Agenda

08:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Tania Cecconi,
Executive Director
CEOs for Gender Equity
ADVANCING WOMEN LEADERS IN AUSTRALIA

09:10

Opening Keynote: Navigating your way to the top 

  • The journey to becoming a woman in leadership
  • Creating opportunities – and not just waiting for them 
  • Transitioning from an “ordinary” life to an extraordinary career
  • Practical advice for aspiring women leaders
Speakers
Vanessa Guthrie,
Chair;Non-Executive Director; Council Member; Deputy Chair
Minerals Council of Australia,SANTOS, Curtin University, ABC, Western Australia Cricket Association

09:40

Keynote: Walking the talk – making gender diversity personal

  • Making it personal – how storytelling and role models go a long way in generating diversity of thought and encouraging an inclusive culture
  • Senior Management as voices of leadership – why attitudes of senior management matter and how employees adopt their mind-set and behaviour 
  • What it means to be a change leader and challenges in imparting the tools required to effect change
Speakers
Naveen Unni,
Managing Partner
McKinsey & Company

10:10

Speed Networking Session 

This interactive session will provide attendees with an opportunity to share their experiences in the field and interact with numerous peers in an informal setting. The session will see attendees rotate in short intervals where they will have a chance to exchange personal stories, knowledge and insights on current policies and initiatives in a non-intimidating environment.

10:40

Morning Tea

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE 

11:10

Shifting the conversation to diversity and inclusiveness

  • Adopting a "Diversity Dividend" approach to business – adding value to the decision-making process by encouraging a diversity of opinions 
  • Operating on an “if not, why not” basis – supporting flexible working arrangements 
  • Embracing cultural change and mindset shift to provide opportunities for equal gender representation
  • Bold leadership: If we want change to happen, we have to make it happen
Speakers
Nicole Duncan,
Chief People and Legal Officer
South 32

11:40

Leaders Panel: Busting the myth of “merit” – does true meritocracy exist?

  • Reflecting on the concept of “merit”: who defines and who decides? Does an objective principle of merit exist? Can we truly apply the principle without bias?
  • Exposing the unconscious bias that impacts decision making 
  • Evaluating the worth of “merit” – if not “merit”, what else?
Panelists
Stephanie Buckland,
Chief Executive Officer
Amana Living
Gavin Taylor,
Chief Executive
West Australian Football Commission
Maya Vanden Driesen,
Group General Counsel
Wesfarmers Limited
Darren Lewsen,
Partner and Western Region Assurance Leader
EY
Sandra De Kock,
General Manager People and Culture
Perth Airport
Guy Chalkley,
Chief Executive Officer
Western Power

12:40

Networking Lunch 

WOMEN LEADERS ADVANCING INDUSTRIES 

13:30

Women thinking differently: Hustling your way to the top

  • Breaking down start-up stereotypes and empowering the next generation of change makers
  • Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and insights for entrepreneurial success
  • Levelling the playing field for female entrepreneurs 
  • Creating your own entrepreneurial story: challenges faced, lessons learnt and where to from here
Speakers
Julie Adams,
Managing Director
chemo@home; 2016 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year

14:00

Industry Panel: Rebalancing the gender divide in male-dominated sectors

  • Why do so few women have real power in male-dominated industries? How can women challenge the status quo? 
  • Key issues in male-dominated industries and practical strategies to move past traditional assumptions and biases
  • Overcoming institutional gender barriers and growing the profile of women within the industry
  • Best practices and strategies in attracting and retaining millennial talent
Panelists
Jillian Terry,
Vice President Geoscience
BHP Billiton
Caroline Chan,
Head of Institutional Bank WA
Westpac
Jessica Barber,
General Manager Austral Bricks WA
Brickworks Building Products; 2016 40Under40; 2015 Telstra Business Woman
Robin Moustaka,
Public Sector, Account Executive
Microsoft

14:50

Afternoon Tea

15:10

Roundtable sessions

How it works: 
There will be 4 roundtable sessions, each 30 minutes in length and each focusing on a different topic. Delegates will be split into 4 groups for discussion. The 4 sessions will be run by 4 different moderators who will rotate among the 4 groups so that at the end of 2 hours, all delegates would have had the chance to discuss the 4 different topics.
Roundtable A
Developing a road map for your career
  • How to plan for and continuously develop your leadership path
  • Challenges faced, career highlights and lessons learnt
  • Setting strategies for effective career advancement, goals and targets
  • Practical advice for accelerated career progression – how to plan your career forward in the organisation… starting today
Kendal Drew, Director, Strategic Career Management

Roundtable B
Managing conflict with authenticity, courage, and transparency
  • Sharing real issues and how to face them
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Developing key practical skills to lead through conflict – persuasion, influence, negotiation, resilience
Sue Boyd, Chair WA and Executive Business Coach, Foresight Global Coaching Partnership

Roundtable C
Becoming an influential leader: Living and leading with courage and conviction
  • Knowing who you are, where you come from and what you stand for
  • Identifying your fears, limiting beliefs and challenges
  • Reframing your limiting beliefs into empowering ones
  • Making an impact: Strategies to expand your influence 
Liz McCoy, Founder and Director, iWant Enterprise
 
Roundtable D
Striving for the right work-life integration to achieve career goals
  • Personal anecdotes: Underlining small changes that could make big differences 
  • Practical tips for pursuing both career objectives and personal fulfillment
  • Designing programs that support female leadership and work family culture
Jo McNeilly, Owner, Facilitating Possibilities
Speakers
Jo McNeilly,
Owner
Facilitating Possibilities
Kendal Drew,
Director
Strategic Career Management
Liz McCoy,
Founder and Director
iWant Enterprise
Sue Boyd,
Chair WA and Executive Business Coach
Foresight Global Coaching Partnership

17:10

Chairperson’s Closing Address and Networking Drinks

07:00

Morning Yoga

08:30

Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

Speakers
Sue A Slavin,
Strategic Leadership Consultant & Coach
Sue A Slavin

09:10

Opening Keynote: Empowering women to orchestrate change

  • Developing an appetite for change – shifting prevailing mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours to foster a gender-inclusive workplace
  • Championing and defending gender initiatives – key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Beyond climbing the ladder of success – practical steps women can take to redefine success
  • Over the horizon: Having a vision for current and future women leaders of Australia
Speakers
Hon. Jacqui Ellen Boydell MLC,
Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia
Parliament of Western Australia

09:30

Keynote: Male Champions of Change – Engaging men as inclusive leaders and champions of gender diversity

  • The business case for diversity and what this means in practice
  • Cultivating male leaders as role models for gender inclusive leadership
  • Championing and defending gender initiatives – key qualities of an inclusive leader
  • Leading and engaging men to transform workplace culture
Speakers
Max Clarke,
General Manager Contact Centres
Bankwest

10:00

Panel: The mentor challenge – What male mentors need to know about mentoring female mentees and vice versa

  • How do women and men's experiences in mentoring relationships tend to differ?
  • Recognising and overcoming unconscious bias for an effective relationship 
  • Developing cross-gender mentoring skills and tips for successfully mentoring a protégé of the opposite sex
  • Making cross-gender mentoring the norm in your organisation
Panelists
Fabian Ross,
Chief Executive Officer
WA Super
Alison Seinor,
Chief Risk Officer
WA Super
Rebecca Freeman,
Chief Executive Officer, City Residential Perth
LJ Hooker
Robert Woolmer,
Senior Business Development Manager
LJ Hooker

10:50

Morning Break

INSPIRING STORIES FROM AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS

11:10

Connecting and collaborating: Understanding leadership in the 21st Century

  • Recognising the key elements of contemporary leadership 
  • What is the central role that women play in today’s new leadership model?
  • Establishing your career pathway and progression
Speakers
Brianna Peake,
General Manager Grower & External Relations
CBH Group

11:40

Celebrating emerging female leaders – navigating your journey from here

  • Critical skills for taking the next step and making the mark
  • Identifying and maximising opportunities throughout your career
  • Advice for young leaders looking to advance their career 
Speakers
Elizabeth Macknay,
Partner, Perth
Herbert Smith Freehills

12:10

Career advice you probably didn’t get

  • To my younger self – the best piece of advice I did and didn’t have
  • The road to success: Aligning your passion, determination and hard work
  • Managing change with resilience and growing through different phases of your career
  • Take-away lessons to put into practice for my future self
  • Take home messages to yourselves, colleagues and family members
Speakers
Prof Lyn Beazley AO,
Former WA Chief Scientist
WA Australian of the Year 2015

12:40

Networking Lunch

13:30

Leading in a high-pressure, competitive environment

  • Overcoming roadblocks and daily pressures
  • How to communicate with influence and develop relationships and networks
  • Continually developing yourself as a leader
  • Leading in a fast-paced and complex environment – Lessons learned
Speakers
Linda Albano,
Vice President – Power & New Markets
Woodside Energy
UNRAVELLING AND CHALLENGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE 

14:00

Reinventing the space: Creating a gender inclusive workplace culture 

  • Fix the culture, not the women 
  • Recognising that unconscious bias plays a part in hindering the progression of high potential women 
  • Rejecting the “group think culture” – Casting aside the restrictive model that requires aspiring leaders to fit in with prevailing management and communication styles
  • Adopting a broader definition of leadership capability that is gender inclusive
Speakers
Prof Dawn Freshwater,
Vice-Chancellor
The University of Western Australia

14:30

Afternoon Tea

14:50

Panel Discussion: Demolishing gender barriers by normalizing workplace flexibility 

  • Reflecting on the importance of work-life integration for both men and women
  • Understanding that work-life integration is about people and family – not just women
  • Designing programs such as workplace flexibility that will support both leadership aspirations and work family culture
  • Practical tips for pursuing both career objectives and personal fulfilment
Panelists
Prof Deborah Terry AO,
Vice Chancellor
Curtin University
Anne McCormack,
Executive General Manager Business Transformation and People Services
Silver Chain Group
Andrew Hadley,
Chief Executive Officer
P&N Bank
Wayde Keyser,
Head of Markets; Chair State Leadership Council; Board Member Regional Council WA
National Australia Bank, Finsia
Kaye Butler,
General Manager of Human Resources
Chevron
WOMEN LEADERS OF TOMORROW

15:40

Panel: Embarking on a fulfilling career and making a difference wherever you are

  • Choosing your own adventure – Identifying and taking every opportunity as it presents itself
  • How to successfully wear the many hats of role model, leader, and teacher
  • Making the most of your capabilities and maintaining resilience
  • Creating a world of difference wherever you are
Panelists
Natasha Atkinson,
Chief Executive Officer
Fremantle Markets
Jahna Cedar,
Executive Officer
Gumala Aboriginal Corporation; 2017 40under40 First Among Equals Winner
Lorna MacGregor,
Chief Executive Officer
Lifeline WA
Lynsey Warbey,
Senior Assistant State Solicitor, State Solicitor's Office
Department of the Attorney General

16:30

Chairperson’s Closing Address

16:40

End of Conference

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