Women make up around 59% of the APS, with the majority of these women holding positions at a classification level of EL2 and below, particularly at the APS4 classification where women occupy almost 70% of positions. This means it isn't a lack of potential female leaders in the pool, nor a lack of opportunities for leadership roles, but various roadblocks to career progression preventing the APS from achieving greater gender equality. This summit is designed to address these roadblocks, both organisational and personal, and share the insights of the public sector’s most inspiring leaders from both Australia and abroad.
Designed specifically for an online format and with your work calendar in mind, the Public Sector Women in Leadership Digital Summit Week 2020 is your opportunity to get around social distancing, bypass travel and accommodation costs, and connect with like-minded peers from across the public sector. Hear incredible true stories about overcoming hardship, dealing with difficult situations, taking opportunities and facing challenges head on. Featuring VIP speakers, keynotes, fireside chats, and group networking and coaching sessions, you will walk away inspired, energised and equipped with valuable tools to take your leadership to the next level. Plus, with our unique half-day digital format you can learn in the morning and lead in the afternoon, actioning your takeaways immediately to maximise your leadership growth.
- Gain invaluable career advice from the personal stories and lessons learned from senior women within the APS and major US defence and homeland security agencies
- Affect real change in your organisation by learning how to lead with influence from Male Champions of Change and inclusive leaders
- Bypass social distancing and keep growing your skills by connecting digitally with like minded leaders from across Commonwealth and State Government
- Go beyond the expert speakers and tap into the knowledge and expertise of your peers through thoughtfully designed interactive sessions
- Personalise your learnings by joining interactive workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Resilience led by world class facilitators
Who will attend?
- Senior and aspiring leaders from all levels of Government
- HR, Diversity, Learning & Development, Inclusion and Cultural Change
- Male Champions of Change
- Executive Leadership Teams
Attend to learn how to
- Build & strengthen your resilience to overcome personal & professional obstacles
- Tackle career & leadership challenges head on & actively seek out opportunities for growth
- Drive both gender and cultural equality & inclusion within the APS
- Develop an authentic leadership brand, understand your value & learn how to lead through massive organisational change and disruption
- Define your purpose & transition successfully from a specialist to a generalist
- KEYNOTE: Taking risks early and often to ensure your career progression
- VIP Keynote and Q&A: Reflections on a groundbreaking career in sport and politics
- FIRESIDE CHAT: Understanding and communicating your skillset to traverse roles, industries and even sectors
- From the desk of the National Librarian: Transforming citizen access to knowledge
- Opening Keynote: Seizing opportunity, backing yourself and communicating your value
- The journey to secretary: Discovering your leadership potential and nurturing your team
- Resilience planning and leadership: Fostering resilience in yourself, your organisation and your community
- VIP Keynote and Q&A: Any ordinary day: Blindsides, resilience and what happens after the worst day of your life
Leigh Sales AM is a multi-award-winning author and journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and currently anchors the network’s prime time current affairs program 7.30.
She is the face of the ABC’s major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John.
Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia’s highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award.
She’s the author of three books, the most recent being national bestseller Any Ordinary Day.
Leigh also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3. It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads monthly and has an associated Facebook group with almost 40,000 members.
In 2018, Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Over the past three decades, barely a year has passed where Nova Peris has not displayed excellence in some area of her life. Certainly, she has seldom stood still, always determined to educate and re-educate, in order to give herself the best possible opportunity to not only develop her own prospects in life, but, equally as importantly, those of her people throughout Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.
Whether in sport, federal politics, or any number of former and current work environments, Nova has remained at the forefront of the conversation for the best part of 30 years. Indeed, she has led the conversation!
Nova was a trailblazer in her sporting pursuits, competing at Olympic level in two sports while juggling the demanding role of being a young mother. Then, post her sporting career, she smashed through another glass ceiling by becoming the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament.
Since the mid-1990s, she has spoken regularly on the plights facing Aboriginal people and has visited hundreds of communities throughout Australia to gain as much of an insight as possible into the issues facing people from all walks of life. Utilising the significant platform of Federal Parliament, in particular, Nova has given a voice to thousands of people who otherwise go unheard.
She has undoubtedly made an enormously positive and life-changing impact on young Aboriginal people, not just through her words but also her actions. Her ability to be able to speak equally with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds gives Nova a unique approachability and relatability that sets her apart from many with similar platforms and responsibilities.
Nova is certainly an inspirational and brilliant role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Nova’s twin achievements of being the first Aboriginal Olympic champion and competing in two different sports at Olympic level, marks her as one of our finest athletes. As of 2018, long after retiring as an athlete, she is still ranked in the Australian top 10 for the 100m, 200m and 400m.
Nova was awarded Young Australian of the Year in January 1997 and has also 5 received the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 1998, Nova was honoured on television program This Is Your Life, then, in June 2000, she received the Australian Sports Medal.
She is acknowledged in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Hall of Fame and has written an autobiography, Nova—My Story.
Nova received official approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to utilise the coveted OLY after her name in any correspondence. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Ms. Pamela Powers served as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief of Staff when, on April 2, 2020, the President chose her to serve as Acting Deputy Secretary. As Acting Deputy, Ms. Powers serves in broad roles designated by the Secretary, to include leading enterprise modernization of the federal government’s second-largest Cabinet department with a budget of more than $218 billion and over 400,000 employees serving in VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, and national cemeteries across the country.
Ms. Powers has nearly 30 years of service in the Air Force and the Department of Defense, with experience in executive-level management, policy development, strategic planning and programming, legislation, operations, and communications.
Before joining VA, Ms. Powers served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In that capacity, Ms. Powers was responsible for day-to-day operations of Department of Defense Total Force Management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters.
During her military service, Ms. Powers was assigned to posts in Arizona, Delaware, New Jersey, Kuwait, and Washington, D.C. She served as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs, where she managed operations of the Office of Legislative Affairs and led the Department of Defense Congressional Travel Program. Ms. Powers also served as the Executive Director for the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee and as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In 2015, Ms. Powers deployed to Kuwait, where she served as Chief of Staff to the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Levant, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Psychology, Ms. Powers holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Master of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She also served as a Department of Defense Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Ms. Powers retired from the Air Force as a colonel on March 1, 2018, and her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
Mr Andrew Colvin APM OAM is a highly experienced leader who has dedicated his career to helping Australians.
Andrew completed his tenure as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner in October 2019, having worked for the AFP for nearly 30 years.
Between 2002 and 2005, Andrew coordinated the AFP’s national and international response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing.
In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the investigation of the Bali bombings and Australia’s counter-terrorism frameworks, and in 2008 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Andrew joined the NBRA when it was established in January 2020. He is committed to putting bushfire-affected people, communities and environments at the centre of all actions. As the National Coordinator, he is responsible for ensuring the Agency is focused on:
- recovery in 2019-20 bushfire-affected regions
- issues where the Commonwealth can make a unique contribution
- drawing on the expertise and practical experience of others
- convening and connecting.
- Andrew grew up in Rockhampton, QLD. He is married with two teenage children.
What People Are Saying
“Such a great opportunity to refocus on what really matters and be inspired look at the small steps we can all take to build a better workplace”
“I took a lot away from every single speaker and exercise run in the event. I would recommend for any women contemplating leadership as the next step. Also, those who have been leading for some time this even served as a great refresher with the bonus of new ideas and things to consider”
“Affirmed some of my thoughts, challenged others, introduced more. Totally engaging, inspiring, encouraging, practical and constructive. Absolutely positive experience, personally and professionally”