TWO DAY DIGITAL SUMMIT
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%
Conference Date
Wednesday 31 August - Thursday 1 September 2022
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Day 1 - Wednesday 31st August, 2022

8:45AM (AEST)
Registration opens & technology tips

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9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
WGCDR Jaimie Abbott
Award winning public speaker and MC
Jaimie Abbott Communications
Leadership advice from the upper ranks
9:10
OPENING KEYNOTE: Authentic Leadership: The importance of bringing your whole self to your role

• Understanding that becoming a leader does not mean changing who you are
• Building trust in your team by letting them see more of you
• The value of Authentic Leadership to performance as well as culture

BRIG Suzanne Melotte, CSC
Director General Logistics Systems, Logistics Systems Branch, Joint Logistics Command
Joint Capabilities Group
9:50
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Leading as a woman in a male dominated environment

• Leading as a senior officer in the male dominated Army environment
• Reflections on leading as an Australian in a US Defence agency
• Breaking the Mold: How trying to ‘fit in’ can be a disadvantage

MAJGEN Michelle McGuinness CSC
Deputy Director for Commonwealth Integration
U.S. Department of Defense
10:30
10 minute break
10:40
Keynote: Leading in a rapidly changing world

• Managing complexity and complex projects in a rapidly changing environment
• Balancing the tactical with the strategic
• Aligning culture with organisational strategy and values to ensure success

Corry Roberts
Vice President, Land
Thales
11:20
VIP FIRESIDE CHAT: How the right mindset will build your resilience in the face of adversity

While competing in a 100km ultra-marathon, Turia was caught in a grassfire and was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full-thickness burns to 65% of her body. She lost 7 fingers, had over 200 medical procedures and spent 2 gruelling years in recovery. Surviving against overwhelming odds, she has rebuilt her life and defied every expectation placed on her. Engaging and refreshingly candid with a story that will astonish, inspire and leave you in stitches. Turia’s enthralling message of overcoming adversity and the need to never EVER give up will motivate you out of your chair, and into life!

Turia Pitt
Engineer, Athlete
Motivational Speaker & Author
12:20
30 minute lunch break
12:50
Interactive Panel Discussion: Leadership lessons from diverse perspectives

• What has been the biggest highlight of your leadership career to date?
• What is one piece of leadership advice you wish you could give your past self?
• What are the top three leadership tips you would give to the women in attendance?

SQNLDR Shamsa Lea
RAAF Veteran, NFP Board Director, Co-Founder of #PropelHerAUS, People and Culture Leader of the Year 2021 & Senior Manager, Workforce Transformation
Deloitte
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
1:35
CASE STUDY: Leading high performing teams

• The value of empathy when leading high performing teams
• Building trust so you team can perform at their best
• Leveraging individual strengths and diversity to thrive as a team

Marie Jackson
Assistant Secretary Regional Services
Security and Estate Group
2:15
Short break
2:25
Interactive Panel Discussion: Navigating career paths in defence & defence industry

• You all came up through defence rather than moving into it, so to speak, what have you learned about taking opportunities in the defence environment?
• What’s the best way to find and connect with opportunities to move up?
• What’s the best piece of leadership advice you’ve ever received?
• Have you had any mentors to help cultivate your leadership skills? Are you a menor too?
• What are your top 3 tips for women moving into leadership for the first time?

Philippa Williams
Marine Technician Submariner – Submarine Forces Safety Cell
Royal Australian Navy
Amy List
Director, Sustainment Operations
Boeing
Natasha Heughan
Director, International Business Operations
Lockheed Martin
3:10pm (AEST)
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 1st September, 2022

9:00am (AEST)
Welcome from The Hatchery & housekeeping update
9:05
Opening remarks from the Chair
WGCDR Jaimie Abbott
Award winning public speaker and MC
Jaimie Abbott Communications
Strategies & insights to progress your career
9:10
FIRESIDE CHAT: Looking back, & forward, on the experience of women in the Army

• How a conversion with a friend in 1985 led to a leadership career in defence
• Encountering many biases and preconceptions as a woman coming into leadership
• The amazing opportunities offered by a career in defence
• Finding motivation in learning something new every day

WO2 Cheryl Peebles
TQMS Quartermaster Platoon, 9th Force Support Battalion
Australian Army
9:50
CASE STUDY: Captivating Leadership: Harnessing the strengths of your team

• The value of feminine and masculine energy in both women and men in leadership
• Creating cultures where people feel valued, bring their best selves to work and reach their potential
• Functional leadership to balance and value feminine and masculine energies to lead your team with purpose

Rebecca Livesey
Leadership Speaker, Podcast Host & Executive Manager Transformation
ASC
10:30
Interactive Zoom Group Coaching

Come prepared with a leadership challenge that you’re facing at work. You will be placed in groups of 4. Allocate a time keeper to ensure everyone has a turn. Each participant will have 1 minute to explain their problem and then gain feedback from the group for the remaining 4 minutes. Then it is the next person’s turn!

