Agenda 

Thursday 13th August, 2020

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14:45 - 15:00     Break

12:30 - 13:30     Lunch

09:00 - 09:20     Online Registration

10:30 - 10:45     Break

13:00 - 13:30     Lunch

14:15 - 14:30     Break

09:20 - 09:40

Welcome and Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

 

DR JANET SMITH

Agenda 

Friday 14th August, 2020

15:15 - 15:30

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

DR JANET SMITH

11:15 - 11:30     Break

11:30 - 11:45     Break

09:20 - 09:40

Welcome and Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

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.

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.

Rae Johnston is the Science and Technology Editor at NITV, and host of That Startup Show alongside Benjamin Law. She recently finished up as Editor of Junkee, Australia's smartest and most original pop culture title. 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.

10:45 - 11:30

Keynote Address

Rae Johnston

Award-winning STEM Journalist; Host, That Startup Show; Science & Technology Editor, NITV

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.

14:30 - 15:15

Keynote Address

Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter, Author and Business Entrepreneur

Clare Bowditch

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.

         

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.

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.

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

10:30 - 11:15

Keynote Address

13:30 - 14:15

Keynote Address

Tess Walsh

Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

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.

15:00 - 15:45

In Conversation

Lee Lin Chin

Former SBS Newsreader, Television & Radio Presenter, Journalist

11:45 - 12:05

WLA in Action

 

Nicole Standfield

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.  

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons 

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

11:30 - 12:30

Driving Gender Equality in Australia

        

09:40 - 09:50

Sponsor Address

Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:15 - 14:45

Chief Creative Officer, Future Women; Author and Commentator

Jamila Rizvi

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

Chief Executive Officer,
Mind Australia

Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons

Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council

Rae Johnston

Award-winning STEM Journalist; Host, That Startup Show; Science & Technology Editor, NITV

Catherine Fox

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

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC

Governor of Victoria

Nicole Standfield

09:00 - 09:20     Online Registration

Silver
Sponsor

15:45 - 16:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

DR JANET SMITH

09:40 - 10:00

Opening Address

10:00 - 10:20

Meet and Greet

General Manager, SAI Home and Community Care

12:05 - 13:00

What I know now: the need for eternal vigilance on women’s rights (particularly in a lockdown)

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

Catherine Fox

General Manager, SAI Home and Community Care

13:30 - 14:15

The Language of the Heart

Freelance Writer and Broadcaster

Catherine McGregor AM

On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role. In June 1995, the Governor was appointed a Judge of the Family Court of Australia, where she served for 18 years until July 2013. Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect. In 2017, the Governor was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC

Governor of Victoria

09:50 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Chief Executive Officer, Mind Australia

Gill Callister PSM

Alex has 15+ years’ experience in organizational leadership and stakeholder engagement development. He has worked in roles ranging across the private and public sectors. Alex specializes in supporting organizations to understand their options and designing strategic pathways to achieve their desired outcomes.

Alex is PBC’s Southern Region Director and accountable for leading the business across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. He supports operational delivery and leads PBC’s client engagement and relationship management. 

Samantha Stevens joined Origin in March 2018 as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs.

Samantha is responsible for Origin’s external affairs, government relations, employee communication functions and the Origin Energy Foundation.

Samantha has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, mainly in the resources, industrials and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Origin, Samantha headed up Corporate Affairs for the global mining services company, Orica, and previously led the global media function and all Corporate Affairs M&A activity at global mining house, BHP. 

Jane is an experienced leader in the Higher Education sector and has developed and implemented a variety of new solutions to fulfil the strategic objectives of organisations in numerous projects and initiatives over the last twenty years.

Jane is particularly interested in strategic initiatives and innovative approaches that respond to the challenges of disruption and opportunities for transformation in education and professional development. Working at a senior level within and across complex organisations, Jane has a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and creating networks, where effective communication and collaboration are key to achieving both strategic and tactical business objectives.

Southern Region Director, PBC

ALEX BOND

10:20 - 10:30

Sponsor Addresses

Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Origin

SAMANTHA STEVENS

Senior Manager Professional Practice, DeakinCo.

JANE FAHEY

The Melbourne  Symposium.

If you are interested in registering for the two-day online event only, please email events@wla.edu.au
 for details.

