Canberra Symposium 2020

Friday 19th June 2020

Hyatt Hotel

Panel Members

Dr Larry Marshall  

CEO, CSIRO

LEE LIN CHIN

Former SBS Newsreader, Television & Radio Presenter, Journalist

Amna Karra-Hassan

Organisational Development Coordinator, Lebanese Muslim Association; Board Member, Go Active Women

Louise Taylor

Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court

Renée Leon PSM

Secretary, Services Australia

Elizabeth Lee MLA

Liberal Member for Kurrajong

Liz Cosson AM, CSC

Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs; First Female Major General

Justine Saunders APM

Deputy Commissioner, Support Group, Australian Border Force

Agenda 

Friday 19th June 2020

Founder and CEO, InDigital

Mikaela Jade

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:40 - 14:30​

09:25 - 09:30

Sponsor Address

Renée Leon was appointed Secretary of the Department of Human Services now Services Australia as Secretary in 2017. The Department delivers health, social and welfare payment services, including Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support, serving over 20 million customers a year. The Department has embarked on a multi-year digital transformation program to digitise and automate many of its services. Renée was previously Secretary of the Department of Employment, she served as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and also held the position of Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety. Renée is qualified in Arts and Law and holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

Secretary, Services Australia

Renée Leon PSM

Magistrate Louise Taylor is the eighth permanent Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court. Prior to her appointment, she was a criminal defence lawyer and the Deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT. She has also worked as a prosecutor for both the Commonwealth and the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions. A Kamilaroi woman, she was the 2009 recipient of the ACT International Women’s Day Award. She was previously the long-time Chair of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT and the chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. She is a current associate of the Indigenous Law Centre (UNSW) and a member of the Law Council’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.

Louise Taylor

Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

Krystal Perkins is an Arunta and Ngamal woman and comes from an Aboriginal family who has been actively involved in the socio-political plight of Aboriginal people for 30 plus years. In 2006 she was appointed the National Marketing Manager for National Indigenous TV LTD, launching the first 24/7 Indigenous TV channel. In 2014 she was seconded by Westpac to lead the Indigenous strategy. In 2015 she joined Telstra in key Senior Leadership roles in Diversity and Inclusion, in 2017 was seconded to Indonesia to set up a Technology Joint Venture. Recently, she was the Head of Marketing for Defence Force Recruiting. Krystal was appointed in January 2019 to the Royal Australian Air Force and currently serves as a Personnel Capability Officer and the lead of Indigenous Programs. 

​Directorate of Organisational Behaviour and Culture, Royal Australian Air Force

Squadron Leader Krystal Perkins

Elizabeth migrated to Australia from South Korea in 1986 when she was 7 years old with her family. She moved to Canberra at 18 to study Law and Asian Studies. Elizabeth has practised law in the public and private sector and lectured in law at the ANU and University of Canberra.  Elizabeth served as Chair of the ACT division and Australian Young Lawyers Committee. She also served as a Councillor and Vice President of the ACT Law Society. As a registered fitness professional, Elizabeth also teaches group fitness classes. In 2016, Elizabeth was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly as Member for Kurrajong and became the first Asian Australian Member of Parliament in the ACT and the first Korean Australian Member of Parliament in Australia.

Liberal Member for Kurrajong

Elizabeth Lee MLA

12:40 - 13:20

Lunch

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

Amna Karra-Hassan 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 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 holds a Bachelor in Organisational Learning from the University of Technology Sydney and recently completed the Advanced Leadership Program with the Applied School of Management. After 9 years, Amna resigned from the Australian Federal Police having led Community Engagement strategies, and contributed to Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio – responsible for driving cultural change within the AFP. 

