Developed in collaboration between Women & Leadership Australia and Women’s Business, and a broad range of Indigenous stakeholders across the country, the Inaugural Indigenous Women’s Leadership Symposium aims to celebrate and amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.  This event also aims to equip  Indigenous women with the skills, confidence and connections to build their capabilities and plan for future success. ​​​​

An event for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women at all levels to connect, share ideas and build their leadership skills. ​

Raising Indigenous Women's Voices

Be heard

Advocating for Success


Amplifying & Celebrating Indigenous women

Speak up

Mobilising Steps Forward



Mentorship and Sponsorship

The value of our Emerging Leaders

New Generation

This significant event represents a key national platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to share and enhance their leadership knowledge and capacity.

The purpose of this unique Symposium is to contribute to the development of resolute and effective Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders through skills development, expert advice and strategic industry and community-based networking. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from a wide variety of Indigenous leaders from on the ground front-line managers to inspirational senior decision makers.

Richly diverse in their achievements and fields of endeavour, Symposium speakers are recognised for their vision, resilience and capacity to influence change both in communities and beyond. By sharing their unique skills and knowledge, Symposium speakers encourage participants to unlock their innate strengths and talents and pursue their own unique vision of success.

Attendees will leave this event with renewed energy, practical insights and an extended network to support and guide them through the unique challenges experienced by Indigenous women advancing their leadership journey.

The agenda is designed to include plenty of opportunities for audience interaction and networking. We'll also hear from non-Indigenous women leaders on the work they're doing to amplify Indigenous female leadership.

Full attendance grants

Women & Leadership Australia has partnered with various organisations across a broad range of sectors and industries to create a limited amount of full attendance grants. These grants are designed to enable attendance for women who play active roles at the community, local and state levels, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the Symposium due to a lack of funding or employer support. ​​​​

Facilitated By:

Kat is a descendant of the Meriam and Mua people of the Torres Strait Islands who has gained significant experience working in multinational organisations in Sydney, London & Edinburgh over the past 20 years. She has worked for some of the world’s largest private sector companies including Vodafone Hutchison, Arthur Andersons, ABN Amro, Société Générale, Ernst & Young and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In the public sector, Kat has worked for The City of Edinburgh Council, the UK Pensions Regulator, City of Sydney, UNSW and UTS.

In the women’s development space, Kat  worked with UN Women Sydney Chapter and is currently Board Director for Women for Election Australia. Her latest venture is Women’s Business, an enterprise that connects women of colour to leadership opportunities.

Kat is passionate about empowering marginalised women and believes that “Investing in women and girls is the most powerful way to change the world!”

Kat Henaway

Founder and Director, Women’s Business

With over twenty years of leadership development experience, Suzi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as WLA’s Director of Leadership and Advocacy. Over an exceptional career, Suzi has built a reputation for designing and delivering quality professional development with a particular focus on transforming the performance of women leaders and their teams. As a development consultant, Suzi has worked across all levels of leadership and management in partnership with many of Australia's leading organisations.

Working alongside Australia’s highest achieving women, as well as personally guiding hundreds of individual female leaders to career success, has enabled Suzi to develop a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the challenges women face in the workforce today. This extensive insight is critical in enabling Suzi to design and deliver highly impactful development programs with a focus on practical and achievable outcomes.​


Director Leadership and Advocacy, Women and Leadership Australia

Facilitated By:

Women’s Leadership Symposium​



29 November 2019

InterContinental Sydney

Rachelle Towart OAM - Pipeline Talent
Carol Vale - Murawin & Tiddas in Business
Christine Ross - NATSIWA
Nancia Guivarra - Amneris Pty Ltd
Dr Vanessa Lee - Sydney University
Maree Ansey - Laing O'Rourke
Suzi Finkelstein - Women & Leadership Australia
Licia Heath - Women for Election Australia
Marcelle Hoff - Former Deputy Lord Mayor City of Sydney

With special thanks to
the Women’s Business Advisory Panel.


Lawyer, Educator and Activist


Women for Election Australia


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner


Managing Director, Christine Ross Consultancy; NATSIWA Representative


Former Federal Senator and Olympian


CEO, Culture is Life


PhD Candidate, The University of Newcastle; Activist, Educator


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

Platinum education Partner

In partnership with Women’s Business

Florence Drummond

Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining Australia


Citizenship Executive, Herbert Smith Freehills


Indigenous Affairs Lead, Laing O'Rourke​

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