TWO DAY DIGITAL CONFERENCE
Lead with purpose, commitment & confidence
Conference Date
Wednesday 24 - Thursday 25 August 2022
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Day 1 - Wednesday 24th August, 2022

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

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9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Rowena Park
General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement
Australian Energy Regulator
9:10
Opening Keynote: Breaking through the regulatory glass ceiling for better community outcomes

• How the face of regulators have changed in Australia
• Why it matters to have women in regulatory leadership roles
• Which barriers remain for women regulators and how can we address them?
• What can we all do to keep women at the regulatory table?

Sarah McDowell
Commissioner
Energy Safe Victoria
9:50
VIP Keynote and Q&A: Any ordinary day: Blindsides, resilience and what happens after the worst day of your life

• The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after?
• How ordinary people endure the unthinkable and what we can learn from them
• First hand accounts of people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media
• Understanding your worst fears, and what to do when they come true?

Leigh Sales AM
Award Winning Journalist, Host of 7.30, Author of Any Ordinary Day
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
10:30
Morning tea break
10:45
Navigating the cultural barriers to improve regulators performance

• Reflecting on the experiences of women in leadership roles in regulation
• Examining the structural and cultural barriers for women in leadership roles
• Exploring the importance of culture in driving improvements in regulator performance
• Opportunities to improve leadership in regulators through the ‘Regulators as a Profession’ Project

Anna Cronin
Commissioner
Better Regulation Red Tape Commissioner
11:30
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 your peers from across the sector:
• Introduce yourself
• Share what leadership means to you
• Discuss what areas of leadership challenge you

12:10
Lunch break
12:40
Keynote: Exploring the journey to senior leadership

• Navigating difficult conversations as a leader
• How do you deal with things when they do not go your way?
• Staying true to yourself and the organisation with authentic leadership
• Lessons learned and pitfalls throughout the journey

Sasha Viergever
Executive Director, Corporate
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
1:20
The process of discovering your career & passion to guide your leadership growth

• Every journey starts with the first step and laying down the foundations is important
• Finding and evolving your tribe – no one succeeds alone
• Understanding your true value and earning your seat at the table
• How to unlearn outdated ideas and be insanely curious
• Being authentically you is a superpower

Janelle van de Velde
Chief Corporate Officer
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
2:00
Fireside Chat: What male allies can do to support women in regulatory leadership

• Acknowledging the historically privileged position of men in regulation
• The role of men in supporting women in leadership and how women can help men become better allies
• Top three tips for leading in the sector

Aaron de Rozario
Executive Leader, Regulatory Reform
National Transport Commission
Tony Pearce
Inspector-General
Inspector-General for Emergency Management
2:40PM (AEST)
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 25th August, 2022

9:00am (AEST)
Welcome from The Hatchery & housekeeping update
9:05
Opening remarks from Chair
Rowena Park
General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement
Australian Energy Regulator
9:10
Opening Keynote: Are effective regulatory leaders different from other women leaders?

• My career journey and how regulation in Australia and internationally has changed over the past 40 years
• Leading regulation in different sectors and at different levels of government – what is the same and what is not?
• Why being a leader in regulation can be different from being a leader in other public sector settings and what strategies work best to lead the regulatory workforce
• What women can bring to leadership in regulation – approaches to tough situations and negotiations

Rose Webb
Chair, ANZSOG National Regulators Community of Practice &
Former Deputy Secretary, Better Regulation Division & Commissioner, NSW Fair Trading
9:50
Panel discussion: 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
• What strategies do you use to find meaning and purpose in your leadership?
• How do you manage your mental health as well as the wellbeing of your team?
• How do you get the work/life balance right when leading hybrid teams?
• What are your tips for managing hybrid teams and your staff returning to the office?
• How do you stay true to yourself and overcoming stereotypes
• How do you overcome preconceived notions of what a leader in your position should be doing and understand your true purpose and value?

Margaret Sexton
Director Regulatory Innovation
Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)
Kate Symons
Chairperson and Commissioner
Essential Services Commission
10:30
Morning tea break
10:45
Case Study: Mental health, leadership and taking care of yourself and others

• My journey with suicide and mental health, and the lessons it has for you
• The importance of mental health awareness for leaders
• Staying connected, checking in and keeping the lines open

CMDR Kelly Haywood
Deputy Director Logistics and Enablers (L&E), Directorate of Navy Career Management
Royal Australian Navy
11:25
Interactive Zoom Group Coaching

In this live networking activity on Zoom Meetings, you will be placed in groups of 4. Come prepared with a leadership challenge that you’re facing at work. Allocate a timekeeper 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!

Rose Webb
Chair, ANZSOG National Regulators Community of Practice &
Former Deputy Secretary, Better Regulation Division & Commissioner, NSW Fair Trading
12:05
Lunch break
12:35
Leading through disruption & change

• Leading change as a regulator
• Managing personal resilience and perspective
• Empowering people and building collaborative leadership
• Evolving team capabilities to boost agility and successfully manage evolving regulatory environments
• Top three tips to progress your career in regulatory leadership

Rachel Gualano
Director Melbourne Metropolitan Area Operations
Environmental Protection Authority Victoria
1:15
VIP Closing Panel Discussion: What does it mean to be a regulatory leader?

• Demonstrating accountability, integrity, and building trust as a leader
• Understanding and tackling learned helplessness and transitioning to learned or earned authority
• Creating a positive culture within a regulatory environment
• How can you analyse, measure culture and seek pockets of improvement
• Leadership challenges in the sector and what male allies can do to change the narrative

Anna Brakey
Commissioner
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
John Merritt
Board Chair
WorkSafe Victoria
Cheryl Batagol
Experienced Board Chair & Former Chair
EPA Victoria
2:00pm (AEST)
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Conference
Workshop A: Removing risks through leadership and culture
Tuesday 23 August 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm AEST

The seminar

The changing nature of work and workplaces demands new thinking around the experience of leadership. Changing trends in leadership, the actions and capabilities of current and future leaders, and the adoption of agile leadership mindsets will define workplace culture long into the future. This seminar will demystify the dependencies of culture and leadership and support you to achieve results by mitigating risk through culture design.

Why attend this seminar?

• Understand the dependencies and impact of culture and leadership
• Learn to humanise work in a structured, traditional, regulatory environment
• Identify your leadership habits and mindset, and understand the impact these have on others
• Discover how to achieve greater results and mitigate behaviour risks by creating culture
• Harness the personal satisfaction of inspiring the performance of others
• Gain a framework for creating organisational effectiveness
• Receive a guide to emotionally intelligent leadership
• Gain model to support improved team dynamics
• Tips for identifying culture risks and opportunities

Georgia Henry
Founder and Director
HENRY REED
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Workshop B: How to increase your confidence and credibility and accelerate your career
Tuesday 23 August 2022, 1:30pm - 4:30pm AEST

The seminar

To progress in your career, your confidence must match your competence. Many senior executives report a feeling of imposter syndrome where they doubt their abilities and achievements, and have a fear of being exposed as a fraud. Imposter syndrome is particularly common against high achievers and can stop them from reaching their full potential. Imposter syndrome can greatly impact your confidence and career progression. It doesn’t have to be this way! By identifying the value you bring and how to articulate it you can boost your confidence and transform your career.

During this seminar with career success coach Sarah Makris you will learn how to beat imposter syndrome and how to confidently articulate your value so that you can build credibility and accelerate your career.

Why attend this seminar?

• Learn how to conquer imposter syndrome so that you can make the right impact
• Discover how to identify and articulate the value you bring
• Learn the number one thing you can do today to build credibility and accelerate your career
• Discover strategies to implement straight away that will ensure you appear, and feel, more confident
• Develop a framework to help you identify and articulate the value you bring
• Create a plan to help you build your credibility and confidence

Sarah Makris
Career Success Coach
Sarah Makris Communications
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Key Speakers

Leigh Sales AM
Award Winning Journalist, Host of 7.30, Author of Any Ordinary Day
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Cheryl Batagol
Experienced Board Chair & Former Chair
EPA Victoria
Anna Cronin
Commissioner
Better Regulation Red Tape Commissioner
Kate Symons
Chairperson and Commissioner
Essential Services Commission