Morning Tea


Afternoon Tea

16:10 - 16:30 Review and closing comments

16:30 - 17:30 Networking drinks

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09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Opening comments

Development Session

Elevate your Career

This development session will give you an insight into the 4 key areas for advancing your leadership career:

  • Redefine your value and take ownership of your leadership role - whatever your current level
  • Actively develop advantageous internal and external relationships
  • Prioritise brave, adaptive and experimental thought and action
  • Develop a ‘stepping up’ mindset and get ready to start learning​

Where to from here?

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay. Individuals and organisations know, from research, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow - pay parity wise we are talking 117 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start? What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?​

Panel Session

Margaret Collins
Catherine Fox Brisbane Panel


Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon

Catherine Fox


Dignity Party

Lisa Hando


General Manager - Lifestyle, Leisure and Industry,

Australian award for excellence in women's leadership

South Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership


General Manager - Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

South Australian Award Winner Tanya Hosch

Keynote Address

Tara Moss

Author, Television Presenter, Journalist, Former Model, And Unicef National Ambassador  

Tara Moss is the bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries, a journalist, doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, public speaker and outspoken advocate for children’s rights and women’s rights. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence and an ambassador for Our Watch. Currently, Tara is working on a new factual series for the ABC, Cyberhate with Tara Moss, which will premiere in March 2017 on iview and ABC2.

Tara Moss

Keynote Address


Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Group Victoria   

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of 'People Power did you have them @ hello'. In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman. In 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.  She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced.

Sadhana Smiles
Donny Walford

Keynote Address


Founder and Managing Director of DW Bottom Line Transition Strategists and DW Behind Closed Doors Pty Ltd 

The founder of two companies, Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors, Donny Walford has achieved national success working with Boards, Executive and senior  management across industry, government and the NGO sector. With an extensive background at Board level, CEO and Executive roles in banking, finance, business associations and government, Donny works at the Board and Executive level of management to drive major strategic change. Through her businesses Bottom Line and Behind Closed Door, companies focussed on professional development, mentoring and networking, Donny assists organisations and individuals maximise their performance.

Keynote Address


Director general Select Strategic Issues Management, Office of the Chief of the Defence Force 

Brigadier Whelan is a fearless change manager who seeks to ignite strong leadership across all levels. Georgeina is an active participant in programs that support diversity and opportunity for all members of the ADF. More recently, Brigadier Whelan was appointed as the Director General, Select Strategic Issues Management in the Office of the Chief of the Defence Force. Brigadier Whelan was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2004, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006, and more recently was awarded a Bar to her Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List for her outstanding achievement as the Director General Garrison Health Operations in Defence Health Services.

Georgeina Whelan
Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons

Keynote Address


Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland Business School  

Dr Fitzsimmons is a Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management with the University of Queensland Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. He is currently the co-convenor of the Australian Gender Equality Council with Helen Conway, former director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. He has served as national and state presidents of not for profit bodies as well as a director on boards of Listed Public Companies in Australia and overseas.​

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