western australia Symposium 2021

Thursday 8th July, 2021
Pan Pacific Perth

Panel Members

09:00 - 09:05     Welcome to Country

Professor Helen Milroy

Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission; WA State Recipient Australian of the Year 2021

Kate Ceberano AM

Australian singer-songwriter and Multi-ARIA-award winning artist

Sisonke Msimang

Author and Advocate

Sandy Anghie

Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Perth

Michelle Fyfe APM

CEO, St John WA

Professor Cheryl Praeger AC

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Western Australia; Western Australia's First Female Maths Professor

Florence Drummond

Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia

Asha Bhat

CEO, Southern Aboriginal Corporation

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking

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​

Florence Drummond is the co-founder of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia. This national initiative was founded to greater support and showcase Indigenous women in the sector. With the Mining & Resources industry traditionally being male dominated, there is increasing importance to foster professional development for female participants. Florence was born and raised on Thursday Island. Her parents prioritised education, and sent her to secondary boarding school, where she would soon grow her knowledge of other cultures and people worldwide. This helped greatly to understand the importance of education and to strive to promote the value of education amongst communities today. Empowering indigenous women in the mining & resource sector is a strong channel to promote and sustain real change.

Sandy Anghie LLB BComm BEnvDes MArch. has 25 years’ experience across diverse fields, combining architecture and planning with legal, finance, commercial and governance skills. She is currently Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Perth and a Chapter Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects WA, both elected positions. Sandy is a small business owner with her residential architecture practice, editor of “The Architect” magazine and “Meet the Architect” columnist for the West Australian newspaper. Sandy is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2020 WA Emerging Architect Prize in recognition of her leadership and contribution to architecture within the community, and the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction Social Responsibility Award, in recognition of her significant commitment to a social cause within the construction industry.

Professor Helen Milroy was Australia's first Indigenous doctor and is now a highly regarded expert in child and adolescent psychiatry. For more than 25 years, Helen has been a pioneer in research, education and training in Aboriginal and child mental health, and recovery from grief and trauma. She has supported the Aboriginal and medical workforce in applying Indigenous knowledge and cultural models of care. Helen has played a key role on numerous mental health advisory committees and boards, including the National Mental Health Commission. A talented artist and published author, Helen’s books have been shortlisted for several major awards. In 2018, she received the Australian Indigenous Doctor of the Year Award, recognising her many achievements.

Linda Black is a criminal barrister and regular guest on ABC radio. She has worked as a lawyer for over 25 years spending most of that time in the criminal courts. A former Senior State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and now an independent barrister at the bar she practices in criminal, disciplinary, regulatory law, and human rights law. As one of the founding Directors of Murray Chambers, she provides leadership and mentoring to newer members in the legal profession as well as more generally to the community. A mother of two teenage children, Linda has experienced first-hand the difficulties in dealing with stress, work pressure and the hardships of being a working Mum. Linda has a passion for Animal Welfare law and is currently the Chair of the Government appointed panel inquiring into changes to the Animal Welfare Act WA.

Cheryl Praeger is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia. Cheryl is a passionate supporter and mentor of young scientists, especially women, having been a pioneer for women in mathematics, including as the first female president of the Australian Mathematical Society and only the second female mathematics professorial appointment in Australia. Cheryl's mathematical expertise and first-hand experience championing women in mathematics, combined with her experience in a variety of international scientific union and academy organisations, give her a broad perspective across the issues surrounding women in STEM. This year she was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for her “eminent service to mathematics and tertiary education, as a leading academic and researcher, to international organisations, and as a champion of women in STEM careers”.

Michelle is the Chief Executive Officer of St John WA and brings decades of experience in understanding the diverse and complex issues that affect Western Australia emergency service organisations. Graduating from the WA Police Academy in 1984, Michelle was with WA Police for 34 years in many roles including WA Police Assistant Commissioner of State Crime. Michelle has a Master of Leadership, a Graduate Diploma - Executive Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate - Applied Management. In 2017 Michelle received a Telstra Business Women’s Award in the WA Public Sector and Academia category. Michelle was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2012 for her diligent and committed service to WA Police and the Western Australian community.  

