Sydney Symposium 2022

Friday 2nd September 2022

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Panel Members

Sam Mostyn AO 

President, Chief Executive Women

Anna Mears OAM

General Manager, Commonwealth Games Australia; Retired Athlete; Dual Olympic Champion; Flag Bearer; Author

Prerana Mehta

Head of Global Growth, CSIRO; Board Member, Sisterworks; Advisor Government, Cyber and National Security, High Earth Orbit Robotics

Bri Lee

Author; Freelance Writer; Lawyer (Researcher/Non-  Practicing)

Tain Drinkwater 

Chief Executive Officer, Netball NSW

Adam Haddow

Director, SJB Architects

15:10 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

17:00 - 18:00

Networking 

We all know that diverse and inclusive workplaces benefit individuals, organisations, teams and society and they have a significant impact on trust, commitment, performance, reputation, and financial performance. But what do inclusive workplaces and teams actually look and feel like? What are the practices of today's inclusive leaders? In this session, our expert panel will discuss the practices and principles that have supported their journeys as inclusive leaders and their stories will give you the knowledge and confidence in enacting these ideas to create a more inclusive workplace.

The Practices and Principles of Inclusive Leadership

Panel Discussion

11:00 - 12:30​

A highly experienced and respected sports administrator, Tain Drinkwater has been CEO of Netball NSW since April 2021. In her short time in the role, Tain has overseen the implementation of ground breaking reform to drive greater inclusivity and participation in Netball, in addition to administering the successful completion of both the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball’s Suncorp Super Netball seasons, despite both teams having to relocate five times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tain joined Netball NSW from the Brisbane Broncos where she was a senior member of the club’s Executive Team for five years as General Manager of HR, Risk & Compliance as well as Chief Executive of the club’s National Rugby League Women’s Program. Prior to the Broncos, Tain held senior and executive management roles in the Australian mining industry for 16 years, leading major operational and business transformation projects in remote and regional communities.

Prerana was appointed Head of Global Growth at CSIRO in January 2022, to grow the organisations global engagement, and to support strategic science partnerships that focus on solving complex challenges through innovation science and technology. She was previously Deputy CEO and Chief of Ecosystem Development at AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Growth Network. Over the last 18 years Prerana has developed extensive experience living and working overseas in both public and private sectors; as a Minister Counsellor in Singapore, consultant for DFAT in Indonesia, with Deloitte in Papua New Guinea and with International SOS in Vietnam. Prerana is also a member of AICD and sits on the Board of SisterWorks, a Victoria based NGO that enables migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker women gain independence and learn new skills to improve their economic outlook. She also offers her advisory services to several start-ups, including BraveHER and the ACT Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Bri Lee is a Sydney-based author, freelance writer, and speaker. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Arts (Mandarin) degree, she was admitted to the legal profession early in 2017. Her first book, a memoir called Eggshell Skull, explores sexism in the legal industry and justice system, and tells the story of how many barriers women face when trying to access justice. Bri is a well-known advocate for criminal justice law reform. Whilst working as a Research Assistant, she co-authored a paper detailing Queensland’s consent and ‘mistake of fact’ laws; which was successfully referred to the Law Reform Commission. Bri’s second book, Beauty, released in November 2019, explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical ‘perfection’ has become so crucial to so many. Her latest book asks Who Gets to be Smart? is a forensic and hard-hitting exploration of knowledge, power and privilege.

Katrina Troughton is the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand and commenced as IBM A/NZ’s first female managing director in July 2019. Prior to this, she held regional and global leadership roles while based in Shanghai and New York. Katrina is passionate about the role technology can play in transforming business outcomes, and the deep importance skills development, organisational culture, and lifelong learning to support economic transformation. She is a strong supporter of IBM’s Pathways in Technology program, serves on the TAFE NSW advisory board, is an Ambassador for Careers NSW, and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Katrina leads IBM’s Inclusion Council and she also serves as the Executive Sponsor of IBM’s LGBTQ+ BRG. She received the CEO of the Year award at the 2021 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards for her personal impact championing LGBTQ+ inclusion initiatives.

At 22 years old, Hannah Diviney is a leading disability advocate and writer based in Sydney. Her greatest achievements as a disability advocate include her role as creator of the wildly successful Change.org petition that calls on Disney Studios to create a disabled Disney Princess, and in her role as co-founder of the charity event Krazy Kosci Klimb, which sees young people with disabilities and their families conquer Mt Kosciuszko. She is also the Editor in Chief of the global publication platform, Missing Perspectives – a platform dedicated to addressing the marginalisation and under-representation of women and girls in news, media, democracy, and decision-making around the world. Hannah was also a finalist in the Australian Women's Weekly Women of The Future Awards for 2021 and a nominee for the 2022 Young Australian of The Year.

