Featured Speakers in 2018
Addressing a wide range of topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfillment, the Symposiums offer an important opportunity for Australian women to stay abreast of current local and international trends. Designed to encourage interaction and collaboration, the events create a setting for women leaders at all levels to reflect on their experiences, envisage a future to which they are entitled and draw inspiration for the journey ahead.
... And be inspired!
Showcasing the country’s most respected and celebrated female talent the Symposiums annually attract over one hundred inspirational guest speakers and presenters. Richly diverse in their achievements and fields of endeavour, Symposium speakers are universally recognised for their vision, resilience and capacity to influence change. By sharing their unique skills and knowledge, Symposium speakers encourage participants to unlock their innate strengths and talents and pursue their own unique vision of success.
Drawing participants from every corner of the nation, the Symposiums offer an unrivaled opportunity for participants to extend their networks and develop lasting friendships and alliances. Through the sharing of personal experiences, participants unlock a spirit of camaraderie which typically extends far beyond the events themselves. Each year women from highly diverse backgrounds are drawn together through the Symposiums leading to powerful opportunities for collaboration on important national issues.
Planning for success through sharing success
An opportunity to step back, reflect and focus
Attended by a veritable who’s who of Australian organisations, the symposiums represent an accessible platform for businesses to remain connected to the gender equality debate and compare the latest thinking and strategy.
Showcasing celebrated and respected women from every field of endeavour, the events are synonymous with excellence and achievement across all facets of business and community leadership.
The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.
Held annually, in every state and territory, the Symposiums have been running for over ten years and have become the most highly attended women's leadership events in the country.
Connecting, Empowering and Celebrating Women Leaders
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Michell Wool Pty Ltd
The inspiring speakers have ignited the urge to make changes in my work and personal life upon my return home.
City of Albany
Today was very inspiring and motivating. I am currently undergoing the WLA Executive Ready Program, and this day has added value to the learning.
I really enjoyed everything about this symposium. The keynote speakers were absolutely fantastic and relevant.
Teachers Mutual Bank
Best two days of my life!
Very inspiring and thought provoking!
Logan City Council
There have been so many ideas that I can take back to my management team to drive an improved and increased diversity awareness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Catholic Education SA
It is so rare to be immersed in a professional program that encapsulates the value of women and how it really matters in the world.
Leadership development grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Jessica Rowe AM
Journalist, Author and Television Presenter
Author, Commentator and Journalist
Chair, Wests Tigers NRL Club
Reporter, Presenter and Author
Presenter, Author, and Commentator
Political Journalist and TV Presenter
General Manager, Indigenous Strategy, Chandler Macleod Group
2013 Victoria Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 2016 AFR 100 Women of Influence
Popular Comedian, Broadcaster and Actor
ITA BUTTROSE AO OBE
Legendary Media Trailblazer
Journalist, Presenter, Producer, Documentary-maker, and Author
Liz Ellis AM
Most Capped Player of the Australian Netball Team, TV Presenter
Katrina Webb OAM
Multiple Medalist in the Paralympic Games
CEO, Women’s Legal Service
Australian writer best know for her book 'Tracks'
Founder & President, Auburn Giants AFL Club
Partner, Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice
Dr Tammie Matson
Zoologist, Author, Film producer & Entrepreneur
KATRINA FONG LIM
Former Lord Mayor, City of Darwin
CEO, Ernst & Young Oceania
Tracey Horton AO
Chairman, Navitas Ltd. Chairman & Non-Executive Director of various ASX companies & organisations
Non-Executive Director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Ltd, and Past President of Chief Executive Women
The right hon dame jenny shipley
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Entrepreneur, 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Director, Indigenous Professional Services