The Australian Women's Leadership Symposium


2024 First Speakers Announced

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

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

Walkley-winning Journalist; TV Presenter; Social Commentator

Danielle Wood (She/Her)

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

Akii Ngo
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

Stacey Ong GAICD (She/Her)
Stacey Ong GAICD (She/Her)

Executive Director, One Red Step; Board Member, Melbourne City Mission

Professor Louise Purton (She/Her)

Head, Stem Cell Regulation Unit, St. Vincent's Institute of Medical Research; Professor, Department of Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital, The University of Melbourne

Bree Gorman (They/Them)
Bree Gorman (They/Them)

Managing Director, Bree Gorman Consulting; Board Member, Geelong Cricket Association; Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Deakin University

Cameron Cahill (He/Him)
Cameron Cahill (He/Him)

Director, Gov Insights

Further speaker announcements coming soon!

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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.

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