This summit is an opportunity to hear from LGBTQIA+ leaders about their learnings and advice for the next generation of LGBTIQA+ public sector leaders. It is a chance for allies to share how others can support team members on the path to leadership, and for organisations to discuss the challenges and barriers facing LGBTQIA+ leaders in the public sector and how to overcome them. From showing up as your authentic self, to having challenging conversations, calling out bias and identifying opportunities to better support future LGBTQIA+ leaders, this summit is an open and safe space for all to come together and learn how we can make our organisations better places for everyone in them.
What should you expect from this summit?• The first ever summit for LGBTQIA+ leaders and allies in the public sector
• In depth seminars with practical toolkits to help you build trust and influence positive culture change at all levels
• Interactive group networking sessions with peers from across the sector who face the same challenges as you
• Senior leaders from the community uniting with allies to create better public sector organisations
Who will attend?• Current & emerging leaders who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community
• Current and emerging leaders who identify as allies to the LGBTQIA+ community
• Officer & Manager through to Director & SES
• HR, Diversity & Capability Professionals & Leaders
Group discounts:• 5+ save 10%
• 9+ save 15%
• 12+ save 20%
Why do you need to attend this summit?
- Hear first hand accounts of courage and authenticity from senior LGBTQIA+ leaders
- Discover powerful intersectional experiences as well as balancing culture with sexuality and gender identity
- Gain real, candid advice from senior LGBTQIA+ allies and diversity experts on how you can better support this community in your organisation
- Learn what challenges still face the LGBTQIA+ community in our public sector and what can be done to overcome them
- OPENING KEYNOTE: My rainbow family & what I’ve learned as an LGBTQIA+ leader
- KEYNOTE: My leadership journey as a member of the LGBTQIA+
- INTERACTIVE VIP PANEL DISCUSSION: ABC Pride & boosting the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people in the media
- CASE STUDY: Championing intersectionality, inclusion & belonging in our organisations
Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. She began her career in university revues, then appeared in a number of sketch comedy shows before creating the iconic character of Sharon Strzelecki in ABC-TV’s Kath and Kim. She has also acted in films (Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, The Golden Compass) and stage shows. In 2012 she came out on live television on The Project and publicly supported marriage equality. She was later pivotal in the marriage equality campaign that led to the yes vote in 2017. In this exclusive keynote, she will tell her story of struggles with intergenerational trauma, anxiety and suicidal ideation in her teens, and eventually becoming a national icon and leader of the marriage equality movement.
Victorian Commissioner for LGBTQIA+ Communities
Dr Todd Fernando is a descendant of the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri nation and identifies as queer with pronouns he/him. Todd is the Victorian Commissioner for LGBTQIA+ Communities – the second person to fill this ground-breaking position. In this role, Todd provides high-level strategic advice to the Victorian Government on the development and implementation of policies, services, and programs to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ communities. Todd completed his PhD in Medical Anthropology with the University of Melbourne and is a leading expert in reforming social policy and cultural safety frameworks in public and private sectors across Australia. Todd is recognised as a strategic thought leader, with a commitment to improving outcomes and opportunities for all Australians.
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Jim was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development, Communications and the Arts in July 2022.
Jim Betts has spent over 30 years working in government agencies in the UK, Victoria and (for the last 8 years) New South Wales.
Prior to becoming Secretary, Jim was a partner at strategy consultancy EY Port Jackson Partners, having previously led the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) as Secretary for 2.5 years. During that period, the department undertook transformational reform in areas like land use planning, water, urban design, sustainability, climate change, biodiversity conservation and energy. From 2013 to 2019, Jim was Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure NSW where he led the development of 2 State Infrastructure Strategies, oversaw the state’s infrastructure program, delivered major state infrastructure projects and developed a state plan for the construction sector.
Before moving to New South Wales, Jim spent 5 years in Victoria as Secretary for the Victorian Transport Department and 4 years as Victoria’s Director of Public Transport. Jim strives to be a champion for inclusivity and social justice, not least for First Nations people.
He is a supporter of St Kilda football club, but privately admits they are rubbish.
Royal Australian Air Force
Squadron Leader Catherine Humphries joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1997 as a direct entry Ground Defence officer. She has specialised in the protection of personnel, aircraft and bases as well as joint planning and operations. Operationally, she has deployed to Timor Leste, Afghanistan, and in 2017 was the Commander of Operation PALADIN supporting the UN in Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. Having recently graduated from the Australian Command and Staff Course, Catherine is currently on leave from the Air Force while undertaking the role of Station Leader of Mawson Research Station, Antarctica.
What People Are Saying
“Attendance at this summit blew away my expectations. The quality of guest speakers was outstanding. I loved taking away little gems of knowledge from each speaker. I highly recommend attending this summit.”Women in Defence Summit, May 2022
“The summit has honestly changed my life. I know that sounds quite cliche, but I feel I found so much insight in the two days that I had been searching for years to find. I have a new sense of confidence, empowerment and inspiration that I am going to take into both my personal and professional life.”Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit, July 2022
“An amazing and excellent showcase of the much needed change required to grow our world and workplaces to be inclusive and productive now and in the future.”Women in STEM Leadership Summit, September 2022
“Listening to all the speakers and how they honestly and openly described their journeys to get where they are now was very stimulating and has inspired me to continue to move forward in my career.”Public Sector Women in Human & Social Services Leadership Summit, May 2022
PRIDE IN DIVERSITY
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTQ workplace inclusion. A social inclusion initiative of ACON, Pride in Diversity are specialists in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people by reducing exclusion, invisibility, homophobia and stigma in the workplace.
As a member-based program, Pride in Diversity works closely with HR, diversity professionals and LGBTQ Network Leaders in all aspects of LGBTQ inclusion within all sectors of the Australian workforce. No matter your starting point, we work with your team to understand the importance of LGBTQ inclusion and to map out a strategy that will enable you to successfully work towards best practice.
Since the launch of Pride in Diversity in 2010, we have seen significant changes in the acceptance and uptake of LGBTQ inclusion initiatives within Australian workplaces. Pride in Diversity is proud to be one of the driving forces behind these changes and to have witnessed the emergence of what is now considered by many, to be one of the fastest growing areas of Diversity and Inclusion on the Australian Workplace Diversity agenda.