Michelle Fyfe APM

CEO, St John WA

Asha Bhat leads the award-winning regional Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which provides services and programs that address the Noongar peoples' needs and aspirations in cooperation with other community and business organisations.

Asha spends every day ensuring that critical services are provided seamlessly to some of Australia’s most vulnerable communities.

Asha is now an Australian citizen; however, she was born in India. English is her third language. She has risen to the top of the organisation because she tirelessly invests her time and energy into helping to improve the culture and environment for everyone.

In 2017, Asha received the Albany Citizen of the Year award and is a 2017 and 2020 Telstra Businesswomen’s Award Finalist – For purpose and Social Enterprise category. 

Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A memoir of Exile and Home (Text, 2018). She is a South African writer, living in Perth, whose work focuses on gender, race, social justice and democracy. Sisonke has been published in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera. She has also held fellowships at Yale University, the Aspen Institute, and she was the Ruth First Fellow at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg in 2014. Sisonke is currently based at the Centre for Stories, where she heads up the Oral Storytelling programme. She has stories with The Moth, and Porchlight, and given a TED talk on Storytelling, which was released in 2017.

Fronting pop funk band ‘I’m Talking’, Kate Cerebrano notched up 5 consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album ‘Bear Witness’ (The 100 Best Australian Albums). The year was 1986, Michael Hutchence from INXS won Most Popular Male Artist, and Kate won Most Popular Female Artist at the Countdown Awards. Kate has barely drawn breath since, racking up 28 albums over 35 years whilst effortlessly moving around genres. With 3 x ARIA awards and 7 nominations for Best Female Artist, and dozens of other major awards, Kate is Australian entertainment royalty. Kate recently released SWEET INSPIRATION, on February 5th 2021 with Sony Music Australia. The album, which she has produced, features the new songs, (written by Kate in lockdown) - ‘Hold On’ and ‘Sweet Inspiration’.

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Australian singer-songwriter and Multi-ARIA-award winning artist

Kate Ceberano AM

09:05 - 09:35

Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Western Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

JUNE OSCAR AO

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Perth

Sandy Anghie

Professor Helen Milroy

Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission; WA State Recipient Australian of the Year 2021

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Linda Black

Criminal Barrister, Murray Chambers; Former Senior State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Western Australia; Western Australia's First Female Maths Professor

Professor Cheryl Praeger AC

Florence Drummond

Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

13:40 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

Asha Bhat

CEO, Southern Aboriginal Corporation

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Author and Advocate

Sisonke Msimang

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Advocacy Partner

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

JUNE OSCAR AO

Western Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Moving Towards Gender Equity in 2021: From Vision to Action

Let's get practical!  While Australia has come a long way with gender equity and equality over the years, we’ve still got a long way to go. This development session will provide participants with an opportunity and frameworks to determine their vision and actions for a more inclusive and equitable future, and some timely strategies to enhance their leadership in this domain.

Linda Black

Criminal Barrister, Murray Chambers; Former Senior State Prosecutor, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Miranda Ross is passionate about supporting their equality agenda and work to make a difference to women’s lives. As Chair, Miranda led the committee to organise UN Women Australia’s preeminent annual International Women’s Day breakfast for Perth. Miranda has been on the committee for over five years, helping to raise funds for, and awareness of, UN Women’s work across the Pacific region and around the world. Miranda has been pleased to support UN Women in their campaign “Every. Day. Women.” to achieve gender equality by 2030. Miranda is a solicitor admitted in both New South Wales and Western Australia. She specialises in commercial litigation and wills and estates and has experience in law firms in the UK, the Middle East and Australia. 

09:35 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

Committee Chair and Solicitor, UN Women Australia

Miranda Ross