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Sydney Symposium 2022

Friday 2nd September 2022

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Panel Members

Sam Mostyn AO 

President, Chief Executive Women

Anna Meares OAM OLY

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

Bri Lee

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

Tain Drinkwater 

Executive General Manager - Performance and Pathways, National Rugby League

Brian Clohessy

Head of People and Character, BVN

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 was the CEO of Netball NSW until March this year, before joining the National Rugby League as the Head of Performance and Pathways. In her role as Chief Executive at NNSW, Tain oversaw the implementation of ground breaking reform to drive greater inclusivity and participation in Netball, launched the inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, and administered the successful completion of both the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball’s Suncorp Super Netball seasons culminating in Netball NSW’s two professional franchises contesting the 2021 Grand Final. Tain joined Netball NSW from the Brisbane Broncos where she was a senior member of the club’s Executive Team as the Chief Executive of the club’s National Rugby League Women’s Program, which delivered three back-to-back NRLW Premierships. 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.​

Karen Mundine is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern NSW. As the CEO at Reconciliation Australia, Ms Mundine brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience leading community engagement, public advocacy, communications and social marketing campaigns. Over the course of her career she has been instrumental in some of Australia’s watershed national events including the Apology to the Stolen Generations, Centenary of Federation commemorations, Corroboree 2000 and the 1997 Australian Reconciliation Convention. Ms Mundine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Director of the Gondwana Choirs and the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre. Previous roles include Mary Mackillop Board Director, Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager Communication and Engagement, Reconciliation Australia; Senior Consultant, CPR Communications; senior public affairs and communications roles with federal government departments including Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade.​

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 was the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, IBM A/NZ’s first female managing director, between July 2019 and March 2022. 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 was 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). While at IBM, Katrina led the Inclusion Council and she also served 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

​Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia

Karen Mundine

Bri Lee

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

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Address

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

Director and IT Executive​

Katrina Troughton

Tain Drinkwater             

Executive General Manager - Performance and Pathways, National Rugby League

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

Karen Taylor

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 Meares OAM OLY

Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Dr Janet Smith

09:30 - 09:40

Welcome Address

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership Australia

Karen Taylor

Sally Aurisch

Chief Executive Officer, Blind Citizens Australia

Head of People and Character, BVN

Brian Clohessy

Brian Clohessy’s career path has taken him from architect, to project leader, to BVN’s Sydney Studio Director, through to his latest incarnation at BVN, as Head of People and Character. Brian’s 20 odd years practicing architecture, covers a diverse spectrum and scale of award-winning work, most recently as Project Director of the Marrickville Library and Community Hub project. Working with people and driving change within large architectural practices has led to his holistic approach to leadership, fostering a caring and supportive culture at BVN, one where everyone within the collective has a sense of purpose and place. Brian leads the development of the overall vision, strategy and structure for all things people-related at BVN. He has a special focus on mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, learning and development and people retention. Essentially Brian sees his role as maintaining BVN’s evolving culture based on human needs and aspirations which inevitably improves the collective’s wellbeing.

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

Director and IT Executive​

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. She currently works in the community legal sector assisting victim-survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence and coordinates capacity-building and community legal education programs. Tu serves as a board director of Addison Road Community Organisation, a charity which elevates human rights, arts & culture and sustainability, and is also the Deputy-Chair of Asian Women at Work, an organisation that has been working to empower migrant women in low paid and precarious employment. In 2019, Tu 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 GOPAl

14:40 - 15:10

New South Wales Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership

SHIVANI GOPAL

CEO & Founder, The Remarkable Woman

Senior Social Programs Officer, City of Sydney

Susana has over 20 years of experience in community development, policy and management both in Australia and in Hong Kong. Her special interests and expertise include leadership training, multicultural policy, community development, volunteer management and social inclusion. Susana is currently the Program Manager for the City of Sydney’s multi-award-winning International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program and a range of programs that promote social cohesion in the City of Sydney. In response to the rising racism in the communities, and the lack of safe spaces for people of colour in the workplace and in the community to talk about racism, Susana convenes the NSW Anti-Racism Working Group to work collaboratively with Local government, NGO colleagues to identify challenges and strategies to address both interpersonal racism and systemic racism. Susana was the Winner of 2021 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards - Emerging Leader in the Public and University Sector category.

Susana Ng

Susana Ng

Senior Social Programs Officer, City of Sydney

Karen Mundine

Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia