South Australia Symposium 2021

Wednesday 4th August
Adelaide Convention Centre

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 Dunstand Foundation; Former Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide

Sorèl Coward

Medical doctor and freelance writer

Dr Elaine Stead

Managing Director, Human VC

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

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 AM is Chair of the South Australian Teachers' Registration Board and Chair of the Don Dunstan Foundation, a thought leadership organisation that works on collaborative projects to inspire action for a fairer world, building on the legacy of the late South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan.

She is President of the Australian Federation of Friends of Museums and consulting to a pathology laboratory during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2002 Jane was elected to the South Australian Parliament as Member for Adelaide and was a Minister in several portfolios including Education and Tourism for eight years until March 2010. Before entering Parliament, Jane served the community in Local Government as an Adelaide City Councillor for three terms and as Lord Mayor of Adelaide for two terms.

Elaine is a scientist, turned entrepreneur, turned venture capitalist, who has never really completely shed any of these roles. A venture capitalist for the past 15 years, she currently manages Human Venture Capital.

Elaine believes deeply in taking a human approach to extract the best out of people, technology and our emerging industries - this means being a partner, developing authentic connections, engaging with vulnerability, an open heart and mind, and to be a truth teller but to do so with compassion. She believes our industry will make the most impact when it's built on a platform of values that place the human at its core, rigorous intellectual debate, a desire to make better that which can be, and a culture of giving first.

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. 

Sorèl is an Accredited Social Worker and mental health clinician and has spent nearly thirty years of her life in the community, welfare, and mental-health sectors. This is reflected in her diverse educational background, which includes an undergraduate degree in Systematic Theology and Philosophy, a graduate degree in Health Sciences with Psychology Honours, and more recently, a post-graduate Master’s degree in Social Work.

Sorèl has spent time in the Royal Australian Navy and the NSW Police Service. She has worked for ten years as an Anglican Priest.

Sorèl is a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health (ANZPATH), the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and the Australian Association of Social Workers.

     

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

09:30 - 09:40

Sponsor Addresses

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

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

The Hon. Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM

Dr Elaine Stead

Managing Director, Human VC

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

13:45 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:45

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

TBC

     

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

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

14:40 - 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