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Women's Leadership Symposium 2017


Thu 18 May 2017, 9:00am–5:30pm
Fri 19 May 2017, 9:00am–3:15pm

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Melita Ferguson

The Women's Leadership Symposium creates a setting for accomplished and aspiring women leaders to reflect on their own journeys and explore leadership, life and career development. Through exposure to state-of-the-art leadership thinking over two incredible days, delegates will come away from the event better equipped and empowered for the road ahead.

Addressing issues of leadership and career, the Symposium is an important chance to stay abreast of current Australian and international leadership trends. Engaging subject matter boosts participant leadership capacity while informative case studies and keynote addresses enhance the experience by examining key issues pertaining to the ongoing development of Australia's female leaders. The first day includes a panel discussion on how best to advance female representation in professional and community roles as well as a vibrant development session to support delegates in navigating the responsibilities and opportunities that leadership brings. On the second day, there will be a panel discussion focusing on inclusive leadership and how best to incorporate diversity across the workplace.

The Symposium offers an unsurpassed forum for delegates to grow their networks far beyond their industries and local communities and to develop lasting relationships with like-minded women. Effectively leveraging the bountiful networking opportunities can be daunting, so the event is geared to provide engaging ways to meet other women such as business card swaps, seating movements, group activities and structured networking sessions.

...And be inspired!
This prestigious event showcases some of Australia's most outstanding leaders from a diverse range of fields including media, sport, defence, real estate, law and software. The Queensland Winner of the 2017 Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership will be announced at the Symposium in honour of their contributions to the advancement of gender equality in Queensland.

The phenomenal speaker line-up includes:

- Annabel Crabb - Chief Online Political Writer, ABC
- Liz Ellis AM - Broadcaster and former Captain, Sydney Swifts and Australian Netball Team
- Brigadier Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC and Bar
- Catherine Fox - Journalist, Author and Presenter
- Elena Gosse, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Innovation Systems
- Sadhana Smiles - Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Group Victoria
- Professor Jan Thomas, Vice Chancellor, Massey University
- Belinda Brosnan - Managing Director, HR Junction
- Pam Parker, Former Mayor, Logan City Council
- Raynuha Sinnathamby – Managing Director, Springfield Land Corporation
- Abbie Wright, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Aurecon
- Cath Brokenborough – Executive Lead Indigenous Engagement and RAP, Lendlease
- Petra Sprekos - General Manager - Lifestyle, Leisure and Industry,
- Kelly McIntyre - Barrister-at-law and Nationally Accredited Mediator
- Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons - Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland Business School

Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will be acknowledged as the Queensland state winner of the 2017 Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership at the Symposium. Commissioner Carroll leads the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland.