• July 22nd - 26th, 2019
  • Canberra, Australia
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13th National Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit

Practical leadership skills to advance your career

  • July 22nd - 26th, 2019
  • Hotel Realm Canberra


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- Identify & leverage your leadership profile
- Strengthen your strategic communication skills
- Leverage mentoring for career development
- Achieve work-life integration


Natasha Maclaren-Jones

The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC was sworn in as a member of the NSW Legislative Council on Tuesday 3 May 2011 and is the Government Whip in the Legislative Council. Natasha brings to Parliament broad experience in public policy development. Before entering Parliament, Natasha worked as a public affairs and government relations consultant, providing services to multinational health care companies and industry associations. She also worked as an adviser to Liberal Ministers in the Commonwealth Government and as a registered nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Health Services Management.

Legislative Council Government Whip
Parliament of NSW

  • Jennifer Moltisanti
    Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit
    Australian Taxation Office
  • Elizabeth Tydd
    NSW Information Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer
    Information and Privacy Commission NSW
  • Kerryn Kovacevic
    Group Manager and Chief Information Officer
    Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • Neil Kirby
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ambulance Tasmania


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Stand out to reach your leadership ambitions
A look into leadership
Mentoring for career success
Lead a productive team
Boost your confidence to achieve career success
What is leadership?
Work-life integration
Influential communication
Hold yourself accountable
Lead through change
The art of networking
Step up & stand out
Collaboration across sectors & teams
Enhance your strategic thinking
Lead with your heart - Find a leadership style that suits you
Develop tomorrow's leader today
Personal reflections & future directions
Public Sector Women's Leadership Workshop Day One
Public Sector Women's Leadership Workshop Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

22 Jul


To achieve your leadership ambitions, you must develop skills to motivate people and effectively communicate your vision. Explore practical skills and strategies to plan ahead to take your career to the next level.

Lead with values-based leadership

- Discover how values-based leadership can enhance motivation, morale and performance within your team

- Create a vision that aligns with your values and the strategic direction of the organisation

Communicate with confidence 

- The power of non-verbal communication

- How to have difficult conversations

- How to speak with authority 

Leverage mentorship

- How to identify and connect with valuable mentors

- How mentorship will improve your capabilities and personal branding

Step up from aspiring leader to executive leader

- Methods for presenting yourself as a leader and promoting your leadership qualities

- Build the confidence to move from a specialist to a senior decision maker

- Develop a personalised and practical leadership plan

  • Elizabeth Stephens Coach and Trainer Ripple Impact

Summit Day One

23 Jul

Case Study

Start the summit by welcoming the Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC. Hear about her career journey and how she achieved her successes.

- Learn from an inspirational leadership journey

- What career do you want to have?

- Position yourself for success

  • Natasha Maclaren-Jones Legislative Council Government Whip Parliament of NSW

Case Study

It is essential to have someone who champions your work and believes in your vision. Learn from Neil on how to find and approach mentors so that you can learn from their experience and gain opportunities for progression.

- The benefits of mentors in fulfilling your leadership ambitions

- Get all genders and levels involved to create a supportive culture

- Identify and approach those who align with your goals and vision

  • Neil Kirby Chief Executive Officer Ambulance Tasmania

Case Study

A motivated and productive team creates personal satisfaction and demonstrates your leadership capabilities. Learn how to master your team management skills and foster a positive environment for cooperation.

- Coaching strategies for maximum engagement

- Deal with difficult conversations

- Be adaptable to the work environment

  • Rachel Lloyd Assistant Secretary Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Case Study

Discover how to leverage your self-confidence and adopt a positive attitude to fast-track promotion.

- How to ace interviews 

- Come across clearer and with an aura of authority

- Eliminate self-doubt

  • Christina Ween Commander, RAN Department of Defence

Case Study

Leadership is more than a title - it's a quality that's difficult to define. Explore what makes a good leader and how you can find the leader within.

-Identify the traits of good leadership

-Leverage your strengths

-Learn how to be a true leader in and out of work

  • Jo Haylen Member for Summer Hill, Shadow Minister for Active Transport, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Volunteers, Shadow Minister for Cost of Living Parliament of New South Wales


Successful leaders in the APS juggle competing responsibilities while maintaining tight deadlines and budget pressures. Discover how to deal with challenging situations without compromising on wellbeing.

-Manage competing priorities and expectations

-Effective strategies for time management

-Practical skills for personal and professional success

  • Thao Le Chief Financial Officer ACT Government

  • Kate Buggy National Manager Taskforce Integrity and Fraud Investigations Department of Human Services

  • Virginia Cook General Manager, Communications and Parliamentary Branch Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • Jo Chivers Director, Higher Education Program Management Department of Education and Training

  • Cass Coleman Assistant Director, Divisional Government and Business Support Department of the Environment and Energy

  • Bernadette Thompson Assistant Director, Public Financial Management Advisory Services Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Expert Commentary

Cultivate self-awareness of the language you use, improve your communication skills and discover how to negotiate successfully.

