Up to five half-days of leadership wisdom and career progression advice
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23 - 27 November 2020
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Day 1 - Tuesday 24th November, 2020

8.30 AEDT
Registration
8.45
Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair
Catherine Nolan
Founder & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
9.00
Opening Keynote: How diversity and inclusion empowers organisations, teams and future leaders
  • Cultivating diversity in all forms to create more dynamic and high performing cultures and teams
  • Supporting and empowering the next generation of culturally diverse leaders
  • Diversity in practice: adapting your leadership to ensure that your teams thrive
Angela Skandarajah
CEO
Development Victoria
9.40
International Keynote: Reflections on the path to leadership as a culturally diverse woman in US Homeland Security
  • Understanding and overcoming unconscious bias and other cultural roadblocks on the path to public sector leadership
  • Finding sponsors and supporting mentees to drive greater diversity in public sector leadership
  • Collaborating with the private sector from a US public sector leader’s perspective
Melissa Oh (USA)
MD Silicon Valley Office
US Department of Homeland Security
10.20
Morning break
10.30
How to Be Your Own Brand – Powerful Personal Branding Tips for Professional Women
  • The 3 C’s you need to create an unforgettable personal brand
  • Practical steps to becoming authentically visible in a virtual world
  • The most important thing you need to know to make LinkedIn work for you
Carlii Lyon
Personal Brand Manager and Speaker
The Brand in You
11.10
Leadership lessons from a career in law enforcement and disaster recovery
  • Leading the recovery from the bushfires, the first major emergency of the past year
  • Applying leadership skills from law enforcement to another field in disaster recovery
  • Supporting women in law enforcement and disaster recovery as a Male Champion of Change
  • Understanding and leveraging organisational efforts to support women in leadership
Andrew Colvin APM OAM
Former AFP Commissioner & National Bushfire Recovery Agency Coordinator
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet
11.50
Short break
12.00
Taking the plunge and learning from the consequences: Dealing with imposter syndrome
  • My story from a Soldier to a Senator and beyond
  • Understanding the benefits and disadvantages of true authenticity
  • Learning from your mistakes and choosing your friends wisely
Senator Jacqui Lambie
Senator for Tasmania
Jacqui Lambie Network
12.40
Lunch break
1.10
Leadership via influence: Leadership via influence: Learning how to influence and provide support with more “we” and less “I”
  • Traditional ideas about leadership and being “the boss” have changed
  • Today, leadership is more about learning how to influence and provide support, and how to operate as a community
  • Leadership will continue to evolve in a post COVID world, where traditional structures have been challenged
  • This session will explore how to be empowered with influence when you may not be “the boss”, while also remaining sane, empowered and organised
Dr Cathy Foley
Chief Scientist
CSIRO
1.50
Afternoon Networking: ‘Meet your table’

Connect digitally with peers from around the country in this interactive networking session facilitated on Zoom. In randomised small group discussions, you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded leaders and set up valuable connections for the rest of the event and beyond.

