Fighting the good fight
Conference Date
Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 December 2022
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The battle for equality in defence leadership is far from over
The rate of women in the ADF reached 19.7% in 2021, an increase on the previous year and a sign that progress is being made. However, strides need to be made in order to reach equality, particularly in the upper ranks of leadership where women are still severely underrepresented. Are you ready to join the fight for equality for women in defence?

This event is designed to put a fire in the belly of all women in defence to take your leadership to the next level. Featuring inspiring keynotes with candid advice from some of the highest ranked women in Australian defence history, with the stories and tools of groundbreaking women in international militaries, and insightful case studies of women leading at all levels, and in all aspects of the defence space. Join these incredible women in fighting the good fight, and let’s show the world what women in defence leadership are truly capable of.

What should you expect from this summit?

• The best event in Australia for women in defence leadership, with our last two summits both scoring a customer satisfaction rating of 100%
• In-depth seminars with practical toolkits to supercharge your confidence and elevate yourself alongside the women around you
• Interactive group networking sessions with peers from across the sector who face the same challenges as you
Excellent connectivity and a tailored online experience facilitated by our premier conference platform and experienced IT, AV and delivery teams

Who will attend?

• Current & emerging female leaders in defence and defence industry
• Commissioned and non-commissioned ranks and roles
• Officer & Manager through to Director & SES
• HR, Diversity & Capability Professionals & Leaders
• Learning & Development Leaders

Benefits of attending

  • Hear from trailblazing women fighting for important causes worldwide
  • Learn how to manage complex operations, transformation and change
  • Gain real, candid advice from senior leaders, experts, researchers and leaders at all levels
  • Be inspired by exciting international keynotes & two of the highest ranked women in Australian Defence history
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Key Speakers

Tee Marie Hanible
Retired Gunnery Sergeant - US Marine Corps, Keynote Speaker
Author of The Warrior Code
AVM (Ret’d) Prof Tracy Smart AO
Former Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force & and Commander of Joint Health Command
third woman to reach the rank of Air Vice Marshal in the RAAF
MAJGEN Simone Wilkie AO
Former Australian Deputy National Commander in the War in Afghanistan & Commander
Australian Defence College
GPCAPT Louise DesJardins
Australian Defence Attache to Tel Aviv
Australian Defence Force

What People Are Saying

  • “An opportunity to share knowledge and experience between established and emerging female leaders, coming away with skills and ideas to transform the defence workplace.”

    Lily Warrick, Flight Lieutenant
    Royal Australian Air Force, August 2022
  • “The Hatchery’s Women in Defence and Defence Industry Leadership Summit is a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities. It is an ideal environment for interested candidates to broaden their horizons and consider what a successful and satisfying career in Defence could look like.”

    Philippa Williams, Marine Technician Submariner
    – Submarine Forces Safety Cell, Royal Australian Navy, August 2022
  • “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.”

    Michelle Ball, Business Manager
    Department of Defence, May 2022
  • “The Women in Defence and Defence Industry Leadership Summit presented by The Hatchery is one of the best conferences I’ve been to. The topics were relevant and insightful and the presenters and speaking were so open, honest and personable.”

    Michelle Van Der Hoeven
    Supply Chain Planning Manager, BAE Systems, May 2022
  • “I like how the Hatchery’s Women in Defence & Defence Industry Leadership Summit has grown and it’s reflected in the quality of the speakers and participants I’ve heard from.”

    Lou Lou Siharath, Business Data Analyst
    Department of Defence, May 2022

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