Melbourne Symposium 2019

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th August 2019

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

FADAK ALFAYADH

Lawyer, Refugee and Commentator

THE RT HON DAME JENNY SHIPLEY DNZM PC

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

MOANA HOPE

AFLW player

CATHERINE FOX

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

SNR CST MAHA SUKKAR

Multicultural Liaison Officer, Victoria Police

HIMA TK

Founder, Inquibox and Data Scientist for NASA Datanaut

09:20 - 10:00

Keynote Address

​CEO, Gymnastics Australia

Kitty Chiller is an Olympian who spent almost two decades at the top of her sport, before female modern pentathlon was added to the Olympic program. She became a 12-time National Champion, seven-time World Cup medallist and six-time World Cup finalist. Kitty was ranked World Number One in the mid-1980s and again in 1996 to 1998. At 36 she competed at the Sydney Olympics, despite seriously injuring her knee cap the week before. Kitty’s appointments include Executive Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee; President of Modern Pentathlon Australia and the Oceania Modern Pentathlon Confederation, and Executive Board Member of the International Modern Pentathlon Federation. She was the first woman to be the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team and was also the Deputy Chef de Mission in London 2012.​

Kitty Chiller

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address 

​President, Australian Bar Association

Jennifer is a silk at the Victorian Bar practising in taxation, commercial, administrative, equity, superannuation and charity law.  She was appointed a QC in 2000.She is President of the Australian Bar Association and Immediate Past President of the Victorian Bar and of the Tax Bar Association.  She was elected to the Victorian Legal Services Board in 2018 and sits on the Victorian Legal Admissions Board committee.  She Chairs the Law Council of Australia Charity Law Committee and is a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.  She sits on the Melbourne Law School Advisory Council and Tax Masters Advisory Board.  She is also a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School teaching tax and charity law in the Melbourne Law Masters. Jennifer was the President of Australian Women Lawyers in 2003-2004 and was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria’s “Mentor of the Year” in 2014.​

Jennifer Batrouney QC

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

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TBA

JACQUI
LAMBIE

Former Senator and Leader of the Jacqui Lambie Network

PROF MARCIA DEVLIN

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior-Vice President, Victoria University

ANNETTE HOLIAN

Clinical Director for Surgery, RAAF

ELENI MITAKOS

Author, Trainer, Grease Monkey and Founder, Galmatic

(INV.) DIANNE MCGRATH

Astronaut Candidate, Mars One

SOPHIE GALAISE

Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman and politician. She has been the member for Northcote in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since November 2017 and is a member of the Victorian Greens. Thorpe won the Northcote state by-election on 18 November 2017 to become the first female Aboriginal elected to the Parliament of Victoria. She’s a community worker, mother and grandmother. After leaving school at 14 and furthering her education at Preston and Epping TAFEs, Lidia has become a public education advocate and sits on the Smith Family’s National Advisory Board. She was also the Chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee. As an environmentalist, Lidia led a successful campaign against the eastern gas pipeline to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland.

​Greens Senator and first female Aboriginal elected to the Parliament of Victoria

Lidia Thorpe

Barbara Cullen has worked as a senior leader across the public, private and not for profit sectors. In her current role, Barbara is an executive in the Department of Economic Development’s Employment, Investment and Trade group, with responsibilities including policy and service delivery for the state’s small and medium businesses. As Director of Small Business Victoria, Barbara is leading a team who are transforming government’s engagement with businesses to reduce barriers to growth. In 2016, as Chief Operating Officer Transition, Barbara led the project to establish Visit Victoria as the state’s new tourism marketing and major events company. Prior to government, Barbara was CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association, established Australian operations for a Singaporean publishing and retail chain, and ran retail operations for the Institute of Architects. Barbara is a member of the Australian Business Register Board, holds a Master of Business Administration, Diplomas in Marketing, and Fine Art and is an alumnus of Cranlana.

