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Adelaide Thinkers in Residence and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Present

Creating Productive and Healthy Organisations
A presentation and panel event with
Dr Martin Seligman, Thérèse Rein and Erma Ranieri

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As part of Dr Seligman's final visit as Adelaide Thinker in Residence he will present and contribute to a panel in response to the question; "Can the science of positive psychology contribute to productive and positive workplaces?" Thérèse Rein will draw on her extensive experience of implementing positive psychology across her global business to enable both clients and employees to reach their potential, and she will also be part of the panel discussion. Erma Ranieri, Chief Executive of SA’s Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce, will discuss the central role of employees in enabling positive organisational change and better outcomes for citizens.

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The panel discussion will be especially tailored towards the public sector and human resource personnel from large organisations. The Facilitator for this event will be Gabrielle Kelly, Director of Adelaide Thinkers in Residence, with Raymond J Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board, South Australia opening the event.

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This event is proudly supported by:

  Dr Martin Seligman

Dr Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is one of the most widely known psychologists of our time. He has spent over 40 years working on the issues of depression, optimism and pessimism. In 1996, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association. Since 2000, his main mission has been the promotion of the field of positive psychology. Dr Seligman is currently working with the US Government on wellbeing and resilience for the armed forces. He has worked with both the US and UK governments in education settings and continues to have a strong focus on training psychologists in positive psychology.

Thérèse Rein

Thérèse Rein is the Founder and Managing Director of Ingeus, an Australian company operating from more than 150 locations across the world. Ingeus assists more than a hundred thousand socially and financially excluded people into independence every year through their journey into suitable, sustained employment. Thérèse is also the CEO of Assure Programs, a business psychology services company providing employee assistance programs and organisational development in Australia and New Zealand, to further empower and inspire authentic change in the lives of others. A commitment to people flourishing underpins the Ingeus Group of Companies with its service delivery founded in the science of positive psychology with its focus on strengths, resilience and wellbeing. Thérèse studied psychology and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Qualifying (Psych) from ANU Canberra.


Erma Ranieri

Erma Ranieri, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DIMTRE), Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce.As the former Executive Director (People and Culture) of PIRSA, Erma Ranieri led the agency’s change management and development agenda by addressing critical business issues such as the attraction and retention of people in a competitive labour market and creating value in an environment of competing stakeholder expectations. In that role Ms Ranieri was often asked to provide leadership in events and is considered an inspiring, thought provoking and passionate speaker.  Erma is now Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce, President of IPAA, and was awarded National Fellowship of the Institute in 2011.


Raymond J Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board, South Australia

In 2009, Raymond Spencer returned to Australia follows 35 years of living and working in the USA, India and Europe. Raymond is Chairman of The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Chairman of Capgemini’s Financial Services Global Business Unit (FS GBU) and Chairman of Signostics Limited, a director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. (RBCN) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of advanced electronic materials and a partner and member of the investment committee in three US based venture funds.

Raymond brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organizational culture and mergers and acquisitions. Raymond was born in Adelaide and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. He was inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2003 and serves as a board member of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). Raymond was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2005 for the Illinois Region. Raymond is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and he was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, which distinguishes innovators around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social change.