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Day 1 | 28 November 2023

7:50

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:30

Welcome to Country

8:50

Chairperson’s Opening Address

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Katherine Jeffries, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

THE FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP

9:00

CEO Fireside Chat: Setting a clear vision and developing a strategic roadmap for your organisation

  • How to lead organisational change, manage disruptions and navigate uncertainty and risk to make informed decisions 

  • How leaders can engage with stakeholders, including employees, customers, and communities, in a way that reflects shared values 

  • What legacy will you leave on the teams and people that you lead?  

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Moderator: Caroline Hughes, Executive Director, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) 

Amanda Cattermole
, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency 

Adam Copp, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia (he/him) 
 

Anna Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Office of Financial Management (she/her) 

Natalie James, Secretary, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

10:00

Speed Networking: Break the ice and engage in rapid-fire interactions with multiple peers

10:20

Morning Tea

AMPLIFYING VOICES: ADVOCACY AND INFLUENCE

10:50

From Shackles to Showcase: Unlocking identity as an asset 

  • Skin colour, accents, names and networks set some staff apart – and can leave them burned out or excluded 

  • Providing space for staff to accept and own their complete identity can be very empowering 

  • Insights into the limits that stereotypes of internal and external stakeholders can impose 

  • How to turn diversity into a much more powerful workplace asset 

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Professor Maree Meredith, Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, University of Canberra (she/her) 

11:10

Fireside Chat: Promoting core values in the workplace 

  • How to address situations of misalignment between behaviour and values or responsibilities  

  • Holding leaders and employees responsible for upholding shared values 

  • How to create safe spaces that bring different viewpoints and perspectives to the table 

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Sally Druhan, Chief Finance Officer, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government (she/her)

Carolyn Walsh, Chair and Commissioner, National Transport Commission

11:50

Slido Poll

Streamed from Sydney, Australia

12:00

In Conversation: Redefining Success

Dive into an insightful and engaging conversation with two of Australia’s most renowned
journalists, Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb as they share their perspectives on leadership,
storytelling, and navigating the complexities of today. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage
with their expertise and wit in a thought-provoking conversation that promises to inspire and
enlighten.

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Leigh Sales AM, Author and Journalist

Annabel Crabb, Author and Journalist

12:50

Networking Lunch

CREATING A LASTING LEADERSHIP LEGACY

1:50

Redraw presence into conference room

Streamed from Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

2:00

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In Conversation: Thinking beyond your tenure

Rt Hon. Helen Clark,
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

3:00

Afternoon Tea

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GEN: DEVELOPING EMERGING LEADERS

3:30

Keynote: Leadership from a Gen Z point of view  

  • How to support emerging leaders to take calculated risks, think creatively and propose innovative solutions  

  • How to create safe environments that allow for experimentation and learning from failures 

  • The role of mentorship and sponsorship: How to champion emerging leaders’ achievements and showcase potential to senior leaders

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Sophie Aboud, Board Director and Project Lead, The STOP Campaign, ACT Young Woman of the Year 2023 (she/her) 

4:00

Slido Poll

Streamed from Sydney, Australia

4:10

UN Women Keynote: Paving the way for future generations

  • How can established leaders serve as role models to share knowledge and experiences, and offer feedback

  • As you move up the ladder, how can you encourage other female leaders in your organisation to move up too?

  • How to best acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of emerging leaders

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Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia

Dr Catherine Ball
, PhD, Associate Professor, Author, Entrepreneur, Scientific Futurist, and Visioneer

5:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address

5:10

Cocktail Party and End of Summit Day One

Day 2 | 29 November 2023

BRING ALONG AN ALLY FOR THE MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

Bring along a male or non-binary ally for the morning plenary sessions (up until morning tea).

Including non-binary and male voices is crucial to accelerating change when it comes to eliminating gender bias in workplaces. Bring along the allies in your company who are true advocates for developing diverse leaders, to spark authentic conversations around supporting underrepresented employees. Send across the details of your ally to info@womenleadersinstitute.com at least 6 weeks before the event.

8:30

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:50

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Amy Callan-Webb, General Manager, Ora Advisory  

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: DEMONSTRATING COMMITMENT TO GENDER EQUITY

9:00

Opening Keynote: Stand out and make a lasting impact 

  • Finding allies and advocates: Cultivating relationships with those who can support you in the workplace and amplify your voice  

  • Building resilience in the face of challenges, setbacks and biases 

  • Embracing your unique leadership style and strengths

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Elizabeth Lee, Member of Parliament, ACT Legislative Assembly 

9:20

CEO Panel: The value of diverse perspectives and experiences in driving innovation and decision making

  • Strategies for recruiting top talent, fostering collaboration and empowering employees to contribute their best work  

  • Strategies for managing work-life integration, setting boundaries and achieving a healthy work-life balance  

  • What is the biggest learning from the tough times that you have led through?

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Leanne Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission (she/her) 

Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts 

10:10

Sharing session: How can allies amplify your voice, provide advice and create opportunities for advancement of female leaders? 

10:20

Morning Tea

LEADING WITH AUTHENTICITY: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP STYLES

10:50

Trivia

11:00

Panel: Fostering inspiration and influencing others through your behaviour and actions  

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  • How to consistently demonstrate positive behaviours aligned with your values to shape the attitudes, actions and perceptions of those who observe and interact with you 

  • How to resolve the challenges that arise when values conflict within a team or organisation  

Moderator: Thao Le, Chief Financial Officer, ACT Government
 

Alison Rose, Chief of Space Division, Geoscience Australia 
 

Dr Michelle Graham, Chief Architect, Australian Department of Home Affairs (she/her)

 

Verity Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council ACT (she/her) 
 

Tracy Mackey, Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (she/her)

11:50

Slido Poll

12:00

In Conversation: Australia’s leadership in gender equality – Initiating change and inspiring diversity of thought 

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Hon. Mary Wooldridge, Chief Executive Officer, Workplace Gender Equality Agency 

Dr Anna Cody
, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

12:50

Networking Lunch

DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP PRESENCE AND INFLUENCE

1:50

Prize Draw

2:00

Introduction to Interactive Scenario-Based Breakout Sessions

2:10

Interactive Scenario-Based Breakout Sessions
Our interactive scenario-based breakouts will help you nurture core professional and personal skills. Each session will run for thirty minutes. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in two discussions.

LEADERSHIP

Negotiation skills: How to enhance your negotiation skills to effectively advocate for yourself, navigate salary negotiations and secure promotions or desired opportunities? 

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Developing leadership resilience: How to build resilience to effectively manage setbacks, navigate challenges and bounce back from adversity in leadership roles?  

Dr Susan McGinty, Founder, Aya Leadership

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Developing executive presence: How to cultivate executive presence and enhance communications and presentation skills that project confidence and influence?  

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Kim Vella, Founder and Chief Coach, Kim Vella Coaching

Mentorship and Sponsorship: How to implement strategies for finding mentors, building meaningful relationships, and seeking sponsorship to advance your career? 

PERSONAL GROWTH

Leading with emotional intelligence: How to develop your emotional intelligence and empathy to build strong relationships, navigate challenging conversations and create inclusive and supportive team environments?  

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Emma Prime, Director and Principal Psychologist, Prime Psychology (she/her) 

Assertiveness and confidence: How to build self-confidence and assertiveness skills to effectively navigate leadership roles and overcome self-doubt?  

3:20

Afternoon Tea

TURN INSPIRATION TO ACTION

3:50

Keynote Q&A Panel: Personal growth as leaders

Lessons learned and self-reflection

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Lucy Poole, General Manager Digital Strategy, Architecture and Discovery, Digital Transformation Agency 

Melissa Woodburn, Chief Operating Officer, Austrade

4:40

Delegate Spotlight

4:50

Chairperson Closing Address

5:00

End of Summit

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