-Guarantee an assertive impact as a communicator

-Adapt to your audience

-Communication skills to achieve your goals

Case Study

Discover how to demonstrate your capability as a leader in the public sector, align your values with your work, and take responsibility for your actions.

- Banking trust with your team and the public

- Hold yourself to a higher standard in your work and ethics

- Confidently voice your opinions and take responsibility for those outcomes

  • Lisa Harris Assistant Secretary Financial Compliance Department of Defence

Summit Day Two

24 Jul

Case Study

To thrive through change, you must learn how to remain flexible, be proactive encourage your team to do the same.

- Forecast and prepare for disruption

- Navigate ambiguity 

- Resilience for reform

  • Jennifer Moltisanti Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit Australian Taxation Office

Case Study

A strong professional network has a powerful impact on your career. Improve your networking skills and leverage your relationships to maintain a competitive edge, stay informed, and gain access to opportunities.

- The importance of networking beyond the workplace

- Identify and build support networks

- Leverage your connections

  • Shari Allison Chief Inspector NSW Police Force

Case Study

Elizabeth will teach you how to go above and beyond to seize the right opportunities for growth.

- The change catalyst – what are the origins?

- Impact and benefits at the organisational and individual level

- Implementation, reputation, evaluation and future

  • Elizabeth Tydd NSW Information Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer Information and Privacy Commission NSW


Collaboration increases innovation, improves problem-solving and builds trust. Hear how you can put your hand up to work across sectors and teams, ultimately diversifying your skill set and expanding your network.

- The importance of collaboration 

- Celebrate differences and embrace diversity

- Collaborate to enhance your skill set and build visibility

  • Kerryn Kovacevic Group Manager and Chief Information Officer Department of Jobs and Small Business

  • Brooke Silvers Head of Performance and Delivery Team, Australia and New Zealand Department for International Trade - British Consulate-General, Sydney

  • Shari Allison Chief Inspector NSW Police Force

  • Jane Crowe Shared Services Applications Delivery Department of Human Services

  • Louise Greig Director - ATT Strategic Policy Department of Home Affairs

Expert Commentary

Senior leaders align their team’s objectives with the long-term strategy of the organisation. Learn how to create holistic plans, communicate clearly and motivate others to follow your vision.

- Identify the big picture for your role, organisation and environment 

- Integrate your vision with short-term goals to achieve success

- Communicate your direction clearly to all stakeholders

Case Study

Elizabeth will share her experience on how to be a true leader from the inside-out, and discover how you can develop your leadership style.

- What is an effective leader?

- Listen to your inner voice

- Identify and adapt to different leadership styles

  • Elizabeth Carroll Chief Legal Counsel IP Australia

Expert Commentary

Gain insights for upskilling and fostering meaningful connections to create leadership pathways for you and your team.

- Support and influence teams and stakeholders through times of change

- Enabling and empowering others for the benefit of your organisation

- Challenge yourself to strive for professional advancement


In this interactive closing session, you will reflect on the key takeaways from the past two days and develop an action plan for the future.

- Reflect on key learnings

- Identify areas for professional development

- Establish your leadership plan

Post-Summit Workshop

25 Jul - 26 Jul


High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication

- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing

- Prepare for and have difficult conversations with confidence 


Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance

- Leverage team dynamics to enhance performance

- Challenge, support and empower others

- Manage uncooperative staff members


Drive change and innovation as a female leader

- Recognise and overcome hurdles to change

- Trust your intuition and step outside your comfort zone

- Embed a positive change culture in an organisation


Action planning for leadership

- Develop a personalised approach: short and long-term

- Understand challenges

- Share approaches for moving your career forward

  • Sally Dooley Leadership Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Sally Dooley


Fundamental authentic leadership capabilities

- Capabilities, attributes and skills of an influential and authentic leader

- Develop personal worth, power and responsibility 

- Embrace your diverse and inclusive leadership style


Maintain resilience and authenticity through difficult times

- Techniques to maintain resilience 

- Be an authentic leader

- Practice and maintain integrity as a leader


Lead with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Evaluate your EQ level and identify opportunities for growth and development

- Understand your EQ and its impact on the way you are perceived as a leader 

- Leverage your EQ in the workplace

- Embrace qualities of empathy and understanding to become a better leader 


Understand your leadership style

- Build self-awareness of leadership traits and how they align with organisational goals

- Recognise the demands of leadership and the expectations of the organisation                      

- Understand the expectations of team members and direct reports

- Develop your personal leadership plan

  • Sue Brodie Workshop Presenter & Behaviour Specialist Being Human HR


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