Karina Mansfield, Senior Business Leader, IT/T
The story of Karina Mansfield reads like a text book of contemporary business thinking—serving to revolutionise sales cultures through transformational change—for the benefit of all key stakeholders.
Johanna Boland, Group Strategy and Communications Manager, ANCA
Karina’s career has propelled her from sales, marketing and advertising roles in the early nineties, to most recently as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand for KnowBe4. Here, Karina has built the Knowbe4 business from ground up in the region, building and managing a multi-disciplinary team and functions, along with the role of brand ambassador—while elevating triple digit growth across all business metrics.
During her time at Optus, Karina has led transformational change—from siloed departments fiercely guarding their knowledge into a flourishing, productive and modern environment where knowledge is shared and camaraderie built in a customer-centric, single state model.
Karina, known as an enthusiastic champion of the power of relationships, also combines a rich mix of strategy, innovation and persuasion to achieve her goals, and is passionate about ensuring the wellbeing of staff to ensure long-term employee retention and stability, motivation and productivity.
Each challenge Karina has confronted since the early days of her career has been stamped with her individual style that embeds imaginative solutions and a no-problem mindset that narrows the gap between big-picture visions and realistic capability, frees siloed operations, and shapes restructures, strategy and governance.
Time and again Karina has swiftly delivered results that changed operations through business insight and the perseverance she invests in winning the hearts and minds of people—a talent that has delivered millions in revenues, steered cultural change, and mitigated risk.
With her expert knowledge of marketing and sales in the technology space, and developing and training top performers, Karina is a leader with the necessary know-how to capitalise on her capacity to drive change and get results.
Take for example, Karina’s prior appointment as Optus’ Director of Strategic Accounts, Victoria where she gained a reputation for thinking outside the square to remediate negative sentiment, recraft strategy to enable growth, and vastly improve the Net Promoter Score.
She also resecured two major contracts—a $490M global sourcing agreement with a large bank, and a $60M+ contract with substantial growth for a large energy retailer. And that’s not all. Knowing that for the company to thrive, greater knowledge and an injection of new ideas was needed by introducing core changes to leadership and customer facing roles to communicate as a sophisticated market competitor.
Whatever the mission, whatever the industry, Karina employs her customary style of conviction, professionalism, and an innate passion for delivering results.
Johanna Boland is Group Strategy and Communications Manager at ANCA CNC Machines where she supports the corporate function, ANCA CNC Machines, ANCA Motion and ANCA Sheet Metal Solutions - leading the strategic direction for all internal and external communications to build and enhance ANCA's reputation as a technically advanced leader.
Sally Bruce, COO & CFO, CultureAmp
Prior to her roles at ANCA, Johanna was Global Brand and Engagement Manager at Amcor in Australia, and previously had worked in UK for various agencies.
Johanna holds a Masters in Applied Communication from RMIT University and Honours in English from the University of Melbourne.
Sally Bruce is the COO & CFO of Culture Amp, the world’s leading employee experience platform, with over 4,000 active business customers in 47 countries around the world. Sally has worked for more than 25 years as a senior executive at global organizations. Prior to joining Culture Amp, Sally was the Chief Executive Officer of AMP Bank. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer Business and Personal Banking at National Australia Bank and has held a number of senior leadership roles at Macquarie Group. Sally also serves as a Director of Rising (formerly the Melbourne International Arts Festival) and Chief Executive Women. Sally holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Master's degree in Applied Finance. Sally is a driver of performance through culture and is a passionate advocate of people and diversity in all its forms.
Lauren Streifer, CEO, Streifer & Co
Lauren Streifer is the Founder & CEO of Streifer&Co - a global CEO advisory firm and Founder of One in a Million Publishing, a children's publishing house. Previously, Lauren was the Executive Director of the peak body for infrastructure. She also co-founded the Australian office of Nova Global - which pairs the world's premier brands (Google, H&M, CocaCola) with the best global talent. In addition, Lauren managed international development projects for 21 economies (including the US and China) at the Australian office for APEC. She previously worked at the Mayor’s Office of New Orleans, the Australian Consulate in New York and the New York office of NIDA. Lauren is a passionate public speaker, mentor and children’s book writer. Her first book, This Small King, will be released in September.