2.30
Close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 25th November, 2020

8.30 AEDT
Registration
8.45
Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair
Catherine Nolan
Founder & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
9.00
International Keynote: A leader’s journey – Service to my country, service to Women Veterans
  • The journey from Military Service to Civil Service as a woman and a leader
  • The challenge of balance as a Woman Leader
  • Ensuring Women Veterans have the right programs in place to support them
  • Courage – Making decisions, taking risks, and speaking up especially as the number of women in the military grows
Pamela Powers (USA)
Deputy Secretary
US Department of Veterans Affairs
9.40
What the Male Champions of Change are doing to support women in public sector leadership
  • Working closely with the NSW Public Service Commission to accelerate progress towards gender balance in leadership
  • How to enable your workplace to drive towards gender equality
  • Supporting gender equality for those in the early and mid parts of their careers
  • Flexible working, leave and organisational support programs for women in public sector leadership
Rodd Staples
Secretary
Transport for NSW
10.20
Morning Break
10.30
KEYNOTE: Taking risks early and often to ensure your career progression
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Generating connections and sponsors in the male-dominated environment
  • Challenging organisational norms for the betterment of your team
  • Feeling fear and doing it anyway
Warrant Officer Class One Kim Felmingham NSC, OAM
Command Sergeant Major - Forces Command
The Australian Army
11.10
VIP Keynote and Q&A: Reflections on a groundbreaking career in sport and politics
  • Smashing the glass ceiling by becoming the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament
  • Competing at Olympic level in two sports while juggling the demanding role of being a young mother
  • Educating and re-educating in order to give yourself the best possible opportunity
  • Understanding your values and using them to support fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Nova Peris OAM
First Indigenous Australian Olympic Gold Medallist, First Indigenous Woman Member of Parliament
12.10
Lunch break
12.40
FIRESIDE CHAT: Understanding and communicating your skillset to traverse roles, industries and even sectors
  • Reflections on a zig-zag career path from banking to insurance to the public sector
  • Prioritising your actions and cultivating teams to successfully lead close to 10,000 staff
  • Finding your strengths as a professional and a leader and communicating them to gain new roles in new organisations and industries
Jennifer Rufati
GM Smart Centres Operations
Services Australia
1.20
From the desk of the National Librarian: Transforming citizen access to knowledge
  • From the stacks to the cloud: print traditions to the digital present
  • Better together than alone: collaborating with 1000+ organisations to achieve collective vision
  • Open communication and ethical leadership: leading through the largest restructure in a generation
Dr Marie-Louise Ayres
Director-General
National Library of Australia
2.00
Afternoon Networking: Group Coaching Session

Set up a learning group to share and solve real leadership challenges with in this interactive session. Using a group coaching model that incorporates Harvard coaching research and the Google Design Sprint Framework, we harness coaching best practice and the benefits of diverse thinking. Use this first session to each identify and  contextualise an existing workplace challenge with and begin to work through possible solutions with peers and senior leaders.

2.40
Close of Day Two

Day 3 - Thursday 26th November, 2020

8.30 AEDT
Registration
8.45
Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair
Catherine Nolan
Founder & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
9.00
Opening Keynote: Seizing opportunity, backing yourself and communicating your value
  • Opportunities in the new public sector climate: where to look and what to do
  • Communicating your value to make sure you’re top of mind when opportunities arise
  • Navigating work/life balance and senior leadership at the pinnacle of your career
Emma Hogan
Secretary
NSW Department of Customer Service
9.40
The journey to secretary: Discovering your leadership potential and nurturing your team
  • Overcoming the challenges of leading a new ‘super department’ with over 11,000 employees and very diverse stakeholder groups
  • How to use authentic leadership to mentor and support your people to enable them to thrive and grow
  • The current the public sector landscape and the role of interdepartmental collaboration and innovation in its future
Jim Betts
Secretary
NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
10.20
Morning break
10.30
Resilience planning and leadership: Fostering resilience in yourself, your organisation and your community
  • Understanding the centrality of resilience to your leadership and how to build it
  • Fostering resilience in your teams to support mental health and help them thrive
  • Cultivating resilience in the people you serve to help them face the chronic stresses of Australia’s largest city
Monica Barone
CEO
City of Sydney
11.10
VIP Keynote and Q&A: Any ordinary day: Blindsides, resilience and what happens after the worst day of your life
  • The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? 
  • How ordinary people endure the unthinkable and what we can learn from them
  • First hand accounts of people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media
  • Understanding your worst fears and what to do when they come true
Leigh Sales AM
Award Winning Journalist, Host of 7.30, Author of Any Ordinary Day
ABC
12.10
Lunch break
12.40
KEYNOTE: Collaborative leadership: Unleashing the power of your team
  • Leading through change and disruption and the role of collaboration during COVID-19
  • Changing the monologue: overcoming imposter syndrome to become a better leader
  • The role of authenticity and vulnerability in high-performance leadership
Senator Deborah O’Neill
Senator for NSW
Australian Labor Party
1.20
Breaking the mould: How trying to ‘’fit in’ can be a disadvantage to leveraging diversity of thought
  • Resisting the urge to ‘fit in’ and promote diversity of thought to challenge  yourself and bring the most value to your role
  • Working outside your comfort zone and being the point of difference, both in terms of expertise and culture
  • Leveraging your differences to challenge the status quo, encourage a more strategic view and build the capability of your team to deliver a strong program of change
  • Summoning the courage and resilience to be your authentic self in order to yield incredible rewards, particularly when you don’t ‘fit in’
Ciara Spencer
Acting First Assistant Secretary, Aviation and Maritime Security Division
Department of Home Affairs
2.00
Afternoon Networking: Group Coaching Session 2

