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Victoria Symposium 2021

Friday 22nd October
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Panel Members

Yasmin Poole

Board Director, Author and Youth Advocate

Virginia Trioli

Journalist, Author, Radio and Television Presenter

Dr Jana Pittman

Athlete, Doctor and Author

Antoinette Braybrook

CEO, Djirra

Elizabeth Proust AO

Chair, SuperFriend; Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Natalie Kyriacou OAM

CEO, My Green World

Anna Brown oam

CEO, Equality Australia

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking

Othering is a phenomenon in which individuals or groups are defined and labelled as not fitting in within the norms of a particular social group. It is an effect that influences how people perceive and treat those who are viewed as being part of the in-group versus those who are seen as being part of the out-group. Race/ethnicity; age; gender; sexuality; class; religion; politics; disability status and profession can all be used to marginalize others but often it is these exact expressions of diversity that are the basis for real growth and new thinking. In this session, panellists will explore their own experiences of ‘othering’, what ‘othering’ means for leaders and how we all can embrace our differences to become more inclusive and effective leaders.             

Embracing the ‘other’ in others and ourselves

Panel Discussion

11:30 - 13:00​

Anna Brown OAM is CEO of Equality Australia. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality as Co-Chair of the ‘YES’ campaign, and has been instrumental in hard fought battles such as securing federal LGBTIQ+ discrimination protections, improving legal recognition and access to medical treatment for trans and gender diverse people, righting historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences, and outlawing so-called ‘conversion’ therapy. 

Elizabeth Proust AO is Chairman of Cuscal Ltd and a non-executive director of Lendlease Limited. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a company director since 2005 of listed, private, and not for profit boards. Elizabeth was previously an executive in the ANZ Banking Group, and before that a senior executive in the Victorian Government (including Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet) and CEO of the City of Melbourne. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to government, the private sector, to educational and charitable bodies and as a mentor for women.

Antoinette Braybrook is an Aboriginal woman who was born on Wurundjeri country. Her grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji.  Antoinette is the CEO of Djirra, a position she has held since the service was established in 2002. 

Antoinette is Co-Chair of the Change the Record Campaign with Cheryl Axleby, CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, South Australia, and leads the National FVPLS Forum with Phynea Clarke, CEO of CAAFLU Aboriginal Corporation from the Northern Territory and Wynetta Dewis CEO of Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS), Queensland   The National FVPLS Forum is the peak body for 14 Family Violence Prevention Legal services throughout Australia.

Antoinette seeks to give voice and visibility to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control, and self determination.

Yasmin Poole is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is Plan International’s National Ambassador and champions the importance of young women being heard in Australia’s political conversations. She has also appeared on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project.

Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years.

In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. She was most recently named The Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year.

Natalie Kyriacou OAM is the Founder and CEO of , the Creator of mobile game app, and the former Australian Director of Sri Lankan-based NGO, Dogstar Foundation, as well as a Management Consultant at PwC. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree, a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia and a Finalist for the UNEP Young Champion of the Earth Prize.

For over ten years, Natalie has been creating inclusive youth education programs and technologies that increase access to wildlife and environmental conservation and sciences as well as championing for great commitments to diversity and inclusion, social impact and the environment across public and private sectors. 

Gönül Serbest is responsible for leading the Government’s global engagement efforts. As part of this role, she manages the State’s international network of 23 trade and investment offices; leads a team that drives economic growth in Victoria by facilitating exports and promotes the State’s world class industry capabilities and education sector to international audiences.

Over her ten years working in international trade, as both Deputy Secretary and Executive Director, Gönul has been instrumental in the development and execution of the largest trade missions to leave Australia into emerging markets and the largest inbound trade delegations to visit Victoria.  

She has a passion for international engagement and supporting platforms and initiatives that empower young leaders and women to actively engage in areas of trade and culture. 

Jana Pittman is a two-time World Champion and four-time Commonwealth Champion in athletics, and when injuries hampered her athletic career, she swapped the track for the ice and became the first woman to represent Australia in both a Summer and Winter Olympic games.

Off the track Jana has completed a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Western Sydney with the goal of practicing in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. With her keen interest in women’s health Jana is currently an ambassador for the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, Save the box (RANZGOG) and Targeting Cancer. In 2020 Jana was one of 47 interns to join Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

Two-time Walkley Award winner Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator.

In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting and in 2001 won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former Defence Minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue.

Virginia has held senior positions at The Age newspaper and The Bulletin magazine, and for eight years hosted Drive on 774 ABC Melbourne and Mornings on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs program Lateline and a presenter on ABC TV's Sunday Arts. She currently anchors ABC Radio Breakfast programme in Melbourne 

09:00 - 09:25

Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Chair, SuperFriend; Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Elizabeth Proust AO

Antoinette Braybrook

CEO, Djirra

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Yasmin Poole

Board Director, Author and Youth Advocate

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

CEO, My Green World

Natalie Kyriacou OAM

Anna Brown OAM

CEO, Equality Australia

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton

13:45 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Athlete, Doctor and Author

Dr Jana Pittman

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Gönül Serbest

Chief Executive Officer, Global Victoria

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Journalist, Author, Radio and Television Presenter

Virginia Trioli

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia

Janet Horton

09:25 - 09:30

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

Carly Findlay OAM

Writer, Speaker and Appearance Activist

Advocacy Partner

Gold
Sponsor

Writer, Speaker and Appearance Activist

Carly Findlay OAM

Victoria Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Moving Towards Gender Equity in 2021: From Vision to Action

Let's get practical!  While Australia has come a long way with gender equity and equality over the years, we’ve still got a long way to go. This development session will provide participants with an opportunity and frameworks to determine their vision and actions for a more inclusive and equitable future, and some timely strategies to enhance their leadership in this domain.

Deputy Commissioner, Capability, Victoria Police

Neil Paterson is the Deputy Commissioner for the Capability portfolio in Victoria Police.   This portfolio includes Professional Standards Command, People Development Command, Gender Equality & Inclusion Command, Service Delivery Transformation Command, Media & Corporate Communications Department and Capability Department.

Neil has had a diverse career with Victoria Police commencing as a Constable in 1988. His career has included roles such as; General Duties positions, Detective positions, in both country and metropolitan policing and a broad range of management roles at the rank of Inspector, Superintendent and acting Commander. In July 2015 Neil was appointed as the inaugural Chief of Staff to former Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton before taking promotion later in 2015 to Assistant Commissioner, Intelligence & Covert Support Command. 

Neil Paterson APM

Gönül Serbest

Chief Executive Officer, Global Victoria

Neil Paterson APM

Deputy Commissioner, Capability, Victoria Police

Amanda and her team support Origin’s downstream business on regulatory compliance, risk and assurance.

Prior to joining Origin, Amanda was a partner of a major law firm practising in the Corporate & Commercial Group. She was also Melbourne Staff Partner with overall responsibility for graduate recruitment and HR issues for all legal staff.

In 2003, Amanda moved in-house to take up the role of General Counsel & Company at a major energy company. Amanda broadened her remit to include responsibility for Public Affairs, Enterprise Risk and Facilities Management.

Earlier in her career as a lawyer, Amanda spent 4 years working in London and New York.

Amanda is involved in charities supporting intensive care and victims of family violence. 

09:30 - 09:35

Sponsor Address

General Manager, Employee, Development, Culture & Inclusion, Origin

Marissa Black joined Origin in 2015 as a P&C Manager supporting the Energy Markets business and then moved into the Program Manager role leading the capability and culture program of work. In 2017 Marissa was appointed as the Head of P&C for the Retail and Future Energy businesses as well as heading up the Talent Acquisition for Origin where, together with business leaders, she delivered a remarkable uplift in engagement and business outcomes as well as optimised fit for purpose and commercial recruitment model.

Marissa was appointed General Manager of People Strategy and Planning where she developed the enterprise people plan and established the Origin People Committee. More recently Marissa was appointed the General Manager, Employee, Development, Culture & Inclusion.

Marissa Black

     

09:35 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

     

TBC

General Manager, Compliance, Risk & Assurance, Origin

Amanda Robertson

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ARIA-nominated Singer-Songwriter

When Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, known professionally as Mo’Ju (formerly Mojo Juju) dropped her album Native Tongue in 2018, it was one of the most vital albums Australia has seen in years. Collecting a slew of awards and nominations, the release commanded the attention of a nation.  

Over two years on and the Native Tongue momentum reigns high, and has bagged some of her greatest achievements to date off the back of it. A thought-provoking and articulate speaker, she took on a BIGSOUND keynote address in 2019 and hosted her own panel in 2020, has spoken to media giants including SBS The Feed, VICE, Q&A and The Guardian, and even delved into writing sessions at the famed Songhubs in Brooklyn.  

Mo'ju

Mo'ju

ARIA-nominated Singer-Songwriter