10:50
10 minute break
11:00
Fireside Chat: Mastering the art of saying “no” to saying “yes”

• “Balancing” work, life and study without sacrificing personal and family time
• Recognising when you can’t do it all and knowing who can grow with the opportunity when you delegate it to them
• Planning for times in your life when there needs to be “torture and hell” in order to grow

Anush Avakian
Assistant Secretary, Non Materiel Procurement Branch - Commercial Division
Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
11:40
VIP FIRESIDE CHAT: Achieving & sustaining your peak performance

Enthralled by swimming from an early age, Susie O’Neill excelled in the hardest stroke of all, butterfly. Dubbed ‘Madame Butterfly’ for her peerless quality in the discipline, Susie held a record for 35 Australian titles, 16 Commonwealth Games medals (11 gold), 18 long and short course World Championships medals and 8 Olympic medals in total. Susie was unrivalled in her success, never coming home without a medal from any international competition, a stretch that lasted from 1990 to 2000. Join her in this interactive fireside chat to discover her secret to achieving and sustaining your best performance.

Susie O’Neill AM
Dual Olympic champion
Australian swimming hero & breakfast radio host
12:40
30 minute lunch break
1:10
Interactive Panel Discussion: The myth or possibility of work/life balance for women in leadership

• Is finding the right balance in the male dominated defence space possible?
• What internal and external barriers are there to achieving a sustainable work/life balance?
• What tips do you have for the women in the room for being able to have conversations about flexibility and balance?

Dr Ellen Joan Nelson
Former NZ Army Leader, academic, mum and speaker
Flexible work and leadership expert
Jen Wittwer
Author and defence gender expert
UN Women International Consultant
MAJ Annie North
Logistics Officer, Work-life Researcher (UNSW), Mum and ‘military-wife’
Army Headquarters
1:55
CLOSING FIRESIDE CHAT: Navigating extended leave as a defence leader

• Reflections on the experience of currently being on maternity leave
• The elephant in the room for many women in leadership: When to take maternity leave if you plan to have a family
• How do you make it fit for your family while maintaining high achiever status
• Being proactive in having important discussions with your leaders before going on leave

CAPT Holly Hafner
Company 2IC, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka
Australian Army
2:35PM (AEST)
Closing remarks from the chair & close of main summit program
Workshop A: Building high performing teams for sustainable results
Tuesday 30 August 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm AEST

The seminar

Whether day-to-day or project-based, defence leaders need to be able to build effective, high-performing teams that can span disciplines, agencies and even cultures. The ability to grow team performance, in some cases with very little time, is a crucial skill for an effective leader and key to your professional and career growth.

This seminar will give you the tools to build team engagement and performance without having to test relationships and risk burnout. Instead, leverage your team members’ strengths and your common purpose to boost culture, performance and operational effectiveness with simple, practical and effective strategies from our experienced facilitator

Why attend this seminar?

• Boost team performance with simple and actionable tools
• Quickly align team purpose and culture with mutual values and goals
• Cultivate trust, psychological safety and boost collaboration between team members
• Leverage the individual strengths of your team members to accelerate performance growth
• Sustainably maintain and optimise team performance by creating a high performing culture

Eleanor Groat
Developer of Leaders and Teams
Your Best Asset
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Workshop B: Demonstrating leadership at any point of your career
Friday 2 September 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm AEST

The seminar

If your ambition is to progress your career, then the chances are high that you will find yourself in a position of leadership, and even if your ambition is a highly specialised role you will need to demonstrate self-leadership and autonomy. It is therefore imperative that you begin cultivating these skills to boost your confidence and effectiveness when you move into leadership or a senior specialist role, but also to allow you to answer the common interview question of: ‘Give an example of how you have demonstrated leadership in the past?’

In this interactive and informative session, you will learn how you can demonstrate leadership in your current role so you can begin sharpening your skills and boost your performance at the same time. Anyone can learn and demonstrate leadership, because it starts with you.

Why attend this seminar?

• Defining what is leadership and what it means
• Breaking down the myths around leadership what it is and who is a leader
• Understanding the leadership qualities within all of us
• Understanding you as the leader – what are your own unique leadership qualities
• How do you leverage your leadership strengths in your role
• Bringing your strengths as a leader to your organisation

Dr Ellen Joan Nelson
Former NZ Army Leader, academic, mum and speaker
Flexible work and leadership expert
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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