Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Dr Suzy Green,
Founder and CEO
The Positivity Institute
LEADING CHANGE IN GENDER EQUALITY

09:10

Opening Keynote: Navigating your way to the top

  • The journey to becoming a woman in leadership
  • Creating opportunities – and not just waiting for them 
  • Transitioning from an “ordinary” life to an extraordinary career
  • Practical advice for aspiring women leaders
Speakers
The Hon. Bronnie Taylorm MLC,
Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW
NSW Government

09:30

Panel: The mentor challenge – What male mentors need to know about mentoring female mentees and vice versa

  • How do women and men's experiences in mentoring relationships tend to differ?
  • Recognising and overcoming unconscious bias for an effective relationship 
  • Developing cross-gender mentoring skills and tips for successfully mentoring a protégé of the opposite sex
  • Making cross-gender mentoring the norm in your organisation
Speakers
Johanne Rossi,
Former Chief Procurement Officer
Caltex Australia
Emma Highwood,
Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football
Football Federation Australia
Stephen Ellis,
Chief Executive Officer
Knight Frank Australia
Alison Telfer,
Managing Director
BlackRock
Dominik Rohe,
Chief Executive Officer
BlackRock

10:20

Speed Networking Session

This interactive session will provide attendees with an opportunity to share their experiences in the field and interact with numerous peers in an informal setting. The session will see attendees rotate in short intervals where they will have a chance to exchange personal stories, knowledge and insights on current policies and initiatives in a non-intimidating environment.

10:50

Morning Tea

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

11:10

Shifting the conversation to diversity and inclusiveness

  • Adopting a "Diversity Dividend" approach to business – adding value to the decision-making process by encouraging a diversity of opinions 
  • Operating on a “if not, why not” basis – supporting flexible working arrangements 
  • Embracing cultural change and mindset shift to provide opportunities for equal gender representation
  • Bold leadership: If we want change to happen, we have to make it happen
Speakers
David Harrison,
Managing Director and Group CEO
Charter Hall Group

11:40

Leaders Panel: Busting the myth of “merit” – does true meritocracy exist?

  • Reflecting on the concept of “merit”: who defines and who decides? Does an objective principle of merit exist? Can we truly apply the principle without bias?
  • Exposing the unconscious bias that impacts decision making 
  • Evaluating the worth of “merit” – if not “merit”, what else?
    Moderator: Nadia Daly, Journalist and Anchor, ABC News
Panelists
Brad Cooper,
Chief Executive Officer
BT Financial Group
Dominic Remond,
Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Sixers
Kate Mason,
Chief Transformation Officer
Coca-Cola Amatil
Rebecca Doyle,
Head of People and Culture
National Rugby League
Speakers
Fiona Crosbie,
Chairman of Partners
Allens

12:30

Networking lunch 

WOMEN LEADERS ADVANCING INDUSTRIES 

13:30

Industry Panel: Rebalancing the gender divide in male-dominated sectors

  • Why do so few women have real power in male-dominated industries? How can women challenge the status quo? 
  • Key issues in male-dominated industries and practical strategies to move past traditional assumptions and biases
  • Overcoming institutional gender barriers and growing the profile of women within the industry
  • Best practices and strategies in attracting and retaining millennial talent
Panelists
Emma Gray,
Chief Data Officer
ANZ
Louise Higgins,
Chief Operating Financial Officer
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Sue Davidson,
Director for Organisational Development & Change
CSIRO
Shiona Watson,
Senior Director HR
PepsiCo

14:20

Women thinking differently: Hustling your way to the top

  • Breaking down start-up stereotypes and empowering the next generation of change makers
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and insights for entrepreneurial success
  • Levelling the playing field for female entrepreneurs 
  • Creating your own entrepreneurial story: challenges faced, lessons learnt and where to from here
Speakers
Gina Lednyak,
Founder and CEO; NSW 2016 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year
L&A Social Media

14:50

Afternoon Tea

15:10

Roundtable Sessions

How it works: 
There will be 4 roundtable sessions, each 30 minutes in length and each focusing on a different topic. Delegates will be split into 4 groups for discussion. The 4 sessions will be run by 4 different moderators who will rotate among the 4 groups so that at the end of 2 hours, all delegates would have had the chance to discuss the 4 different topics.
 
Roundtable A
Developing a road map for your career
  • How to plan for and continuously develop your leadership path
  • Challenges faced, career highlights and lessons learnt
  • Setting strategies for effective career advancement, goals and targets
  • Practical advice for accelerated career progression – how to plan your career forward in the organisation… starting today
Jen Dalitz, The Change Coach, Jen Dalitz & Associates
 
Roundtable B
Ensuring your voice is on the table: Managing conflict and high stakes exchanges with authenticity, courage and transparency
  • Sharing your real issues: How to be heard, how to engage, how to manage the high stakes
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Developing key practical skills to lead and communicate through conflict – persuasion, influence, resilience under pressure
Lucy Cornell, Chief Executive Officer, The Voice Advisory Group

Roundtable C
Becoming an influential leader: Living and leading with courage and conviction
  • Knowing who you are, where you come from and what you stand for
  • Identifying your fears, limiting beliefs and challenges
  • Reframing your limiting beliefs into empowering ones
  • Making an impact: Strategies to expand your influence 
Carol Chapman, CEO and Founder, WomenWorthWealth
 
Roundtable D
Striving for the right work-life integration to achieve career goals
  • Personal anecdotes: Underlining small changes that could make big differences 
  • Practical tips for pursuing both career objectives and personal fulfilment
  • Designing programs that support female leadership and work family culture
Karen Chaston, Chief Creative Officer, KarenChaston.com.au
Speakers
Carol Chapman,
CEO and Founder
WomenWorthWealth
Jen Dalitz,
The Change Coach
Jen Dalitz & Associates
Karen Chaston,
Chief Creative Officer
KarenChaston.com.au
Lucy Cornell,
Chief Executive Officer
The Voice Advisory Group

17:10

Chairperson’s closing address and Networking Drinks

07:00

Morning Yoga

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Julie Alexander,
Executive Director
Changing Change International
ADVANCING WOMEN LEADERS IN AUSTRALIA

09:10

Ministerial Keynote: Leading in a high-pressure, competitive environment

  • Overcoming roadblocks and daily pressures
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Continually developing yourself as a leader
  • Leading in a fast-paced and complex environment – Lessons learnt
Speakers
The Hon. Melinda Pavey,
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
NSW Government

09:40

Keynote: Charting the trajectory to leadership

  • Becoming one of Australia’s most influential women – embracing opportunities and challenges
  • Women leaders as the status quo rather than a novelty – key attributes of high achieving leaders
  • Understanding underlying behaviour and how it impacts leadership style
  • Charting the path to leadership: Strategies for success
Speakers
Pip Marlow,
CEO Customer Marketplace
Suncorp

10:10

Morning Tea

INSPIRING STORIES FROM AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS

10:40

Fireside Chat: Connecting and collaborating: Understanding leadership in the 21st Century

  • Recognising the key elements of contemporary leadership 
  • What is the central role that women play in today’s new leadership model?
  • Crystallising your vision, articulating your development goals, and turning your vision into reality
Speakers
Jo Kelly,
Chief Marketing Officer
UBank

11:10

Ministerial Keynote: Empowering women to orchestrate change

  • Developing an appetite for change – shifting prevailing mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours to foster a gender-inclusive workplace
  • Championing and defending gender initiatives – key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Beyond climbing the ladder of success – practical steps women can take to redefine success
  • Over the horizon: Having a vision for current and future women leaders of Australia
Speakers
The Hon. Tanya Davies,
Minister for Mental Health; Minister for Women; Minister for Ageing
NSW Government

11:40

Celebrating emerging female leaders – navigating your journey from here

  • Critical skills for taking the next step and making the mark
  • Identifying and maximising opportunities throughout your career
  • Advice for young leaders looking to advance their career 
Speakers
Johanne Rossi,
Former Chief Procurement Officer
Caltex Australia

12:10

Networking Lunch

UNRAVELLING AND CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE 

13:10

Reinventing the space: Creating a gender inclusive workplace culture 

  • Fix the culture, not the women 
  • Recognising that unconscious bias plays a part in hindering the progression of high potential women 
  • Rejecting the “group think culture” – Casting aside the restrictive model that requires aspiring leaders to fit in with prevailing management and communication styles
  • Adopting a broader definition of leadership capability that is gender inclusive
Speakers
Karen Webb,
Assistant Commissioner
NSW Police Force

13:40

Panel Discussion: Demolishing gender barriers by normalizing workplace flexibility 

  • Reflecting on the importance of work-life integration for both men and women
  • Understanding that work-life integration is about people and family – not just women
  • Designing programs such as workplace flexibility that will support both leadership aspirations and work family culture
  • Practical tips for pursuing both career objectives and personal fulfilment
Panelists
Chris Akayan,
Head of Culture and Reputation
Mirvac
Ray Pittman,
President & CEO, Australia & New Zealand
CBRE
Georgina Brujic,
Chief Executive Officer
Fairfax & Roberts
Melanie Bourke,
Office of the CEO
Dexus

14:30

Afternoon Tea 

WOMEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW

15:50

Panel: Embarking on a fulfilling career and making a difference wherever you are

  • Choosing your own adventure – Identifying and taking every opportunity as it presents itself
  • How to successfully wear the many hats of role model, leader, and teacher
  • Making the most of your capabilities and maintaining resilience
  • Creating a world of difference wherever you are
Panelists
Jane Burhop,
Creative Director/Co-Founder
Common Ventures
Kate Curruthers,
Chief Data Officer
UNSW
Pip Dexter,
Partner
Deloitte
Ramak Salamat,
Director of Sales Solutions
LinkedIn
Sarah Morton-Ramwell,
Partner and Global Head of Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility
Ashurst

15:40

In Closing: Career advice you probably didn’t get

  • To my younger self – the best piece of advice I did and didn’t have
  • The road to success: Aligning your passion, determination and hard work
  • Managing change with resilience and growing through different phases of your career
  • Take-away lessons to put into practice for my future self
  • Take home messages to yourselves, colleagues and family members
Speakers
Inese Kingsmill,
Chief Marketing Officer
Virgin Australia

16:10

Chairperson’s closing address and end of conference

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