Friday 7th June 2019

perth SYMPOSIUM 2019​

Friday 7th June 2019

Pan Pacific

Triscilla Holborow

Director/CEO, Real Employment for Aboriginal People

Jenn Morris OAM

Dual Olympic Gold Medallist; Director, Minderoo Foundation

Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author

Catia Malaquias

Lawyer and Human Rights and Inclusion Advocate

Tracey Horton AO

Chairman, Navitas and Commissioner Tourism Western Australia

Patti Chong

Principal, Patti Chong Law Firm; former General Counsel for the Corruption and Crime Commission

09:25 - 09:55

Committing to anything is possible

​Best-selling Author, Adventurer and Teacher

Paula Constant walked over 12,000 km through eight countries between 2004 and 2007, including two years walking through the Sahara with her own camel train. She walked without vehicular support and used only local nomadic guides, planning, conceiving and executing the expedition solo apart from local assistance. Her expedition remains the longest of its kind solely on foot through the Sahara by a woman alone. 
Paula has pursued a variety of different roles since leaving the desert, living abroad in Spain and England for some time before returning to Australia. Her chief goal has been to write historical fiction, which she now does whilst also working in the mining industry in the Pilbara.

Paula Constant

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

09:55 - 10:30

So you want to be a Company Director?

​Chairman, Navitas and Commissioner Tourism Western Australia

Tracey is the Chairman for Navitas Limited and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of various ASX companies, Government bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Tracey has extensive international business and education experience, with her most recent executive role as Dean of The University of Western Australian Business School, where she was awarded the life-time title of Emeritus Professor. Tracey was recognised for distinguished service to business and business education and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017.

Tracey Horton AO

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

​Director/CEO, Real Employment For Aboriginal People

Triscilla founded REFAP together with Kelly in 2010, acting on a shared passion to help Aboriginal people make the most of their opportunities and find real employment. Triscilla has more than 25 years’ experience working in the mining and oil and gas sectors. She has excelled in various roles, including managing large earth-moving teams, consulting to Aboriginal organisations, developing and deploying safety and risk management strategies, and delivering and developing training programs. She has also won several awards relating to Aboriginal employment. Triscilla is a Traditional Owner from the Yaburara and Yindjibarndi tribes (a member of the Cosmos family), and she regards her greatest achievement as being able to support her community. She is passionate about helping Aboriginal people obtain meaningful and long-term employment – engaging and upskilling communities for a better future.​

Triscilla Holborow

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

Ingrid Cumming is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Perth. Founder and CEO of Kart Koort Wiern, in 2016, Ingrid joined Kia Dowell and Chantal Harris (Co-Founders of the Cultural Connection Code) to become Director and Chief of Engagement at Codeswitch. Ingrid is an innovator in consultation, engagement, development training and facilitation nationally. Ingrid won Indigenous Business of the Year at the Belmont Small Business Awards in 2014, a Board Member at Indigenous Women in Business and a Commissioner for the Conservation and Parks Commission of WA.​

​Community Outreach – Project Lead, City of Canning; Founder and CEO, Kart Koort Wiern

Ingrid Cumming

Cátia Malaquias is a lawyer, board director and mother of three children.  She is an award-winning human rights and inclusion advocate and her work focuses on inclusion of people with disabilities. Cátia is the founder of Starting With Julius, a non-profit organisation committed to the equal representation of people with disabilities in advertising, media and education. She has been involved in the sustained inclusive advertising efforts of Australian retail giants Kmart and Target and has worked with major Australian banks and other organisations. She has advised production companies and the ABC on disability inclusive content and practices. Cátia is also a co- founder of All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education and the Global Alliance for Disability in Media (GADIM) and sits on the boards of Down Syndrome Australia and the Attitude Foundation. Cátia has spoken at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and is the 2018 winner of the AFR 100 Women of Influence Award for Diversity and Inclusion.​

​Lawyer and Human Rights and Inclusion Advocate

Catia Malaquias

12:50 - 13:30


Panel Members

We can be trapped by our competence, which can hamper opportunities for growth. Has your past best practice held you back? Panellists will discuss how they adapted and thrived in challenging environments by making gradual and meaningful change.​

'Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive Leadership’

Panel Discussion

11:20 - 12:50​

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLA

Janet Horton

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

​Media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and the 2013 Australian of the Year

