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Brisbane Symposium 2019

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May 2019

Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre

CLARE BOWDITCH

Musician, actor, radio presenter and author

Florence Drummond

Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining

Robyn Davidson

Writer, explorer, filmmaker

Snr Sgt. Anna Dwyer

Ethical Standards Command, QLD Police

Kate Doughty

Paralympian and Performance Psychologist

Ann Sherry AO (Inv.)

Managing Director, Carnival Australia

09:50 - 10:20

Keynote Address - 

‘To Change or To Disappear - 3 strategies as a leader to survive in an ever-changing business environment’

​CEO, China Direct Sourcing

Arriving in Australia with little to no English, Lindy was determined to follow her entrepreneurial spirit. Like so many women who decide to start their own business, Lindy took on the barriers and challenges of business ownership and started her micro business from a public Internet cafe managing to grow it into a multi-million dollar empire. Now a world leading authority on doing business with China, Lindy has featured in many publications from The Courier Mail to BRW, and has won and been a finalist in many prestigious awards. In addition, China Direct Sourcing made the BRW Fast Starter List in April 2010 as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses in Australia.​

Lindy Chen

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Address

​Managing Director, Carnival Australia

Ann is Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship business. Ann joined in 2007 as CEO and has transformed the industry and growth has been double digit each year since 2007. Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years and was Chief Executive Officer Westpac New Zealand, Chief Executive Officer Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive People and Performance. She was a driver of cultural change, community engagement and customer focus in commercial and retail banking. Before joining Westpac, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.​

(Invited) Ann Sherry AO

Lindy Chen

CEO, China Direct Sourcing

Cecily McGuckin

CEO, QLD Steel and Sheet

Cr Tracy Dobie

Mayor, Southern Downs Regional Council

Quinn Cramer

Station Officer, QLD Fire & Emergency Services

Mary-Anne
Curtis

Acting Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury

Leith Boully

Chairman & Non-Executive Director, Sunwater

10:50 - 11:10

Morning Tea

Mayor Vonda Malone created history in March 2016 being elected the first indigenous female Mayor of the Torres Shire Council, a mainstream council encompassing the Thursday Island area of the Torres Strait.  Following this achievement in March 2018 Vonda was awarded the prestigious McKinnon Prize for Emerging Political Leader of the Year bestowed by the two former Prime Ministers.  Mayor Malone is a change maker, an accomplished role model, a strong advocate and a very community focussed leader.  Over her career she has also achieved unique milestones being the first Torres Strait Islander women to work internationally through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and with the United Nations Office of the Human Rights Commissioner in Geneva, Switzerland.

​Mayor, Torres Shire Council

Cr Vonda Malone

Trista’s illustrious global corporate career spans over 23 years. She has led operational, commercial and financial teams at senior executive levels in Mining, Pharmaceuticals (FMCG) and Manufacturing industries. She held the position of Head of Alliance Planning and Asset Management at BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), and was only one of four senior female operational executives globally in BHP responsible for over $4 billion of core assets, $800 million annual budget, and 1200 employees/contractors. Her team focus was to engage and coach to build sustainable and inclusive cultures. Trista is an AFR 2018 100 Women of Influence.​

​Executive Chairperson, DAWN network

Trista Brohier (EMBA, CAICD)

Mayor Dobie was elected as the Mayor of the Southern Downs Regional Council in March 2016. Mayor Dobie was born and grew up in Warwick. She left in 1977 to join the Australian Army, in which she served for 21 years. After leaving the Army, Mayor Dobie worked as a management consultant before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In 2009 Mayor Dobie and her husband established a beef cattle property in South Australia before returning home to a rural property west of Warwick in 2014. 

​Mayor, Southern Downs Regional Council

Cr Tracy Dobie

Anna joined the Queensland Police Service in 1997 and has worked all over Queensland in both operational and corporate roles. In 2015, Anna was promoted to her current role as Senior Sergeant in the Ethical Standards Committee and where she holds a dual role of ensuring organisational policies are relevant as well as managing a team who undertake vetting and probity duties. During her career Anna has spent several years in locations such as Cairns, Coolum, Mareeba and Mackay and within that time spent six years in remote Cape York. Anna considers herself a lifelong learner currently undertaking her Phd.​

​Ethical Standards Command, Queensland Police

Senior Sergeant Anna Dwyer

12:40 - 13:20

Lunch

   

   

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

14:10 - 15:00​

We can be trapped by our competence, which can hamper opportunities for growth. Has your past best practice held you back? Panellists will discuss how they adapted and thrived in challenging environments by making gradual and meaningful change.​

'Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive leadership'