Following on from the coaching session from Day Two, you will have the opportunity to build on the initial solutions you began working through. Change your role and act as a coach to your fellow peers as you help everyone in your group develop practical strategies to apply to their real world leadership challenge. Make the most of the diverse thinking in your group while you apply coaching best practice.

2.40
Close of Day Three
Workshop A: Forget the apologies and learn to lead with confidence
Monday 23 November 2020, 9:00am-12:00pm

Apologies are confidence killers. So, why are women apologising all the time? Apologies matter, and with every unnecessary apology we give, we chip away at our confidence. I’m on a mission to turn our apologetic communication styles into confidence building lingo. Apologies have become our habitual way of communicating and it’s intimately linked to our feelings of being an imposter. The imposter syndrome ensures we never feel “good enough”; we constantly undervalue ourselves and feel like we don’t belong.

Feeling like an imposter is demoralising and exhausting, but most of all, it kills our confidence and ability to step out of our comfort zones, take a risk and play big.

Learning Objectives

The first half of this workshop will focus on communication blunders and you’ll learn:

  • Why apologies hurt our confidence and how to stop needlessly apologising
  • How to strengthen your communication skills by avoiding minimising and disqualifying lingo
  • How to switch out common communication pitfalls for more confident lingo

The second half of this workshop will focus on the imposter syndrome and you will learn:

  • What the imposter syndrome is and the main fears behind it.
  • How to contextualise imposter syndrome feelings, instead of personalising them.
  • What the main characteristics are and how it shows up in your life.
  • The poor coping strategies most people employ that lead us to play safe and keep small.
  • How to deal with failures so you don’t internalise them.
Professor Maja (Canada)
Sociologist, Author, TedX Speaker, Confidence-builder
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Workshop B: Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsoring Women
Friday 27 November 2020, 9:00am-12:00pm

Coaches guide, Mentors give, Sponsors advocate.

Great leaders are great coaches, mentors and sponsors. If you want to be great at one or all three, you need to have the necessary skills to draw out the best in others and empower them to be their best. Sharing your skills, knowledge and expertise can benefit any workplace but tapping into the talents of others and then it opens the doors for younger women to climb the organisational ladder as well as retaining institutional and practical know-how in your organisation. This masterclass will give you the skills to build informal and formal mentoring relationships with your peers.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the differences between coaching, mentoring and sponsorship
  • Identify the proven impacts of sponsorship for women’s career progression and retention
  • Define a variety of situational coaching approaches and proven coaching mindsets
  • Utilise a variety of diagnostics in order to customise your coaching approach
  • Employ an effective coaching framework to guide conversations that lead to clear commitments and actions
  • Enhance your capability to give effective performance and developmental suggestions
  • Unlock the potential in people who may feel stuck
Nell Wilson
Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Women in Leadership Specialist
Nell Wilson Consulting
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Key Speakers

Leigh Sales AM
Award Winning Journalist, Host of 7.30, Author of Any Ordinary Day
ABC
Nova Peris OAM
First Indigenous Australian Olympic Gold Medallist, First Indigenous Woman Member of Parliament
Pamela Powers (USA)
Deputy Secretary
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Andrew Colvin APM OAM
Former AFP Commissioner & National Bushfire Recovery Agency Coordinator
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet