Chair of ASX Board (FFT) and founder and CEO of Human Skills development company - Maxme
Renata Sguario is the founder and CEO of Maxme and the current chairman of the board of Future First Technology (formerly known as PS+C Limited), listed on the ASX (FFT), one of Australia’s leading end-to-end ICT and digital consulting organisations.
With more than 30 years of experience in people management and graduate recruitment programs with leading organisations such as Telstra, NAB and Latitude Financial Services, Renata watched as Gen Z entered the workforce and noticed the widening gap in soft skills in the first generation to grow up with the internet.
Maxme is a human skills development organisation focused on helping young Australians develop soft skills critical for employment and career success. Maxme delivers online training via the Hodie app to build these skills and provide practical ways to apply them. Human skills (also known as soft skills, interpersonal skills, people skills) are crucial to securing work, and thriving in everyday working life. Unfortunately, human skills are rarely taught as part of the typical tertiary education experience, leaving many students unprepared for 'the real world’.
Hodie helps students and graduates unlock unique personal superpowers, build human skills and prepare for career success. Hodie is developed from 20 years of coaching, leading and mentoring people. The program covers self-awareness, communicating with impact, working together, mindfulness, owning it and creativity.
Speaking opportunities - themes and topics
Renata is available as a keynote speaker, guest speaker and panel member and can talk engagingly on a range of topics and themes including:
- Being a female Chairman of an ASX-listed technology company - Renata is happy to share her personal story about coming to Australia with immigrant parents who had nothing and how she worked hard to rise up in her career
- Her startup journey and learnings - why Renata has invested close to half a million dollars of her own money to bootstrap her own startup as she nears her 50th birthday
- The quarter life crisis affecting Gen Z and Millenials - why universities are failing to prepare graduates for the real world of work
- Imposter syndrome - why a whopping 56% of female university graduates doubt what they want to do and shift into other careers within five to seven years of entering the workforce
- How to know what your personal strengths are and leverage them for career success - why your talents are not your strengths
- How to build a soft skills and strength based approach to building high functioning teams
- Why soft skills, not just digital skills are vital for Australian businesses to rebound from the pandemic and thrive
- The social media disadvantage affecting Gen Z and Millennials