Due to COVID-19 this event has now been moved to an online delivery.

New South Wales Symposium 2021

Friday 13th August 2021

Panel Members

09:00 - 09:05     Welcome to Country

Katrina Rathie

Chair and Non-Executive Director; Former Partner in Charge, King and Wood Mallesons

Cathy Freeman OAM

Olympic Champion

Jan Fran

Journalist, TV Presenter and Internet Commentator

Professor Mary Foley AM

Managing Director, Telstra Health

Kate Foy

Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Karen Webb

Deputy Commissioner, NSW Police

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​

Kate’s career spans front line service delivery in the non-government sector with children and young people, then various government agencies including Department of Premier and Cabinet, Transport, Planning and the NSW Government Telecommunications (Telco) Authority.

In 2019 Kate joined the Department of Premier and Cabinet as Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement. Kate leads the strategy, policy and delivery of services in Aboriginal Affairs, Arts and Culture, Employee Relations, State Archives and Records as well as Heritage NSW. Kate maintains a passion for supporting our front line to provide the best possible service to the people of NSW.

Mary Foley has a distinguished career in the health sector, holding leadership positions in state government and national roles, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. In 2017 Mary was appointed Managing Director of Telstra Health, Australia’s largest Australian owned digital health company which also includes Dr Foster in the UK. Telstra Health is a subsidiary of Telstra Corporation, Australia’s largest telco.

Prior to joining Telstra Health, Mary was Director General and Secretary of NSW Health for a five-year term. She has also previously held roles as National Health Practice Leader for PwC Australia, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney, and a senior executive of a major listed Australian healthcare company. 

Katrina Rathie is former Partner in Charge, Sydney at King & Wood Mallesons and has extensive experience in governance, IP and sports law.

Katrina was named the overall winner of the Board & Management category in the AFR Women of Influence Awards 2019 and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

A Non-Executive Director of Starlight Children's Foundation Australia, Director of NSW Waratahs, Vice President of Cranbrook School and Chair of the Cranbrook Foundation, Katrina holds a diverse range of Board positions. She is an Advisory member of Media Diversity Australia, a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW, the Culture Strategy Committee of the University of Sydney and the Law Advisory Board of the University of NSW.

Su is a Director of Australian Unity, Foundation for Young Australians, Australasian Pork Research Institute, NSW Rice Marketing Board, Energy Renaissance and a Commissioner for International Agricultural Research. She was a Commissioner on the National COVID-19 Advisory Board, a member of the Deregulation Taskforce Advisory Panel, the Charities Review and the Small Business Digital Taskforce. 

Su has been the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute and the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations and the Executive Director of the Office of Best Practice Regulation. Su has held senior positions with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office. She is also a beef cattle farmer at Yass, NSW.   

Kat is an Indigenous Business Advisor and Entrepreneur, with over 30 years’ experience in administration across multi-national companies, Government and NFP organisations in Australia and the UK. She is a descendant of the Mer and Mua peoples of the Torres Strait Islands with German and Scottish heritage. In 2019, Kat worked as Business Advisor for Prime Minister and Cabinet’s $90m Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund and is a NSW Business Connect Advisor working with businesses across NSW.

Kat is Founding Director of Women’s Business and Politics in Colour. Both organisations work to amplify marginalised people in leadership. She is also Advisor for Women for Election Australia and Advisory Board Member for Women & Leadership Australia (WLA). 

Jan Fran is best known for her work on the podcasts The Briefing and The Pineapple Project as well as TV shows The Project and The Feed.

Jan is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which has been viewed more than 20 million times on social media and earned Jan a 2019 Walkley award for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique.

She has appeared as a commentator on Q&A, The Today Show, Studio 10, ABC Breakfast, The Latest and The Drum.

Jan Fran is an ambassador for Plan International Australia where she advocates for women and girls and her strong reporting on women’s issues earned her a 2018 Walkley nomination for Women’s Leadership in Media.

Catherine Freeman is one of Australia's best-loved and most successful Olympic champions. Cathy’s first taste of success on the world stage was as a member of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games. In Barcelona in 1992, she became the first Australian Aboriginal to represent Australia at an Olympic Games. She was crowned World Champion in the event at the World Athletic Championships the following year, was awarded Australian of the year in 1998, and was again World Champion in 1999.

Catherine's greatest achievement, however, came in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games. Her image was beamed into millions of homes around the world when she became the first competing athlete to be invited to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony; she then went on to win the gold medal in the 400m, realising a life-long dream.

09:05 - 09:30

Opening Comments

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Managing Director, Telstra Health

Professor Mary Foley AM

Katrina Rathie

Chair and Non-Executive Director; Former Partner in Charge, King and Wood Mallesons

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

Su McCluskey

Non-executive Director    

10:40 - 11:10

Keynote Address

11:10 - 11:30

Morning Tea

Founder and CEO, Women's Business

Kat Henaway

Kate Foy

Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

13:45 - 14:40

Development Session

13:00 - 13:40

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Journalist, TV Presenter and Internet Commentator

Jan Fran

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

16:10 - 16:50

In Conversation

Olympic Champion

Cathy Freeman OAM

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

14:40 - 15:10

Marina Go

Independent Board Chair and Non-Executive Director

Independent Board Chair and Non-Executive Director

Marina Go

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

Kat Henaway

Founder and CEO, Women's Business

Deputy Commissioner, NSW Police

Karen Webb

Karen joined the NSW Police Force in May 1987 and has performed general duties and criminal investigations both in the metropolitan area of Sydney and Regional NSW.

In July 2018 Karen was appointed to the NSW Police Legacy Board and in October 2018 to the State Rescue Board. In July 2019 she was appointed the Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller and worked closely with the emergency service agencies during the 2019-20 bushfires, floods and COVID-19 pandemic.

In June 2020 Karen was appointed as the first female commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command. She has acted in NSW Police senior executive roles including Deputy Commissioner – Metropolitan Field Operations, Regional Field Operations and most recently Corporate Services.

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.

Advocacy Partner

Gold
Sponsor

Kate supports Origin including Origin’s CEO, the Executive Leadership Team and the Board. 

Before joining Origin, Kate was part of the Senior Leadership Team at law firm Clayton Utz and the Deputy Chief Executive Partner of that Firm. She was at Clayton Utz for 24 years, was a Partner for 18 years and held a number of roles including Sydney Managing Partner from January 2013 to June 2014 and Deputy Chief Executive Partner from July 2014 to when she joined Origin. 

Kate is also the Chair of a not-for-profit called Good Return. Good Return has a vision of a world without poverty and enables those living in poverty, particularly women, to achieve economic empowerment through responsible financial inclusion and capability development. 

Susan has 20 years of experience in the energy industry with a deep understanding of commodity markets across electricity, gas, environmental and carbon. 

Susan has developed and continues to maintain strong relationships with Federal and State based Government regulators. She has the technical expertise to be involved in various working groups with industry bodies such as Energy Security Board, Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association and Australian Industry Greenhouse Network.

Susan is passionate, driven and empowered to look for opportunities on how we transition into a low carbon future. She is proud to be working for an organisation that truly supports and values the diversity that “others” bring to the table.

General Counsel and Executive General Manager, Company Secretariat, Risk & Governance, Origin

Kate Jordan

09:35 - 09:40

Sponsor Address

Manager, Carbon, Wholesale and Regulations, Origin

Susan Setiawan

13:40 - 13:45

Sponsor Address

Su McCluskey

Non-executive Director

Due to COVID-19 this event has now been moved to an online delivery.