Hobart Symposium 2020

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Hotel Grand Chancellor

Panel Members

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

Ita Buttrose AC, OBE

Media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, and former Australian of the Year

Nova Peris OAM

Olympic Gold Medallist and Former Federal Senator

Lara Giddings

Former Premier of Tasmania; CEO, Australian Medical Association - Tasmania

Madeleine Habib

Ship’s Captain; Humanitarian; Maritime Logistics, P&O Maritime Services

Jan Davis

Chief Executive Officer, Protected Cropping Australia; Managing Director, Agribusiness Australia

Martine Delaney

Former Greens’ candidate, LGBTIQA+ advocate

Sarah Renner

CEO, Hobart Airport

Agenda 

Thursday 3rd September 2020

Provost and Vice-President, The University of Tasmania

Professor Jane Long

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:40 - 14:40​

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome to Country

09:25 - 09:30

Sponsor Address

Lara Giddings was born in Papua New Guinea in 1972. After completing her high school years, she studied Arts and Law at the University of Tasmania, while also campaigning for her first State election. In 1996, she became the youngest women ever elected to an Australian Parliament serving as a Shadow Minister. Over the subsequent years she gained experience in numerous ministerial portfolios, including the Attorney-General, Health and Treasury portfolios, before becoming Tasmania’s first female Premier, a role she held from 2011 to 2014. Lara was the recipient of the Tasmanian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership in 2014. She is currently the CEO of AMA Tasmania as of March 2019.

 

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

Former Premier of Tasmania; CEO, Australian Medical Association - Tasmania

Lara Giddings

Madeleine Habib is a ship's captain, a humanitarian and an activist. For more than 30 years she has using her sea faring skills to fight for environmental causes and social justice issues around the world.  In 1995 she was the Greenpeace zodiac driver who chained herself to the drilling rig in the middle of Mururoa Atoll to prevent French nuclear testing. In 2016 she was the captain of the Women's Boat to Gaza, sailing a yacht full of world leaders to break the unjust Israeli siege of Gaza. She has captained Australia's former research vessel, migrant rescue ships, a medical aid ship in Papua New Guinea and a sailing cargo ship in the Pacific. Most recently she has been combining her maritime and humanitarian skills as Port Captain for World Food Programme in war-torn Syria. Madeleine has risen through the ranks of one of the world's most male dominated industries to hold an Unlimited Master's licence.

Madeleine Habib

Ship’s Captain; Humanitarian and Activist; Maritime Logistics, P&O Maritime Services

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

After learning to fly before she could drive, Sarah was in only the second cohort for Swinburne University’s aviation degree. Sarah joined Melbourne Airport as a graduate in 1997, building her career in increasingly senior roles over 18 years, including as Head of Operations and Airfield Manager. Ms Renner is also a former Director of the Australian Airports Association. After studying overseas at Harvard Business School and joining the Melbourne Airport executive team, Sarah took on her current role as CEO of Hobart Airport.

CEO, Hobart Airport

Sarah Renner

Tagged as Tasmania's top political lobbyist and one of the most influential people in the state, Jan Davis is a passionate advocate for the industries in which she works. Jan has held leadership roles in a number of industry groups in the agriculture sector. As well as her work as a consultant, she is currently CEO of Protected Cropping Australia, representing Australia’s fastest growing agricultural sector. She's served as CEO of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and of the Local Government Professionals; she has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker and a driver of change. Jan is also an experienced non-executive director, and has more degrees than you can poke a stick at. Jan is now an elected member of the Northern Midlands Council.

Chief Executive Officer, Protected Cropping Australia; Managing Director, Agribusiness Australia

Jan Davis

12:50 - 13:40

Lunch

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD was Australia's first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament and the first Aboriginal Australian and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. She is one of a very few athletes who have represented their country in two different sports; hockey and athletics in separate Olympic Games. Peris is currently addressing the licensing issues surrounding the Aboriginal flag in a campaign called #freetheflag. She took the fight to Canberra with two other people and has successfully got a motion passed in the senate through Greens Senator Rachel Siewert calling on the government to do everything possible to free the flag. In 2018, Nova received the NT Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership from Women & Leadership Australia.

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Olympic Gold Medallist and Former Federal Senator

Nova Peris OAM

Ita Buttrose AC OBE is a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and former Australian of the Year and is now a Companion of the Order of Australia. She currently balances her high-profile role with charitable responsibilities and works behind-the-scenes and in the public eye for major corporates, small business, governments and charities.  Ita was the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, and the first female director of News Ltd Australia. She has hosted prime time shows on radio and television. She later started her own company, Capricorn Publishing, and created ITA Magazine, a magazine for the woman who wasn’t born yesterday.  

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Ita Buttrose AC, OBE

Media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, and former Australian of the Year

As an LGBTIQA+ advocate and lobbyist, Martine Delaney was a founding member of Australian Marriage Equality, and played a role in successfully lobbying for easier access to passports for trans and gender-diverse Australians. For over fifteen years, she led a Tasmanian campaign which recently resulted in world-leading reforms on birth certificate legislation. Along the way, Martine’s also been the world’s first person to play both men’s and women’s first division football, a stand-up comic, briefly dead, a ghost tour guide, a book in the Hobart Human Library and a Greens candidate in a Federal election. All while, with her partner of fifteen years, raising a child who - twelve years ago - was abandoned at their home as a six-week old baby. Nowadays, she finds herself a successfully emerging screenwriter.

Former Greens’ candidate, LGBTIQA+ advocate

Martine Delaney

Tasmania Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

Dr Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership with the University of Queensland Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of practice. He is the director of the AIBE Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace and Managing Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), a body whose members comprise of peak national bodies representing women across industry sectors in Australia. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. In June 2015, Dr Fitzsimmons and Professor Callan and working with the Committee for Perth, released ‘Filling the Pool’, a major report into gender inequality in Western Australia and what government, organisations and individuals can do to address the issue.

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons 

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

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

The University of Tasmania’s Provost, Professor Jane Long, has a wealth of senior executive and management experience, depth of sectoral knowledge, and an impressive resume as a working academic and researcher.  Her disciplinary background is in modern British history and gender relations, specialising in the history of poverty and the welfare state. In relation to the Australian higher education sector, Professor Long is passionate about gender equity and diversity, with a strong commitment to values-based, people-centred leadership. Professor Long's previous roles included Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University, and senior central and faculty-based leadership at the University of Western Australia.​

Provost and Vice-President, The University of Tasmania

Professor Jane Long

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 - 12:50​

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