Breaking Barriers, Building Legacies

Welcome to the Women in Leadership Summit Sydney.

I am truly thrilled to be joining you all at the Women in Leadership Summit in November and I look forward to meeting many of you there. 
Events like these are such wonderful opportunities to connect with incredible and inspiring women and hear more about their experiences - but importantly it’s also an opportunity for ALL us to learn more about the challenges that many of us are facing and in turn the ways that many of you are pushing through those challenges and breaking down the barriers you face in the world. 
I love the idea that this summit will also celebrate the legacies that are being built by brilliant woman. It’s an important thing to remember – often we can get caught up focusing on the challenges, forgetting to take the time and marvel at some of the achievements of those before and around us. 
Unfortunately, we know that at times women need to be reminded of the value that they bring at work, in their community and at home – to unlock that value, we need access to more opportunity as well as inclusive, safe and collaborative workplaces. I’m interested to see the insights from some of the speakers and hear how we can all build more inclusive and safe workspaces. 
UN Women Australia are proud to been given the opportunity to partner with the Women in Leadership Summit and we are pleased to announce that 10 per cent of all ticket sales will be going towards UN Women programs and initiatives around the world – working to advance gender equality for women and girls everywhere. 
This is wonderful opportunity to come together and explore some of the complex issues that are facing women in leadership – I hope you will you join me there. 


Women Leaders Institute Scholarship Program


Featured Speakers

Simone Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

UN Women Australia

Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher

Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

Parliament of Australia

Lisa Annese

Chief Executive Officer

Diversity Council Australia

Dr Lois Peeler AM

Executive Director and Principal, 2022 NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year

Worawa Aboriginal College

Jo-Anne Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Achieve Australia

Sarah Derry

Chief Executive Officer Pacific


Bobbi Mahlab

Founder & Chair, Co-Founder, Member of the NSW Council for Women's Economic Development

Mahlab, Mentor Walks, Women NSW

Will Wright

Managing Director

Douglas Partners

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Official Charity Partner

Official Endorsing Partner

Media Partner

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Key Reasons To Attend 

  • Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games 
  • Be inspired by our CEO Panel: Hear how Achieve Australia, EY Oceania, Allianz Australia and Aurecon are leading through building trust and accountability    
  • Bring along a male ally (at no extra cost!) for our ‘Lessons from Leaders’ block of sessions. It is time to build spaces where women and leaders can succeed, and we want it to include men 
  • Leading by example to create equal opportunity: Hear from Dr Lois Peeler AM, 2022 NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year share how we can uplift and advance First Nations women into senior leadership roles 
  • Find out what it takes to embrace a safe, diverse and intersectional leadership environment for all to thrive with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Accor, Uniting Church and PwC 
  • Navigate team burnout and stress and how to master the power of ‘no’ within the workplace at our mini-masterclass sessions. Apply the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders 
  • Hear from New and Emerging Leaders on how to embrace different leadership journeys: Learn how to attract, nurture and retain high-performing women in your workplace  
  • Discuss core leadership skills in our high-impact leadership coaching clinics designed to address the common challenges experienced in your hybrid workplace


Who Should Attend

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the Women in Leadership Summit is a valuable platform of information, insights, and networking opportunities.       

  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives   
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals    
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers   
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches    
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates   
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs   
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates


Send your Team and Save


This event will be held at a premium location in the city CBD.
Delegates will be updated 4-weeks prior to the event.