The Women’s Leadership Summit is a significant annual event for women at all levels of the Police, Defence and Emergency Services sector. The event offers a unique opportunity for women across a wide range of organisations to connect, share their experiences and develop their leadership capacity. Created by Australia’s leading authority on women’s leadership, Women & Leadership Australia, the Summit is supported by a wide range of stakeholders throughout the sector.
Supporting Leadership Equity and Excellence
The Summit will support women at all levels within police, defence and emergency services organisations to enhance their leadership knowledge and capacity.
Participants will learn from inspiring Australian and international leaders, engage in an interactive development session and build connections with women across the police, defence and emergency services sector around the country.
Dr Janet Smith
Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia
Dr Janet Smith is the Program Director for the Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM), Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) and the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute (NESLI). Her role involves workshop facilitation, leading national and international leadership summits, teaching face-to-face and online leadership courses, course design and executive coaching. Prior to her work at ASAM/WLA/NESLI, Janet has worked extensively as a senior consultant, focusing on leadership, coaching, mentoring, emotional intelligence, communication, mindfulness, reflective practice and well-being. See complete bio.
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During the Summit, participants will hear from a number of inspirational speakers about their leadership and career journeys and the key elements that have contributed to their success. Armed with this valuable insight, participants will identify their own unique gifts and talents and begin to create their personal brand and message.
My Leadership Journey
Moving from the dancefloor to the balcony is a concept developed by Ronald Heifeitz, world-renowned authority on the practice and teaching of leadership. Getting ‘up in the balcony’ provides leaders with an opportunity to step back from the action to gain a different perspective. By using the balcony concept, leaders are able to revisit the bigger picture, be proactive rather than reactive, and be considered and strategic in their actions.
Welcome to your Balcony
‘Othering’ is an assumption – often unconscious – that a person or group with different characteristics to us does not belong. It is an effect that can influence whether we view them as being part of majority or minority. People might be marginalised on the basis of their cultural background, gender, sexuality, religion, politics or profession. However, it is often these exact expressions of diversity that are the basis for real growth and new thinking.
Embracing the ‘other’ in others and ourselves
Friday 16th July 2021 | Interactive Online Event
The Police, Defence and Emergency Services
Women's Leadership Summit
A unique event for 2021 featuring international keynote presentations
For the first time, the 2021 Summit will be an interactive, fully online experience. This unique format makes it possible for a wider range of personnel to participate in the Summit – especially those based in regional and remote locations – while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Australia’s emergency response professionals.
Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership Australia
Janet is passionate about growing organisations and the people who work in them. After successfully navigating her way through careers in Finance and IT, Janet became fascinated with how individuals and organisations change. Consequently, she obtained her Masters in Organisational Coaching and ran an organisational change consultancy for 5 years. Janet has come to believe that through skilled leadership, it is possible to change our work environments so that they increase both employee well-being and business performance. See complete bio.
Dr. LaShanda Cobbs
Director, COVID-19 Services, OptumServe; Retired Colonel, U.S. Army
Rochelle Martin MNZM
National Manager Career Recruitment, Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Former Black Ferns Captain
Commander Heidi Rossendell
Gender Advisor, Joint Operations Command, Australian Defence Force
Acting Inspector Anna Dwyer
Acting Inspector, First Nations and Multicultural Affairs Unit, Queensland Police Service
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Inaugural Commissioner, Resilience NSW; Deputy Secretary Emergency Management, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Brigadier Lisa Ferris
Director of Defence Legal Services, New Zealand Defence Force
Dr Kirstin Ferguson
Company Director, Author & Award-Winning Leadership Expert
Retired Lieutenant Colonel and fighter pilot, U.S. Air Force; CEO, Athena's Voice
Assistant Commissioner Tess Walsh APM
Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command, Victoria Police