Ita Buttrose AO OBE is a media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and the former 2013 Australian of the Year. She has twice been voted Australia’s most admired woman, she was the founding editor of Cleo, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper, and the first woman director of News Ltd Australia. She started her own company, Capricorn Publishing, and created ITA Magazine. Ita’s serves as a National Ambassador of Dementia Australia following her term as National President from 2011-2014. She is also Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation, Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia and Ambassador for Breast Cancer Network Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community when she spearheaded Australia's HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership. A founding member and former president of Chief Executive Women, Ita has written 11 very successful books including her best-selling autobiography A Passionate Life​

Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Samantha Francke

Director Change Management, Health Support Services, WA Department of Health

Ingrid Cumming

Community Engagement Specialist, City of Canning; Founder and CEO , Kart Koort Wiern


14:00 - 14:50​

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Director, Minderoo Foundation; CEO, Walk Free Foundation; Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Metals Group; Commissioner, Australian Sports Commission; Dual Olympic Gold Medallist

Jenn Morris was captain of the dual Olympic gold medal-winning Australian hockey team, going on to receive an OAM in 1996. She has since become Non-Executive Director to the board of Top 20 ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group, Commissioner of the board of Australian Sports Commission, Director of the AFL club the Fremantle Football Club, the immediate past Chairperson of the board of Healthway and board member of the Western Australian Institute of Sport. In 2007, she was announced as Deloitte’s National Businesswoman of the Year. Jenn has now taken on a senior role at Minderoo Foundation as CEO of The Walk Free Foundation and as part of her role is leading the Bali Process Government and Business Forum. ​​

Jenn Morris OAM

Maya was appointed Group General Counsel of Wesfarmers Limited in January 2015. She joined Wesfarmers in 1993 in the position of Legal Counsel - Litigation, and was appointed to the Senior Legal Counsel role for the Corporate Solicitors Office (Perth) in 2009. In 2010 Maya was appointed General Manager Legal - Litigation overseeing the management and conduct of all litigation and dispute matters across the Wesfarmers Group. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Maya practised law at Parker & Parker and Downings Legal in areas including general commercial, industrial, regulatory and insurance litigation. Maya sits on the Executive Committee of the GC 100, representing the General Counsel of Australia's top 100 ASX listed companies within the Association of Corporate Counsel (Australia).  ​

​Group General Counsel, Wesfarmers

Maya vanden Driesen

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote Address

​Director Change Management, Health Support Services, WA Department of Health

Samantha is a corporate communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, media and issues management, stakeholder engagement and change management. Samantha joined Health Support Services in 2018, as Director Change Management in the newly created Transformation and Strategy unit. She has spent most of her career managing corporate affairs for agricultural based organisations including one of Southeast Asia's largest flour millers Interflour Group based in Singapore and Western Australian co-operative and grain exporter CBH Group. Samantha believes in building women’s leadership capabilities and was an inaugural Board member of the Women in Agribusiness Asia, developing networking and professional development opportunities for women in the industry in Singapore.

Samantha Francke

Maya vanden Driesen

Group General Counsel, Wesfarmers

Professor DAWN Freshwater

Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

Western Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:50 - 15:10

Captain, The Matildas

Please note: Sam Kerr will be accepting this award in absentia as she currently has work commitments overseas


Professor Dawn Freshwater became Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia (UWA) in January 2017 and is leading the development and execution of UWA’s Vision 2030 and Strategic Plan. She has been a leader in world class universities for over a decade and remains committed to her academic discipline.

Professor Freshwater is Chair and Director of Group of Eight, member of the Partnership Board of the World University Network, Vice-Chair of the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association, Board Director of Perth USAsia Centre and, from July, will assume the role of Chair of the Matariki Network of Universities. Additionally, Professor Freshwater is a member of the Chief Executive Women Engagement Committee, member of the National Health and Research Medical Council’s Women in Health Science Committee, and board member of Lifeline WA.

​Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia

Professor DAWN Freshwater

Platinum education Partner

Asheley Jones is a highly autonomous, dynamic senior education executive with more than two decades experience in the education, technology and professional service sectors. Her leadership is highly focused on business strategy, organisational change management and policy development. Asheley has a proven track record in developing and implementing a variety of educational programs within the higher education, VET and executive professional development spheres. She has successfully worked with multiple stakeholders in: Academia; State and Federal Governments; industry and not for profit sectors.

09:20 - 09:25

Sponsor Address

​Head of Professional Practice and Industry Engagement, DeakinCo.

Dr Asheley Jones