If you are interested in registering for the two-day online event only, please email events@wla.edu.au for details.

If you are interested in registering for the two-day online event only, please email events@wla.edu.au for details.

Melbourne Symposium 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Melbourne Symposium has been increased to a 3-day online experience. Delegates who register for the Symposium after August 12th 2020 will be emailed a recording of Days 1 & 2 as part of their booking. 

Day 1 & 2: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th August, 2020
Fully Online (All Keynote Presentations)

Day 3: Friday 27th November

Fully Online

Agenda 

Friday 27th November, 2020

09:00 - 09:20

Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

JANET HORTON

'Adaptive Leadership in 2020’

10:45 - 11:00

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.​

'The Future of Work’

11:00 - 12:30​

Panel Discussion

12:30 - 13:00

Lunch

Panel Members

CEO, Blind Citizens Australia

Emma Bennison

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

Michelle Gallaher

Head of Asia-Pac Strategy, Insights and Business Development, Discovery Inc.

Rebecca Kent

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, Emma takes every opportunity to challenge the myths and misconceptions which too often hinder people with disability from reaching their full potential. Prior to joining Blind Citizens Australia, Emma spent five years as CEO of Arts Access Australia, the peak national body for arts and disability.Emma is a Director of the Attitude Foundation, which is shaping a new understanding of disability through the promotion and development of media content that provides realistic portrayals of people with disability. Recently, Emma was invited to join Tasmania’s Ministerial Arts and Cultural Advisory Council.

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.  

Kalani’s professional background is in leadership development, the utilisation of psychological principles and evidence-based methods, and coaching. She is a highly experienced presenter and facilitator, particularly with respect to the application of Hogan assessments. Kalani is an experienced researcher within the higher education sector, working across a range of consultancy projects involving private and not-for-profit organisations. In her time at PBC, Kalani has continued her research, with a strong focus on female leadership research. Kalani presented her latest research on female leadership effectiveness at the 2019 Industrial and Organisational Psychology conference. Kalani has consulted within private, public and not-for-profit sectors and has worked across a range of industries including insurance, finance, healthcare, transport, utilities, mining and building and construction. Kalani is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Certified Organisational Coach, Level 1. 

Senior Consultant, PBC Hogan

Kalani Koswetta Liyanage

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. 

14:20 - 14:40

Afternoon Tea

The ‘balcony’ concept comes from the great work of Ronald Heifeitz (King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership & Founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School). It is one that is easy to relate to and enables a process of mindful leadership to evolve.
This session will provide strategies to ‘Stay on the Balcony’ in order to gain an understanding of what is required in this time of adaptive challenges. By using the balcony concept, you will be able to revisit the ‘bigger picture’, be proactive rather than reactive, and considered and strategic in your actions.​

'Welcome to your balcony’

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:05 - 14:20

Authenticity has become the ‘gold standard’ and the go to descriptor for leadership. The reality is, it can also hinder growth and decrease impact. Career transitions and progress require breaking out of comfort zones, but this can be risky and challenge authenticity. This panel session will provide practical examples and opportunities to consider the space that authenticity is holding for us.​

'The Authenticity Paradox’

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

14:45 - 16:15​

Panel Discussion

Rod is the Chief Transformation & Digital Officer at Origin Energy.  Rod joined Origin in 2017 as Chief Digital Officer to transform Origin into a global leader in digital energy retailing. His role expanded at the end of 2018 to lead and deliver a holistic transformation of Origin’s Retail business, spanning end-to-end customer experience across all channels, people, processes and systems.
Rod’s diverse experience covers a range of business growth, strategy, and transformation roles across corporate, digital pure play, management consulting and start-ups. The common thread has been growing and transforming businesses through a combination of clear strategy, building high performing teams, customer focus, and innovation.

Chief Digital Officer, Origin

Rod Van Onselen

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

Laboratory Head, Walter and Eliza Hall

Dr Misty Jenkins

Julie brings 15 years’ experience from private, public and not-for-profit sectors working in Diversity and Inclusion, Organisational Development and Human Resources.The Asian Leadership Project is an Australian innovation.  As a business, the Project is first-to-market with a mission to fast-track diverse Asian talent into Leadership.She is the first culturally diverse woman elected as President of NEEOPA (NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioner’s Association), since its not-for-profit establishment in 1985.  Julie previously served as State Vice-President and Councillor for the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).Julie is a certified AHRI professional having worked in a strategic, consultancy and operational business partnering capacity across health, education, technologies, manufacturing, engineering, utilities, professional, mining and construction industries.

Founder and CEO, Asian Leadership Project

Julie Chai

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.

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.

 

16:15 - 16:30

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

SUZI FINKELSTEIN

JANET HORTON

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Emma Bennison

CEO, Blind Citizens Australia

Michelle Gallaher

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

Kalani Koswetta Liyanage

Senior Consultant, PBC Hogan

Rebecca Kent

Head of Asia-Pac Strategy, Insights and Business Development, Discovery Inc.

Tess Walsh

Julie Chai

Jorden Lam

General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA

Founder and CEO, Asian Leadership Project

Marina Go

Chair, Suncorp Super Netball; Non-Executive Director

Carly Findlay

Writer and Appearance Activist

Diane Herz

CEO, The Social Research Centre

Rod Van Onselen

Chief Digital Officer, Origin

Marina Go

Chair, Suncorp Super Netball; Non-Executive Director

Panel Members

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.

Carly Findlay

Writer and Appearance Activist

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

09:30 - 10:45

The complex events we’ve experienced during 2020 have necessitated some shifts in how we adapt as leaders. This session will draw on the principles of Adaptive Leadership to explore what this shift might mean for leaders at this current moment in time.​

Jorden Lam  

General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA

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.

09:20 - 09:30

Sponsor Addresses

Sophie Lanyon is the Senior Manager of Product & Initiatives for Professional Practice at DeakinCo. She has been a key contributor to the successful design, development and implementation of Deakin University’s innovative Professional Practice credential model.She takes a leading role in market education for credentials and capabilities and has co-authored the ‘Demystifying Credentials: Growing Capabilities for the Future’ white paper and led the development of the ‘Soft skills for business success’ report and the newly released Premium skills with Deloitte Access Economics.She is passionate about the development of engaging, meaningful and human-centered products that respond to the challenges and disruption of education, professional development and the future of work. 

Janelle Weissman

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grant-maker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good. Janelle has Chaired numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality, including the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Community Funding Panel, Children by Choice and is currently President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). 

14:40 - 14:45

Sponsor Address

13:00 - 13:05

Sponsor Address

Senior Manager, Products and Initiatives, DeakinCo.

Sophie Lanyon

Samantha Stevens joined Origin in March 2018 as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs. Samantha is responsible for Origin’s external affairs, government relations, employee communication functions and the Origin Energy Foundation.
Samantha has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, mainly in the resources, industrials and financial services sectors. Prior to joining Origin, Samantha headed up Corporate Affairs for the global mining services company, Orica, and previously led the global media function and all Corporate Affairs M&A activity at global mining house, BHP. 

Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Origin

Samantha Stevens

Peter is the founder of Peter Berry Consultancy (PBC). PBC is a multidisciplinary global consulting firm with 30 years’ experience in the delivery of best practice human capital solutions to maximise the potential and performance of individuals, teams, leaders and organisations. PBC uses leading-edge global assessments that are rich in research and business friendly for executives and teams. PBC represents Hogan assessments and a range of other assessment providers in Australia and globally.
Peter specialises in leadership development, coaching, change management, business performance and team building for leaders within the public and private sector in Australia and globally across various industries.
Peter’s experience includes over 20 years as a Director and Associate with Melbourne Business School, and was an Associate at Macquarie Graduate School of Management. 

Lauren is an administrative professional with 20 years of experience in small business management in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Lauren joined UN Women Australia in 2015 and as Business Manager is responsible for a multi-faceted portfolio across finance, HR, events, fundraising, marketing, governance and senior executive and board support. An active volunteer and fundraiser within her local community, Lauren served six years as a school board chair, and since 2004 has been involved with the mentorship of eight young women, guiding them to achieve and exceed their early career goals.
Lauren is a passionate advocate for the vital work of UN Women in accelerating gender equality, increasing women’s leadership and political participation, and ending violence against women and girls.

UN Women Australia

Lauren Conron

Managing Director, PBC Hogan

Peter Berry