The number one event for women in defence leadership, with 400+ past attendees at The Hatchery’s last summit in May, it received a Customer Satisfaction rating of 98%
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Wednesday 31 August - Thursday 1 September 2022
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Gain the advice you need to thrive as a woman in defence leadership

The environment has never been better for women in defence and the defence industry. Recent years have seen cultures, attitudes, language and accessibility change for the better in many areas, but that’s not to say that it can’t be better.

We still hear stories of women being the only one in the room, of areas where boys’ clubs linger, and a career in most areas of defence does not align easily with flexible work and extended leave for those looking to start a family. That’s why it’s more important than ever for women at all stages of leadership to come together and share their insights on how they made it work, how they changed attitudes and created their own leadership style to effectively lead male dominated teams.

The Hatchery’s Women in Defence & Defence Industry Leadership Summit exists as a means for women in senior leadership to share their learnings and advice for the next crop of women leaders in the space, some of whom may be struggling to find role models in what is typically a heavily male dominated field. From showing up as your authentic self, to leading high performing teams and lessons learned and challenges overcome, this is a platform for leaders to show you how to thrive as a woman in defence leadership, and that they are the proof.

What should you expect from this summit?

  • VIP and sector keynotes, case studies, fireside chats and interactive panel discussions detailing the challenges overcome and lessons learned by women in the upper ranks of leadership
  • In depth seminars with practical toolkits to advance your career and build high performing teams
  • 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 & Defence Industry
    • Manager through to C-Suite, Assistant Commissioner & Secretary
    • HR, Diversity & Capability Professionals & Leaders
    • Learning & Development Leaders

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    Benefits of attending

    • Boost your confidence & understand the most common mistakes & learnings of senior leaders
    • Gain advice on important topics faced by women in defence, including male dominated environments, work-life balance, leading high performing teams, planning extended leave & resilience in the face of adversity
    • Hear from exciting VIP & international keynotes, valuable case studies & in-depth panel discussions
    • Learn from new role models who established their careers often without any of their own
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    Key Speakers

    Susie O’Neill AM
    Dual Olympic champion
    Australian swimming hero & breakfast radio host
    Turia Pitt
    Engineer, Athlete
    Motivational Speaker & Author
    BRIG Suzanne Melotte, CSC
    Director General Logistics Systems, Logistics Systems Branch, Joint Logistics Command
    Joint Capabilities Group
    Aunty Lorraine Hatton OAM
    Proud Quandamooka woman, first Aboriginal woman Warrant Officer in the Australian Army, Second Indigenous Elder of the Army
    People Capability Branch, Australian Army

    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.”

      Michelle Ball
      Business Manager, Department of Defence
    • “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
    • “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