TWO DAY DIGITAL SUMMIT
Turn inspiration into action and build your leadership future
Conference Date
Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th November 2021
Location
Online
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Day 1 - Wednesday 17th November, 2021

8:45am (AEDT)
Registration opens & technology tips

Log into the conference platform, check your system video and sound, and ensure that you’re ready for the first day. This is also a great time to get in touch with our customer care team to troubleshoot if you’re having any issues.

9:00
Welcome & opening remarks from the Chair
Advice & lessons from senior executive leaders
9:10
OPENING KEYNOTE: Leadership lessons from a career in Defence and Veterans’ Affairs

• The power of being true to yourself, knowing who you are and what you stand for as a leader
• Leaning in and taking opportunities when they present
• The inseparability of accountability, trust and high performance

Liz Cosson AM, CSC
Secretary
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
9:50
Short break
9:55
ZOOM NETWORKING ACTIVITY: Connect with your peers & share your leadership wisdom

In this live networking activity on Zoom Meetings, you will be placed in small groups where you will meet and share advice and tips with your peers from across the sector by discussing:
• Leadership habits or tips you practice daily
• Best leadership resources you read, watch or listen to
• Inspirational women in leadership you admire and why

10:25
Short break
10:45
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Career advice from the U.S. public service

• Lessons learned from a career in and around the public sector and defence industries
• Seizing key opportunities to drive your career forward
• The importance of self-advocating to position yourself for success

Kimberly Jackson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Readiness
U.S. Department of Defense
11:25
Short break
11:30
VIP FIRESIDE CHAT: Leadership tips from a true trailblazer of Australian politics

The Hon Julie Bishop began her trailblazing public career as Member for Curtin in 1998. Ms Bishop was Australia’s first female Minister for Foreign Affairs and the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, a position she held from 2007 to 2018. She is the Chancellor of the ANU, has spoken out about issues affecting women in the public sector, and has even been honoured with her own Barbie doll! In this extended and interactive fireside chat, Ms Bishop will answer your burning questions and deliver vital lessons drawing on her extensive career and leadership experience.

Hon Julie Bishop
Chancellor Australian National University &
Former Foreign Minister of Australia
12:10
Lunch break
1:00
Interactive Panel Discussion: Leadership lessons from diverse perspectives

• What does leadership mean to you?
• Have you had any mentors in your career? How did you find and approach them?
• Is there a trade-off between vulnerability and authority for women? What does it look like?
• What are the top three leadership tips you would give to the women in attendance?

Dr Maria Milosavljevic
General Manager Cyber Services
Services Australia
Christine Ferguson PSM
Deputy Secretary Forest, Fire and Regions
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning VIC
Liza Carroll
Former Dep Sec, DSS & Director-General
Department of Housing and Public Works QLD Nous Group
1:40
Short break
1:45
Fireside Chat: Staying true to your values & creating meaningful change in public sector leadership

• The journey to secretary from Federal to International and State government leadership
• Lessons learned on leading through crisis during Victoria’s COVID lockdown of 2020
• Finding and maintaining your values to create meaningful change through your leadership

Sandy Pitcher
Secretary
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria
2:25
Zoom Networking Activity: Connect with your peers

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!

3:15
CASE STUDY: Leading transformation during a crisis

• Leading the NSW Education transformation agenda and evidencebased practice
• Tips for leading during a crisis, from one of COVID’s most disrupted sectors
• Leading change and the critical role of culture

Georgina Harrisson
Secretary
NSW Department of Education
3:55pm (AEDT)
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 18th November, 2021

9:00am (AEDT)
Welcome from The Hatchery & housekeeping update
9:05
Opening remarks from the chair
Strategies & insights to progress your career
9:10
KEYNOTE: Realising the power of purpose-driven leadership

• Staying true to your values and those of your organisation to empower strategy and decision making
• The importance of culture to team and organisational performance
• Takeaways from the public sector review and recommendations for current and emerging leaders

David Thodey AO
Former CEO of Telstra, Independent Public Sector Reviewer & Chairman
CSIRO
9:50
Short break
9:55
CASE STUDY: Transitioning from a technical specialist to a generalist leader

• Finding your leadership strengths and applying them to different leadership challenges
• The role of authenticity in effective leadership
• Building respectful relationships and empower others as a leader

Hoa Wood
Deputy Commissioner, Individuals and Intermediaries
Australian Taxation Office
10:35
Short break
10:45
Regulator Fireside Chat: Perspectives on regulatory leadership from ASIC and the ACCC

