Melbourne Symposium 2020

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th August, 2020

Agenda 

Thursday 13th August, 2020

Platinum education Partner

Gold
sponsor

Advocacy Partner

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.

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). 

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

        

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

Janelle Weissman

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

Tess Walsh

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