Featured Speakers in 2019
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.
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!
President, Australian Federation of Air Pilots
Writer, Broadcaster, Cricket Commentator, Australia’s most prominent Transgendered woman and Former Defence Force Officer
Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining
Paralympian and Performance Psychologist
Musician, Actor, Radio Presenter and Author
Broadcaster, Writer, Author and Social Commentator
Media Trailblazer, Businesswoman, Best-Selling Author
Cr vonda malone
Mayor, Torres Shire Council
Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner
Writer, Explorer, Filmmaker
Organisational Development Coordinator, Lebanese Muslim Association; Board Member, Go Active Women; Former Communications Officer, Australian Federal Police
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.
Non-Executive Director, Author and Chair
Global Chief Executive, King & Wood Mallesons
Special Counsel, Thomas Greer
Chair and Non-Executive Director, AMP
Managing Director, Twitter Australia
Award winning human rights activist, facilitator
Chair, Women in Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Author, Journalist and Presenter ABC’s 7.30 Report
Female Mechanic and Director, Galmatic
Leadership development grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
the 2019 Australian Women's
Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist
Lawyer, Refugee and Commentator
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
President, Australian Bar Association
Multicultural Liaison Officer, Victoria Police
Founder, Inquibox and Data scientist for NASA Datanaut
Former Senator and Leader of the Jacqui Lambie Network
Author, TV Host and beyondblue ambassador
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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Chief Online Political Writer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Laboratory Head Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
9th & 10th May 2019
Brisbane Convention Centre
1st August 2019
22nd August 2019
Darwin Convention Centre
8th & 9th August 2019
Sofitel on Collins
7th June 2019
30th August 2019
Hotel Grand Chancellor
18th & 19th July 2019
Shangri La Hotel
18th June 2019
The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium
Both participants and speakers share their leadership journeys and experiences at the WLA symposiums.
WLA Symposiums – Participant Impressions
WLA symposium participants share their experiences and impressions of their time at the event.