Featured Speakers in 2018

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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.

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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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Michelle Dalzell

Michell Wool Pty Ltd

The inspiring speakers have ignited the urge to make changes in my work and personal life upon my return home.

Julie-Ann Gray

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.

Lorna McCarthy

Victoria Police

I really enjoyed everything about this symposium. The keynote speakers were absolutely fantastic and relevant.

Vinu Thomas

Teachers Mutual Bank

Best two days of my life!

Very inspiring and thought provoking!

Bec Condon

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!​

Pam Ronan

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.

Jessica Rowe AM

Journalist, Author and Television Presenter

Catherine Fox

Author, Commentator and Journalist

MARINA GO

Chair, Wests Tigers NRL Club

Tracey Spicer

Reporter, Presenter and Author

Jamila Rizvi

Presenter, Author, and Commentator

Annabel Crabb

Political Journalist and TV Presenter

Sadhana Smiles

2013 Victoria Telstra Business Woman of the Year and 2016 AFR 100 Women of Influence

Cal Wilson

Popular Comedian, Broadcaster and Actor

ITA BUTTROSE AO OBE

Legendary Media Trailblazer

Angela Pippos

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

ZITA NGOR

CEO, Women’s Legal Service

Robyn Davidson

Australian writer best know for her book 'Tracks'

AMNA KARRA-HASSAN

Founder & President, Auburn Giants AFL Club

Adam Fennessy

Partner, Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice

Dr Tammie Matson

Zoologist, Author, Film producer & Entrepreneur

KATRINA FONG LIM

Former Lord Mayor, City of Darwin

Tony Johnson

CEO, Ernst & Young Oceania

Tracey Horton AO

Chairman, Navitas Ltd. Chairman & Non-Executive Director of various ASX companies & organisations

Diane Smith-Gander

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

KRISTAL KINSELA

Entrepreneur, 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Director, Indigenous Professional Services

Leadership development grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women​.