The Australian Women's Leadership Symposium



Our symposium features a diverse lineup of high-profile thought leaders, recognised for their excellence across business and community leadership.

09:00 - 09:10
Welcome to Country
09:10 - 09:25
Welcome & Opening Comments
Dr Janet Smith (She/Her)

Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator, Women & Leadership Australia

Karen Taylor, CEO Women & Leadership Australia
09:25 - 09:35
CEO’s Welcome
Karen Taylor GAICD (She/Her)

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

09:35 - 09:45
2x2x2 Activity

09:45 - 10:00
Opening Address

Professor Michelle Ryan (She/Her)
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Address
Professor Michelle Ryan (She/Her)

Inaugural Director, Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Australian National University

10:30 - 10:35
Gold Sponsor Address
Australian College of Applied Professions

Gold Sponsor

10:35 - 11:00
Morning Tea

11:00 - 12:25
Panel Discussion

12:25 - 01:15

01:15 - 02:05
Development Session

The Australian Award Logo
02:05 - 02:30
Award Session
The ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership

The Australian Award Logo
02:30 - 02:55
Award Session
The National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership

02:55 - 03:20
Afternoon Tea

Anoushka Gungadin (She/Her)
03:20 - 03:50
Keynote Address
Anoushka Gungadin (She/Her)

Executive Vice President ANZ, HeraMED Limited; Council Member & Audit Risk Committee, Deakin University; Non-Executive Director, getmee

Mel Jones OAM (She/Her)
03:50 - 04:20
Keynote Address
Mel Jones OAM (She/Her)

Cricket Commentator & Presenter; Women in Sport Advocate

04:20 - 04:30
Closing Comments
Dr Janet Smith (She/Her)

Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator, Women & Leadership Australia

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Our Partners


Gold Sponsor

Women's Agenda Logo

Media Partner

Hear from our attendees

I felt very inspired, which can carry through to my professional and personal, so thank you.

Canberra Symposium Attendee

Incredible insights and dynamic presenters.

Canberra Symposium Attendee

I loved every speaker from the first to the last and received a gem of wisdom or two from each one.

Canberra Symposium Attendee

Join Australia's Premier Women's Leadership Event

This is your moment to redefine what leadership means to you and explore new possibilities for personal and professional growth. Through the lens of shared stories, you’ll witness how other women in leadership have overcome obstacles to forge their own paths. Join us to delve into the collective wisdom of diverse women, create new connections, and find inspiration for your leadership journey.

Inspiration and Empowerment

Get ready to feel refreshed, motivated, and armed with new ideas. Dive into the stories of diverse leaders to gain insight on leadership, equality, and inclusion.

Personal and Professional Growth

This is your chance to pause and reflect on your role as a leader. You’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence to tackle challenges head-on.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals from a variety of industries. Who knows, you might just find your next collaboration partner.

Full Attendance Grants Available
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