​Director, Small Business Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Barbara Cullen

Fadak is a community lawyer, advocate and refugee. She is the head of Meet Fadak, a campaign for a welcoming, diverse and embracing Australia. She currently works in the prevention of violence against women. Her previous community legal work upheld human rights and ensures access to legal services for those marginalised. Fadak’s work in settlement services and legal advocacy was vital to newly arrived refugees. Fadak is an international and local speaker and commentator, and has had her work featured in Al Jazeera, The Age, SBS, VICE, New Matilda, RightNow & Catalogue. ​

​Lawyer, Refugee and Commentator

Fadak Alfayadh

Sophie joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as its first female Managing Director in 2016. Sophie sits on the board of Symphony Services International and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and The CEO Institute in Australia. She is also a Winner in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2015. Prior to her appointment to the MSO, Sophie was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Previous roles include Executive Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Executive and Artistic Director of the Orford Arts Centre and Music Coordinator for the Quebec Arts Council. Starting her career as a flautist in Germany, she also worked in Switzerland and France.​

​Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Sophie Galaise

12:40 - 13:20

Lunch

We can be trapped by our competence, which can hamper opportunities for growth. Has your past best practice held you back? Panellists will discuss how they adapted and thrived in challenging environments by making gradual and meaningful change.​

'Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive Leadership’

Panel Discussion

11:20 - 12:40​

15:05 - 15:25

Afternoon Tea

Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:45 - 15:05

15:25 - 16:05

Keynote Address

​Astronaut Candidate, Mars One

Dianne is one of seven Australian shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates in the remaining Mars 100. She is one of Australia’s most highly regarded experts on sustainability, is a Master’s Program lecturer, PhD researcher, biohacker, blogger, experimenter and director. She has a special interest in sustainable food systems, something that will be critical in a completely new environment for human habitation. She holds four university degrees and is currently completing her PhD at RMIT University. She is also the Director of Food for Thought Consulting Australia, and recently Chaired the Australian Government’s Retail and Foodservice Advisory Board in the development of the National Food Waste Strategy. She has won a global marketing award, and held a global marketing where she was responsible for a $1billion brand portfolio.​

Dianne Mcgrath

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

Agenda Day 1

Thursday 8th August 2019

Agenda Day 2

Friday 9th August 2019

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and Opening Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

10:30 - 11:00

In Conversation

​AFLW player

A powerhouse of Womens Football since the age of 16 there is so much that Moana has achieved in her football career to date. With female participation at an all-time high since the announcement and inaugural AFLW season, Moana began her AFLW career at Collingwood, Signing sponsorship agreements with companies such as NIKE, Gameday Mouthguard's, Special K, Melbourne City Mission, and the Herald Sun, also releasing her own biography 'My Way'. Now signed to North Melbourne, her off season included featuring on Channel 10's ‘Survivor’. An Operations Manager for a Traffic Control Company, it is common for Moana's day to start at 4am in order for her to fit in her training, playing, work, and family commitments which she is devoted too.​

Moana Hope

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

In this session we will meet professionals who work in sectors that are generally dominated by one gender. We will learn about how they challenged the system and how their inspiration followed their passion. Panellists will field questions about being the minority in a workplace.​

'Let’s talk about non-traditional roles’

Panel Discussion

11:20 - 12:40​

Panel Members

Panel Members

Annette is a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon based in Victoria and recently elected by the Fellowship to the RACS Council. She is lead a project with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the AO Foundation in Switzerland to establish minimum standards of care for people with limb injuries in disasters and complex emergencies, whilst also undertaking a Masters of Surgical Education at the University of Melbourne. She is the Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services for RAAF, holds the rank of Group Captain. The first female to graduate from the Victorian Orthopaedic training program in 1990, she practiced initially at Monash Medical Centre with specialization in Paediatric orthopaedics. She joined the RAAF in 2000, and subsequently shifted towards Trauma Surgery. She has undertaken five deployments to war zones including three tours in Afghanistan.​

​Clinical Director for Surgery and Perioperative Services, Royal Australian Air Force

