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friday 15th march 2019

mercure ballarat hotel and convention centre

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Leadership FORUM

09:00 - 09:20   Welcome and Opening COmments

Agenda

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09:20 - 09:40

Opening Address

Cr samantha mcintosh

Mayor, City of Ballarat

Cr Samantha McIntosh was elected to the mayoral position at the City of Ballarat in November 2016, in a unanimous vote by her Councillor colleagues. First elected to Ballarat City Council in December 2008, representing the North Ward, she was re-elected in the Central Ward in 2012 and 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2012. As a visionary, a mother of four adult children and leader of numerous community volunteer projects, she invests significant time in ensuring she remains at the forefront on matters and issues facing rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria. Cr McIntosh has trained as a registered nurse, has owned and managed tourism hospitality and health support venues, and worked as a Ballarat real estate agent.

 

09:40 - 10:40

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.

10:40 - 11:00   Morning Tea

11:00 - 12:20

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?

associate professor rosemary aldrich
Chief Medical Officer, Ballarat Health Services

A journalist in electronic and print media before qualifying as a doctor, and subsequently as a public health physician with specialty qualifications in medical leadership and management, Rosemary has extensive experience in public health and health services planning, delivery, management, policy, research, teaching, governance, workforce development, and clinician and consumer engagement. Underpinning all roles Rosemary has sought to support people working in health systems to do their best to provide high quality services to those who seek care. Rosemary’s research has examined how language is used to characterise groups as deserving or undeserving, and how a health system can best serve the most vulnerable in our community. Rosemary moved to Victoria in 2017 to take up her position at Ballarat Health Services, and is looking forward to experiencing four seasons (possibly all in one day).

Kim Halbert-pere

Founder, Handy Girl Australia

Kim is the CEO of Handy Girl Australia, a company she established in 2014.  She has worked in the fields of education, building, and community development since graduating in the early 1990’s. Working and living in NZ, USA, Uganda, Cape Town, Amsterdam, and London gave her the opportunity to experience a range of opportunities to build a range of skills. Kim is truly passionate about helping others to find their own way, and she inspires women to have the confidence to have their own tools and tackle their own DIY projects; but more importantly the courage to give things a go. Her business also works with NDIS clients to help them live a more independent life and when possible build their capacity to look after themselves.

Professor Helen Bartlett

Vice-Chancellor & President, Federation University Australia

Professor Helen Bartlett is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia. She has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, holding senior leadership roles at all organisational levels in universities in the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia. Professor Bartlett has many years’ experience of teaching health care professionals and undertaking health services and aged care research. She has an international research record in gerontology and also has extensive experience of undertaking research in partnership with government, industry and communities, and has been awarded numerous ARC and NHMRC project and program grants, and state and federal government consultancies. She has been published widely - including several books - and supervised over 35 higher research degree students.

 

12:20 - 12:40

Development Session

PART A:
BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY

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.

12:40 - 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 AM is an author, journalist, and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE. Tracey is the national co-founder of Women in Media, Outspoken Women, and NOW Australia. In 2018, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and was also awarded an Order of Australia for her 30 years of media and charity work. Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication in 2017.

 

08:30 - 09:00   Registration

Cr Samantha McIntosh was elected to the mayoral position at the City of Ballarat in November 2016, in a unanimous vote by her Councillor colleagues. First elected to Ballarat City Council in December 2008, representing the North Ward, she was re-elected in the Central Ward in 2012 and 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2012. As a visionary, a mother of four adult children and leader of numerous community volunteer projects; she invests significant time in ensuring she remains at the forefront on matters and issues facing rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria. Cr McIntosh has trained as a registered nurse, has owned and managed tourism hospitality and health support venues, and worked as a Ballarat real estate agent.

09:20 - 09:40

Opening Address

CR SAMANTHA MCINTOSH

Mayor, City of Ballarat

09:40 - 10:40

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?

11:00 - 12:20

Panel Discussion

Where to from here?

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ROSEMARY ALDRICH

Chief Medical Officer, Ballarat Health Services

A journalist in electronic and print media before qualifying as a doctor and subsequently as a public health physician with specialty qualifications in medical leadership and management. Rosemary has extensive experience in public health and health services planning, delivery, management, policy, research, teaching, governance, workforce development, and clinician and consumer engagement. Underpinning all roles Rosemary has sought to support people working in health systems to do their best to provide high quality services to those who seek care. Rosemary’s research has examined how language is used to characterise groups as deserving or undeserving, and how a health system can best serve the most vulnerable in our community. Rosemary moved to Victoria in 2017 to take up her position at Ballarat Health Services, and is looking forward to experiencing four seasons (possibly all in one day).