Panel Discussion

11:10 - 12:40​

15:20 - 15:40

Afternoon Tea

Queensland Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

15:00 - 15:20

15:40 - 16:20

Keynote Address

​Writer, explorer, filmmaker and cultural commentator

 At the age of 27, Robyn Davidson walked three thousand kilometres alone across the Australian desert, with a dog and four camels. She became instantly famous, and to set the record straight, she wrote ‘Tracks’ – an international best seller, published in 20 languages, never out of print, and made into an international feature film. That success launched an extraordinary career as a writer, explorer, filmmaker and cultural commentator. She has lived with and written about nomads worldwide, gaining unique insights into ways of thinking that have relevance to our Western life. A heroine and role model to her millions of readers, Robyn continues to inspire people to move outside their comfort zone.​

Robyn Davidson

16:20 - 16:30

Closing Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

16:30 - 17:30

Networking Drinks

Agenda Day 1

Thursday 9th May 2019

Agenda Day 2

Friday 10th May 2019

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

​Organisational Development Coordinator, Lebanese Muslim Association; Board Member, Go Active Women; Former Communications Officer, Australian Federal Police

Amna Karra-Hassan is an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. Amna founded the first ever AFL Women’s team in Western Sydney and is widely recognised for the diversity she brought to the game and for taking the code to Western Sydney. The Auburn Giants AFL Club played a critical role in establishing the game in the region, both for women and for its engagement with diverse communities, contributing to the recent inauguration of the GWS Giants in the AFLW.  Amna uses her influence to change the conversation on gender, culture, faith and representation.​

Amna Karra-Hassan

09:50 - 10:20

Keynote Address

​Acting Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury

Mary-Anne Curtis is the Acting Under Treasurer for Queensland Treasury, on secondment from her role as the Director-General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Mary-Anne has extensive leadership experience at Queensland Treasury having worked previously as a Deputy Under Treasurer, providing advice and analysis to the Queensland Government on public policy, fiscal and economic issues. Mary-Anne was appointed to the Board of Construction Skills Queensland in 2018; an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. She was also appointed to the Board of QSuper.​

Mary-Anne Curtis

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Address

​President, Australian Federation of Air Pilots

In October 2018 Louise was elected as the 32nd AFAP President. Throughout her 17-year career with Sunstate Louise has flown the Shorts 360, Dash 8-100, 200, 300 and 400. For the past 12 years Louise has also been an active member of the Sunstate Pilots' Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiating team and Secretary of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) Sunstate Pilot Council Committee. In 2009 Louise was elected AFAP Vice President of Administration and Finance with responsibility for oversight of budgeting and financial governance matters. In 2010 Louise established the AFAP Women's Network, providing a unique forum to identify and pursue industrial and professional issues relevant to women members. Since its inception, the number of women members has increased by over 300%.​

Captain Louise Pole

10:50 - 11:10

Morning Tea

In this session we will meet professionals who work in sectors that are generally dominated by one gender. We will learn about how they challenged the system and how their inspiration followed their passion. Panellists will field questions about being the minority in a workplace.​

'Let’s talk about non-traditional roles'

Panel Discussion

11:10 - 12:50​

Panel Members

Panel Members

Quinn became Station Officer Gladstone Command in June 2018. She joined Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in 2008. Upon graduating the academy she was appointed to Rockhampton, Central Region. Quinn was the first female employed permanently in Rockhampton. Quinn sits on the Women in Firefighting Australasia board. She was awarded ‘Outstanding Female Leader in an Operational Role’ at the 2017 International Women's Day PSBA awards. Outside work, Quinn is a competitive cyclist and has represented Queensland nationally and won multiple medals. ​

​Station Officer, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Quinn Cramer

Florence Drummond is the co-founder of Indigenous Women in Mining Australia. This national initiative was founded to greater support and showcase Indigenous women in the sector. With the Mining & Resources industry traditionally being male dominated, there is increasing importance to foster professional development for female participants. Florence was born and raised on Thursday Island. With her parents prioritising education, sent her to secondary boarding school, Kooralbyn International School, where she would soon grow her knowledge of other cultures and people worldwide. This helped greatly to understand the importance of education and to strive to promote the value of education amongst communities today. Creating a platform where there is an exchange of knowledge is key to stronger community relationships. Empowering indigenous women in the mining & resource sector is a strong channel to promote and sustain real change.  ​

​Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining

Florence Drummond

Cecily is a trail blazer. As the first and only female CEO in Australia’s steel distribution industry, she is passionate about driving change in her industry and her family owned business, Queensland Sheet and Steel (QSS) as it enters 33 years in business. Cecily began her career in finance but quickly stumbled upon an area she enjoyed so much more: construction development management. Roles at leading companies, including Suncorp and Mirvac, followed where she gained a wealth of experience in the day-to-day running of big business and the delivery of large scale projects. As a woman in a man’s world she has needed to prove herself time and time again. Not just to her peers and her staff, but her father who started the business from nothing.