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Organisational Development Coordinator, Lebanese Muslim Association; Board Member, Go Active Women

Amna Karra-Hassan

Lee Lin Chin has been described as "one of the greatest in the history of Australian broadcasting" and a "beacon of diversity". She is best known as a newsreader on SBS, a role she held for 30 years until her resignation mid-2018. That long-standing role was just one of several she has held at the Australian broadcasting network. Other roles include performing in comedy and satire, and starring in promotional and marketing features on the network's website and On Demand. Lee Lin Chin began her broadcasting career in Singapore in 1968 and arrived in Australia in 1988. In 1992 she became weekend news presenter on World News Australia at multicultural SBS TV. Over an extraordinary 30 years with the network, Lee Lin Chin became one of the defining faces of SBS.

16:10 - 16:50

In Conversation

LEE LIN CHIN

Former SBS Newsreader, Television & Radio Presenter, Journalist

Mikaela Jade’s 4 x award winning company Indigital work to develop innovative new ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. She has a background in environmental biology, and has spent most of her career as a national parks ranger. A proud Cabrogal woman, she was chosen as one of 21 Indigenous entrepreneurs to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception for Indigenous Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Canberra. She is also a United Nations Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues delegate, Tribal Link Alumni member (New York), Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Wollongong and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mikaela joined Microsoft Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Board in 2018.

Founder and CEO, InDigital

Mikaela Jade

Dr Larry Marshall is Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. Their collaborative research turns science into solutions for food security and quality; clean energy and resources; health and wellbeing; resilient and valuable environments; innovative industries; and a secure Australia and region. He was inspired at Stanford to found his first company, Light Solutions, which invented the world’s first solid-state green laser for the treatment of blindness in diabetics. He was CEO/MD and founder of over five companies in biotechnology, telecommunications, semiconductors, and venture capital. He has 100 publications and conference papers, holds 20 patents, and has served on 20 boards of high-tech companies operating in the US, Australia and China. Larry is a Male Champion of Change committed to tackling gender equality. 

CEO, CSIRO

Dr Larry Marshall  

13:20 - 13:40

Keynote Address

Heejung Cecilia is a Chartered Accountant professional with 18+ years of multi-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional work experience. Heejung Cecilia's diverse work roles included being Head of Risk and Compliance, Group and Corporate (Challenger), taxation advisor (Deloitte), infrastructure fund manager (Macquarie Bank), consultant on regulatory projects (BNP Paribas, ING Australia) and trainee in architecture firms in Australia and Korea. As well as being focussed on analytics, Heejung Cecilia is also dedicated to extending knowledge of wholistic well-being.  Heejung Cecilia is a LESMILLS group fitness instructor of 9 years, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and member of the Sydney Philharmonia Festival Choir.  You can find her on Twitter @NewNaPlay.

Heejung Cecilia Lim CA

Australian Capital Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:30 - 15:10

After 31 years of distinguished military service in the Australian Army, Liz Cosson joined the Australian Public Service in 2010 and was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in 2018. Liz is also the President of the Repatriation Commission and Chair of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Liz Was the first female promoted to the senior rank of Major General in the Australian Army. Between 2012 and 2016 she held the positions of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Health. Liz was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions and for delivering profound organisational reform in 2011.

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs; First Female Major General

Liz Cosson AM, CSC

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

09:05 - 09:25

Welcome and Opening Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome to Country

Heejung Cecilia Lim CA

Justine joined the ABF in October 2018 following a 29-year career across the spectrum of law enforcement and policing responsibilities with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Her last role was as the Chief Police Officer for the Australian Capital Territory. Justine is now responsible for delivering operational continuity through strategic planning and support to achieve the ABF's operational outcomes. This includes leadership of ABF’s workforce and maritime capabilities and specialist support to operations including the Detector Dog program and technical teams. She holds a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Studies) with Distinction and Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.

Justine Saunders APM

Deputy Commissioner, Support Group, Australian Border Force

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

Pre-Christmas rates now available

Until December 25th 2019

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.

'The Authenticity Paradox’

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

Panel Discussion

11:20 - 12:40​

SQUADRON LEADER KRYSTAL PERKINS 

Directorate of Organisational Behaviour and Culture, Royal Australian Air Force

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