Due to COVID-19 this event has now been moved to an online delivery.​

South Australia Symposium 2021

Wednesday 4th August

Panel Members

09:00 - 09:05     Welcome to Country

Miriam Silva

Chair, InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Sam Bloom

2 x World Champion Para Surf Champion and Best-Selling Author

Jamila Rizvi

Author, Presenter and Political Commentator

Professor Nicola Spurrier

Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health

The Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM

Chair, South Australian Teachers' Registration Board and Don Dunstan Foundation; Former Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide

Sorèl Coward

Accredited Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Director at One Life To Live

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking

Othering is a phenomenon in which individuals or groups are defined and labelled as not fitting in within the norms of a particular social group. It is an effect that influences how people perceive and treat those who are viewed as being part of the in-group versus those who are seen as being part of the out-group. Race/ethnicity; age; gender; sexuality; class; religion; politics; disability status and profession can all be used to marginalize others but often it is these exact expressions of diversity that are the basis for real growth and new thinking. In this session, panellists will explore their own experiences of ‘othering’, what ‘othering’ means for leaders and how we all can embrace our differences to become more inclusive and effective leaders.             

Embracing the ‘other’ in others and ourselves

Panel Discussion

11:30 - 13:00​

Miriam Silva is an experienced board director and has more than 25 years’ experience managing large and geographically diverse teams across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture.

Miriam is a member of the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll (2011), one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence, winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award for the Private Sector 2012 and Multicultural Patron for the SA Police Academy and International Women’s Day Committee of SA Inc.

Miriam sits on a number of boards and committees including CEDA National Board, SA Film Corporation, Malek Fahd Islamic School and Crescent Finance and is Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Premier’s Council for Women (SA) and CEDA State Advisory Council SA&NT.

Jane Lomax-Smith was born and attended Medical School in the East End of London. She has a degree in comparative anatomy and anthropology, a PhD in immunology, a medical degree and is a specialist pathologist.

Jane served the community in Local Government as an Adelaide City Councillor for three terms and as Lord Mayor of Adelaide for two terms. She often says that she only gave up work when she entered State Parliament in 2002 to represent Adelaide. She was Minister for Education and Tourism throughout the 8 years she was in Parliament.

Jane has previously been Chair of the South Australian Museum, and currently Chairs the South Australian Teachers' Registration Board and the Don Dunstan Foundation. 

A twist of fate led Claire Parkinson to become a Prison Officer in her 20’s. She thrived working in a challenging people environment and she became a Prison Governor in London by 30. It was not long before she was promoted to Head of Operations for all Prisons and Probation in London.

Head-hunted to run a prison in South Australia in 2011 Claire migrated to Australia. Shortly after her arrival she became Head of Justice Sector Reform for the State. Her insatiable appetite for change saw her leave the comfort of government for the commercial sector. First stop was for NGO Guide Dogs where a two-day consulting contract turned into running Operations for the organisation. This was the launch pad for her incredible journey of success as an Executive for hire in some of Australia’s most powerful boardrooms.

Professor Nicola Spurrier is the Chief Public Health Officer for the Department for Health and Wellbeing, being appointed in 2019. The Chief Public Health Officer is responsible for public health and communicable disease issues. Professor Spurrier’s role also includes advising the Minister and the Chief Executive of SA Health about proposed legislative or administrative changes in relation to public health.

Nicola is a dual qualified Medical Specialist, Public Health Physician and Paediatrician, with 30 years’ experience within SA Health including 10 years in the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

Nicola has specialised in developing and implementing policies and programs across child health, obesity prevention and Aboriginal health. 

In discovering who Sorèl is, so amazingly rich and diverse is her life, some are left wondering who Sorèl is not.  As Simon he entered the Royal Australian Navy as a signalman before entering New South Wales Police as communications officer.  He was ordained Anglican priest in 1996, and after ten years as a parish priest in the Victorian Alps, Simon left parish ministry. While training as a psychologist, Simon, the man, passed away, and Sorèl, the woman, was born.  Her learning curve was going to be steep.

After a painful and bruising battle, today Sorèl is the first transgender person, in Australia, to be licensed as an Anglican priest.  She also broke another barrier, and last year became the first transgender person, in Australia, to inducted as a president of Rotary Club.

Today she is a mental health psychotherapist focussing on the clinical and social mental well-being of transgender children, adolescents, adults and families.

Jamila Rizvi is Editor-at-Large for the Nine Network’s Future Women platform and hosts their podcast of the same name. Jamila is a regular commentator on The Project, Today, 3AW, The Drum and ABC News Breakfast and an occasional host on ABC Melbourne Afternoons.

Jamila’s best-selling book Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called it, ‘feisty and inquisitive, a fresh take on modern feminist issues.’

Her second book, an anthology of letters about the first three months of life with a newborn, called The Motherhood, was released in April 2017.

In 2020 Jamila was the Victorian recipient of the Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.