• Leading with utmost integrity to deliver regulatory excellence
• Communicating and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to maximise regulatory performance
• Balancing the ‘hard skills’ of analysis and technical expertise with the so-called ‘soft skills’ of leadership

Cathie Armour
Commissioner
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Anna Brakey
Commissioner
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
11:25
Short break
Supporting yourself & others as a leader
11:30
VIP FIRESIDE CHAT: Overcoming adversity & achieving your dreams by adopting the right mindset

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
12:30
Lunch break
1:00
KEYNOTE: Values-led leadership, building a sense of purpose & belonging, & strategic career choices

• How to build a values-led culture
• How leaders can give their people a sense of purpose and belonging
• Being strategic about your career by working out what’s important to you – and going after it

Alex O’Mara
Group Deputy Secretary Place, Design and Public Spaces
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW
1:40
Short break
1:45
Panel Discussion: Navigating the challenges & opportunities for women in public sector leadership

• How did you end up where you are in your career? What are some key opportunities that came along?
• What cultural hurdles are most commonly faced by women in the public sector, and how can we overcome them?
• How important is mental health to you? Do stigmas around mental health still exist in the workforce?
• What strategies do you recommend for being heard and influencing people?

Meagan Kopatz
Adviser, Office for Women
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Niharika Hiremath
Commissioner
National Mental Health Commission
Leeanne Chau
Assistant Commissioner, Smarter Data
Australian Taxation Office
2:25
Short break
2:35
Authentic Leadership and creating space for others to do the same

• The importance of diversity in the workplace and its many benefits
• Creating an inclusive culture where people can bring their authentic selves to work
• Language, visibility and understanding and the mission of ABC Pride

Manda Hatter
Head of Operations, Founder of ABC Pride
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3:15
Short break
3:20
CLOSING KEYNOTE: The Gratitude Girl- How the right mindset & habits can lead to greater wellness & resilience

• Resilience for role changes after transitioning from remote Indigenous communities to HQ
• Supporting mental health and wellbeing through gratitude
• Managing challenges as a woman of colour in a white male dominated industry

Anna Dwyer
A/Inspector, First Nations & Multicultural Affairs Unit
Queensland Police Service (Audience voted top speaker)
4:00pm (AEDT)
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Summit
Workshop A: Communicating with influence for women in the public sector
Tuesday 16th November 2021, 9:30am - 12:30pm AEDT

The seminar

Communicating with influence is essential to high performance. Not only does it allow you to achieve quick results without the back and forth of misunderstood requests and questioning, but it also increases your negotiation skills and allows you to draw out the strengths of others. Both of which will contribute to your overall effectiveness as well as career and leadership success.

In this highly informative and engaging seminar, you will develop greater awareness of how you can communicate with impact to build greater credibility and become a key person of influence in your organisation. Learn how to communicate a message that not only engages and inspires, but also one that mobilises and compels people to take action.

Why attend this seminar?

• Establish yourself as a trusted and credible voice
• Accelerate change and buy-in with simple and practical communication strategies
• Capture and communicate your thoughts with greater confidence and clarity
• Extend your reach and influence within your organisation
• Mobilise people towards action both internally and externally

Nicole Stafford
Co-CEO
LeaderLab Global
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Workshop B: Developing your leadership action plan
Friday 19th November 2021, 9:30am - 12:30pm AEDT

The seminar

Convert the pages of notes, flashes of inspiration, piercing quotes and big dreams that you have gained from the summit to a clear, actionable and achievable strategy for your future leadership development in this unprecedented post-conference seminar.

Join expert facilitator and executive coach Amy Stewart as she guides you through a series of exercises and group activities designed to shape, define and refine your future leadership action plan. This seminar is not about adding more learning to your mind that is already brimming with ideas, this is about pulling that learning out, organising it, and creating a roadmap for putting them into action and demystifying your future career strategy.

Turn inspiration into action. Be bold, accountable and empowered to achieve your dreams in this unmissable final session of the summit.

Why attend this seminar?

• Crystallise your learnings and goals from the summit into a clear and actionable future strategy
• Empower yourself to take your leadership to the next level and feel confident in the path ahead
• Gain input and feedback on your strategy from a seasoned executive coach and facilitator
• Be bold, accountable and empowered to achieve your goals

Amy Stewart
Leadership facilitator and coach
Amy Stewart Learning and Development
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Key Speakers

Hon Julie Bishop
Chancellor Australian National University &
Former Foreign Minister of Australia
Turia Pitt
Engineer, Athlete
Motivational Speaker & Author
Kimberly Jackson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Readiness
U.S. Department of Defense
Hoa Wood
Deputy Commissioner, Individuals and Intermediaries
Australian Taxation Office