The Australian Women in Law Leadership Summit​

The aim of the Summit

is to contribute to the development of resolute and effective women leaders through skills development, expert advice and strategic industry based networking. The 2019 Summit will provide a unique opportunity to learn from an unparalleled group of female leaders from on the ground front-line barristers, solicitors and general counsel to inspirational executive decision makers.​

A national platform for women at all levels to connect, share ideas and enhance their leadership skills.​

Created by Australia’s leading authority on women’s leadership, Women & Leadership Australia, the Summit has been developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders across the industry.

Summit speakers

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Former Human Rights Commissioner​


Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel & Non-Executive Director


Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers


President and Director, Australian Women Lawyers


President, Asian Australian Lawyers Association; Director (Legal), PwC Australia

Summit themes​

Resilience and self-growth

Within the legal sector, our ability to overcome challenges whilst remaining engaged and effective can and does have very real implications for providing high quality legal service and building impactful client relationships. 

Celebrating women

It is important to celebrate the successes of female colleagues within the legal industry, and the summit will allow participants to identify their own unique gifts and talents, and celebrate their own successes along with the breakthrough work achieved by others in the room.

Establishing enablers

Recent research has found that women now outnumber men in the legal profession in Australia, however the representation of women in senior leadership positions shows a considerably different outlook with female lawyers making up only 18% of partners. Why is there an under-representation of women in the senior ranks of Australian law firms? What else can be done to highlight and change the current situation and move closer to parity, equity and equality?

Strategic networking

A major factor that contributes to individual resilience and increased self-worth and wellbeing is having a strong and diverse network. This event will enable participants to form new networks and maintain strong relationships to enhance their career development.

Conference facilitator and panel moderator​

Suzi Finkelstein

Program Director & Executive Coach 

With over twenty years of leadership development experience, Suzi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as WLA’s Program Director. Over an exceptional career, Suzi has built a reputation for designing and delivering quality professional development with a particular focus on transforming the performance of women leaders and their teams. As a development consultant, Suzi has worked across all levels of leadership and management in partnership with many of Australia's leading organisations.

Working alongside Australia’s highest achieving women, as well as personally guiding hundreds of individual female leaders to career success, has enabled Suzi to develop a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the challenges women face in the workforce today. This extensive insight is critical in enabling Suzi to design and deliver highly impactful development programs with a focus on practical and achievable outcomes.

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RACV City Club, Melbourne

Thursday 7th March, 2019

Supporting leadership equality and excellence

This significant annual event represents a key national development platform for women in law firms and in legal departments across a variety of industries to enhance their leadership knowledge and capacity. Drawing together the sector's most respected lawyers and thought leaders, the Summit aims to celebrate the role of women as well as equip participants with the skills, confidence and connections to consolidate their skills and plan for future career success.​

Inspiration and insight 

Participants will hear from inspirational legal sector speakers about their leadership/career journeys and the key elements that have contributed to their success. Armed with this valuable insight, participants will begin to create or build on their own personal brand and message.

Thursday 7th march, 2019

RACV City Club,


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Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Victoria


Solicitor Director, Terri Janke and Company

Mitzi Gilligan

Principal and Founder, Hive Legal


Lawyer, Comedian and Television Presenter


Venue: RACV City Club, Melbourne

Date: Thursday 7th March 2019

Start/Finish: Attendee registration will commence at 08:30, Conference sessions will conclude at 17:00

Anna Brown

Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre