Sydney Symposium 2020

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July 2020

Shangri-La Sydney

Ann Sherry AO

Advisor, Carnival Australia; Chair, UNICEF Australia

Gail Kelly

Business Woman; Former CEO, Westpac; Author

Virginia Trioli

Journalist, Author, Radio and Television Presenter

Manal Al-Sharif

Activist, Advocate and Scientist; Co-Founder, #Women2Drive movement

Clover Moore

Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Lisa Sthalekar

Australian Cricket Commentator; Former Cricketer and Captain of Australia's International Women's Cricket Team

Zali Steggall OAM MP

Independent MP for Warringah; Former Olympian

Narelle Anderson

Founder and Director, Envirobank

Gail holds a number of international roles: Senior Global Adviser to UBS, Director of Singapore Telecommunications, Chair of the Optus Advisory Committee, Member of each of the Group of Thirty, Bretton Woods Committee, McKinsey Advisory Council and PLuS Alliance Advisory Board. She is a Director of Australian Philanthropic Services, an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Patron of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and Ambassador for Women's Empowerment for CARE Australia. In addition, Gail is the author of Live Lead Learn: My stories of life and leadership which was published in 2017, and in that same year established ‘The Gail Kelly Global Leaders Scholarship’ between the University of New South Wales and the University of Cape Town. Gail retired as CEO of the Westpac Group in February 2015, which marked the culmination of her 35-year executive career in banking. 

09:30 - 09:40

Sponsor Addresses

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Independent MP for Warringah; Former Olympian

Zali Steggall OAM MP

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Gail Kelly

Business Woman; Former CEO, Westpac; Author

17:00 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

Agenda 

Tuesday 28th July 2020

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome to Country

09:05 - 09:30

Welcome and Opening Comments

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

At the 2019 Federal Election, Zali won the Federal Parliamentary Seat of Warringah as an Independent candidate. The seat had been held for nearly 25 years by Tony Abbott. She is also Australia’s most successful alpine skier, winning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and a World Championship gold medal in 1999. Since 2008, Zali has been a practising Barrister, specialising in commercial law, sports law and family law, and she was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for sport in 2017. Zali has also served as an Independent Non-Executive Director at the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia; a Director of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame; a Member of the Australian Sports Anti Doping Agency (ASADA) Anti Doping Rule Violation Panel.

Clover Moore was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2004, the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney. She is also the longest serving Mayor since city government incorporation in 1842.  She was re-elected for her fourth term in 2016 with her Independent team receiving a 10% swing. Clover also served as an Independent member of the NSW Parliament from 1988 - 2012, and was concurrently Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney for 8 years until the State legislated against the one person holding both positions. As Lord Mayor, Clover initiated Sustainable Sydney 2030, an internationally renowned long-term plan to secure Sydney’s future as a leading green liveable and creative city.

09:40 - 10:00

Opening Address

Lord Mayor, City of Sydney

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

11:00 - 11:20

Morning Tea

11:20 - 12:50​

Panel Discussion

'The Authenticity Paradox’

Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth by Herminia Ibarra

Authenticity has become ‘gold standard’ for leadership but can also hinder growth and decrease impact. Career progress requires breaking out of comfort zones but this can be risky and challenge authenticity. This session will consider the space authenticity holds for us.

Panel Members

Educated originally as a teacher, Natalie spent the first 10 years of her career in Operational Training roles in Brisbane with multi-unit operations. In 2001 Natalie took a position as HR and Training Manager for the Foodco Group, franchisor for Muffin Break bakery cafes and Jamaica Blue cafes. Since that time Natalie has had a number of key positions and currently, she holds the position of General Manager Muffin Break. She is passionate about franchising, small business and paving the way for other women in this sector. Natalie is the 2016 title holder of FCA’s Woman in Franchising and won the inaugural Inside Retailer Executive of the year 2019.

Cassie is probably the most experienced newcomer to comedy in the country, owing to the fact that she previously performed under another name as she has recently returned to the stage after beginning her transition.  Cassie entered the public eye after winning Triple J’s “Raw Comedy” national open mic competition, and went on to perform many award-winning shows in the following years. Her 2017 show, “Nothing You Do Means Anything.” quickly achieved cult status as a subversive hit, the same year she also she came out as transgender, and began transitioning. Recently Cassie has focussed on writing on “John Conway Tonight” and as head writer on “Aaron Chen Tonight” for ABC2. In 2018 she joined the writing team on “Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell” and was also a Contributor for the Tonightly Show with Tom Ballard with her series ‘So You Think You Can Trans’.

Natalie Brennan

General Manager, Muffin Break, Foodco Group Pty Ltd

Multi Award-Winning Transgender Comedian

Cassie Workman

​Julie brings 15 years’ experience from private, public and not-for-profit sectors working in Diversity and Inclusion, Organisational Development and Human Resources. The Asian Leadership Project is an Australian innovation.  As a business, the Project is first-to-market with a mission to fast-track diverse Asian talent into Leadership. She is the first culturally diverse woman elected as President of NEEOPA (NSW Equal Employment Opportunity Practitioner’s Association), since its not-for-profit establishment in 1985.  Julie previously served as State Vice-President and Councillor for the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Julie is a certified AHRI professional having worked in a strategic, consultancy and operational business partnering capacity across health, education, technologies, manufacturing, engineering, utilities, professional, mining and construction industries.

Founder and CEO, Asian Leadership Project

Julie Chai

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She is an Advisor, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Advisor, Carnival Australia; Chair, UNICEF Australia

Ann Sherry AO

Professor Robert Wood

Distinguished Professor & Director, Futures Academy, University of Technology Sydney

Catherine Fox

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

Cassie Workman

Multi Award-Winning Transgender Comedian

Lynn Dang

Talent Acquisition Leader, Microsoft Australia

Professor Marian Baird AO

Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, The University of Sydney Business School

Jessica Mizrahi

Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics

Natalie Brennan

General Manager, Muffin Break, Foodco Group Pty Ltd

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and regular presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

A born entrepreneur Narelle has had the determination to accomplish what other people say can’t be done. Leaving home at 16 she started her first business, a promotions company, before beginning her distinguished career in the waste industry. In 2000 Narelle became the first aboriginal woman to solely own a waste management company, buying and expanding CBD Enviro Services, then selling it through a trade sale to a public company. Narelle Anderson is now the founder and managing director of Envirobank Recycling, Australia’s most innovative container deposit systems operator. Narelle is current board member of The Australian Council of Recyclers (ACOR) and a founding board member of the Green Building Council of Australia. Narelle is passionate about indigenous welfare and has achieved many firsts as an indigenous woman and entrepreneur.

     

Two-time Walkley Award winner Virginia Trioli is one of Australia's best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. In 1995 she won Australian journalism's highest honour, the Walkley Award, for her business reporting and in 2001 won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former Defence Minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. Virginia has held senior positions at The Age newspaper and The Bulletin magazine, and for eight years hosted Drive on 774 ABC Melbourne and Mornings on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV's premiere news and current affairs program Lateline and a presenter on ABC TV's Sunday Arts. She currently anchors ABC Radio Breakfast programme in Melbourne 

Manal al-Sharif has been listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people, as one of Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech and by Newsweek as one of the 10 tech-revolutionaries in the world. She is a prominent voice advocating for women's rights and empowerment. In 2011, al-Sharif co-founded and led the #Women2Drive movement, to challenge the ban on women driving in her home country of Saudi Arabia. She was arrested and imprisoned for "driving while female" and was released on the condition that she never drove again and never spoke about the experience. Ignoring these conditions Manal continued campaigning for #Women2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian with the aim to end male guardianship in Saudi Arabia and in June 2018 the government lifted the ban on women driving.

10:20 - 10:50

What I know now: lessons from a (feminist) career

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, WLA

CATHERINE FOX

09:50 - 10:20

Keynote Address

NARELLE ANDERSON

     

TBA

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Suzi Finkelstein

09:00 - 09:20

Opening Comments

Agenda 

Wednesday 29th July 2020

Founder and Director, Envirobank

10:50 - 11:10

Morning Tea

Disruptive thinking, artificial intelligence, automation, agile workplace structures, new and accelerating technology… there are many concepts that arise when exploring what ‘The Future of Work’ looks like and how we need to prepare for it. As generations collide, workforces diversify, and new technologies and social networks are developed, our current leadership pathways may soon become a thing of the past. But how do we adapt to a future that we cannot predict? This panel session will explore the ways in which we can embrace these transitions and maximise potential benefits.

Panel Discussion

11:10 - 12:50​

‘The Future of Work’

Panel Members

15:00 - 15:10

Closing Comments

Suzi Finkelstein

Director, Leadership and Advocacy, WLA

Dr Janet Smith

Program Director, WLA

14:20 - 15:00

Keynote Address

Virginia Trioli 

Journalist, Author, Radio and Television Presenter

12:50 - 13:40

Lunch

13:40 - 14:20

Keynote Address

Activist, Advocate and Scientist; Co-Founder, #Women2Drive movement

Manal Al-Sharif 

Virginia Herlihy

CEO and Founder, How Do You Do It

Lisa Sthalekar is an Australian all-rounder who retired from International Cricket in 2013. She is the highest all-time wicket-taker in the Women's National Cricket League, along with being the most capped player in the competition. Off the field, Lisa is still heavily involved in cricket, as head-coach for the Mosman Men's grade club - the first woman in Australian cricket history to coach a men’s grade cricket team. Lisa is now a cricket commentator for a number of networks and travels around the world following the game she loves. Lisa is a strong and passionate advocate for women’s equality in sport. Lisa is the first female appointed on the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) Executive committee, as well as the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) board.

Lisa Sthalekar

Australian Cricket Commentator; Former Cricketer and Captain of Australia's International Women's Cricket Team    

10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Address

Distinguished Professor Robert Wood is a world-renowned expert in organisational psychology and leadership who joined UTS Business School to lead a new Futures Academy with a focus on helping individuals reskill and upskill. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association and the International Association of applied Psychologists. Professor Wood gained his PhD at the University of Washington and undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford under the guidance of Albert Bandura, the most famous architect of Social Cognitive theory. He was founder of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne, and has served on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Virginia founded International coaching consultancy How Do You Do It in 2006 from a desire to create the working parent support programmes that she wished had been available for her and her partner when they became parents. Using her extensive experience in training, coaching and facilitation, Virginia has developed award winning coaching programmes that include individuals, their managers and their organisations to support the retention and progression of diverse talent, particularly working parents. Launched in Australia, How Do You Do It now also operates in the UK and Nordics, supporting clients such as GPT Group, UBS, Deloitte, The BBC and KWM. Having coached thousands of people across many organisations, Virginia has gained considerable insight into the barriers and solutions to creating more gender equal workplaces.

CEO and Founder, How Do You Do It

Virginia Herlihy

Emma Hogan is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Customer Service, and is an experienced C-Suite executive having worked within government, and iconic Australian brands across hospitality, retail, aviation and media and entertainment. Emma’s leadership experience spans across areas including people, culture, customer, digital, communications and change leadership. In her previous role as NSW Public Service Commissioner, Emma was responsible for leading the workforce strategy across all aspects of NSW Government, the largest employer in Australia. Emma is passionate about diversity, inclusion and evolving world of work. Emma has also held NED Board Roles for Can Too and AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), and runs her own family for-purpose foundation; Rainbow Jane.

Secretary, Department of Customer Service

Emma Hogan

Jessica helps to shape the national conversation on the issues that matter. She is an accomplished leader, researcher, strategist and public speaker. An economist by training, Jessica helps her clients by providing strategic advice and thought leadership to inform solutions to practical business and regulatory problems. She focuses on the future of work, the digital economy and small business. Jessica is a key author of Deloitte’s The path to prosperity: why the future of work is human. She is also the Chair of the Young Economists Network, NSW and a counsellor for the Economics Society NSW. She was previously a finalist for Deloitte’s Young Businesswoman of the Year program.

Lynn Dang is currently the Head of Talent Acquisition at Microsoft Australia where she leads the company’s recruitment strategy and operations. Lynn has worked in the tech industry for over 15+ years with a keen passion for creating diverse and inclusive workforces. Her career highlights include delivering poverty-alleviation strategies to the Nigerian State Agriculture Ministry and leading in-house recruitment teams focused on creatively recruiting top diverse talent with the use of social recruiting, innovation and analytics. Lynn is a Board Director for Australia for UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) and received her Bachelors of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Talent Acquisition Leader, Microsoft Australia

Lynn Dang

Dr Marian Baird AO is Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Marian was instrumental in providing research and advocating for the Australian Paid Parental Leave Scheme introduced in 2010. Marian is currently a Chief Investigator on ‘Organisations and the Mature Workforce’ in Australia’s Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research. In 2013 she received the AFR Women of Influence Award for Public Policy, and in 2018 and 2019 she was named as one of Apolitical’s top 100 gender advocates globally. Marian has contributed to many government advisory boards and reference groups relating to parental leave, gender equity and sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. 

Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, The University of Sydney Business School

Professor Marian Baird AO  

Distinguished Professor & Director, Futures Academy, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Robert Wood

Jessica Mizrahi

Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics

Pat Turner AM

CEO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Emma Hogan

Secretary, Department of Customer Service

Julie Chai

Founder and CEO, Asian Leadership Project

The daughter of an Arrente man and a Gurdanji woman, Pat was raised in Alice Springs.  As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Pat has over 40 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in government, business and academia including being the only Aboriginal person, only woman and longest serving CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission (ATSIC).  Amongst her many appointments, she also spent 18 months as Monash Chair of Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, and was inaugural CEO of NITV.  Pat is the Coalition of Peaks Convenor and Co-Chair of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap. 

12:50 - 13:40

Lunch

DEVELOPMENT SESSION​

13:40 - 14:40​

Pat Turner AM

CEO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Pre-Christmas rates now available

Until December 25th 2019

Narelle Underwood

Surveyor-General of NSW

Narelle Underwood was appointed the 25th Surveyor-General of NSW in 2016 - the youngest person in over 200 years and the first female to hold the position. Narelle is the President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI), Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB), the Surveying and Mapping Industry Council (SMIC) and the NSW Surveying Taskforce. In December 2018 Narelle was announced as one of 60 Superstars of STEM, a program run by Science and Technology Australia to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and engineers and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. In 2018 Narelle was listed in the inaugural NSW Top 50 Public Sector Women.

Narelle Underwood

Surveyor-General of NSW

Platinum education Partner

Gold
sponsor

Advocacy Partner