​CEO, QLD Steel and Sheet

Cecily McGuckin

15:00 - 15:10

Closing Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

12:50 - 13:40

Lunch

14:20 - 15:00

In Conversation

​Musician, actor, radio presenter, author and business entrepreneur

Clare won an ARIA Award in 2006 (Best Female) and was nominated for a Logie Award for her work on the TV series Offspring in 2012. She has had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone's Woman of the Year, YEN Young Woman of the Year, toured with Gotye and Leonard Cohen, and written for Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone and the Drum. She currently hosts an Australian Music Show on Qantas Airlines’ in-flight audio channel.  Clare is working on a new novel and has another album in the works.​

Clare Bowditch

13:40 - 14:20

Keynote Address

​Australian Paralympian & Organisational Psychologist

Kate combines evidence-based strategies as well as first-hand experiences to help others operate at an elite level. Being born without a right hand, falling short of two Paralympic games, the traumatic death of her mother, and the critical illness of her equestrian mount at the World Championships; has led Kate on a path of success and performance. After 20 years in equestrian her journey led her to become a Paralympian at Rio Paralympics 2016 in triathlon, placing 5th in the world after less than two years in the sport. With a focus on growth mindset, mindfulness and adversarial growth, Kate demonstrates how adversity can be a lever for a life of greater meaning and personal success. In 2018 Kate became a first time mother, and is currently working to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, 2020. Her expertise and knowledge is also utilised to assist organisations to excel in Culture and Inclusion​

Kate Doughty

CR VONDA MALONE

Mayor, Torres Shire Council

TRISTA BROHIER (EMBA, CAICD)

Executive Chairperson, DAWN network

CATHERINE FOX

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

AMNA KARRA-HASSAN

Organisational Development Coordinator, Lebanese Muslim Association; 

CAPTAIN LOUISE POLE

President, Australian Federation of Air Pilots

Prudence Melom

CEO, E-Raced

Prudence Melom is the CEO/founder of E-raced, a non-for-profit organization based in Toowoomba.  She uses the struggle of her family while escaping conflict in Chad to promote harmony and respect among young people in regional Australia. Through her advocacy work, she has been recognized as the 2018 Toowoomba Australia day Young Citizen of the year award, 2018 Queensland Young Achievers award winner and finalist for the Young Human rights awards. Prudence was recently named the 9th most influential person in Toowoomba’s power 100 list. She is a business women, an advocate for social change and equality and believes that through story telling we are erasing racism one story at a time.​

​CEO, E-Raced

Prudence Melom

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

Senior Constable Cherie Banks has been a police officer for nearly 20 years, and is currently stationed with the Brisbane Dog Squad. She has previously worked with the Public Safety Response Team and the Townsville Dog Squad. Cherie graduated as a Senior Constable in March of 2016 after 25 weeks of intensive training, and during her career has been involved in drug trafficking operations, violent protest and armed robbery response, as well as fundraising and education initiatives within the Queensland Police Service.

​Drug Detection Dog Handler, Brisbane Dog Squad, Queensland Police

Senior Constable Cherie Banks

13:20 - 14:10​

Interactive SESSION

‘Womenkind - Unlocking the power of women supporting women’ 

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

​Chairman and Non-Executive Director, Sunwater

Leith has many years’ experience in business and natural resource management, particularly water, at local, state and national levels. Leith is Chairman of SunWater and Chairman of Palgrove and also serves on the Boards of Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited, Isis Central Sugar Mill, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority. She is also a member of the Australian Water Partnership Committee. Leith was formerly Chairman of Healthy Waterways and Wide Bay Water Corporation, a Director of Seqwater and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Leith Boully

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

​Company Director and Chair, Creator of #celebratingwomen, and Author, Women Kind

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a professional company director and Chair, keynote speaker and author. After beginning her career as an Air Force Officer, Kirstin was an executive in a corporate law firm where she held various leadership roles for many years.  Kirstin then became CEO of a global consulting firm before commencing her board career. As well as Honours degrees in Law and also History, she also has a PhD in corporate governance and leadership for which she has received industry and academic awards. Dr Ferguson was the creator of the Walkley nominated #CelebratingWomen campaign in 2017 and is also the author of Women Kind with co-author Catherine Fox.  She was awarded the Queensland Award by Women & Leadership Australia in 2018.​

Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column; and she has published four books, including her latest "Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth), which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board and Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.​

​Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

Catherine Fox

DR Kirstin Ferguson

Company Director and Chair, Creator of #celebratingwomen, and Author, Women Kind