Northern Territory Symposium 2021

Friday 17th September 2021
Interactive Online Event Experience

Panel Members

Karen Weston

CEO, Northern Territory Department of Education

Libby Trickett

Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer; QLD Mental Health Ambassador

Marlee Silva

Founder, Tiddas 4 Tiddas Podcast; Host, Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories Podcast; Author

Marion Scrymgour

CEO, Northern Land Council

Deborah Di Natale

CEO, Northern Territory Council of Social Service

Jahna Cedar oam

Executive Director, IPS Management Consultants

15:00 - 15:10

Break

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

11:50 - 13:00​

Jahna Cedar OAM is a Nyiyaparli woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. She has worked for over 20 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Businesswoman Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017. Jahna is the Executive Director Indigenous Advisory, policy, research and evaluation with IPS Management Consultants and sits on numerous boards, as a way of giving back to community.

Tiwi woman Marion Scrymgour was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council in March 2019, the first woman to hold the CEO position at any Northern Territory land council. Ms Scrymgour was the CEO of the Tiwi Islands Regional Council and a former member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. In 2000, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly, representing the electorate of Arafura from 2001 to 2012. Prior to her entrance into politics, she was the CEO of the Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service and the first CEO of Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation.

Ms Weston commenced with the NT Department of Education in March 2020 and has ignited a focus on engagement and partnering with families and community to deliver meaningful education. Before arriving in the NT, she led reforms in education, early childhood, inclusion and developed an Aboriginal education strategy (Birth to Year-12) in South Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the education sector, with particular expertise in early childhood education and broader school reforms. Ms Weston also holds a Master of Education focusing on education policy, educational leadership and evaluation.

Deborah is a lawyer who has demonstrated a commitment to justice and advocacy for those who are most marginalised. She has worked at Victoria Legal Aid in their family, law, and civil division for over 6 years. She also worked as the Principal Solicitor of the Tenants Union and over time she developed an interest in access to justice and systemic reform. Deborah has recently been appointed to the role of CEO of the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) a peak body that is made up of not for profits, Aboriginal Controlled Organisations and NGOs.

Katrina Fong Lim is a born and bred 5th generation Territorian with a keen sense of public service and community. She is currently the General Manager for Variety NT – the Children’s Charity. Her career has been a combination of her passion for serving her local community, together with her outstanding professional qualifications and experience, honed within the government, NFP, B2B and public service sectors over 30 years. Katrina served as Lord Mayor of Darwin from April 2012 to August 2017 and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders; Member of the Institute of Public Accountants. On Australia Day Katrina was on the Australian Honours List as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

One of six boys, Christian Wright has worked as an Emergency and Disaster nurse for the last 14 years, and a midwife for the last 6 years. Graduating as the 10th male midwife in the state of Western Australia and the first male midwife to be employed at the Family Birth Centre in Perth, Christian was usually referred to as "the male midwife". Christian found ample opportunity to remedy inequalities prevalent in birthing and health contexts, including with those who identify as cultural minorities, and with birth support partners. Christian's understanding of otherness has been enlarged through complex and nuanced experiences working in isolated communities across Papua New Guinea and Arnhem land Australia. Advocating for the experience and voice of the other, to improve outcomes in birthing contexts, has become a rewarding focus of Christian's work and published research.

Libby Trickett (nee Lenton) is one of Australia’s favourite swimmers, achieving the honour of winning gold at three consecutive Olympic Games, as well as one silver and two bronze medals. Libby’s professional swimming career also includes eight world records, eight long course and seven short course World titles, and five Commonwealth Games gold medals. Her biggest success was at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, when Libby won individual gold in the 100m butterfly, individual silver in the 100m freestyle and relay gold and bronze medals. Libby received an OAM for her contribution to swimming in 2005 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2016. She is currently Queensland’s Mental Health Ambassador.

09:00 - 09:25

Welcome & Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

CEO, Northern Land Council

Marion Scrymgour

Karen Weston

CEO, Northern Territory Department of Education

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Deborah Di Natale

CEO, Northern Territory Council of Social Service

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:40 - 11:50

Break

General Manager, Variety; Former Lord Mayor, City of Darwin

Katrina Fong Lim AM

Jahna Cedar oam

Executive Director, IPS Management Consultants

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

14:10 - 15:00

Development Session

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

15:10 - 15:50

Keynote Address

Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer; QLD Mental Health Ambassador

Libby Trickett

SUZI FINKELSTEIN

15:50 - 16:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Christian Wright

Midwife; 2018 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Graduate of the Year

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Christian Wright

Midwife; 2018 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards Graduate of the Year

Katrina Fong Lim AM

General Manager, Variety; Former Lord Mayor, City of Darwin

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton 

Remote Policing in Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

SERGEANT ERICA GIBSON

Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Northern Territory Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

13:45 - 14:10

SERGEANT ERICA GIBSON

Remote Policing in Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Advocacy Partner

10:30 - 10:40

Break

Marlee Silva is an Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti tribes of NSW. Starting her career in the non-profit sector, Marlee’s path was shifted toward a more public profile when she was employed as the Co-CEO of Aboriginal education charity AIME Mentoring. A role which gave her the opportunity to study at the Summer Institute of General Management at Stanford University in the U.S., making her the first Aboriginal woman to do so. Marlee is also the best-selling author of My Tidda, My Sister: Stories of strength and resilience from Australia's first women and the host of Always was, always will be our stories, a podcast dedicated to showcasing Indigenous role models, from all walks of life. Marlee is determined to utilise her storytelling skills to inspire people and create change and uses her platform to advocate for the causes she is most passionate about.

11:10 - 11:40

Keynote Address

Founder, Tiddas 4 Tiddas Podcast; Host, Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories Podcast; Author

Marlee Silva

Moving Towards Gender Equity in 2021: From Vision to Action

Let's get practical!  While Australia has come a long way with gender equity and equality over the years, we’ve still got a long way to go. This development session will provide participants with an opportunity and frameworks to determine their vision and actions for a more inclusive and equitable future, and some timely strategies to enhance their leadership in this domain.

Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Tasmania; Senior Advisor – Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Australian Antarctic Division

Meredith Nash is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Senior Advisor – Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at the Australian Antarctic Division, and an accredited executive coach. She is an internationally recognised expert on leadership for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) fields and building inclusive workplaces. Meredith has led numerous high impact projects focused on preventing sexual harassment in remote scientific fieldwork, designing intersectional leadership programs for women in STEMM, evaluating institutional gender equity programs, and encouraging male allyship.She is an award-winning science communicator, and her research has been featured hundreds of times in the global media. Meredith plays a starring role in the 2020 documentary, The Leadership (Bunya Productions).

dr Meredith Nash

dr Meredith Nash

Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Tasmania; Senior Advisor – Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Australian Antarctic Division

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grant-maker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good. Janelle has Chaired numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality, including the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Community Funding Panel, Children by Choice and is currently President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). 

13:40 - 13:45

Sponsor Address

Janelle Weissman

Executive Director, UN Women Australia