Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Leith Mitchell,
Director
Mitchell Services
ADVANCING WOMEN LEADERS IN AUSTRALIA

09:10

Opening 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 gender initiatives and key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Beyond climbing the ladder of success – practical steps women can take to redefine success
  • The reality of the ‘glass ceiling’: What will the future of women’s leadership look like?

09:40

Keynote: Charting the trajectory to leadership

  • Taking care vs taking charge – Recognising roadblocks that detour and how women can move past traditional roles 
  • Women leaders as the status quo rather than a novelty – key attributes of high achieving leaders
  • Positioning yourself within the power domain and owning your power, influence and authority
Speakers
Samantha Freebairn,
Pilot;Young Global Leader
Royal Australian Air Force;World Economic Forum

10:10

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.

10:40

Morning Tea 

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE

11:10

Shifting the dial - moving from diversity to inclusion

  • 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 and 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
Julie McKay,
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Queensland Male Champions of Change Convenor
PwC

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?
Speakers
Bruce Baker,
Senior Managing Director,Queensland
CBRE Asia Pacific
Peter Birtles,
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Super Retail Group
Toni Hawkins,
Financial Controller, Capital Projects
Coca Cola Amatil
Wendy Brown,
State General Manager Queensland
Westpac

12:30

Networking lunch 

WOMEN LEADERS ADVANCING INDUSTRIES

13:30

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
Patrice Brown,
CEO, 2016 Telstra Queensland Entrepreneur Award
CQG Consulting

14:00

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
Speakers
Alex Fisher,
Executive General Manager - Asset Strategy and Delivery
SunWater
Barbara-Anne Bensted,
Chief Digital Officer
Energy Queensland
Catherine Baxter,
General Manager Operations SE QLD and NSW
Aurizon
Maia Schweizer,
General Manager Integrated Gas Operations
Origin Energy

14:50

Afternoon Tea

15:10

Rotating Roundtables 

Roundtable sessions allow for extended discussion among smaller groups and are excellent for giving and receiving targeted feedback and engaging in more in-depth discussions.
How it works: 
There will be 4 roundtable sessions, each 20 minutes in length and focusing on a different topic. Delegates will be split into 4 groups and each session typically begins with a 5 minutes introduction by the moderator followed by 15 minutes of discussion and feedback. The 4 sessions will be run by 4 different moderators who will rotate among the 4 groups so that at the end of the entire session, 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
Roundtable B - Managing conflict with authenticity, courage and transparency 
 
  • Sharing real issues and how to face them
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Developing key practical skills to lead through conflict – persuasion, influence, negotiation, resilience
Catherine Molloy, Auspac Education Director, Auspac

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 
Kimberley Dripps, Assistant Director-General and Chief Advisor, Queensland Government Procurement, Department of Housing and Public Works

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
Speakers
Catherine Molloy,
Auspac Education Director
Auspac
Kimberley Dripps,
Assistant Director-General and Chief Advisor, Queensland Government Procurement
Department of Housing and Public Works

16:30

Chairperson’s closing address & End of Day 1

07:00

Morning Yoga

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

LEADING CHANGE IN GENDER EQUITY

09:10

Keynote: 21st century women leadership

  • Transitioning from an “ordinary” life to an extraordinary career 
  • “How can we get there?” - Reflections on leadership and advice for leaders of tomorrow
Speakers
Brigadier Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC AND BAR,
Director General - Select Strategic Issues Management
Office of the Chief of the Defence Force

09:40

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
Caitlin Stephenson,
Deputy Program Integration Manager
Boeing Defence Australia
David Clarke,
Executive Director, Risk, Legal & Tax and Chief Risk Officer
QIC
Deb Barnes,
Head of Investment Risk Management
QIC
Jim Pruss,
CEO
Seqwater
Kate Lanskey,
Manager Water Supply Planning
Seqwater
Stephen Hudson,
Chief Engineer
Boeing Defence Australia

10:50

Morning Tea

INSPIRING STORIES FROM AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS

11:10

Male Champions of Change: Walking the talk – making gender diversity personal 

  • Making it personal – how storytelling and role models go a long way in generating diversity of thought and encouraging an inclusive culture
  • CEOs as voices of leadership – why attitudes of CEOs matter and how employees adopt the CEO’s mind-set and behaviour 
  • What it means to be a change leader and challenges in imparting the tools required to effect change
Speakers
Philip Noble,
Chief Executive
Queensland Treasury Corporation
UNRAVELLING AND CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE

11:40

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
Penelope Twemlow,
Chief Executive Officer, 2016 Telstra Queensland For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award
Energy Skills Queensland

12:10

Networking Lunch

13:10

Panel: 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 to support leadership aspirations and work family culture
Speakers
Claire Pierce,
Regional Commercial Leader Transportation Australia and New Zealand
GE
Pauline Thomson,
Chief Financial Officer - Utilities and Infrastructure
Unitywater
Sinead Giblin,
Executive Director Operations – Northern, Asia Pacific Buildings & Infrastructure
Jacobs
Marion Charlton,
Chief Operating Officer
Gold Coast Airport
WOMEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW

14:00

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
Pixie Weyand,
Director, 2016 Telstra Queensland Young Business Women's Award
The Lost Collective

14:30

Afternoon Tea

14:50

Panel: Women who have travelled “the road less travelled”

  • Choosing your own adventure – Key insights from taking the less traditional path
  • Embarking on a fulfilling career and making a difference wherever you are
  • How to successfully wear the many hats of role model, leader, and teacher
  • Making the most of your capabilities and maintaining resilience
Speakers
Ailsa Leacy,
CEO
YWCA Queensland
Dr Nora Amath,
Settlement Grants Program Managing Supervisor and CAMS Statewide Coordinator
Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc
Michelle Young,
Chief Superintendent
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Virginia Nelson,
Patrol Group Inspector, 2016 Telstra Australian Public Sector And Academia Award
Queensland Police Service

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
Chris McMillan,
CEO
Cancer Council Queensland

16:30

Chairperson’s closing address and end of conference

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