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Chief Executive OfficerHunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator
Deputy - Vice Chancellor, Research & InnovationUniversity of Newcastle
Chief Executive OfficerLake Macquarie City Council
Chief Executive OfficerNewcastle Coal Infrastructure Group
Chief Engagement OfficerMine Super
General Manager, Product SupportWesTrac
Group Executive Legal & Chief Risk Officer (General Counsel/Company Secretary)nib
General Manager, NewcastleSouthern Cross Austereo
General Manager – People & EngagementAmpcontrol
Group Manager Corporate ServicesPort Stephens Council
Executive Director, Rural & RegionalHealth Infrastructure NSW
Director, Hunter & Central CoastDepartment of Planning, Industry and Environment
Human Resources ManagerWestpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Chief Operations OfficerCompass Housing Services
Professor Carmel Loughland
Chief Executive OfficerSamaritans
CEO & FounderNFP Connect
Chief Empowerment OfficerAlexandria Joy
DirectorMelinda Smith Consulting
Leadership isn't 9 to 5. It doesn't live in the corner office, and it's not limited to a job title or the signature on a contract. Who you are as a leader is as much defined by what you experience outside of work as anything else.
So how do you face the challenges at work and home, staying true to your vision? Glenda shares insights from her journey, the obstacles faced, and the crucible experiences of leadership.
When life gives you lemons, it's time to make cocktails!
- Learn how to embrace crucible experiences
- Remain steadfast in your vision through a disciplined mindset
- Foster an adaptive capacity
Glenda Abraham Chief Engagement Officer Mine Super
No matter the industry or organisation you are in (or will be), your values and core beliefs will be tested and challenged as a leader. How do you identify the things to hold onto and the things to let go? And do they change?
Throughout Claire's career, she has come up against circumstances that have required her to make conscious choices about her leadership style. Join Claire as she shares stories of resilience that have helped her define her authentic self.
- Begin to trust your instincts as a leader
- Learn how to find your authentic voice as a leader
- Confront imposter syndrome
Compass Housing Services is one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of social housing within Australia and New Zealand. Their mission is to provide secure and affordable housing to low-income earners and empower their lives through community connections and education to break the cycle of disadvantage.
Lisa is the Chief Operating Officer at Compass Housing Services, and her leadership has provided the asset and tenancy management of approximately 5,000 properties across NSW and QLD while leading an innovative and diverse team. Listen as Lisa shares what it means to be a leader in the community for Compass Housing and how to lead successfully in times of transition in mergers.
Lisa Tierney Chief Operations Officer Compass Housing Services
Your workload has doubled, you have family affairs to manage, and the place you volunteer on the weekend wants you to do an extra shift. You want to give 110%, but you still need to keep a little in the tank for yourself. The question is, how do you manage your time and energy to maximise your life?
Join our panel for some real-talk as local leaders offer an honest, candid account of their careers and personal stories, how it's shaped them, and how, together, you can achieve harmonious wellbeing.
- Pursue your ambitions and create boundaries to protect them
- Discover tips and tools for juggling demands at work
- Create healthy policies and practices for wellbeing in your organisation
Roslyn Toms Group Executive Legal & Chief Risk Officer (General Counsel/Company Secretary) nib
Leigh Stefanszyn General Manager – People & Engagement Ampcontrol
Alison McGaffin Director, Hunter & Central Coast Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
“You have to be creative to be good at storytelling”. It’s an all too common phrase of leaders who leave the storytelling gig to the marketing or media team. However, to break down barriers and engage stakeholders, storytelling is a powerful skill to have in your repertoire.
Melinda has held a professional career in journalism and communication for more than 30 years and now works as a consultant, helping organisations to learn to amplify their purpose and reach. Melinda shares her strategies on how to become an authentic and influential communicator, both personally and professionally, to benefit your organisation.
- Explore the ingredients of successful storytelling
- Learn how to spark interest and engagement from business stakeholders
- Understand how to create your unique organisational narrative – “What’s your story?”
Melinda Smith Director Melinda Smith Consulting
The biggest challenge for a leader isn't dealing with systems and processes - it's managing people through change. It's no easy feat, but change can be positive and rewarding when staff are engaged.
The Port Stephens Council has undergone a strategic 10-year transition across their business services, resulting in an 74% staff engagement rating. Carmel will share strategies for continual engagement with all stakeholders and why persistence is critical to change.
- Learn how to facilitate engagement from each stakeholder
- Harness the ideas and gifting of each team member to bolster innovation
- Embrace the mindset of the long game
Carmel Foster Group Manager Corporate Services Port Stephens Council
Everyone wants to have the newest and freshest idea on the market, the idea which will be truly innovative and set your organisation up for success. So how do you go about creating not just lightbulb moments but a continuous culture of innovation in your team? Prof. Janet Nelson was Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho. Now landed on Australian shores to lead the University of Newcastle in breakthrough ideas and innovation as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation. Hear from Prof. Janet Nelson as she explores key learnings of how to create healthy cultures of innovation and excellence in your teams.
- Make the box bigger before thinking outside the box
- Build unity, commitment and accountability in team cultures
- Innovation is not your focus, problem solving is
Janet Nelson Deputy - Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation University of Newcastle
With over 800 staff and almost 400 volunteers, Samaritans provides valuable community services, while promoting social and economic reform in NSW and Australian contexts. Since 1984, Samaritans has been working closely with the vulnerable within communities to live their life to the fullest through the values of compassion, integrity and justice. Brad sees how gender inequality perpetuates ongoing social disadvantage, and he wants to see that change. Hear how Samaritans are going about this task, and what you can do to support that effort.
Brad Webb Chief Executive Officer Samaritans
Like it or not, office politics is a critical part of leadership. It requires you to learn how to master interpersonal relationships and exert influence to get tasks done. So how do you do it well?
Prof. Trish Davidson oversees the medical services of Hunter New England Health and Aaron Johansen leads Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group. Both have learnt a thing or two about the art of negotiation and winning over leaders. So get ready to jot down notes and learn how to master politics and negotiation, both with internal and external stakeholders.
- Learn early who the primary influencers are in the room
- Strengthen your reputational capital
- Manage the tension between empathy and assertiveness
Aaron Johansen Chief Executive Officer Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group
Danielle Bull General Manager, Product Support WesTrac
Kirsten is well known for being a trailblazer as an experienced CEO and non-executive Director. She is an authentic and collaborative leader whose passion lies in making a positive difference to organisations. Kirsten’s career has taught her that leadership is most effective when you focus less on what you can do for yourself and instead look at what you can do for others.
Join Kirsten as she shares how she has learned to show compassion as a leader in challenging environments and how she strives to have a positive impact on those around her, encouraging growth and driving success.
- Own your career pathway
- Embrace discomfort for personal growth
- Find ways to cultivate healthy relationships to build a strong culture and professional network
Kirsten Molloy Chief Executive Officer Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator
Success is often a matter of swift, decisive action. When crunch-time came, you need to learn the skills to act fast and remain resilient. In this session you will learn skills and lessons that will help you return from the point of failure.
- Understanding the context, its impact and how to achieve within it
- Cultivate belief and resilience in yourself and team
- Delivering results at speed and under pressure
Since 1975, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has been a proud fixture in the Hunter Region, saving lives with their aeromedical and rescue services. Regularly tackling high-pressure situations that call for adaptable planning and calm focus, they understand that sound leadership is paramount for success. Head of Training Richard Nest will share what it means to be a leader in the community for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and bring a powerful take-home message on leadership when lives are on the line.
How can you encourage unity and create a positive workplace for leaders of diverse backgrounds? Quotas have been propagated to achieve this, but are they working? Are they even healthy to have? What about the other issues occurring internally and hidden from sight? How do you address them?
Have your questions at the ready as our panel of thought leaders inspire you to take action in your organisation and the Hunter Region.
- Address negative problems by re-thinking your organisation's culture
- Learn how you can contribute to a positive culture in any role
- Involve men and women in the gender equity conversation
Gillian Geraghty Executive Director, Rural & Regional Health Infrastructure NSW
Fiona Williams Human Resources Manager Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Leading is one thing, but leading leaders is another. Leaders can be strong-willed, passionate and opinionated, but they are key players when you are wanting to create momentum for action.
So, how do you successfully lead leaders? Michelle McPherson is the Deputy CEO and Group CFO of NIB. Through her leadership, she has championed leaders through the balance of autonomy, trust and transparency in all conversations. Hear from Michelle as she shares her approach to leading leaders, and how you can prepare to become one in the future.
- Ensure the right balance of oversight and autonomy
- Create a culture of accountability
- Develop the mindset now as you journey into a more senior position
From their beginnings in 1992, Everymind has become a national influence in the research and prevention of mental ill-health and suicide. Working closely with governments, research institutions and the private sector to roll out world-leading programs that are supporting the wellbeing of employees and their stakeholders. For Everymind and Professor Carmel Loughland, leadership means two things. Firstly, everyone must have a say and, secondly, that prevention is the cure. Take in the triumphant stories that Everymind gets to see from their people-first focused leadership.
Professor Carmel Loughland Acting Director Everymind
The workplace of the 21st century has never been so diverse, housing four generations with different goals and needs. As a leader, how do you lead and communicate to make sure they leave each day fulfilled, inspired and empowered?
Working at Southern Cross Austereo, Ashley has been able to connect and lead across generations, empowering them to grow. Tune in as he shares insights and strategies for generational leadership.
- Learn how to adapt your communication style as a leader
- Cultivate inclusive environments where each generation has a say
- Construct individual reward plans for each generation
Ashley Myatt General Manager, Newcastle Southern Cross Austereo
One of the most valuable aspects of a leader is team leadership. To some it comes naturally - to others, it takes intentional focus. You need to pay attention to how your team click and encourage them to follow the why behind the what.
Morven has led Lake Macquarie City Council through change since her placement as CEO in 2017. She has worked closely with each leader of her division, inspiring them to lead their teams. Hear from Morven as she shares the skills required and the discipline needed to be an influential team leader.
- Foster clarity and transparency in all communication
- Identify and strengthen the skills of each team member
- Learn how to have tough conversations
Morven Cameron Chief Executive Officer Lake Macquarie City Council
NFP Connect started as a simple coffee catch up in Newcastle with the mission of supporting those working in not-for-profit organisations overcome feelings of isolation and frustration. Today, Grace Mclean has established NFP Connect to be a thriving community, which is transforming not-for-profits to operate more efficiently and connecting local businesses to purposeful corporate social responsibility. For Grace, if there is a powerful lesson gained from working closely within both sectors. Hear from Grace as she shares from her experience of leaders being purposeful in their giving.
Grace McLean CEO & Founder NFP Connect
You have been able to listen, discuss and connect with leaders from the Hunter Region and abroad. Our expert coach Alexandria Joy will guide a collaborative roundtable reflecting on the takeaways from the summit. Together you will identify opportunities for progression and create an action plan for your future.
- Reflect on the key learnings from the past two days
- Discuss factors driving reform and change for leaders in the Hunter Region
- Create an action plan for the future
Alexandria Joy Chief Empowerment Officer Alexandria Joy
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