The inaugural women's leadership Indigenous Symposium

Friday 29th November​ 2019

Intercontinental Sydney

117 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW

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Friday 29th November, 2019

InterContinental Sydney

117 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW​

*Early Bird Rate Ends Friday 20th Sept

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Standard Rate

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Christine is an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman born in Alice Springs, growing up in Darwin. She is passionate about securing real employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, and she was seconded by Crown Limited to develop their first Aboriginal Employment Program. Two years later, Crown won the ‘2010 Diversity at Work Award’ and are now seen as a ‘Best Practice’ employer. With many years spent working for the Department of Education Training in WA, Christine co-wrote the DET’s Aboriginal Employment Strategy and assisted many Aboriginal people with employment and career advancement. Christine lectured at Murdoch University, worked for the Department of Justice and was the GM of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association.

Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and activist born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW. She is a solicitor with experience practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law. Teela was involved as a working group leader on s 51(xxvi), the Race Power, in the Constitutional dialogue process that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Teela was the first Aboriginal person to be elected on the UNSW Law Society as Vice-President (Social Justice), where she was the founding director of the UNSW Law First Peoples Moot. She was also the Inaugural recipient of the NSW Indigenous Barristers Trust award.

In 2017, Teela was selected to attend Harvard University as a global Emerging Leader.

Licia Heath is CEO of the for-purpose organisation, Women for Election Australia (WFEA), a non-partisan group committed to inspire and equip more women to successfully run for office at the local, state and federal levels. Licia ran as an Independent candidate in the high-profile Wentworth by-election in October 2018 and helped shape the political debate on a national platform. In addition, over the past two years she’s initiated and led the campaign for a new public high school in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. Licia’s experience of seeding and leading an issue-based campaign, her decision to run for public office and her role with WFEA, combine to show the positive effects of engaging in the political process in Australia.

Dr Michelle Evans holds an Associate Professorship in Leadership at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, specialising in the areas of Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at Melbourne Business School where she completed her PhD. Dr Evans has been awarded three Australian Research Council competitive grants and a Fulbright Scholarship. Dr Evans believes that the path to Indigenous self-determination is economic independence.  In addition to establishing MURRA, Dr Evans has also established other initiatives designed to support Indigenous entrepreneurship including Walan Mayingu Indigenous entrepreneurship pop-up Hub, Indigenous Business Month and collaborated on the Native Title Operations and Management Training Program with the National Native Title Council.

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.

09:00 - 09:05            Welcome to Country

09:05 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments


Founder & Director, Women’s Business


Director Leadership & Advocacy, Women & Leadership Australia

09:20 - 09:30

Sponsor Address



09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

Christine Ross

Acting CEO, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address



10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

Teela May Reid

Lawyer, Educator and Activist

11:00 - 11:20            Morning Tea​

Maree Ansey

Indigenous Affairs Lead, Laing O'Rourke

11:20 - 12:40

Panel Discussion

Perspectives and insights from emerging leaders


Barbie Lee Kirby

Manager Corporate Governance, Qantas

12:40 - 13:20            Lunch Break

13:20 - 13:50

Keynote Address

Licia Heath

Women for Election Australia

13:50 - 14:40


Be Brave, Adaptive and Experimental


17:00 - 18:00            Networking Drinks​

15:10 - 15:30            Afternoon Tea

14:40 - 15:10

Keynote Address

Dr Michelle Evans

Director, Murra Business School, MBS, The University of Melbourne

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

June Oscar AO (invited)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Nova Peris

Former Federal Senator and Olympian

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments


Founder & Director, Women’s Business


Director Leadership & Advocacy, Women & Leadership Australia

Women’s Leadership Symposium​



29 November 2019

InterContinental Sydney


Leadership FORUM

* Early Bird Rate Ends Friday 8th March