Sam Bloom is a 2 x World Para Surfing Champion, bestselling author, and inspiration behind the Australian box-office hit and global Netflix sensation Penguin Bloom, starring and produced by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

In 2013, while holidaying in Thailand with her husband and three young sons, Sam unknowingly leant on a rotten balcony railing, falling through it and plunging six metres onto the concrete below. Sam’s injuries were horrific. The near-fatal accident shattered her spine, ruptured her lungs and caused severe bleeding on the brain.

Faced with the possibility of never walking again, a chance encounter with an injured magpie chick her sons dubbed Penguin, was to change her attitude, her recovery and save her family.

09:05 - 09:25

Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Neryl East

09:40 - 10:10

Career paths, passion and purpose

Chair, South Australian Teachers' Registration Board and Don Dunstan Foundation; Former Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide

The Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM

Claire Parkinson

Company Director and Executive; Former Head of Justice Sector Reform for South Australia

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Professor Nicola Spurrier

Chief Public Health Officer, SA Health

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Accredited Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Director at One Life To Live

Sorèl Coward

Miriam Silva

Chair, InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Neryl East

13:50 - 14:50

Development Session

13:00 - 13:50

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Author, Presenter and Political Commentator

Jamila Rizvi

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

16:10 - 16:50

The True Story Behind Penguin Bloom

2 x World Champion Para Surf Champion and Best-Selling Author

Sam Bloom

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Neryl East

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

South Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:50 - 15:10

PATRICIA WARIA-READ

Chaplain, Department of Correctional Services

Advocacy Partner

Gold
Sponsor

Chaplain, Department of Correctional Services

PATRICIA WARIA-READ

South Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Moving Towards Gender Equity in 2021: From Vision to Action

Let's get practical!  While Australia has come a long way with gender equity and equality over the years, we’ve still got a long way to go. This development session will provide participants with an opportunity and frameworks to determine their vision and actions for a more inclusive and equitable future, and some timely strategies to enhance their leadership in this domain.

Samantha Stevens joined Origin in March 2018 as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs.

Samantha is responsible for Origin’s external affairs, government relations, employee communication functions and the Origin Energy Foundation.
Samantha has 25 years’ experience in corporate affairs, mainly in the resources, industrials and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Origin, Samantha headed up Corporate Affairs for the global mining services company, Orica, and previously led the global media function and all Corporate Affairs M&A activity at global mining house, BHP, and has held senior Corporate Affairs roles at two of Australia’s major banks.

Ann Morgan is an experienced IT Project Manager, currently working at the University of South Australia. Ann has extensive experience in managing complex projects, with a key focus on collaboration and communication. Ann is an experienced leader and mentor who enjoys working with colleagues to encourage and enable them to reach their full potential.

Ann is a strong advocate for gender equality and has been an active volunteer and participant in projects supporting women in the Asia Pacific region for many years. Ann is the chairperson for the Adelaide International Women’s Day Breakfast, supporting UN Women Australia. The annual Adelaide event is the largest of its kind in Australia with sustained support from the South Australia community for almost 30 years.

Carmen Szabo

Group Manager Finance Shared Services, Origin

Carmen is a qualified chartered accountant and has been employed at Origin Energy for 23 years in a variety of roles across group finance and shared services.

In 2018, Carmen was appointed the role of Group Manager, Finance Shared Services, and leads a high-performing, diverse team of 100 people responsible for providing financial and transactional support to Origin’s business units. She is Chair of Origin’s Adelaide Reconciliation Working Group.

Carmen holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. She is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is currently Chair of the CAANZ South Australian Corporate Sector panel. 

09:30 - 09:35

Sponsor Address

Samantha Stevens

Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Origin

09:35 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

Ann Morgan

Chair, Adelaide IWD Breakfast Committee; Manager: ICT Infrastructure Projects, Information Strategy and Services, University of South Australia

SA Liberal for Senate

Kerrynne Liddle spent much of her professional life in what has been referred to as: “non-traditional” as a young stockwoman in the pastoral industry; “ground-breaking” as a news journalist in mainstream television networks three decades ago; “unwise” when as a mature-age student and mother of two she decided to pursue post-graduate management and business studies roles to build an even more profitable business.

She says some might think it unusual, interesting or even odd that an Indigenous woman finds herself in senior corporate roles and having been preselected not once, but twice by the SA Liberal Party State Council to contest federal elections as their Senate Candidate but she sees it as just the way it is.

As an Indigenous woman she is often either confronting or ignoring the pressure of othering; for Kerrynne “othering” regardless of where it comes has not ever been welcome. 

Kerrynne Liddle

Claire Parkinson

Company Director and Executive; Former Head of Justice Sector Reform for South Australia

CARMEN SZABO

Group Manager Finance Shared Services, Origin

Due to COVID-19 this event has now been moved to an online delivery.

KERRYNNE LIDDLE

SA Liberal for Senate