Anna is considered by many to be the greatest cyclist of all time and in Rio became the first Australian athlete to ever win four individual medals at four consecutive Olympic Games. Despite a terrible cycling accident in 2008 which left her with a hairline fracture in her C2 vertebrae, Anna has collected 18 gold, 16 silver, and 10 bronze medals at Olympic, World, and Commonwealth Games level. In February 2015 Anna won the women's keirin for her 11th world track cycling title, making her the most decorated and successful female track cyclist in history. She was Australia's flag bearer at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as being the Team Captain. She truly is a gracious athlete and an inspirational winner. Her story of determination and courage have inspired a generation.

09:05 - 09:30

Welcome & Opening Comments

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address

Head of Global Growth, CSIRO; Board Member, Sisterworks; Advisor Government, Cyber and National Security, High Earth Orbit Robotics

Prerana Mehta

Bri Lee

Author; Freelance Writer; Lawyer (Researcher/Non-Practicing)

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

Managing Director, IBM

Katrina Troughton

Tain Drinkwater             

Chief Executive Officer, Netball NSW

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

13:45 - 14:40

Development Session

12:30 - 13:15

Lunch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Editor in Chief, Missing Perspectives; Writer; Disability Advocate

Hannah Diviney

Suzi Finkelstein

16:50 - 17:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

General Manager, Commonwealth Games Australia; Retired Athlete; Dual Olympic Champion; Flag Bearer; Author

Anna Mears OAM 

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Suzi Finkelstein

Sally Aurisch

Chief Executive Officer, Blind Citizens Australia

Director, SJB Architects

Adam Haddow

Adam Haddow is a Sydney based architect and has been director at leading multi-disciplinary design studio, SJB since 2004. Adam is interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected, and civic, with particular expertise in urban density, multi-residential design and the intersection of public and private space. Adam’s design achievements have been recognized with numerous awards including the AIA National and NSW Chapter Architecture Awards, the Urban Taskforce Awards, and the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence. He is a Churchill Fellow who investigated alternatives to conventional models of urban design, resulting in a research project entitled ‘Shall We Dense,’ an examination into the state of modern density living in Australia.

What is Inclusive Leadership and Why does it Matter?

Inclusive Leadership involves embracing and practicing both Diversity and Inclusion. This Development Session will build on the Panel Session by further exploring the signature traits of Inclusive Leaders and highlighting strategies and practical actions needed to create psychological safety and reduce unconscious bias in the workplace.

Sally Aurisch (she/her) is a not-for-profit, community, and disability sector leader with more than 15 years’ experience in policy development, program design and delivery, community engagement, and advocacy. A vision impaired leader herself, Sally is passionate about access and inclusion, and regularly writes or presents on the topics of disability leadership, accessible education and employment, as well as disability, sex, and gender. Sally is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Blind Citizens Australia (bca.org.au), Board member of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (piac.asn.au), and a student, teacher and Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) Leader at University of New England (blog.une.edu.au/hasse/2021/07/09/pass-student-leader-profile-sally-aurisch).

Chief Executive Officer, Blind Citizens Australia

Sally Aurisch

Katrina Troughton

Managing Director, IBM

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and adviser, with a long history of executive & governance roles across many sectors. She is the current President of Chief Executive Women, serves on the Mirvac board, and is a chairperson for The Climate Council and Citi Australia, among many others. She was previously a commissioner with the UN Global Business and Sustainable Development Commission. In 2005 Sam was the first woman to be appointed to the AFL Commission where she was a strong voice for the creation of the AFLW. She continues to champion the role of women in sport, having co-founded the Minerva Network. In 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by ANU in recognition of her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, sustainability, and climate change. In 2021, Sam was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business and sustainability, community, and to women.  

13:15 - 13:45

Keynote Address

President, Chief Executive Women

Sam Mostyn AO 

09:00 - 09:05     Welcome to Country  |  Aunty Ann Weldon

Hannah Diviney

Missing Perspectives; Writer; Disability Advocate

Lawyer and Community Advocate

Tu Le is a community lawyer, advocate, and organiser. As a solicitor with the Western Sydney Community Legal Centre, she assists victim-survivors of domestic and family violence. She also has experience coordinating capacity-building and community legal education programs through her role as Community Development Manager at Marrickville Legal Centre. Tu volunteers as a Leader at the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association and co-founded Y Collab to provide opportunities for young people in South-West Sydney to create positive social impact in their local communities through grass-roots youth-led initiatives. She has featured in the media including on ABC TV and SBS radio. Tu is proud of her Vietnamese heritage and advocates for disadvantaged and neglected communities in South-West Sydney where she grew up. She is committed to fighting for great diversity and justice in Australian society and politics. Tu was featured as one of 21 inspirational women of 2021 in Vogue Australia. 

Tu Le

Tu Le

Lawyer and Community Advocate

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

CEO & Founder, The Remarkable Woman

SHIVANI GOPA

14:40 - 15:10

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

SHIVANI GOPAL

CEO & Founder, The Remarkable Woman