Annette Holian

Eleni established Galmatic in 2007 with the launch of the Galmatic Car Care Handbook for Girls and the Galmatic Car Care Workshops for Women. Her experience in program design and facilitation includes working with three leading Registered Training Organisations, author of the Galmatic Handbook, 6 E-Books, 2 E-Courses and the first Car App for Women in Australia. She was a 2013 Telstra Business Womens’ Awards Nominee and has extensive experience in corporate training and program design in a variety of industries. Eleni is also an Author and Trainer with 15 years in the entertainment industry that has helped her to develop a training style, which is unique, adaptable, entertaining, engaging and motivating.​

​Author, Trainer, Grease Monkey and Founder, Galmatic

Eleni Mitakos

Leading Senior Constable Maha Sukkar is Multicultural Liaison Officer with Victoria Police, where she promotes cross-cultural understanding to better serve the needs of the Victorian community. In 2004, Maha Sukkar became the first Muslim policewoman in Victoria to wear a hijab, challenging stereotypes and setting a trailblazing example for police forces around the world. In her 13 year career, Maha has taken a lead role in promoting social cohesion, breaking cross-cultural barriers, and encouraging diversity within the police. Her commitment and dedication is changing the way newly-arrived communities see the police and how police think about communities. She is the founder and president of the Victoria Police Muslim Association (VPMA), the first police association of its kind in Australia. In 2009 Maha was named “Australian Muslim Women of the Year” at the Australian Muslim achievement awards.. In 2018, Maha was inducted into the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.​

​Multicultural Liaison Officer, Victoria Police

Leading Senior Constable Maha Sukkar

16:05 - 16:50

Keynote Address

​Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government. The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley is an independent Director, tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region. She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now chairs the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy and a number of other companies and organizations.​

The Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley DNZM PC

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

09:15 - 09:30

Executive Program

Professor Marcia Devlin is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President at Victoria University in Melbourne. Previous roles include Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at RMIT, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at Federation University Australia and Executive Director at Open Universities Australia. With colleagues, she has won almost $6 million in external competitive research, project and other funds. In 2016, she won the National Women’s Agenda Leadership Award and was the Australian Institute of Management Victorian Leader/Manager of the Year and was honoured as a state finalist for Telstra Business Woman of the Year. ​

​Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior-Vice President, Victoria University

Professor Marcia Devlin

Hima is passionate about making education accessible and engaging for all. She is the founder of InquiBox, the education startup that aims to bring the magic of learning to the dreamers and innovators of tomorrow through expertly designed STEAM activity subscription boxes for children.Her previous work experience involves different management and technology roles across Asia, Australia and North America for various consulting and technology organisations. She is a passionate advocate for improving the diversity in technology space and works with different for-profit and non-for-profit organisations alike for the cause. She has been selected to be part of the NASA Datanaut program in 2018, and volunteers as a mentor at MIT LaunchX program, for high school students building start-ups across the world.She is a true autodidact and can be found reading several books at once; her current topics of interest include design, data and innovative tech.

​Founder, Inquibox and Data Scientist for NASA Datanaut

Hima Tk

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch

14:20 - 15:00

Keynote Address

​Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist

Tina Arena, AM, is an iconic Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist.  Voted Australia’s greatest female singer of all time in 2013, her stunningly powerful voice remains unparalleled after 40 years in the industry.  Tina Arena’s extensive career began at the tender age of eight as a favourite on Australia’s longest running variety show ‘Young Talent time’. ‘Tiny Tina’ with the big voice became a household name and blossomed into one of Australia's highest selling female artists with over 10 million records sold worldwide, earning her 2 World Music Awards. Tina has released 12 studio albums, 4 live albums, 4 compilations, 45 singles and 36 music videos. In October 2013, Tina also published her first autobiography, ‘Now I Can Dance’, which has been reprinted four times. 

Tina Arena AM

15:00 - 15:10

Closing Comments

Program Director, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

KITTY CHILLER

CEO, Gymnastics Australia

JENNIFER BATROUNEY QC

President, Australian Bar Association

LIDIA THORPE

Greens Senator and first female elected to the Parliament of Victoria

GILL CALLISTER

Secretary, Department of Education and Training

Kirsty Webeck is a Melbourne-based stand up comedian who is taking Australia by storm. In just over five years, she has gone from doing a five minute set at the end of a comedy workshop, to being one of the most in demand headlining comedians in the country. From performing on the ABC’s ‘Tonightly with Tom Ballard,’ to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow to the Melbourne International Writers’ Festival, Kirsty has been wowing audiences all over with her cheerful and inclusive brand of humour.

