Thursday 24th September, 2020

$995.00pp + GST

Thursday 24th September, 2020

$995.00pp + GST

11:15 - 11:30            break

Thursday 24th September, 2020  |  Online

The National Police, Defence
and Emergency Services

Women's Leadership Summit

08:30 - 09:00            Online Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening Comments


Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management


Program Director, WLA

Commander Kelly Haywood joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1997 as a Combat Systems Operator. After achieving the rank of Leading Seaman, Kelly changed over to a commissioned Maritime Logistics Officer in 2005. Outside of Navy, Kelly is extremely passionate about raising awareness about suicide, depression and mental health and is a Lifeline Ambassador. Through her initiative ‘Choose to Live, Love your Life’ Kelly actively fundraises and speaks in the community about her own personal experiences with suicide. Kelly won the Western Australian and National Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Award in 2013 and in 2015 was named as one of Business News 40under40 entrepreneurs, taking out the Intrepreneur category. Kelly was selected as the Navy Women’s Strategic Advisor in May 2019.

09:30 - 10:15

Keynote Address


Maritime Logistics Officer, Navy Women’s Strategic Advisor, Royal Australian Navy

Major General Natasha Fox entered the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1988 and graduated from the Royal Military College in 1991. Her early foundation appointments were in logistics specialising in combat supplies, logistics planning, and in training positions culminating with her being the Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor at the Australian Defence Force Academy for which she received a Conspicuous Service Cross. Major General Fox has been employed across the Australian Defence Force in Forces Command, Joint Logistics Command, Special Operations Command, Training Command - Army, and Defence People Group.  She has deployed to Lebanon, Syria, and Israel and was the Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East where she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service. Major General Fox is married to Captain Andrew Willis, MVO, RAN and has two young boys that keep her busy!

10:30 - 11:15

Keynote Address

Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC

Head of People Capability, Department of Defence; Part-Time Member Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

11:30 - 13:00

Panel Discussion

Finding Your Voice

Swimming against the tide in order to create positive change within an established workplace culture takes a strong focus as well as a confident and resilient mindset. Maintaining personal and professional resolve in the face of what can sometimes be overwhelming resistance can prove extremely difficult. This panel session will explore how individuals have found the courage and conviction to stand strong, confront ingrained belief systems, and create long-term, positive change for the benefit of their workplace communities.  

Georgeina joined the Emergency Services Agency as the Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service in late October 2017 having completed 32 years of military service, and in August 2019, was appointed as the first female Commissioner of the ACT Emergency Services Agency. Georgeina was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2004 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006.  More recently she was awarded a Bar to her Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List. She was named ACT Telstra Business Woman of the year in 2015. She holds post graduate qualifications in Business Management, and Defence and Strategic Studies. She is currently studying for a Masters in Leadership focusing her major project on Inclusion and Operational Capability. Georgeina is married and has four children. She remains active in the Army Reserve and in her spare time she masquerades as a DYI home renovator, umpiring netball, reading and entertaining.

Kylie Rendina is the Assistant Commissioner for Border Patrol and Coordination Command within the Australian Border Force (ABF). The ABF is Australia’s Customs service and frontline border law enforcement agency, responsible for protecting the border and managing the movement of people and goods across it. Prior to joining the agency, Kylie was a Deputy Program Director with Leidos Australia and worked closely with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a security and IT service management lead. Kylie has a background in law enforcement having been a Federal Agent with the AFP for almost a decade. Kylie holds a Master of Business Administration Executive, a Diploma of Policing, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

In 2004, Maha Sukkar became the first Muslim policewoman in Victoria to wear a hijab, challenging stereotypes and setting a trailblazing example for police forces around the world. In her 15-year career, Maha has taken a lead role in promoting social cohesion, breaking cross-cultural barriers, and encouraging diversity within the police. Her commitment and dedication are changing the way newly-arrived communities see the police and how police think about communities. Maha is highly respected for her knowledge, partnership-approach and strong relationships with the community. She uses her perspective as woman from a culturally diverse background to strategically and proactively approach Victoria’s most complex law and order challenges, including family violence and violent extremism. In 2019 she was awarded the Australian Police Medal and was named in The Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.

