09:00 - 09:15   Welcome and Opening COmments

Agenda

alice springs

09:15 - 09:35

Opening Address

Diane Hood

CEO, Central Desert Regional Council

Diane is currently CEO of Central Desert Regional Council. She has eight years’ experience working at senior levels in local government across the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Diane has worked across both public and private organisations in her 20 plus years at the senior management and CEO levels. She commenced her career at IBM Australia in the systems engineering field. Diane grew up in Alice Springs and is keen to promote Central Australia.

10:00 - 10:50

Development Session

A MINDFUL AND RESILIENT LEADER

Personal and professional resilience is not only about strength through adversity but the ability to grow and adapt as a result of disruption. In this way we learn to move forward stronger than before. Participants are asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic level and through their leadership build resilience in their teams and manage challenging situations more effectively.

10:50 - 11:10   Morning Tea

11:10 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Where to from here?

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay. Individuals and organisations know, from research and intuitively, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow – pay parity wise
we are talking 217 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start? What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?

Amber Driver

Co-Owner and Operator, Elkedra Station; President, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association 

Amber Driver has spent the last 19 years living and working on two Cattle Stations in Central Australia. From the day she drove her 1984 WB ute down the drive way of “Milton Park” homestead, located on the Tanami Highway, she knew she would call the NT her home forever. At the end of 2000, Amber made the move to “Elkedra Station”, where she still lives today with her husband, John, and two boys (Sonny 13 & Ruben 7).  Amber is passionate about finding and creating positive outlooks into some of Australia’s most remote, rugged and harsh environments. She enjoys volunteering for various community groups to improve services, and reduce the gap between urban and rural communities.

 

12:30 - 12:45

Development Session

BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY
Part A

A major factor that contributes to individual resilience is having a strong and diverse network. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a strong network; a sense of belonging, increased self-worth and wellbeing, career progression and security. Particularly for women in male dominated workplaces, the data shows that having a network of other women has a significant impact on retention and career progression. This practical session explores the mindsets that hold us back from networking and methods for overcoming them. Participants will take away tips and strategies to build and maintain relationships - the bedrock of a strong network.

12:45 - 13:30   Lunch

14:00 - 14:50

Development Session

BE BRAVE, ADAPTIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL

Although Australia has made significant progress in the gender equity space, we all know there is a long way to go until we reach parity. The time for action is now. It is time for each and every one of us to take accountability in creating gender equity. Our aim is to empower individuals and organisations, across all industries and sectors, to make all kinds of small and large-scale change.

14:50 - 15:10   Afternoon tea

15:55 - 16:00   Review Session & Closing Comments

15:10 - 15:55

Keynote Address

Tracey Spicer AM

Reporter, Presenter and Author

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by Harper Collins in April 2017.

 

16:00 - 16:30   Networking Drinks

08:30 - 09:00   Registration

Diane is currently CEO of Central Desert Regional Council. She has eight years’ experience working at senior levels in local government across the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Diane has worked across both public and private organisations in her 20 plus years at the senior management and CEO levels. She commenced her career at IBM Australia in the systems engineering field. Diane grew up in Alice Springs and is keen to promote Central Australia.

09:15 - 09:35

Opening Address

Diane Hood

CEO, Central Desert Regional Council

10:00 - 10:50

Development Session

A MINDFUL AND RESILIENT LEADER

Personal and professional resilience is not only about strength through adversity but the ability to grow and adapt as a result of disruption. In this way we learn to move forward stronger than before. Participants are asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic level and through their leadership build resilience in their teams and manage challenging situations more effectively.

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay. Individuals and organisations know, from research and intuitively, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow – pay parity wise we are talking 217 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start? What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?

11:10 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Where to from here?

Julie Ross

Executive Director, Ross Engineering 

Julie Ross has lived in Alice Springs since 1982 and is currently the President of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. She has a history of serving on NT government boards and advisory committees. She has held senior leadership roles in BPW Australia, the NT Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory. She won the 1999 Telstra NT Business Women’s Award – AusIndustry category in 1999 and the Chief Minister’s Women’s Achievement Award in 2000. 

Dale McIver is a proud born and raised local of Alice Springs. She has over 20 years’ experience in tourism within Central Australia and is a small business owner. Dale is Chairperson of the Tourism Central Australia Board. She is also a Commissioner on the Board of Tourism Northern Territory and a Director on the Board of Australian Regional Tourism. Dale is a proactive voice for Alice Springs, appearing as a panel member on the ABC’s Q&A show in 2017 when the program was broadcast live from Alice Springs.

Dale McIver

Commissioner, Tourism NT Board; Director, Alice Event Management & Consultancy

Rhiannon Fletcher

Industrial Liaison Officer, NT Working Women’s Centre

Rhiannon works at the NT Working Women’s Centre as an Industrial Liaison Officer and provides free advice, advocacy and support to women with problems in their employment across the Territory. Rhiannon works within a small team of incredibly passionate and dedicated women who understand the place and role of women in society: an ongoing struggle. The team draws on this collective knowledge to empower women via the practice of a feminist approach. Rhiannon has recently completed a Masters of Science in Medicine (HIV, STI and Sexual Health) Counselling.

Amber Driver

Co-Owner and Operator, Elkedra Station; President, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association 

Amber Driver has spent the last 19 years living and working on two Cattle Stations in Central Australia. From the day she drove her 1984 WB ute down the drive way of “Milton Park” homestead, located on the Tanami Highway, she knew she would call the NT her home forever. At the end of 2000, Amber made the move to “Elkedra Station”, where she still lives today with her husband, John, and two boys (Sonny 13 & Ruben 7). Amber is passionate about finding and creating positive outlooks into some of Australia’s most remote, rugged and harsh environments. She enjoys volunteering for various community groups to improve services, and reduce the gap between urban and rural communities.

12:30 - 12:45

Development Session

BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY

PartB

A major factor that contributes to individual resilience is having a strong and diverse network. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a strong network; a sense of belonging, increased self-worth and wellbeing, career progression and security. Particularly for women in male dominated workplaces, the data shows that having a network of other women has a significant impact on retention and career progression. This practical session explores the mindsets that hold us back from networking and methods for overcoming them. Participants will take away tips and strategies to build and maintain relationships - the bedrock of a strong network.

Although Australia has made significant progress in the gender equity space, we all know there is a long way to go until we reach parity. The time for action is now. It is time for each and every one of us to take accountability in creating gender equity. Our aim is to empower individuals and organisations, across all industries and sectors, to make all kinds of small and large-scale change.

14:00 - 14:50

Development Session

BE BRAVE, ADAPTIVE AND EXPERIMENTAL

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by Harper Collins in April 2017.

15:10 - 15:55

Keynote Address

Tracey Spicer AM

Reporter, Presenter and Author

09:00 - 09:20   Opening COmments

15:55 - 16:00   Review & Closing Comments

Event Overview

The Australian Women’s Leadership Forum is for women who are looking for increased awareness of their leadership style and competencies, as well as practical strategies to help them overcome challenges within their work and personal life. The program also provides a relaxed and supportive environment to connect and collaborate with other female leaders.

The content and flow of the program is carefully designed to immerse participants in the subject matter and create valuable insights informed by collective experience. During the program, a number of key themes are explored via a combination of expert presentations, collaborative discussion, experiential activities and personal reflection.

Patricia Miller AO

Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory

Mrs Patricia Ann Miller AO was appointed as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory on 30 June 2002. She is the first female Indigenous Australian to hold such a position and as a member of the Arrernte people she is also the first Northern Territory native title holder to do so. Mrs Miller was born in Alice Springs and is a member of the Liddle family which has both traditional and pioneering ties in Central Australia. Mrs Miller was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, an organisation for which she worked for from 1978 to January 2015.

Sarah Brown

CEO, Purple House

Sarah Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception more than fifteen years ago. In 2017 she was awarded Australia’s Nurse of the Year. Sarah holds a Master of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. Prior to joining WDNWPT, she was as a remote area nurse and university lecturer. She paints, has exhibitions across Australia and overseas, has three kids and drives a 1959 Morris Minor.

Julie Ross

Executive Director, Ross Engineering 

Julie Ross has lived in Alice Springs since 1982 and is currently the President of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. She has a history of serving on NT government boards and advisory committees. She has held senior leadership roles in BPW Australia, the NT Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory. She won the 1999 Telstra NT Business Women’s Award – AusIndustry category in 1999 and the Chief Minister’s Women’s Achievement Award in 2000. 

Rhiannon Fletcher

Industrial Liaison Officer, NT Working Women’s Centre 

Rhiannon works at the NT Working Women’s Centre as an Industrial Liaison Officer and provides free advice, advocacy and support to women with problems in their employment across the Territory. Rhiannon works within a small team of incredibly passionate and dedicated women who understand the place and role of women in society: an ongoing struggle. The team draws on this collective knowledge to empower women via the practice of a feminist approach. Rhiannon has recently completed a Masters of Science in Medicine (HIV, STI and Sexual Health) Counselling.

Patricia Miller AO

Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory 

Mrs Patricia Ann Miller AO was appointed as Deputy of the Administrator of the Northern Territory on 30 June 2002. She is the first female Indigenous Australian to hold such a position and as a member of the Arrernte people she is also the first Northern Territory native title holder to do so. Mrs Miller was born in Alice Springs and is a member of the Liddle family which has both traditional and pioneering ties in Central Australia. Mrs Miller was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, an organisation for which she worked for from 1978 to January 2015.

Sarah Brown

CEO, Purple House 

Sarah Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (WDNWPT) and has been helping the Indigenous Directors to run the organisation since its inception more than fifteen years ago. In 2017 she was awarded Australia’s Nurse of the Year. Sarah holds a Master of Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management. Prior to joining WDNWPT, she was as a remote area nurse and university lecturer. She paints, has exhibitions across Australia and overseas, has three kids and drives a 1959 Morris Minor.

Dale McIver

Commissioner, Tourism NT Board; Director, Alice Event Management & Consultancy 

Dale McIver is a proud born and raised local of Alice Springs. She has over 20 years’ experience in tourism within Central Australia and is a small business owner. Dale is Chairperson of the Tourism Central Australia Board. She is also a Commissioner on the Board of Tourism Northern Territory and a Director on the Board of Australian Regional Tourism. Dale is a proactive voice for Alice Springs, appearing as a panel member on the ABC’s Q&A show in 2017 when the program was broadcast live from Alice Springs.

09:35 - 10:00

My Leadership Journey

Fran Kilgariff AM 

Board Director; Former Mayor, Alice Springs Town Council 

Fran was born in Alice Springs, completed her primary schooling there and her secondary and post-secondary education in SA, WA and NSW. She has had a long involvement in NT affairs. Her community involvement has included being on the Alice Springs Town Council for 14 years and Mayor for 8 years. She has been a Director on the Board of St John Ambulance since 2004, is a Director of Venture Affordable Housing and Chair of the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens. Fran was awarded a medal in 2012 in the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to Local Government and the social and economic development of Alice Springs.

 

09:35 - 10:00

OPENING ADDRESS

Fran Kilgariff AM

Board Director; Former Mayor, Alice Springs Town Council 

Fran was born in Alice Springs, completed her primary schooling there and her secondary and post-secondary education in SA, WA and NSW. She has had a long involvement in NT affairs. Her community involvement has included being on the Alice Springs Town Council for 14 years and Mayor for 8 years. She has been a Director on the Board of St John Ambulance since 2004, is a Director of Venture Affordable Housing and Chair of the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens. Fran was awarded a medal in 2012 in the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to Local Government and the social and economic development of Alice Springs.

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13:30 - 14:00

Development Session

BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY
Part B

alice springs

Leadership FORUM

Thursday 8th november 2018

Hilton Double Tree

Thursday 8th november 2018

Hilton DoubleTree

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