The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium – Online

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July, 2020

Agenda 

Tuesday 28th July, 2020

Platinum education Partner

Gold
sponsor

Advocacy Partner

14:45 - 15:00     Break

13:00 - 14:00     Lunch

10:45 - 11:00     Break

09:00 - 09:20     Online Registration

09:00 - 09:20     Online Registration

10:30 - 10:45     Break

10:45 - 12:15​

Panel Discussion

'The Future of Work'

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.

12:15 - 13:00     Lunch

13:45 - 14:00     Break

09:20 - 09:50

Welcome and Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

 

DR JANET SMITH

15:45 - 16:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

DR JANET SMITH

Agenda 

Wednesday 29th July, 2020

09:20 - 09:40

Welcome and Opening Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

 

DR JANET SMITH

14:45 - 15:00

Closing Comments

Chief Executive Officer, Australian School of Applied Management

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director, WLA

DR JANET SMITH

11:45 - 12:00     Break

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.

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.

Emma Hogan comes to Customer Service from the Public Service Commission, where she was the NSW Public Service Commissioner from May 2018 to October 2019. Emma has joined the NSW Government after an extensive c-suite career in the private sector, working with iconic Australian brands across hospitality, retail, aviation, media and entertainment. Emma’s career spans executive leadership roles in people (HR), culture, communications, customer experience, digital, change and transformation in environments that have included start-up, growth, acquisition, disruption, maturation and divestment. Emma has led teams of up to 5000 people both in Australia and off-shore. Emma has also held non-executive director on the boards of Can Too and AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and in 2015, created her own for-purpose foundation; ‘Rainbow Jane’. 

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.

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. 

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grant-maker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good. Janelle has Chaired numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality, including the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Community Funding Panel, Children by Choice and is currently President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT). 

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.

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.

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.

On 30th October 2019, Carlene was appointed the first female NSW State Emergency Service Commissioner. Carlene leads the combat agency with legislated responsibility for storms, floods and tsunamis. It is also the largest volunteer provider of rescue services in NSW and supports communities through capabilities in urban search and rescue, vertical rescue, road-crash rescue, land search, community first responders, swift water rescue, community engagement, flood planning and preparedness activities. Commissioner Carlene York joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 and held various roles during this time including the position of Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources. Carlene was awarded the Australian Police medal in 2014, was a recipient of the Australasian Council of Women & Policing’s highest honour – The Audrey Fagan Memorial Award, and was the Australian HR Director of the Year in 2017.

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.

14:00 - 14:45

Keynote Address

Zali Steggall OAM MP

Independent MP for Warringah; Former Olympian

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.

15:00 - 15:45

Keynote Address

Gail Kelly

Business Woman; Former CEO, Westpac; Author

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.

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.

13:00 - 13:45

Keynote Address

Founder and Director, Envirobank

Narelle Anderson

14:00 - 14:45

Keynote Address

Journalist, Author, Radio and Television Presenter

Virginia Trioli

Advisor, Carnival Australia; Chair, UNICEF Australia

Ann Sherry AO

10:00 - 10:45

Keynote Address

Lisa Sthalekar

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

11:00 - 11:45

Keynote Address

Catherine Fox

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

12:00 - 13:00

What I know now: the need for eternal vigilance on women’s rights (particularly in a lockdown)

09:45 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Commissioner, NSW State Emergency Service

Carlene York

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

Professor Marian Baird AO  

Talent Acquisition Leader, Microsoft Australia

Lynn Dang

Emma Hogan

Secretary, Department of Customer Service

Jessica Mizrahi

Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics

CEO and Founder, How Do You Do It

Virginia Herlihy

Panel Members

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

Professor Robert Wood

09:40 - 09:45

Sponsor Address

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

Janelle Weissman

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

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

Professor Robert Wood

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

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

Catherine Fox

Lynn Dang

Talent Acquisition Leader, Microsoft Australia

Professor Marian Baird AO

Jessica Mizrahi

Carlene York

Commissioner, NSW State Emergency Service

Associate Director, Deloitte Access Economics

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

Virginia Herlihy

CEO and Founder, How Do You Do It

Emma Hogan

Secretary, Department of Customer Service

Kate Jordan joined Origin in March 2020 and was appointed General Counsel and Executive General Manager. Kate leads the Legal, Company Secretariat, Risk and Internal Audit teams. Kate brings a wealth of experience to Origin as an experienced lawyer and leader, most recently as Deputy Chief Executive Partner, with responsibility for People and Development, at Clayton Utz. Kate has over 20 years' experience and has maintained a strong transaction practice, particularly in relation to M&A. She has experience across a range of strategic M&A and corporate transactions particularly financial services and telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

09:50 - 10:00

Sponsor Addresses

               

TBA

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

Kate Jordan