Wednesday 2nd &
Thursday 3rd May 2018
EARLY BIRD Rate
3 - 7 Delegates
Table of 8
SAVE UP TO $600
10:50 - 11:10
12:40 - 13:30
15:20 - 15:40
3 - 7 Delegates
Table of 8
SAVE UP TO $700
Wednesday 2nd &
Thursday 3rd May 2018
Agenda Day 2
10:50 - 11:10
12:50 - 13:40
Leveraging growth opportunities for female talent
This panel will consider the extent to which organisational culture and personal elements need to align in order for women to flourish. How do we overcome the risk factors with regards to women's fit, functioning and growth in the workplace? What are the enablers for women leaders to flourish? And how are organisations enabling growth opportunities for female talent?
11:10 - 12:50
16:30 - 17:30 Networking drinks
16:20 - 16:30 Review and closing comments
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Opening comments
Stop Fixing Women in Workplaces
Women are regularly told they are to blame for their own marginalisation in the workplace and need to be more confident, negotiate better, speak up, support each other, strike a balance between work and home. As a result much of the time and money spent on diversity programs has focused on fixing women instead of addressing the structural barriers - the bias and discrimination woven through daily practices and attitudes. How do we work on changing the rules and norms to give women a fair go? What does a successful intervention look like? What are the challenges and how do you get around backlash to action? Catherine Fox will facilitate this enthralling panel session where we will ask men and women leaders what we can all be doing right now to start fixing the system and making fairer workplaces for everyone.
11:10 - 12:40
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Opening comments
14:45 - 15:20
National Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership
15:00 - 15:10 Review and closing comments
14:20 - 15:00
Tracey Spicer AM
Author, Newsreader and Journalist
Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by Harper Collins in April 2017.
13:40 - 14:20
Author, Columnist, Host and Commentator
Jamila Rizvi is a writer, presenter and commentator. She writes a weekly political column for News Limited and appears regularly as a commentator on Channel 10, Channel 9 and the ABC. Jamila was previously Editor in Chief of the Mamamia Women's Network and prior to entering the media worked for the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Jamila's first book, 'Not Just Lucky', a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in 2017. She is an ambassador for CARE Australia and a board member of the McKell Institute Melbourne and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Anna has worked extensively across the Queensland creative and not for profit industries in managerial, marketing and business development roles for nearly two decades. Before taking up the role of Managing Director in 2016, Anna was CEO of Queensland Ballet where she led a major change program resulting in enormous growth. She previously held roles as General Manager – Creative at Rowland, Australia’s leading corporate communications agency, Development Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA, and General Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. Anna holds board positions with Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Circa.
General Manager, Indigenous Strategy, Chandler Macleod Group
With a background living and working in remote communities, both in blue and white collar roles, Kyra Bonney is a passionate advocate for closing the gap in employment inequality in Australia. As General Manager of Indigenous Strategy for Chandler Macleod Groups Staffing Services team, Kyra strives to create opportunities through employment, training and education. Kyra’s role is to establish a team of Indigenous recruitment specialists across Australia, who focus on the long-term employment and development of Indigenous Australians. In 2014, Kyra was awarded the Most Outstanding Woman in Resources Award (Western Australia) by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was recognised as a finalist in the Exceptional Women in Australian Resources National Awards. Kyra was also a 2017 Telstra QLD Business Women of the year finalist.
CEO, Netball Queensland
Catherine is an experienced Board Director, CEO and Senior Executive with a background in government, the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Her background in sport as an athlete and coach has translated into a passion and track record for achieving results by building effective high performing teams and organisations in her many leaderships roles. Catherine’s career includes senior roles in Sport and Recreation New Zealand, CEO roles at GymSports New Zealand and Gymnastics Australia through the Beijing, London Olympic and Delhi Commonwealth Games Cycles. In 2015 Catherine left a strategic HR role with the Queensland Government’s Department of Education and Training to take up the CEO post at Netball Queensland.
