Melbourne Symposium 2020

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th August 2020

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Daisy Pearce

Commentator and AFLW Player

Lee Lin Chin

Former SBS Newsreader, Television & Radio Presenter, Journalist

Clare Bowditch

Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter, Author and Business Entrepreneur

Catherine McGregor AM

Writer, Broadcaster, Cricket Commentator, Former Defence Force Officer

Gill Callister PSM

Professor (Practice) and Associate Dean, ANZSOG; Former Secretary, Victorian Department of Education and Training

Tess Walsh

Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

Rae Johnston

Editor, Junkee; Host, That Start Up Show; Award-Winning STEM Journalist

Lee Lin Chin has been described as "one of the greatest in the history of Australian broadcasting" and a "beacon of diversity". She is best known as a newsreader on SBS, a role she held for 30 years until her resignation mid-2018. That long-standing role was just one of several she has held at the Australian broadcasting network. Other roles include performing in comedy and satire, and starring in promotional and marketing features on the network's website and On Demand. Lee Lin Chin began her broadcasting career in Singapore in 1968 and arrived in Australia in 1988. In 1992 she became weekend news presenter on World News Australia at multicultural SBS TV. Over an extraordinary 30 years with the network, Lee Lin Chin became one of the defining faces of SBS. 

09:30 - 09:40

Sponsor Addresses

Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

Tess Walsh

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

16:10 - 16:50

In Conversation

Lee Lin Chin

Former SBS Newsreader, Television & Radio Presenter, Journalist

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:40 - 14:40​

Agenda 

Thursday 13th August 2020

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome to Country

09:05 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

Assistant Commissioner Tess Walsh is the manager of the Western Region which is one of four geographic regions across Victoria. She has performed duties at Superintendent level at the Serious Crime Division which includes The Homicide Squad, The Missing Persons Unit, Armed Crime Task Force and The Arson and Explosives Squad. Previously she was a Superintendent in charge of West and South Gippsland. Assistant Commissioner Walsh has a strong background in the management of investigations and general duties policing. As a dedicated policing manager, Assistant Commissioner Walsh is committed to providing successful policing services; however she places equal commitment and value on the importance of ensuring that the health and wellbeing of her police officers and public servants is sustained by an engaged, supported and happy workplace environment.

     

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

      

TBA

Hailing from country Victoria, Daisy Pearce is a pioneer of Women’s Football in Australia. One of the AFLW’s premier stars, she has been at the avant-garde of the fast-expanding women’s game since its conception on the national stage in 2016. Captain of Melbourne’s first two seasons (2017 & 2018) she won both Best & Fairest in those years, whilst also being named a 2x All-Australian representative. Her resume extends off the field where she is a practicing midwife. Expecting twins, Daisy sat out the 2019 AFLW’s season; her time however was not spent in idle. She further established herself as an expert analyst for the Seven Network and on radio for SEN; she also continued her work at Melbourne, taking on an off-field role mentoring the club’s first-year players. 

Daisy Pearce

Commentator and AFLW Player

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

11:30 - 13:00​

Panel Discussion

'The Authenticity Paradox’

Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth by Herminia Ibarra

Authenticity has become ‘gold standard’ for leadership but can also hinder growth and decrease impact. Career progress requires breaking out of comfort zones but this can be risky and challenge authenticity. This session will consider the space authenticity holds for us.

Panel Members

Marina Go is Chair of Suncorp Super Netball and Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, a director of PWC’s Diversity Advisory Board, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She founded the female leadership website Women’s Agenda and food magazine disruptor Australian Good Taste and is a former Editor-in-chief of ELLE and Dolly magazines. Marina is the former Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club.

Carly is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in 2019. Carly is currently working on editing the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for various news outlets and she was named one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 AFR and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC TV’s You Can’t Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She organised the history-making ‘Access to Fashion’ – a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman – she lives with a rare, severe skin condition, ichthyosis and also co-hosts a podcast called Refreshments Provided.

