Queensland Symposium 2021

Thursday 24th June 2021
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Panel Members

Teresa Dyson

Non-Executive Director; Seven West Media

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC MBE

Former Professional Tennis Player; Sport Australia and International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee

Pip Courtney

Host, ABC’s Landline

Rachel Hunter PSM 

Deputy Chancellor, Griffith University; Under-Treasurer, Queensland Treasury

Leah Cameron

Principal Solicitor and Managing Director, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd

Angel Dixon OAM

Disability Activist; Model; 2019 QLD Young Australian of the Year; Advocacy Manager, Starting with Julius

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​

Leah is a prominent figure in the legal profession and owner of leading Indigenous legal practice Marrawah Law. While her practitioner skills were forged in property law, native title and culture heritage matters, her passion has evolved into providing mainstream commercial law services for government, corporates and Indigenous businesses across the country. Leah continues to be a passionate advocate for the growth of the Indigenous-owned business sector, women in business and a more collaborative form of commercial legal practice that establishes win-win outcomes for all stakeholders. Leah was most recently recognised as one of the Top 20 Under 40 business entrepreneurs in Australia, Indigenous Legal Practitioner of the Year Nationally and took out the top gong for Excellence at the Women in Law Awards.

Sarah is a leader with global experience and skills in building innovation ecosystems. Prior to taking the lead position in Queensland’s innovation, her roles include Chief Scientist and Chief Innovation Officer at the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Founding CEO of the CBR Innovation Network, PVC Innovation at the University of Newcastle, CEO of ANU Enterprise, management consulting with McKinsey & Co in Sydney, tenured Physics academic at UNE, and global head of Open Innovation at Cadbury plc in Reading UK. Her strategic, research, and innovation skills have also been applied to board positions spanning government, venture capital, tech companies and social impact entities. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and is the author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary.

Ms Rachel Hunter PSM is the Deputy Chancellor of Griffith University and in May 2020, was appointed to the role of Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury. As well as her current position as Under Treasurer, Ms Hunter is a former Director-General of three Queensland Government departments – the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Education, Training and the Arts and the former Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Ms Hunter also served as Queensland’s Public Service Commissioner from 2000 to 2003. Much of Ms Hunter’s career in government has been spent in portfolios with a focus on employment, skills, training, and economic growth and resilience. In 2020, Ms Hunter was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to the community of Queensland.

Teresa is a professional company director with a broad portfolio of directorships, including as a non-executive director and Audit & Risk Committee Chair of ASX-listed Seven West Media Ltd, Genex Power Ltd and Shine Justice Ltd. Teresa is also a director of Energy Queensland Ltd, Energy Super, Power & Water Corporation (NT) and the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Board, and a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, the Takeovers Panel and the National Housing Finance & Investment Corporation. Teresa has previously been Chair of the Board of Taxation and Chair of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section and was named Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.

The first agency signed model with a physical impairment to feature in a national television campaign, Angel Dixon's mission is to challenge society’s perception of disability. She is a passionate activist for inclusion and accessibility. Angel is advocacy manager for the not-for-profit organisation, Starting With Julius and board member and former CEO of the Attitude Foundation. Both organisations seek to accelerate the inclusion of people with disability through the creation of authentic media and education on inclusive principals. Angel's work has to lead her to be nominated for a number of awards. In 2019, Angel was named Queensland Young Australian of the Year and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia and named on the Queens Honours List in 2021.  

Steph Tisdell is one of the brightest stars to explode on the Australian comedy scene in recent years. A luminescent presence on stage, her warmth and wit are a hit with audiences. Her award-winning shows sell out wherever she performs and she is fast becoming a ubiquitous presence on mainstream television. Before discovering her gift for comedy, Steph’s interest in politics and advocacy saw her enrolling in law and this formidable intelligence and sense of social justice now permeates her material. As a Ydinji woman she loves to share her experiences and what her culture means to her, and she hopes that her visibility will empower other Aboriginal artists to come forward and showcase why they’re the funniest race in the world.

