Morning Tea

Lunch

Afternoon Tea

Development Session

Elevate your Career

This development session will give you an insight into the 4 key areas for advancing your leadership career:

  • Redefine your value and take ownership of your leadership role - whatever your current level
  • Actively develop advantageous internal and external relationships
  • Prioritise brave, adaptive and experimental thought and action
  • Develop a ‘stepping up’ mindset and get ready to start learning​

16:10 - 16:30 Review and closing comments

16:30 - 17:30 Networking drinks

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09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Opening comments

Keynote Address

VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM

Director, 50/50 By 2030 Foundation 

Virginia Haussegger AM is a passionate advocate for gender diversity. Virginia has recently been appointed to head up a new gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA). With a singular focus on improving the representation of women in leadership and key decision making roles across all levels of government and public administration, the Foundation will synthesize best practice research and expertise in gender analysis. For the past 15 years she has anchored the ABC’s flagship 7pm TV News in Canberra.

Virginia Haussegger

Keynote Address

KRISTY MASELLA

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Employment Strategy

Kristy Masella is a risk taker, mother, leader and a fresh voice for Indigenous women in business.  Currently CEO of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Kristy is also chairperson for Tranby Aboriginal College, studied Journalism at the University of Queensland and has been presented with a number of prestigious awards in her career such as the National Trust Print Media Commendation Award and the Australian Society of Archivists Mander Jones Award for her work as Co-author of Connecting Kin. Kristy holds a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of NSW specialising in Indigenous rights.

Kirsty Masella
Australian award for excellence in women's leadership

New South Wales Award For Excellence In Women's Leadership

Kate Mcloughlin

General Manager of Paralympic Performance,  Australian Paralympic Committee

Kate McLoughlin
Australian award for excellence in women's leadership

National Award For Excellence In Women's Leadership

Ann Sherry Ao

Executive Chairman, Carnival Australia

Ann Sherry AO

Where to from here?

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay. Individuals and organisations know, from research, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow - pay parity wise we are talking 117 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start? What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?​

Panel Session

Nicolette Maury
Catherine Fox Brisbane Panel

Nicolette Maury

Managing Director, Intuit

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox

Journalist, Author and Presenter

Nicole Birman

Nicole Birman

General Counsel and Company Secretary, Carsales.Com

Bernadette Inglis

Bernadette Inglis

Group General Manager, Westpac Group

Keynote Address

DR TAMMIE MATSON

Zoologist, Author, Film Producer, and Entrepreneur 

Dr Tammie Matson is a world expert on elephants and has inspired thousands of people, from children to adults, to achieve their dreams through her award-winning books, speeches and African adventures. Inspired by a visit to Zimbabwe at the age of fifteen, Tammie achieved what many said could not be done as a young woman from North Queensland, by first becoming a wildlife researcher in Africa, then achieving a PhD in zoology and becoming a published author - all before she turned 25. Today, she balances her passionate commitment to conservation with being a mother to two sons.

Dr Tammie Matson

Keynote Address

TARA MOSS

Author, Television Presenter, Journalist, Former Model, and Unicef National Ambassador

Tara Moss is the bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries, a journalist, doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, public speaker and outspoken advocate for children’s rights and women’s rights. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence and an ambassador for Our Watch. Currently, Tara is working on a new factual series for the ABC, Cyberhate with Tara Moss, which will premiere in March 2017 on iview and ABC2.

Tara Moss
Lisa Sheehan

Keynote Address

LISA SHEEHAN

Head of People and Culture, Carsales.com 

Lisa Sheehan is the Chief People Officer at carsales.com Ltd. As an experienced senior human resources executive with over 20 years in the field, Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to ensure that the ASX listed company, with over 850 employees around the world, achieves success through recruitment, talent management and workplace culture.

Keynote Address

DR TERRANCE FITZSIMMONS PHD MBA (ADV) BEC CA

Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland Business School  

Dr Fitzsimmons is a Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management with the University of Queensland Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. He is currently the co-convenor of the Australian Gender Equality Council with Helen Conway, former director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. He has served as national and state presidents of not for profit bodies as well as a director on boards of Listed Public Companies in Australia and overseas.​

Terrance Fitzsimmons

Morning Tea

Catherine Fox Brisbane Panel

Dawn Hough

Director, Pride in Diversity

Dawn Hough

Chris Lamb

Global Head of Talent/Organisation Development, Lendlease

ABBIE WRIGHT

Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon

Abbie Wright
Chris Lamb

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP

Diversity is thought to be not enough: leadership in the 21st century demands that executives and organisations move beyond to capture the potential that comes from inclusion. If diversity is ‘the mix’, then inclusion is making the mix work by leveraging the wealth of knowledge, insights and perspectives in an open, trusting and diverse workplace. Research has found that over 80% of people who have worked with an inclusive leader were more motivated, productive, loyal to the organisation, and more likely to go the extra mile. Yet research also shows that approximately two thirds of people experience less than half of their leaders as inclusive leaders. How do we create more inclusive leaders within organisations? How do we create a more inclusive workplace, incorporating diversity in all that we do?​

Panel Session

Keynote Address

PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA FTSE FIEAUST CPENG

Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, University of New South Wales

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla is the Director of Sustainable Materials Research & Technology Centre at the University of New South Wales and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) Faculty of Science. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at the UNSW and has been appointed as a commissioner on the Australian Government's Climate Commission. She is an international award-winning scientist and engineer, whose achievements include inventing a process of recycling plastics and rubber tyres in steelmaking. She is passionate about science and engineering. She encourages young people to consider science and engineering as a career path; and is very active in communicating her ideas to students.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla

09:00 - 09:20 Welcome and Opening comments

Keynote Address

JUSTICE JULIE WARD

Supreme Court of New South Wales, Court of Appeal 

Justice Ward studied arts/law at the University of Sydney, graduating in law in 1982 with First Class Honours and the University Medal. Her Honour was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1982. Justice Ward was made a partner of Mallesons in 1988.  At that time she was the youngest female partner to be appointed at that firm. Her Honour was appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in September 2008. She was the first female solicitor directly appointed to the Supreme Court bench. She sat in the Equity Division of the Court, until her appointment to the Court of Appeal in November 2012.

Justice Julie Ward

TUESDAY 6TH & WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE 2017

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

Lunch

Keynote Address

ANNABEL CRABB

Chief Online Political Writer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Annabel Crabb is a writer, and broadcaster with the ABC. She is a regular guest on ABC News 24's 6pm current affairs show The Drum, and on ABC TV's Sunday morning politics programme Insiders. Annabel also hosts her own ABC1 political cooking show, Kitchen Cabinet, in which she invites herself around to the homes of federal MPs in search of food and conversation. Annabel has released her humorous yet thought provoking book; The Wife Drought as well as teamed up with friend and fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales to launch an independent podcast, complete with A Chorus Line-inspired theme song they have written and sung themselves.

Annabel Crabb

15:00 - 15:10 Review and closing comments

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