communications and Marketing Manager, The Law Society of New South Wales

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

We were thrilled with James and the way in which he facilitated the panel discussion. He understood the brief, the aims and the target audience. He made the panellists feel incredibly comfortable and kept the discussion on track and on time. And he injected his wonderful sense of humour!

NSW Department of Health

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

Thank you for working your magic as MC last Monday at the NSW Premier's Awards. We've received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the awards ceremony with many mentioning just how much they appreciated your work!

Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies

After two decades of corporate speaking work in Australia James O’Loghlin is an accomplished and highly experienced MC who is able to draw laughs from whatever is happening whilst running the event in an efficient and appropriate manner. You get the professionalism of an experienced radio and television host who is utterly at home on stage combined with the humour of one of Australia’s best corporate comedians. Watch James O'Loghlin's MC Showreel

 Thank you for your fantastic "MC" services…your cool, calm and collected style not only kept us highly amused, but kept everything and everybody else under control"
- The Starlight Foundation

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