Welcome – DWC 2019!

8.30 – 10:00am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS : Dispelling the myths of Work-Life Balance. 

Presenter: Debbie Ireland

Something we all search long and hard for, and so seldom seem to find!  Why? Because “Work- Life Balance” is quite simply impossible!  So, what are the options?  How do you manifest the magic you want, while juggling all the essential elements in your life?

Debbie shares her secret formula with you – based on her many years of experience as a self-confessed balance-seeker and juggler extraordinaire.

Debbie grew up in Rotorua, NZ, with 2 siblings.  At the age of 17, she got the itch to experience the world, and spent a year discovering herself around the USA. Returning to NZ, she took the university route – studying Business in Auckland.  Her journey took many turns, several career paths, a lot of travel, and many life experiences.  When her daughter, Sophie, came along, it changed her meaning yet again.

Debbie is the Managing Director of ShareThePoint, a New Zealand company which specialises in Office 365/SharePoint training (and more recently ONLINE training), and also organises the Digital Workplace Conferences.

LinkedIn: Debbie Ireland
Twitter: @debbieireland

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2: How Technology is Saving Lives – a Patient’s Story.

Presenter: David Downs

An hilarious tale of optimism and positivity in the face of one of life’s greatest challenges, this is an amazing account of David’s battle with terminal cancer, as documented in a highly successful blog, with over 100,000 followers. (Spoiler alert – he lived.)

The successful author of popular books No.8 Rewired and No.8 Recharged, comedian, businessman, TV and Radio actor, and genetically modified organism, David Downs, will speak about the impact that writing about his year-long battle had on his very survival.

Diagnosed with a terminal case of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (not just the mild dose of the flu that he thought he had), it was only through a chance sighting of his blog by a stranger that David came to be part of a groundbreaking (and, ultimately, lifesaving) clinical trial in the USA.

In his ‘day job’, David Downs is a General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), working with the Technology sector to help fast growing tech companies grow internationally, and leading a cross-government project for the Agritech sector.

David documented his battle with cancer in the book A Mild Touch of the Cancer. He regularly presents and gives talks on his cancer journey and on the power of positive thinking and optimism.

#downwithcancernz, @dwdowns, Blog – A Mild Touch of Cancer.  To donate to the Malaghan Institute:

Hear the response from the New Zealand DWC attendees!

  • Great to have something completely different but very entertaining and inspiring
  • Great human experience story. Amazing consequential outcomes of tech was refreshing to see.
  • Really funny and moving, had the full attention of every one in the room, we could not help but be inspired.
  • Awesome, charismatic speaker with a compelling personal story. Probably the most memorable speaker I’ve seen at any DWC.
  • Inspiring story with a core message that is applicable across all aspects of life. Great session. Thanks.
  • How refreshing to hear a story about the way exponential technology has positively impacted an actual human being! Thank you for giving us the gift of David’s storytelling – we are all better for being exposed to his infectious positivity.

Location: Keynote Date: August 6, 2019 Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am DavidDowns David Downs Debbie Ireland