Kim is the CEO of Handy Girl Australia, a company she established in 2014.  She has worked in the fields of education, building, and community development since graduating in the early 1990’s. Working and living in NZ, USA, Uganda, Cape Town, Amsterdam, and London gave her the opportunity to experience a range of opportunities to build a range of skills. Kim is truly passionate about helping others to find their own way, and she inspires women to have the confidence to have their own tools and tackle their own DIY projects; but more importantly the courage to give things a go. Her business also works with NDIS clients to help them live a more independent life and when possible build their capacity to look after themselves.​

KIM HALBERT-PERE

Founder, Handy Girl Australia

PROFESSOR HELEN BARTLETT

Vice-Chancellor & President, Federation University Australia

Professor Helen Bartlett is the current Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia. She has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, holding senior leadership roles at all organisational levels in universities in the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia. Professor Bartlett has many years’ experience of teaching health care professionals and undertaking health services and aged care research. She has an international research record in gerontology and also has extensive experience of undertaking research in partnership with government, industry and communities, and has been awarded numerous ARC and NHMRC project and program grants, and state and federal government consultancies. She has been published widely - including several books - and supervised over 35 higher research degree students.

12:20 - 12:40

Development Session

PART a:
BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY

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 AM is an author, journalist, and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE. Tracey is the national co-founder of Women in Media, Outspoken Women, and NOW Australia. In 2018, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and was also awarded an Order of Australia for her 30 years of media and charity work. Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication in 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

16:00 - 16:30   Networking Drinks

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.

Standard Rate*   $395pp

3+Delegates         $375pp

5+Delegates         $355pp

13:30 - 14:00

Development Session

PART b:
BUILDING CAREER CHANGING CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKING STRATEGICALLY

FRIDAY 15TH MARCH, 2019

MERCURE BALLARAT HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTRE

Meeta Narsi

Intercultural Advisor, City of Ballarat; President, The Ballarat Indian Association; Board Member, WRISC Family Violence Support

Meeta is currently the President of the Ballarat Indian Association, in her second term of office. Yet, she has represented herself on the Executive Committee since 2007, in a secretarial position. For many years Meeta has been involved in the Ballarat community, and was a former Multicultural Ambassador for the City of Ballarat, where she currently maintains her role as the Intercultural Advisor. She received a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2014 for her Meritorious Service to the Community, as well as for her outstanding voluntary contribution to the multicultural community of Ballarat. She also provides advice to the Victorian Multicultural Commission about issues and challenges impacting multicultural communities in her region as a member of the Regional Advisory Council. Meeta joined the WRISC Family Violence Support board in 2016, where she continues to share her knowledge and experience in meeting the needs of women from culturally diverse backgrounds.

 

Meeta Narsi

Intercultural Advisor, City of Ballarat; President, The Ballarat Indian Association; Board Member, WRISC Family Violence Support

Meeta is currently the President of the Ballarat Indian Association, in her second term of office. Yet, she has represented herself on the Executive Committee since 2007, in a secretarial position. For many years Meeta has been involved in the Ballarat community, and was a former Multicultural Ambassador for the City of Ballarat, where she currently maintains her role as the Intercultural Advisor. She received a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2014 for her Meritorious Service to the Community, as well as for her outstanding voluntary contribution to the multicultural community of Ballarat. She also provides advice to the Victorian Multicultural Commission about issues and challenges impacting multicultural communities in her region as a member of the Regional Advisory Council. Meeta joined the WRISC Family Violence Support board in 2016, where she continues to share her knowledge and experience in meeting the needs of women from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Bonnie Chew

Director, Mirriyu Cultural Consulting; Council Member, Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council

Bonnie Chew is a proud Wadawurrung woman, and is an activist and advocate for her Australian Aboriginal heritage with many years’ experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, education, Aboriginal incarceration, genealogy, and health. Her newly found passion is educating the community about the importance of Mental Health and removing the stigma around seeking assistance if and when required. Currently, Bonnie runs a cultural consulting business, Mirriyu Cultural Consulting, offering such services as Mental Health First Aid, Cultural Awareness sessions, Cultural Tours, Cultural Auditing and Reconciliation Action Planning. Bonnie also holds three state Ministerial appointments, Indigenous Independent Prison Visitor, Victoria’s Indigenous heritage representative on the Public Records Advisory Council and a council member of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

 

Bonnie Chew

Director, Mirriyu Cultural Consulting; Council Member, Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council

Bonnie Chew is a proud Wadawurrung woman, and is an activist and advocate for her Australian Aboriginal heritage with many years’ experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, education, Aboriginal incarceration, genealogy, and health. Her newly found passion is educating the community about the importance of Mental Health and removing the stigma around seeking assistance if and when required. Currently, Bonnie runs a cultural consulting business, Mirriyu Cultural Consulting, offering such services as Mental Health First Aid, Cultural Awareness sessions, Cultural Tours, Cultural Auditing and Reconciliation Action Planning. Bonnie also holds three state Ministerial appointments, Indigenous Independent Prison Visitor, Victoria’s Indigenous heritage representative on the Public Records Advisory Council and a council member of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.