Thursday 22nd August 2019

Darwin Symposium 2019

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Darwin Convention Centre


Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner


Director Community Engagement, Defence NT


Executive Director, Ross Engineering


Author, TV Host and  beyondblue ambassador


Chair at Darwin Waterfront Corporation Board


Director Stakeholder Engagement & Communications, Office of Aboriginal Affairs

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

10:50 - 11:10

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

12:50 - 13:40


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

11:10 - 12:50​

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Program Director, 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

09:50 - 10:20​

Interactive SESSION​ with Catherine Fox

​Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

‘Womenkind - Unlocking the power of women supporting women’ 

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” 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.​

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

​Chair at Darwin Waterfront Corporation Board

Tracey Hayes

Tracey is an experienced Chief Executive Officer/Board Member/Company Director with a demonstrated history of working in agriculture at a local, national and international level. Tracey is skilled in crisis management, public affairs, negotiation, corporate social responsibility, and business planning. She is a strong business development professional with considerable Asian engagement experience.​

Rhiannon works at the NT Working Women’s Centre as an Industrial Liaison Officer and provides free advice, advocacy and support to women with problems in their employment across the Territory. Rhiannon works within a small team of incredibly passionate and dedicated women who understand the place and role of women in society: an ongoing struggle. The team draws on this collective knowledge to empower women via the practice of a feminist approach. Rhiannon has recently completed a Masters of Science in Medicine (HIV, STI and Sexual Health) Counselling.​

​Industrial Liaison Officer, NT Working Women’s Centre


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.​

(Invited) Dr Patricia Ann Miller AO


10:20 - 10:50​


13:40 - 14:40​


​Industrial Liaison Officer, NT Working Women’s Centre


​Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory