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Women's Leadership Symposium 2018


Wed 2 May 2018, 9:00am–5:30pm
Thu 3 May 2018, 9:00am–3:10pm

Where: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

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, 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 much of the time and money spent on diversity programs has focused on fixing women instead of addressing the bias and discrimination woven through daily practices and attitudes. The panel will explore how to change the rules and norms to give women a fair go, what a successful intervention looks like, and how to get around backlash to action. Day one will also see an interactive development session on being brave, adaptive and experimental and avoiding sticking to one narrow story about what makes us effective and authentic. On the second day, there will be a panel discussion on leveraging growth opportunities for female talent.

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.

...And be inspired!
This prestigious event showcases some of Australia's most outstanding leaders from a diverse range of fields including media, sport, health, education, real estate, telecommunications, recruitment, tourism and public service. The Victorian Winner of the 2018 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 Victoria.

The phenomenal speaker line-up includes:

- Tracey Spicer AM – Author, Newsreader and Journalist
- Jamila Rizvi – Author, Columnist, Host and Commentator
- Liz Ellis AM – Most capped Australian Netballer and Broadcaster
- Catherine Fox – Journalist, Author and Presenter
- Robyn Davidson - Author of Tracks, and Traveller
- Angela Pippos – Author, Sports Journalist and TV/Radio Presenter
- Kym Peake – Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
- Tracey Horton AO – Chairman, Navitas and Commissioner, Tourism WA
- Anna Thomas – COO, Stockdale & Leggo
- Dr Tammie Matson – Zoologist, Adventurer, Author, Film Producer and Entrepreneur
- Bindy Edelman – Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Xero
- Amna Karra-Hassan – Founder and President, Auburn Giants AFL Club and works in the Community Liaision team at the AFP
- Dr Emily Phillips – Deputy Secretary, Agricultural and Rural, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
- Tony Johnson – Regional Managing Partner and CEO, EY
- Josephine Palermo – General Manager, Engagement and Change Management, Telstra
- Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons – Managing Director, Australian Gender Equality Council
- Margo Field – Emotional Fitness Advisor

Magda Szubanski, TV and Film Actor, Comedian and Marriage Equality Advocate, will be acknowledged as the Victoria state winner of the 2018 Australian Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership.