Tasmania Symposium 2021

Thursday 14th October 2021
Hotel Grand Chancellor

Panel Members

09:00 - 09:05     Welcome to Country

Rae Johnston

Award-winning STEM Journalist; Host, That Startup Show; Science & Technology Editor, NITV

Ginna Webster

Secretary, Department of Justice

Sarah Bolt

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Equal Opportunity Tasmania

15:10- 15:10

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking 

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

11:30 - 13:00​

Dr Emma Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania, Australia. She is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Lee’s work in Tasmania has assisted in constitutional reform, the first joint management plan of a protected area and establishing a market for cultural fisheries. In 2021, she became the first Indigenous Australian editor of a Best Practice Guideline for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2018, she became the first Aboriginal Tasmanian recipient of the University of Tasmania’s Foundation Graduate Award and the 2020 inaugural recipient of the William Jonas Award, Institute of Australian Geographers.

Sarah Bolt’s career is marked by change and diversity. She started her career as legal practitioner in working private practice specialising in industrial/employment law with an obligatory stint, for most young female lawyers, in Family Law. From private practice Sarah moved into the world of Social Justice with the Equal Opportunity Commission (South Australia) as a solicitor, conciliator, trainer and complaints manager. Inspired by an extremely hot Adelaidean summer came a change in professional direction – Station Leader at Mawson Station in Antarctica. In 2005 Sarah was appointed to the position of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Tasmania. In 2011 she was appointed as the Police Ombudsman (South Australia). In February 2017, Sarah was re-appointed to the role of Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Tasmania.

Ginna returned to the Department of Justice to serve as Secretary in September 2019. Ginna was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Communities Tasmania, which commenced on 1 July 2018. Prior to this role Ginna was Deputy Secretary – Children and Youth Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. Before her move to the Department of Health and Human Services, Ginna spent 15 years in the Tasmanian Department of Justice, in a wide variety of roles. She worked for many years as a Detector Dog Handler before being appointed Inspector of the NSW Dog Unit, the largest unit in Australia. Ginna is passionate about leadership, particularly in the public sector. She is an Executive Fellow of the Australian New Zealand School of Government; graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and Alumni of the ‘Cranlana’ Colloquium.  

With over 20 years’ experience in community services from practitioner to executive level Lucy has been the CEO with Glenview Community Services for the past 10 years with a focus on sector reform, change management, and creating positive workplace cultures. Lucy is also behind the creation of Korongee, Australia’s first village specifically designed for people living with dementia. Lucy has significant experience in the areas of sector reform having led large teams through a range of industry and legislative changes. Combined with her former career in hospitality and marketing, Lucy provides a well-rounded practicable approach to business in finding workable yet strategic solutions. In 2019, Lucy was named the Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Tasmanian Telstra Business Women’s winner of the Purpose and Social enterprise category.

Lauren is currently acting Manager of Education and Professional Development for Ambulance Tasmania. She began her ambulance career in 2007 in Ambulance Victoria, before moving ‘home’ to Tasmania.  She completed her Intensive Care training program in 2010, a Master of Emergency Health in 2015, and Extended Care training program in 2017. As an outspoken mental health and staff advocate, Lauren is passionate about clinical (patient) outcomes as a major driver for change within the service, with staff welfare being at the core of every audit, education, and training interaction. In her spare time Lauren is President of the Union’s Ambulance Branch, and an avid gardener.  

Debra Stewart (née Thurley) is a former Alderman of the Clarence City Council and a former Executive at the Legislative Council of the Tasmanian Parliament. Debra is currently on the National Board of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), a Committee Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology Tasmania, and Vice President of Zonta International Hobart. Debra holds a Masters of Employment Relations (formerly Industrial Relations), Diploma of Business, Diploma of Business Management, Diploma of Human Resources and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Debra’s passion is advocating for women’s equality, especially in Local Government, empowering Women and Girls to reach their full potential through education, eliminating ageism and improving the ageing experience, and contributing to altruistic acts within the community.

Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning journalist with a focus on the geekier side of life. The first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS, her work appears across television, radio, podcasts and online. A leading commentator on all things technology, science and pop culture, Rae has worked with every major television and radio network in Australia at some stage of her decade-long career. Today, she makes regular appearances across SBS, ABC and Network Ten. Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman who was born and raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. Becoming a single teenage Mum fuelled her to follow her passions and show her son how to achieve your dreams.

Clare Bowditch is a musician, broadcaster, sometimes actor, speaker, entrepreneur, and soon to be a published author. Somewhat of a slashie you might say. She has won the coveted ARIA Award for Best Female for her music, the Rolling Stone Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to Australian culture, and has been nominated for a Logie Award for her role as Rosanna on popular television show Offspring. Her first book, a partial memoir entitled “Your Own Kind Of Girl” will be released through Allen & Unwin in Oct 2019.

09:05 - 09:30

Opening Comments

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith 

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Sarah Bolt

Ginna Webster

Secretary, Department of Justice

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Lucy O'Flaherty

Former CEO, Glenview Community Services Inc.; 2019 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Acting Manager, Education and Professional Development, Ambulance Tasmania; Mental Health Advocate

Lauren Hepher

Dr Emma Lee

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

13:40 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Award-winning STEM Journalist; Host, That Startup Show; Science & Technology Editor, NITV

Rae Johnston

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Debra Stewart (née Thurley)

Non-Executive Board Member, Council on the Ageing; Secretary, Australian Local Government Women’s Association Tasmania

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter, Author, and Business Entrepreneur

Clare Bowditch

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith 

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Tasmania Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

BELINDA HAZELL CF

Principal Consultant, Optimum Standard

As a woman from Pakistan, a country facing many challenges, Hina Durrani decided to take a bold step by coming to Australia and succeeded in countering the myths associated with gender roles. A professional accountant with two Master’s degrees and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Hina believes in economic empowerment for women, supporting resilience, adapting to change, being comfortable with vulnerability and a drive to push boundaries. Through her initiatives, Hina has mobilised culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) youth in Tasmania to build a constructive sense of harmony and self-respect, has removed a lot of stereotyping against CALD individuals, and the events she has organised have been attended by politicians, dignitaries, students, staff, business owners and community members. Hina is Tasmanian Roll of Honour Award winner for service to multicultural affairs 2019. 

Dr Emma Lee

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

Lucy O'Flaherty

Former CEO, Glenview Community Services Inc.; 2019 Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year

Advocacy Partner

Principal Consultant, Optimum Standard

BELINDA HAZELL CF

Tasmania Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Debra Stewart (née Thurley)

Non-Executive Board Member, Council on the Ageing; Secretary, Australian Local Government Women’s Association Tasmania

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.

Hina Durrani

Senior Deputy Chairperson, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Hina Durrani

Senior Deputy Chairperson, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA)

Lauren Hepher

Acting Manager, Education and Professional Development, Ambulance Tasmania; Mental Health Advocate

Emily Briffa

CEO, Hamlet Inc.

Emily Briffa is a social entrepreneur who believes that business can and should play a part in tackling entrenched social disadvantage. When Emily moved to Hobart, she noticed Tasmania’s high level of unemployment and left her job as a chef to co-found Hamlet in 2016. Hamlet is a registered charity that provides practical work experience and hands-on training placements to people who face barriers which may prevent them from participating in work and community life. Hamlet is built on a foundation of community, a safe place where people can grow, learn and refine skills and empower themselves into the next chapter of their lives.

Emily Briffa

CEO, Hamlet Inc.

Clare Bowditch

Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter, Author, and Business Entrepreneur

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). 

09:35 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

Janelle Weissman