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We designed the EX Journal to be the definitive resource on employee experience: why it’s important, what it involves, and what it looks like in the wild. Everyone in our space knows why EX matters, and now we have somewhere to talk about it. If you want to join these fine folk send your ideas to karen@exjournal.org!

EX Journal Contributors

Sandy Burgham
Sandy Burgham
Sandy is the founder of Play Contemporary Leadership Colab, an organization committed to raising the consciousness of leaders. Residing in New Zealand, she has held a number of commercial leadership roles in three sectors – communications, research and fashion retail as well as working in consultancy and communications in London. With 30+ years of diverse work and leadership experience coupled with academic study of history and gender, she has developed a key interest in how gender pertains to leadership, culture and systems change. Connect with Sandy:         

 

Robin Schooling
An advocate for the workplace revolution, Robin regularly speaks to global HR and business audiences, and has written for Fast Company, Recruiting Daily, HRExaminer, Certified Magazine and SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). The Huffington Post named her one of The Top 100 Most Social Human Resource Experts on Twitter and Glassdoor called her one of the 2015 HR and Recruiting Thought Leaders to Follow. Connect with Robin:     

 

Jamie Finnegan
Jamie Finnegan
Jamie has extensive experience working with top Australian startups to help hire talent, consult on growth strategy, and advise on company values and culture. He is passionate about creating a work environment in which everyone feels comfortable, valued and empowered. In his new role, Jamie is responsible for the growth of finder's team whilst also designing and driving business initiatives to further enhance Finder's unique culture. Connect with Jamie:        

 

Jason Lauritsen
Jason Lauritsen
As a keynote speaker, Jason helps employees and leaders more clearly see the path towards a more engaging work (and life) experience. Beyond speaking, he also advises leaders and organizations who are working to solve the challenge of employee engagement and workplace culture. He frequently writes and blogs about topics related to employee engagement, workplace culture, and leadership, and co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Connect with Jason:        

 

Samantha Gadd
Samantha Gadd
Along with founding Humankind and Kin, Samantha has proven experience and success across the broad range of HR functions including strategy, recruitment, employment relations, restructuring, performance management, learning and development and coaching across small/medium business, hospitality, government and professional services including one of New Zealand's top tier law firms. Samantha is excited about the future of work and passionate about how focusing on employee experience is great for business. Connect with Samantha:        

 

Matt Johns
Matt Johns
Matt is passionate about deliberately designed experiences – for both customers and employees, and places significant value in understanding how people are feeling and thinking before designing targeted solutions. To achieve this, Matt has developed a unique methodology incorporating ethnography as a way to understand people and their unique behaviours. This approach draws on his wider experience, including as an intelligence operative in the UK police to understand how emotions and motivations impact individual behaviour. Connect with Matt:        

 

Philip Carden
Philip Carden
Co-founded Joyous. Ran a global division at Alcatel-Lucent/Bell-Labs. Passionate about the role of fairness in building great employee experiences. Philip chaired Australasia's first Employee Experience (EX) Summit, and two major CX conferences. He is extensively published on EX/CX as well as automation, analytics, security and telecoms. Connect with Philip:        

 

Michael Carden
Michael Carden
Founder Sonar6. Founder Joyous. Published author in marketing, employee experience and software industry. Mike is a past Winner of the Writemark Plain English Award and the Bayer Innovators Award. He is regarded as an expert in Software as a Service business models, and technology marketing. Mike also holds board and advisory board roles in various technology companies ranging from investor led early stage through to established public companies. Connect with Michael:        

 

Karen Rayner
Karen Rayner
Karen is a digital marketing and content generalist who unironically specializes in B2B and SaaS communications. She’s spent most of the last 10 years writing about how people can use technology for good, not Skynet, and previously won a Writemark Plain English award for making performance reviews sound interesting. Connect with Karen:        

 

Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett

Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies. Tim is a highly sought after international speaker on leadership, HR Tech, talent acquisition and HR execution. Tim is currently the President-elect for the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP). He is a lifelong workplace advocate for Diet Mt. Dew fountain machines and he considered the world’s foremost expert on workplace hugs. Connect with Tim:        


Serge van Dam
Serge van Dam
Serge is a Serge van Dam is ‘hands on’ investor in software companies that automate dull white-collar work, focusing on leadership development and building great teams. He studied Organizational Psychology at Victoria University and started out his career as an HR consultant. Connect with Serge:   

 

Laura-Jane Booker
Laura-Jane Booker
Having completed a Masters in Organisational Psychology, Laura-Jane is interested in understanding what drives employee behaviour and what HR experts can do to enable all of their employees to perform and thrive. Laura-Jane hopes to bridge the gap that exists between academics and practitioners by using her ability to interpret and translate academic research so that it can be used to inform business practice. Connect with Laura-Jane:     


Sean Holdmeyer & Zach Babbe
Sean and Zach are dedicated to making work meaningful for employees around the world. They're two of the founders of Holistic® - an EX platform created to make it easy for organizations to provide employee experiences that exceed their employees' needs and expectations. They're committed to flipping the script when it comes to EX - working to create a future where every employee feels truly valued and understands the meaning and impact of their contributions in the workplace on a daily basis. Connect with Sean & Zach:        

Donna Jones
Donna Jones
As Group Manager, Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Transdev Australasia, Donna is responsible for designing and implementing the Diversity & Inclusion strategic framework as well as the overall talent blueprint. Donna has developed and implemented numerous strategies to diversify conventionally male dominated industries including supply chain & logistics, oil & gas, and information technology. She is currently Transdev's Implementation Lead for Male Champions of Change. Connect with Donna: