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

Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Natalie Kyriacou OAM

CEO, My Green World

Anna Brown

CEO, Equality Australia

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

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’s fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality co-chairing the Equality Campaign and running the challenge to the postal plebiscite in the High Court.

Anna has been instrumental in hard fought battles to secure federal LGBTI discrimination protections, remove discriminatory laws across the country and right historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences. Anna’s legal work has helped to ensure that young trans people can access vital hormone treatment without the cost and delay of going to court, advanced marriage equality and furthered recognition of sex and gender diversity.

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. 

     

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

09:30 - 09:40

Sponsor Addresses

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

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

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

TBA

     

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