Pip grew up in Tasmania and studied politics and English at University. On graduating she joined ABC news in Hobart in 1986 and joined Landline in 1993.In 2007, Pip and former Landline presenter Sally Sara were named Queensland Journalists of the Year for a feature on depression called “Black Dog” and in 2009, Pip won the Queensland Rural Press Club’s Excellence in Rural Journalism Award. In 2011, Pip’s two-part feature on the coal seam gas industry in Queensland won her the Queensland Media Award’s Excellence in Rural Journalism Prize, the Rabobank Star prize for rural broadcasting (Qld), the National Rabobank Star prize and the International Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting. In 2012, Pip was appointed host of Landline and continues reporting, with a particular focus on Queensland and Tasmania.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC MBE is a Wiradjuri Aboriginal. She has been Australian of the Year (1971) and Australian Sportsman of the Year and was ranked the number one tennis player in the world in 1971 and 1976. Since 2005, Evonne has run the Goolagong National Development Camp for Indigenous girls and boys. Using tennis as a vehicle to promote better health, education and employment, the program has awarded school scholarships, produced university scholars, tennis players, coaches, and sports administrators and has helped with employment placement. Evonne and husband Roger have two children, two granddaughters and a grandson and reside at Noosa Heads, where they are the proud patrons of both the Noosa Football and Tennis Clubs.

09:00 - 09:25

Welcome & Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Innovation Lead and Deputy Director-General Innovation, Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation

Dr Sarah Pearson

Rachel Hunter PSM

Deputy Chancellor, Griffith University; Under-Treasurer, Queensland Treasury

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Teresa Dyson

Non-Executive Director; Seven West Media

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Disability Activist; Model; 2019 QLD Young Australian of the Year; Advocacy Manager, Starting with Julius

Angel Dixon OAM

Leah Cameron

Principal Solicitor and Managing Director, Marrawah Law Pty Ltd

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

13:45 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Host, ABC’s Landline

Pip Courtney

SUZI FINKELSTEIN

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Steph Tisdell

Comedian, Presenter and Actor

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Former Professional Tennis Player; Sport Australia and International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee

Evonne Goolagong Cawley AC MBE

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Queensland Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

Dr Jeanette Young PSM

Chief Health Officer & State Health Incident Controller, Department of Health, Queensland

09:30 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

Gai joined the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1987 and has worked in operational, specialist and corporate roles. During her career, Gai has been Officer in Charge of a Brisbane suburban police station and an on-road supervisor for the South Side of Brisbane. In addition to her vast operational experience Gai has undertaken corporate and specialist roles at Strategic Planning and Performance, Queensland Police Academy and State Intelligence. Gai is a founding member of the QPS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex + (LGBTI+) Support Network, dedicated to supporting LGBTIQ staff members. Improving organisational inclusion and diversity for LGBTIQ+ people is a driving force for Gai, having recently developed the QPS Gender Affirmation Policy and Guidelines. Gai was named in the Deloitte Outstanding 50 LGBTI+ Leaders 2020. She shares her life with her partner Sophia and enjoys reading, bush walking, cycling and travel.

Inspector, State Intelligence, Crime and Intelligence Command, Queensland Police Service; Founding Member of the QPS LGBTI+ Support Network

Gai Bolderrow

Natasha Chadwick is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NewDirection Care™, an innovative privately-owned organisation which has created the world’s first inclusive microtown™ Aged Care community. Natasha is passionate about changing the way we care for our elderly members of society and those living with dementia, including younger onset dementia, not just in Australia but worldwide. Natasha was awarded the prestigious 2019 Australian Business Women of the Year at the Telstra Business Women Awards, and also took home the 2019 Medium to Large Business category award. The win came after coming in strong at the state awards – achieving the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year and in the Medium to Large Business Category.

Natasha Chadwick

Founder and CEO, NewDirection Care; 2019 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year

13:40 - 13:45

Sponsor Address

Gai Bolderrow

Inspector, State Intelligence, Crime and Intelligence Command, Queensland Police Service; Founding Member of the QPS LGBTI+ Support Network

Steph Tisdell

Comedian, Presenter and Actor

Natasha Chadwick

Founder and CEO, NewDirection Care; 2019 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

Dr Sarah Pearson

Innovation Lead and Deputy Director-General Innovation, Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation

Advocacy Partner

Gold
Sponsor

Chief Health Officer & State Health Incident Controller, Department of Health, Queensland

DR JEANETTE YOUNG PSM

Queensland Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership