Be inspired and lead with confidence
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13th - 16th July 2021 (9:00am - 3:00pm AEST)
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Find your strengths, make your voice heard & grow as a leader
This is an unprecedented time for women in the APS. With empowered, trailblazing women becoming even more visible and accelerating change, there has never been a better time to step up and find your strengths as a leader.

Women make up 60% of the APS, with the majority of these women holding positions at a classification of EL2 and below, peaking at the APS4 level where 70% of positions are held by women. To break through this glass ceiling, almost every department and agency has set ambitious targets to appoint women to senior leadership roles, which means that there is currently a tremendous opportunity for you to move further into leadership.

Stepping up your leadership can be daunting, and the leaders we look up to can seem superhuman from the outside. It’s easy to forget that they are just ordinary people, and that they have learned to harness their strengths to achieve extraordinary things. Learn how you can harness your strengths at the Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2021. Join us to gain insights from senior leaders, share experiences with your peers, hear incredible stories of courage and be inspired to lead with confidence.

What will you take away from this summit?

• 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 strengthen your resilience and enhance your emotional intelligence
• Interactive group networking sessions with peers from across the sector who face the same circumstances 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 from all types of government organisations
• Manager through to C-Suite, Commissioner & Secretary
• HR, Diversity & Learning & Development Professionals & Leaders

Previous Digital Summit Testimonials

‘The experience was outstanding. The speakers were genuine, authentic, open and courageous. The ability to make comments in the chat and see what others were thinking in the moment really heightened the experience for me.’
- Program Manager, Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources, November 2020

‘This conference wasn’t just personal stories, but instead actionable take-away concepts and ideas.’
- Contract Manager, Department of Defence, November 2020

‘Best couple of days training I’ve had.’
- Assistant Director, Services Australia, July 2020

Benefits of attending

  • Tap into the valuable lessons learned by senior women in public sector leadership
  • Tackle career and leadership challenges head on and actively seek opportunities for growth
  • Be inspired by incredible women achieving meaningful change
  • Hear stories of vulnerability, authenticity and resilience from senior APS leaders
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Key Speakers

Grace Tame
Survivor and advocate for survivors of child sexual assault
2021 Australian of the Year
Natasha Stott Despoja
Former Leader of the Australian Democrats and Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
United Nations
Cheryl Mason
Chairman, Board of Veteran’s Appeals
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Former NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner, NSW Australian of the Year, Commissioner
Resilience NSW