Comedian

Kirsty Webeck

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

14:00 - 14:45

Lessons learnt in the world of politics

13:40 - 14:20

Keynote Address

​Former Senator and Leader of the Jacquie Lambie Network

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest – this is the vivid description of the (in-between Parliaments) Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie. Jacqui stands out from mainstream Australian politicians. During her time in Parliament she was the authentic, heartfelt and unscripted voice in the Senate. A tireless and highly effective campaigner for the things she passionately believes in, like better deals for our military veterans and a better system of care for those afflicted by the scourge of ice addiction. These are real issues for her, things she's lived through, not just hot-button issues raised by focus groups. More recently Jacqui stunned Australians by heading off to the Syrian civil war with SBS for Go Back Live, complete with Flak jacket, helmet and an AK47 in the desert heat, staring down ISIS on the battlefield. That’s real guts. And there’s plenty more where that came from! It's safe to say that there's never, ever, been a politician like Jacqui in Australia.​

Jacquie Lambie

13:40 - 14:20

Lessons learnt in the world of politics

​Former Senator and Leader of the Jacqui Lambie Network

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest – this is the vivid description of the (in-between Parliaments) Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie. Jacqui stands out from mainstream Australian politicians. During her time in Parliament she was the authentic, heartfelt and unscripted voice in the Senate. A tireless and highly effective campaigner for the things she passionately believes in, like better deals for our military veterans and a better system of care for those afflicted by the scourge of ice addiction. These are real issues for her, things she's lived through, not just hot-button issues raised by focus groups. More recently Jacqui stunned Australians by heading off to the Syrian civil war with SBS for Go Back Live, complete with Flak jacket, helmet and an AK47 in the desert heat, staring down ISIS on the battlefield. That’s real guts. And there’s plenty more where that came from! It's safe to say that there's never, ever, been a politician like Jacqui in Australia.​​

Jacqui lambie

KIRSTY WEBECK

Comedian

BARBARA CULLEN

Director, Small Business Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Tina
Arena am

Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist

 

13:20 - 14:00​

Interactive SESSION

‘Womenkind - Unlocking the power of women supporting women’ 

Catherine Fox is one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce. An award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column; and she has published four books, including her latest "Stop Fixing Women” (NewSouth), which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. In 2012 Catherine helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards; she is a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board and Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.​

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a professional company director and Chair, keynote speaker and author. After beginning her career as an Air Force Officer, Kirstin was an executive in a corporate law firm where she held various leadership roles for many years.  Kirstin then became CEO of a global consulting firm before commencing her board career. As well as Honours degrees in Law and also History, she also has a PhD in corporate governance and leadership for which she has received industry and academic awards. Dr Ferguson was the creator of the Walkley nominated #CelebratingWomen campaign in 2017 and is also the author of Women Kind with co-author Catherine Fox.  She was awarded the Queensland Award by Women & Leadership Australia in 2018.​

​Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner

Catherine Fox

​Company Director and Chair, Creator of #celebratingwomen, and Author, Women Kind

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote Address

​Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety  

In 2018, Rebecca Falkingham was appointed Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety. The Department’s portfolio is responsible for youth justice, justice policy and data reform, victims support, justice operations, family violence, justice and social services coordination, workplace safety, corrections, justice health, regulation, police, fines, crime prevention and emergency management. Previous to this appointment, Rebecca was appointed at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as Deputy Secretary, Social Policy, where she led the Whole‐of‐Government Family Violence reforms and NDIS disability transition. Rebecca has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in both the Victorian and New South Wales public services in the areas of education, planning, environment, justice, economic and regional development, climate change and water. 

Rebecca Falkingham

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

​Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne    

    

Michelle Winzer

​Company Director and Chair, Creator of #celebratingwomen, and Author, Women Kind

DR KIRSTIN FERGUSON

​​Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne

MICHELLE WINZER

Rebecca Falkingham

Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety

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