The Australian Women's Leadership Symposium



Our symposium features a diverse lineup of high-profile thought leaders, recognised for their excellence across business and community leadership.

09:00 - 09:10
Welcome to Country
09:10 - 09:25
Welcome & Opening Comments
Dr Janet Smith (She/Her)

Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator, Women & Leadership Australia

Megan Ibrahim
09:25 - 09:35
Acting General Manager's Welcome
Megan Ibrahim (She/Her)

Acting General Manager, Women & Leadership Australia

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums
09:35 - 09:45
Networking Activity
Networking Activity

09:45 - 10:00
Opening Address

Akii Ngo
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Address
Akii Ngo (They/Them)

International and Multi-Award-Winning Disability, Inclusion, and Gender Equity Activist; Family and Intimate Partner Survivor-Advocate; Accessibility Consultant; Represented and Internationally Published Model and Actor

10:30 - 10:35
Gold Sponsor Address
Australian College of Applied Professions

Gold Sponsor

Morning Tea: 10:35am - 11:00am

11:00 - 12:25
Panel Discussion

Lunch: 12:25pm - 1:20pm

01:20 - 02:20
Development Session

02:20 - 02:35
Award Session
Georgie Stone

Actor and Advocate 

02:35 - 02:55
Award Session
Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO

Associate Provost; Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor; Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health , The University of Melbourne

Afternoon Tea: 2:55pm - 3:20pm

03:20 - 03:50
Keynote Address
Danielle Wood (She/Her)

Chair, Productivity Commission; Former Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

Jan Fran (She/Her)
03:50 - 04:20
Keynote Address
Jan Fran (She/Her)

Walkley-winning Journalist; TV Presenter; Social Commentator

04:20 - 04:30
Closing Comments
Dr Janet Smith (She/Her)

Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator, Women & Leadership Australia

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Our Partners


Gold Sponsor

Women's Agenda Logo

Media Partner

DFS South East Melbourne

Advocacy Partner

Cook Medical

Supporting Partner

eWorks logo

Supporting Partner

Supporting Partner

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Supporting Partner

 Supporting Partner

Supporting Partner

Hear from our attendees

This was an excellent event, by far the best event I have ever attended. The structure of the event, to the clever agenda that flowed so well, even down to the small details of having a working book with space to write against each speaker - this was a dream for me!!

Melbourne Symposium Attendee

All the presenters were courageous and inspiring storytellers. I'm feeling extremely privileged to have been a part of the day.

Melbourne Symposium Attendee

Gave me some great info on gender equity to drive my growth as an informed and empowering female leader.

Melbourne Symposium Attendee

Join Australia's Premier Women's Leadership Event

This is your moment to redefine what leadership means to you and explore new possibilities for personal and professional growth. Through the lens of shared stories, you’ll witness how other women in leadership have overcome obstacles to forge their own paths. Join us to delve into the collective wisdom of diverse women, create new connections, and find inspiration for your leadership journey.

Inspiration and Empowerment

Get ready to feel refreshed, motivated, and armed with new ideas. Dive into the stories of diverse leaders to gain insight on leadership, equality, and inclusion.

Personal and Professional Growth

This is your chance to pause and reflect on your role as a leader. You’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence to tackle challenges head-on.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals from a variety of industries. Who knows, you might just find your next collaboration partner.

Full Attendance Grants Available
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