Superintendent Virginia Nelson
Patrols at South Brisbane District in Brisbane Region, Queensland Police
Superintendent Virginia Nelson is currently the Superintendent - Patrols at South Brisbane District in Brisbane Region. Having joined the Queensland Police Service at 18 Virginia has more than 28 years’ service and has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan areas across Queensland. With a background in General Duties and prosecutions in recent years Virginia has undertaken a number of appointments as Project Officer, Traffic Coordinator, Staff Officer and Patrol Group Inspector. In 2016 Virginia was awarded the Bev Lawson memorial Award by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing for her leadership and commitment to the development of women in policing.
10:20 - 10:50
Debbie Kilroy OAM
CEO, Sisters Inside
After her release from prison in 1992, Debbie Kilroy established Sisters Inside to fight for the human rights of incarcerated women and to address gaps in services available to them and their children. Since then, Debbie has completed four tertiary degrees – in social work, forensic mental health and law – and was the first and only former prisoner to be admitted as a legal practitioner in Queensland. As the Chief Executive Officer of Sisters Inside, Debbie works at the coalface of human rights activism and her eloquent advocacy to highlight the over-representation of women, particularly Aboriginal women and girls in Australia’s prisons has earned her many accolades. She has spearheaded a long list of ground-breaking programs which have broken the cycle of imprisonment.
09:50 - 10:20
CEO, Jetts Fitness
Elaine Jobson is a Fitness Industry veteran having spent 23 years in executive positions working for a number of the large fitness brands. Her roles have taken her all over the globe having worked in Asia, Europe, South Africa and now Australia. She is best known for teaming up with well-known industry entrepreneurs including Mike Balfour OBE Founder of Fitness First, Sir Richard Branson owner of Virgin Active South Africa, and now Brendon Levenson founder of Jetts Fitness. Having previously won the Deloitte Best Company to work in South Africa, Elaine is passionate about building successful companies through great cultures and growing exceptional Leaders.
09:20 - 09:50
CEO, National Retail Association
Dominique Lamb is the CEO of the National Retail Association and Director of NRA Legal, who has extensive experience providing industrial relations and employment law advice to a range of small, medium and large businesses across a range of industries. In 2011, she was awarded the Australian Institute of Management’s Young Gun of the Year Award and in 2016 Dominique was a finalist in the Brisbane Women in Business Awards. In her downtime, Dominique is a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence and has volunteered with the Women’s Legal Service Queensland for over six years. Dominique is currently serving on the WLSQ board as well as being the Chair of their Dancing CEO’s event which raised $260,000 in 2017.
15:40 - 16:20
Jessica Rowe OA
Author, TV Host and beyondblue ambassador
Jessica Rowe is a news presenter, author, columnist and mother of two girls, Allegra and Giselle. She has been working in the media industry for over 20 years and is passionate about removing the stigma around mental health conditions. It is a very personal campaign – having grown up with a mother who has bipolar disorder, she understands the chaos and heartache that a mental health condition can cause to a family. Because Jessica wanted to help others by sharing her experiences, she became a beyondblue Ambassador in 2002.
14:20 - 14:45
for Excellence in Women's Leadership
13:30 - 14:20
Be Brave, Adaptive and Experimental
As leaders we are constantly asked to consider the concept of the ‘authentic leader’, but in practice, authenticity can sometimes become a leadership trap that makes you feel like a fake or locks you into ‘ an old self’ and an already strong comfort zone. At times, what is needed is an ability to identify a ‘new self’ and the capacity to be brave, adaptive, experimental and something of a chameleon. This high impact, interactive workshop will help you unlock a new sense of your identity by inviting you to ‘steal like an artist’, aim to learn, continually refine your style, and avoid sticking to one narrow story about what makes you effective and authentic.
