Brisbane Symposium 2020

Friday 8th May 2020

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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

Terri Janke

Solicitor and Owner, Terri Janke and Company; 2011 NAIDOC Person of the Year

Catherine Fox

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

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. 

09:25 - 09:30

Sponsor Addresses

Queensland Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:50 - 15:10

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer; QLD Mental Health Ambassador

Libby Trickett OAM

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Meshel Laurie

Comedian, Radio and Television Presenter

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

Agenda 

Friday 8th May 2020

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome to Country

09:05 - 09:25

Welcome and Opening Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

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.

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.

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

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

Catherine Fox

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. 

Professor Margaret Sheil AO

Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

11:20 - 12:50​

Panel Discussion

'The Authenticity Paradox’

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

Authenticity has become ‘gold standard’ for leadership but can also hinder growth and decrease impact. Career progress requires breaking out of comfort zones but this can be risky and challenge authenticity. This session will consider the space authenticity holds for us.

Panel Members

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.

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi and Meriam woman and an internationally recognised authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), known for innovating pathways between the law and the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples and communities. As the owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a Sydney based law firm, she is dedicated to empowering Indigenous peoples to assert their ICIP rights and prosper in their business and creative endeavours. Terri is an influential advocate for positive collaborations and engagement, having written leading ICIP protocols for various sectors including the arts, museums, archives, film and business. Terri is the recipient of awards such as the NAIDOC Person of the Year (2011), the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year (2012) and the Aboriginal Justice Award – Highly Commended (2007).

Belinda Sharpe

First Female Referee, National Rugby League

Solicitor and Owner, Terri Janke and Company; 2011 NAIDOC Person of the Year

Terri Janke

​Sallyanne Atkinson AO is a respected business leader who has made a significant contribution to the Australian business landscape. Her extensive knowledge and experience forms part of the success story of many Australian organisations. She is currently the Special Representative for Queensland, South-East Asia in the Queensland Government, and a director of several public companies and associations. Her journalistic training has produced two books and several newspaper articles. Sallyanne Atkinson is a business strategist and corporate advisor using her extensive experience in business, government, politics, management, arts and the community. A non-executive company director since 1991, she is a former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and former Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris, Chair of Queensland Tourism and Special Representative for Queensland in South East Asia.

Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; Businesswoman

Sallyanne Atkinson AO

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.

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

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

Julie McKay

12:50 - 13:30

Lunch

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

14:00 - 14:50​

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.

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote Address

Kristal Kinsela-Christie

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

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Sallyanne Atkinson AO

Former Lord Mayor of Brisbane; Businesswoman

Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond APM

Assistant Commissioner, People Capability Command, Queensland Police Service

Assistant Commissioner, People Capability Command, Queensland Police Service

Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond APM commenced duty with the QPS on 1 February 1991. Charysse was originally posted to Far Northern Region and spent 5 years in the investigations field in both Mareeba and Cairns Districts. This posting included travelling to and living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In 2010, Charysse was awarded the Australian Police Medal for her roles in Child Protection and Criminal Investigations. Charysse was promoted to Projects Inspector, Southern Region in 2011, where Charysse led the implementation of the QPS Restructure and Renewal in 2013. Charysse returned to Ipswich District in July 2013, performing the role of Patrol Commander of the country portfolio and was promoted to Superintendent, District Officer, Ipswich in 2015. In July 2019, Charysse was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, People Capability Command. 

Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond APM

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