In 1987, Adrienne became South Australia’s first female professional firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS). Now with over 30 years of service, Adrienne has progressed her career and leadership capacity to become one of only three female Station Officers within the Fire Service. To contribute to improving the working conditions of her female firefighting colleagues, Adrienne was actively involved in the National Female Firefighters Network, and is a founding member and currently chair of the SAMFS Female Firefighter’s Forum. Recognised for her contribution to the community and the SAMFS, in 2016 Adrienne was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). In 2019, Adrienne was honoured for service to the community and women’s affairs when she received the Medal of the Order of Australia.

With a passion for aviation, Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Young has become the first Australian female to ever be deployed to combat on fast jet operations. As Flight Lieutenant for the F/A-18F Super Hornet Weapon Systems Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Jazz is passionate about protecting and serving her country. Over her career, Jazz has flown both nationally and internationally, conducting training exercises and deployments with her Squadron. In 2014 and 2015, she was deployed to the Middle East to combat Islamic State forces as part of the Air Task Group. Currently posted to the RAAF’s Air Combat Transition Office, Jazz is a part of a specialist strategic planning and change management team, looking at the Air Force’s transition from the F/A-18A/B Hornet to the F-35A capability.

Dual Olympic gold medallist Jenn Morris represented Australia in hockey from 1991 to 2000, playing 150 games for her country and scoring 86 goals. She was one of the original players from the Ric Charlesworth era which remained undefeated in major tournaments for almost a decade. Jenn was one of the senior members of the team and shared the captaincy of the Hockeyroos during her entire career. After retiring from international sport Jenn was a Partner in the Consulting Division of international professional services firm Deloitte, specialising in complex large-scale business transformation programs and strategy development for many years until November, 2016 when she joined the board of directors of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Journalism from Curtin Unversity of WA where she then pursued a Master of Business Administration.

13:00 - 14:00            Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:45

Keynote Address

Adrienne Clarke OAM FSM

Firefighter and Station Officer, South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service; Alpaca Breeder

Assistant Commissioner Kylie Rendina

Assistant Commissioner; Border Patrol and Coordination Command

Sergeant Maha Sukkar APM

Law Instructor, Victoria Police

14:45 - 15:00            break

15:00 - 15:45

Keynote Address

Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Young

Afterburner Australia; Air Force Officer, Royal Australian Air Force; First Australian female to be deployed on fast jet operations

16:45 - 17:00

Closing Comments


Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management


Program Director, WLA

Georgeina Whelan AM CSC and Bar

Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency

Superintendent Stephanie Radnidge

Zone Manager – NSW Ambulance – Clinical Operations

Stephanie joined NSW Ambulance in April 1989 and has worked across NSW in a variety of roles within the organisation, taking opportunities to expand her experience which has included rostering, deployment, liaison, training, emergency management and mentoring. Stephanie is an Intensive Care trained registered paramedic with a broad experience as an operational commander that has provided extradinary opportunities to develop professional courage and strong leadership skills. Prior to joining NSW Ambulance, Stephanie spent 4 years in the Australian Army and 3 years in nursing. Her passion for life and promotion of women in leadership are strong attributes where she engages those around her to drive positive change at every opportunity for future leaders.

10:15 - 10:30            break

16:00 - 16:45

Keynote Address

Jenn Morris OAM

National Director Strategy, Cannings Purple; Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Metals (FMG); Commissioner, Australian Sports Commission; Dual Olympic gold medallist; Former Partner Deloitte and Former Deloitte National Business Woman of the Year; Former director Fremantle Football Club/Dockers (AFL); Former CEO, Walk Free

15:45 - 16:00            break