Author, Sports Journalist and TV/Radio Presenter
Angela left her native South Australia in 1997 to pursue a sports journalism career with the ABC in Melbourne. She’s best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News for almost a decade. She’s appeared on a number of sports programs including Network Ten’s Before the Game and The Back Page on Fox Sports.Angela has just released her second book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport and the television documentary she wrote, produced and presented about the rise of women in Australian Rules Football, League of Her Own, aired on the Seven Network in February 2017.
CEO, SunWater Limited
Nicole Hollows was appointed SunWater Chief Executive Officer on 26 April 2016. Nicole is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning more than 20 years in the resources sector. Prior to joining SunWater, she was Managing Director of global resources firm AMCI Australia and South East Asia. She was Chief Executive Officer of Macarthur Coal Limited from 2007 to 2011 and, under her leadership, the company grew from A$700m to A$5bn market capitalisation and was listed on the ASX Top 50 Companies Index. Nicole believes in leading a high performance culture and streamlined systems to achieve operational excellence.
Partner - Advisory, Government and Public Sector, EY
Adam Fennessy is a partner in Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice, with a focus on government and strategy. This follows a 20 year career at State and Federal Government level. Adam was Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) from January 2015 to June 2017. He led the organisation in creating liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria while maintaining the State’s world class liveability.Adam was appointed as a member of the inaugural Victorian Male Champions of Change group in 2015, and led change to embed gender equity across DELWP and areas of state government.
Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons
Lecturer and 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. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. 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.
Facilitated by Catherine Fox
Journalist, Author and Presenter
Catherine is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. A journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia ranging from the Defence Force to corporates and local government, and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Australian Financial Review she edited several sections of the publication, and wrote the Corporate Woman column and for Boss magazine before leaving to set up her own consulting business in 2012. Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards and is on several advisory boards, including the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.
10:20 - 10:50
Chief Executive Officer, Screen Queensland
Tracey Vieira was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland in February 2014, the latest role in a stellar career promoting the Australian screen industry in Queensland and the United States. Tracey has launched new initiatives for the industry including the first feature film with SVOD company Stan, a creative partnership initiative with YouTube, a business building program, Australia's first VR series with a broadcaster, and leading significant cultural change within the organisation. Tracey also introduced the organisation’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan and a Gender Equity Policy to drive change both behind and in front of the screen.
09:50 - 10:20
Head of Diversified Industries & Global Subsidiaries Institutional Banking Australia, ANZ
Tammy was appointed Head of Diversified Industries & Global Subsidiaries (DIGS) Australia in May 2016. As Head of DIGS, Tammy has national responsibility for leading the provision of tailored financial and capital management solutions to ANZ’s largest clients operating in the Manufacturing, Transport, Healthcare, Government, Education, Services and for global subsidiaries of large multinational corporations. Previous to this Tammy was Chief Executive Officer of ANZ Laos. Based in Vientiane, she took over the role at a time where ANZ aimed to lead the advancement of the Laos banking sector.
Agenda Day 1
TRACEY SPICER AM
Newsreader & Journalist
Author and Host
JESSICA ROWE OA
Author & Presenter
DEBBIE KILROY OAM
CEO Sisters Inside
CEO SunWater Ltd
SUPERINTENDENT VIRGINIA NELSON
CEO Jetts Fitness
CEO Screen Queensland
DR TERRANCE FITZSIMMONS
University of Queensland Business School
Great Barrier Reef Foundation
CEO Netball Queensland
09:20 - 09:50
Simone Wilkie AO
Commander, Australian Defence College
Major General Simone Wilkie was commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in 1983. She served as a Lieutenant and Captain in a range of regimental and instructional appointments in Land and Training Commands. As a senior officer, Major General Wilkie has fulfilled the roles of Director General Training Forces Command; Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters; and, after promotion to Major General, Commander Australian Defence College. Following the release of the First Principles Review of Defence by Government, Major General Wilkie was appointed to the newly established position of Head Joint Enablers. In this role she is responsible for the delivery of joint enabling support to the Australian Defence Force.