Marina Go

Chair, Suncorp Super Netball; Non-Executive Director

Writer and Appearance Activist

Carly Findlay  

Diane recently arrived from the United States to become the CEO of the Social Research Centre. Her 30+ year career in social research reflects her belief that we can’t address what we don’t understand—and that what we know reflects who has had the power to find out.  Before joining the Social Research Centre, she was Vice-President of Human Services research at Mathematica, a policy research organization with more than 1,200 employees spread across the USA.  As its Chief Diversity Officer, she led work to grow a culture where employees could safely share the stories that drove their passion for improving the world.  Only then could the company authentically take on deeper issues of racial equity in research. 

CEO, The Social Research Centre

Diane Herz

Dr Misty Jenkins is a NHMRC RD Wright fellow and laboratory head in the Immunology Division at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. Dr Jenkins laboratory currently researches the use of CART cell immunotherapy for brain cancer. Dr Jenkins was awarded the L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship (2013), was Tall Poppy of the year (2015) and won the Westpac/Australian Financial Review Top100 Women of Influence award (2016).  In addition to her research career, Dr Jenkins is experienced in governance and is a Board Director for Monash Health, Director, Deputy Chair of The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at ANU, ambassador for the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and is Chair of the NHMRC Indigenous Project Grant Review Panels.

Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall

Dr Misty Jenkins 

Dr Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership with the University of Queensland Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of practice. He is the director of the AIBE Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace and Managing Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), a body whose members comprise of peak national bodies representing women across industry sectors in Australia. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. In June 2015, Dr Fitzsimmons and Professor Callan and working with the Committee for Perth, released ‘Filling the Pool’, a major report into gender inequality in Western Australia and what government, organisations and individuals can do to address the issue.

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons 

Carly Findlay

Writer and Appearance Activist

Marina Go

Chair, Suncorp Super Netball; Non-Executive Director

Catherine Fox

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

Dr Misty Jenkins

Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall

Emma Bennison

CEO, Blind Citizens Australia

Jorden Lam

General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA

Michelle Gallaher

CEO, ShareRoot; Director, The Social Science; Co-Founder, Women in STEMM Australia

Rae Johnston is the Editor of Junkee, Australia's smartest and most original pop culture title, and host of That Startup Show alongside Benjamin Law. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Rae is passionate about Indigenous Science – a topic she promotes as a member of the STREAMS network and explores hosting NITV’s children’s series Rewired. With almost a decade of experience appearing on every national television and radio news program in Australia, Rae is a leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture. Rae is a part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, a Mentor with The Working Lunch program supporting entry-level women in STEM and an Ambassador for both St Vincent De Paul and the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and regular presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Gill is Adjunct Professor (Practice) in Politics at Monash University and is Associate Dean of ANZSOG, focussing on Ethics and Integrity in organisations. A 2019 Public Service Medal recipient Gill has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery. From 2015-2018, Gill served as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET). Gill is the current Chair of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2014, Gill was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 women in the Victorian public service.

Emma Bennison is the CEO of Blind Citizens Australia, the national representative voice of Australians who are blind or vision-impaired. A passionate advocate for the rights of people with disability to lead full and productive lives. Prior to joining Blind Citizens Australia, Emma spent five years as CEO of Arts Access Australia, the peak national body for arts and disability. The first person with disability to be appointed to the role, Emma spearheaded a successful campaign which saw the Australia Council for the Arts provide dedicated funding to artists with disability for the first time and built the capacity of people with disability to take on leadership roles across the arts and cultural sector. 

Jorden is the General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs at HESTA Super Fund and has served on the boards as a non-executive director for various health service providers. Jorden regularly writes and speaks about professional development and the importance of individuals embracing innovation and re-defining their value proposition given the evolving needs and expectations of the business community. Jorden practised as a financial services lawyer with several leading firms before realising she wanted to contribute to business decisions that followed not only from legal considerations but wider strategic decision-making. She has received numerous public accolades for her achievements and contributions to the legal and financial services industry to date.

Michelle has been an entrepreneur, allied health clinician, advocate and leader in the Australian life sciences and health sector for over 25 years. As CEO of ShareRoot, a publicly listed AI health company, Michelle’s current agenda is to develop and commercialise emerging AI technologies, compliantly and ethically, that will improve healthcare outcomes. Michelle has served and continues to serve as a non-executive director and advisor within universities, private and in public companies, not-for-profits and on various government committees and boards.  Michelle was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2017 and the Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2018.  Michelle was also named as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and the Social Science was the winner of a Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow award in June 2018. 

