Brisbane Symposium 2020

Day 1: Friday 8th May, 2020
Fully Online (All Keynote Presentations)

Day 2: Thursday 10th September, 2020
Fully Online

Julie McKay

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, PwC Australia; Former Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women

Meshel Laurie

Comedian, Radio and Television Presenter

Libby Trickett OAM

Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer; QLD Mental Health
Ambassador

Kristal Kinsela-Christie

Managing Director, Indigenous Professional Services; Non-Executive Director; Entrepreneur

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology

Belinda Sharpe

First Female Referee, National Rugby League

FELICITY UNDERHILL

General Manager, Hydrogen, Origin

Catherine Fox

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

Agenda 

Friday 8th May 2020

11:00 - 12:40​

Panel Discussion

'The Authenticity Paradox’

Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth by Herminia Ibarra

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.
 

Panel Members

Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; Businesswoman

Melissa Adams

 A/Superintendent, Logan District, QLD Police

Platinum education Partner

Gold
sponsor

Advocacy Partner

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

Belinda Sharpe is an Australian rugby league referee and former journalist, and is the first woman to referee a first-grade match in the National Rugby League. Sharpe was born and grew up in Rockhampton, Queensland, where she worked as a sports reporter at The Morning Bulletin. She took up officiating in rugby league when she was 18. At the start of the 2019 season Sharpe was one of two women, to be given full-time referee contracts by the NRL. In her 100th match as an NRL official, Sharpe became the first woman to referee a full NRL match. Sharpe has also refereed the 2019 Women's State of Origin and has been a touch judge in several international games including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup tournament and the Tonga v Fiji test match in 2017.

Belinda Sharpe

First Female Referee, National Rugby League

09:10 - 09:20

Sponsor Addresses

Queensland Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

15:20 - 15:40

Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer

ASHLEIGH BARTY

15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon Tea

13:40 - 13:45

Sponsor Address

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grant-maker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good. Janelle has Chaired numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality, including the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Community Funding Panel, Children by Choice and is currently President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). 

Professor Margaret Sheil AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of QUT in 2018, having previously been Provost at The University of Melbourne and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council. Professor Sheil has been an academic in chemistry and held a number of senior roles at the University of Wollongong, including as Dean of Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and was inaugural Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry. She is Chair of the Board of the Queensland Museum, a member of the Board of Universities Australia, the Australian Space Agency Advisory Group, and the Advisory Council of the CSIRO Science Industry Endowment Fund. 

09:50 - 10:00

Sponsor Addresses

Derinda Smith is a program manager and educator, with over 20 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector in Australia and internationally. She previously lived and taught in several countries overseas. She is the Manager of Learning Advisory and Assessments at DeakinCo, and leads the provision of academic advice to candidates undertaking Professional Practice credentials and degrees at Deakin. She also helps to incorporate credentials into educational programs, and ran a pilot program last year with participants in the WLA Advanced Leadership Program.

Derinda Smith

Manager of Learning Advisory and Assessments, DeakinCo.

Mark Schubert

Executive General Manager, Integrated Gas, Origin

Mark joined Origin in April 2015 and was appointed Executive General Manager, IG, in April 2017. He is responsible for Origin’s Integrated Gas business, which manages the Company’s portfolio of natural gas and LNG interests across Australia, and internationally. Mark believes every team works best when it’s inclusive and everyone can be themselves, and leads by example with a gender balanced leadership team. For Mark, equality is like a table stake in modern day society, a human right. It means that people regardless of any other defining factor should have an equal opportunity. It’s a table stake in Australian society and in Origin, demonstrated by their gender diversity and Reconciliation Action Plan targets.

Julie McKay is a Partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PwC, with responsibility for leading the firm’s internal D&I transformation as well as supporting clients to adopt inclusive practices that realise the benefits of diversity. Prior to commencing with PwC, Julie spent 9 years as the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, working across Government, the private sector and the community to identify the barriers to gender equality and challenging the laws, policies and attitudes that perpetuate inequality. For the last four years, Julie has also served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force (CDF). Julie convenes the Queensland Male Champions of Change, supporting the CEOs of some of Queensland’s largest employers to deliver on their diversity commitments.

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and regular presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Kristal is a proud Aboriginal woman, a descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations.  Kristal has more than 16 years’ experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, supplier diversity working across Government, Corporate and Not-for-Profit sectors. Kristal is a well-known businesswoman and entrepreneur, and is Managing Director of IPS Management Consultants (IPS), a majority Indigenous owned management consulting company and winner of the 2018 & 2019 Supply Nation Certified Supplier of the Year. A multiple award winner, Kristal was recently listed on the AFR 100 Women of Influence, she was awarded 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year and 2017 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year, recognised for her outstanding contribution in working with Indigenous communities and businesses, leaders and women across Australia.

