Thursday 22nd August 2019

Darwin Symposium 2019

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Darwin Convention Centre


Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA


Director Community Engagement, Defence NT


Executive Director, Ross Engineering


Author, TV Host and  beyondblue ambassador


Director Stakeholder Engagement & Communications, Office of Aboriginal Affairs

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

​Director Stakeholder Engagement & Communications, Office of Aboriginal Affairs

Mischa Cartwright

Arriving in the Northern Territory at 22 years old on a working holiday, Linda saw the opportunities around her and stayed to work in public, private sectors and with multicultural NGOs across the Territory.  In June 2017 Linda was honoured to be admitted as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia ‘for significant service to women as an advocate for gender balance in business leadership, to public administration and to the community.’A skilled enabler with extraordinary networks across Australia, Linda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.   In November 2018 she was also re-appointed to the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Australia Board. She says that her role as a coach and mentor to younger women inspires her as she sees them rise and that Territory women are great role models of resilience, resourcefulness and remarkable achievements.


​Director Community Engagement, Defence NT

Linda Fazldeen AM

12:30 - 13:10


Panel Members

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.​

'Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive Leadership’

Panel Discussion

11:00 - 12:30​

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

​Author, TV Host and beyondblue ambassador

Jessica Rowe is a news presenter, author, columnist and mother of two girls, Allegra and Giselle. She has been working in the media industry for over 20 years and is passionate about removing the stigma around mental health conditions. It is a very personal campaign – having grown up with a mother who has bipolar disorder, she understands the chaos and heartache that a mental health condition can cause to a family. Because Jessica wanted to help others by sharing her experiences, she became a beyondblue Ambassador in 2002. ​

Jessica Rowe OA

Julie Ross has lived in Alice Springs since 1982 and is currently the President of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. She has a history of serving on NT government boards and advisory committees. She has held senior leadership roles in BPW Australia, the NT Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory. She won the 1999 Telstra NT Business Women’s Award – AusIndustry category in 1999 and the Chief Minister’s Women’s Achievement Award in 2000.​

​Executive Director, Ross Engineering

Julie Ross

Lisa Dietrich

​Industrial Liaison Officer and Trainer, NT Working Women’s Centre


​Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

​Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Dr Patricia Ann Miller AO was appointed as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory on 30 June 2002. She is the first female Indigenous Australian to hold such a position and as a member of the Arrernte people she is also the first Northern Territory native title holder to do so. Dr Miller was born in Alice Springs and is a member of the Liddle family which has both traditional and pioneering ties in Central Australia. Dr Miller was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, an organisation for which she worked for from 1978 to January 2015.​

Dr Patricia Ann Miller AO

Founder & Chairperson, Galiwin’ku Women’s Space Inc; Anti-domestic violence campaigner


Platinum education Partner

Dr Donna Odegaard AM

Founder and Chairperson, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia; Founder, NT Indigenous Women and Girls Leadership Academy; Board Director

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

Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column; and she has published four books, including her latest "Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth), which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board and Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.​

10:00 - 10:40

Introduction to Women Kind

Catherine Fox

09:20 - 09:25

Sponsor Address

Dr Donna Odegaard AM is an Indigenous leader, Larrakia Elder of Darwin, Northern Territory, business woman and entrepreneur for over 40 years. She is a respected advisor in Indigenous affairs with over 30 years’ experience in Indigenous heritage, education, health, native title, land rights, community development and media.
Dr Odegaard is founder, owner and Chairperson of Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia (ABA) which has four free-to-air television channels, four radio stations, and a production company. The broadcast reach is 2400 Indigenous communities Australia wide broadcasting over 40 Indigenous languages. The principal television channel is Aboriginal TV Ch4 Darwin, Australia's only television channel with 100 percent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content, much of it produced in-house.​

09:25 - 10:00

Keynote Address

Larrakia Elder, Traditional Owner Darwin NT; Founder and Chairperson, Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia; Senior Indigenous Leader (IRG) Developing Northern Australia, Australian Government

Dr Donna Odegaard AM

RLisa is an Industrial Liaison Officer and Trainer at the NT Working Women’s Centre in Darwin.  
Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) and International Relations and has worked in advocacy and case management roles in a number of areas including the justice system and migration.
Lisa is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices through the International Institute of Restorative Practices.​

​Industrial Liaison Officer and Trainer, NT Working Women’s Centre

Lisa Dietrich




13:40 - 14:40​

13:10 - 13:40

Keynote Address

​CEO, NT Health

Professor Catherine Stoddart

Catherine Stoddart commenced as the Chief Executive Officer NT Health in late March 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the NHS in the UK from March 2014. Catherine has held positions across health including Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Western Australia, Regional Director for the Kimberly region, WACHS, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery WACHS, and Director Clinical Reform WA Health. Catherine is committed to ensuring that Territorians are healthy and have access to high quality care right across the Territory. Catherine has been awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year, and has received the Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community health volunteering programs.