Clare Bowditch is a musician, broadcaster, sometimes actor, speaker, entrepreneur, and published author. Somewhat of a slashie you might say. She has won the coveted ARIA Award for Best Female for her music, the Rolling Stone Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to Australian culture, and has been nominated for a Logie Award for her role as Rosanna on popular television show Offspring. Her first book, a partial memoir entitled “Your Own Kind Of Girl” was released through Allen & Unwin in Oct 2019.

Catherine is a freelance writer, broadcaster and author. She served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army and the Royal Australian Air Force for over three decades. Her service included operational deployments overseas including operational command in Timor Leste. Catherine was a strategic advisor and speech writer to every Chief of the Army from 1999 until 2014. She has also served as a speech writer and adviser to some of Australia's most senior political leaders including Bob Carr, Kim Beazley, Tony Abbott and Barry O'Farrell. Catherine is one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators. Catherine has written two highly acclaimed books on cricket and is a current first grade player and coach. She serves on the board of Grassroots Cricket and Stand Tall4 PTSD, charities with a cricket focus. Catherine is Australia’s most prominent transgendered woman. Catherine's personal story of gender transition is compelling and inspiring and she has been voted one of Australia's most influential women by the Australian Women's Weekly three times.

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Address

Editor, Junkee; Host, That Start Up Show; Award-Winning STEM Journalist

Rae Johnston

09:50 - 10:20

Keynote Address

Catherine Fox

Professor (Practice) and Associate Dean, ANZSOG; Former Secretary, Victorian Department of Education and Training

Gill Callister PSM

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Agenda 

Friday 14th August 2020

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

10:50 - 11:10

WLA in Action

 

Nicole Standfield

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Disruptive thinking, artificial intelligence, automation, agile workplace structures, new and accelerating technology… there are many concepts that arise when exploring what ‘The Future of Work’ looks like and how we need to prepare for it. As generations collide, workforces diversify, and new technologies and social networks are developed, our current leadership pathways may soon become a thing of the past. But how do we adapt to a future that we cannot predict? This panel session will explore the ways in which we can embrace these transitions and maximise potential benefits.

Panel Discussion

11:30 - 12:50​

‘The Future of Work’

General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA

Jorden Lam

CEO, ShareRoot; Director, The Social Science; Co-Founder, Women in STEMM Australia

Michelle Gallaher

CEO, Blind Citizens Australia

Emma Bennison 

Panel Members

15:00 - 15:10

Closing Comments

Suzi Finkelstein

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

14:20 - 15:00

Keynote Address

Clare Bowditch

Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter, Author and Business Entrepreneur

12:50 - 13:40

Lunch

13:40 - 14:20

Keynote Address

Writer, Broadcaster, Cricket Commentator, Former Defence Force Officer

Catherine McGregor AM

Diane Herz

CEO, The Social Research Centre

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Nicole has worked in the health and aged care sector for over 20 years, commencing in roles as a Registered Nurse, right through to roles at an executive operational level.  Nicole has a passion for people, and this includes those who she works with, works for and those who report to her, with the development of the next generation of health and aged care leaders a particular passion. Nicole's ongoing passion to evolve and develop has seen her undertake four university degrees, including a Masters, and in 2018 Nicole decided this evolution needed to continue by commencing the Women and Leadership Australia - Executive Advantage Program.  

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A broadcast media executive with more than 15 years’ experience in business transformation and management, Rebecca Kent has led project teams and business strategy across Europe, the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong background in business development and change management, Rebecca is experienced in optimising operational and integrative processes, developing strategic initiatives and commercial strategies to drive growth in alignment with business objectives. In her current GM role, Rebecca also oversees Discovery’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific Islands, and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Discovery’s business initiatives and future growth opportunities for the product portfolio of over 13 brands. These include global brands such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Turbo, Food Network, HGTV, and Eurosport.

General Manager, Discovery, Australia New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Rebecca Kent

Rebecca Kent

General Manager, Discovery, Australia New Zealand & Pacific Islands