Meshel Laurie is a stand-up comedian of over 20 years’ experience, a radio and television broadcaster, writer and corporate speaker. Meshel is a panellist on TEN’s The Project on Friday nights and she regularly writes columns and articles for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. She presents the Nitty Gritty Committee podcast, where she chats with former prison inmates, the homeless, transgender activists, homicide cops, famous people and non-famous (but amazing) people. Meshel also presents the Australian True Crime podcast with Emily Webb – a podcast where they speak to victims, family members, investigators and perpetrators to unearth the true stories behind Australia's most chilling, gruesome and infamous crimes. 

Libby Trickett (nee Lenton) is one of Australia’s favourite swimmers, achieving the honour of winning gold at three consecutive Olympic Games, as well as one silver and two bronze medals. Libby’s professional swimming career also includes eight world records, eight long course and seven short course World titles, and five Commonwealth Games gold medals. Her biggest success was at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, when Libby won individual gold in the 100m butterfly, individual silver in the 100m freestyle and relay gold and bronze medals. Libby received an OAM for her contribution to swimming in 2005 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2016. She is currently Queensland’s Mental Health Ambassador.

15:40 - 16:20

Keynote Address

Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer; QLD Mental Health Ambassador

Libby Trickett OAM

The complex events we’ve experienced during 2020 have necessitated some shifts in how we adapt as leaders. This session will draw on the principles of Adaptive Leadership to explore what this shift might mean for leaders at this current moment in time.​

‘Adaptive Leadership in 2020’

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:45 - 15:00

12:00 - 12:05

Sponsor Address

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

Janelle Weissman

10:00 - 10:45

Keynote Address

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, PwC Australia; Former Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women

Julie McKay

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology

11:00 - 11:45

Making Choices and Taking Risks

Catherine Fox

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

12:05 - 13:00

What I know now: the need for eternal vigilance on women’s rights (particularly in a lockdown)

14:00 - 14:45

Leadership can be lonely

Kristal Kinsela-Christie

Managing Director, Indigenous Professional Services; Non-Executive Director; Entrepreneur

14:45 - 15:00     Break

13:00 - 14:00     Lunch

11:45 - 12:00     Break

10:45 - 11:00     Break

09:00 - 09:20     Online Registration

Agenda 

Thursday 10th September 2020

15:00 - 15:45

Let’s call it an opportunity

Meshel Laurie

Comedian, Radio and Television Presenter

09:20 - 09:50

Welcome and Opening Comments

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

15:45 - 16:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

09:00 - 09:10

Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

16:20 - 16:30

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Acting Superintendent Melissa Adams joined the Queensland Police Service in February 1991 after a short career in print journalism.

Mel has worked roles including Senior Constable at Mt Isa Education and Training unit, Sergeant in the training unit at Oxley District, and Senior Sergeant officer in charge Upper Mt Gravatt Station. Mel held the position of Officer in Charge Rockhampton Station between 2008 and 2016 when she was promoted to Inspector, as the Southern Patrol Group Inspector, Ipswich District. In December 2016 Mel was promoted to the role of Superintendent, Assistant District Officer in Logan District, in Queensland’s South east corner.

Melissa has a keen interest in disaster management, with experience in such work in Rockhampton and holds a Master of Emergency Management. She is the Deputy Disaster Coordinator for Logan and currently is immersed, as are we all, in the management of the District’s COVID-19 response.

A/Superintendent, Logan District, QLD Police

Melissa Adams

Sallyanne Atkinson AO is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and currently Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane, of Women’s College at UQ and of Skybound Fidelis Property Investment. She has a long history in business and government having been Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Paris, the Queensland Government’s Special Representative to South East Asia and Chair of Queensland Tourism.

Formerly a non-executive director on several ASX companies, Sallyanne has also been Chair of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and is on the Board of the Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton. Her Olympic Games involvement included being on the bidding teams for Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and as Deputy Mayor for the Athletes Village at Sydney 2000.

Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; Businesswoman

Felicity Underhill has a history of successfully designing and then implementing strategies including new business ventures, major organisational change, digital and innovation. While she was with Shell, she worked in over 35 companies in over 20 countries, so has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and the rest.  Felicity joined Origin just before they took FID on the Australia Pacific LNG project.  Now, as General Manager, Hydrogen, Felicity is currently investigating how hydrogen might best fit within Origin’s, and Australia’s, future energy mix.  

Felicity Underhill

General Manager, Hydrogen, Origin

09:20 - 10:40

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

‘Welcome to your Balcony’

The ‘balcony’ concept comes from the great work of Ronald Heifeitz (King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership & Founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School). It is one that is easy to relate to and enables a process of mindful leadership to evolve.
This session will provide strategies to ‘Stay on the Balcony’ in order to gain an understanding of what is required in this time of adaptive challenges. By using the balcony concept, you will be able to revisit the ‘bigger picture’, be proactive rather than reactive, and considered and strategic in your actions..