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14th NATIONAL PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

November 30th - December 4th, 2020
Canberra, AU

Discover your leadership superpower - Maximise your impact and expand your influence in times of crisis

Overview

- Harness the power of growth and innovation
- Enhance your leadership toolkit for the new world of work
- Raise your resilience in challenging times
- Optimise your strengths in a changing environment

Agenda

Build resilience to change and optimise your executive leadership capabilities
"Vision and a well-crafted legacy"
“Cultivating the combined strength of high performing teams”
“Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith"
Vulnerability - The unsung superpower of leadership
Networking microsession
"Thriving under uncertainty”
“Trust, connection and recognising the value of a good network”
"Harness one another's strengths": Basic brain science for creating strong professional and social networks
“Forget The Invisible Man, be the Visible Woman”
“Innovation and a growth mindset”
"Conquer your kryptonite"
“Understanding I can do anything, but not everything”
“Resilience - the secret to surviving 2020!”
So what’s your leadership superpower?
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Pre Summit Workshop

30 Nov

Workshop

2020 has undoubtedly been filled with added pressures and uncertainty that ultimately has an impact on your work, teams and day to day life. A positive mindset and the ability to bounce back from set backs is vital, enabling you to lead through adverse conditions. 


In this workshop, you'll gain practical tools to build resilience through change. You'll explore techniques such as collaborative problem solving and change management processes. Leave with a firmer understanding of how to take charge of your mental and emotional state and how to overcome setbacks to successfully manage adverse conditions. 


Build resilience to change and minimise stress. 

- Take charge of your mind

- Discover how to bounce back from setbacks

- Explore proven methods to enhance your critical thinking

 

Build confidence and self-awareness 

- Define and develop emotional intelligence 

-Deal with complex emotional responses

- Effectively handle feedback

 

Manage stress and stay calm

- Discover your key stressors 

- Tools to build a positive mindset for leadership 

- Meditation as an executive tool 

 

Develop executive presence 

- Why ‘who you are’ as a person is critical to being a leader

- Radiate trustworthiness, confidence and credibility 

- Optimise your leadership abilities

  • Michelle Chant Principal, Change & Leadership The Change Collective

Conference Day One

01 Dec

Case Study

When one thinks of a leader they may not first think of them as a “hero,” However, a true leader displays many strengths, such as vision, truth, loyalty, courage, innovation and the ability to craft an enduring legacy. The most effective leaders seek to lift others up and create an army of leaders who, when properly aligned, can achieve success we can only marvel at. As the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the Australian Army and DVA Secretary, Liz will share lessons learned from her leadership journey, her vision and leadership identity. 

-Create a team of leaders

-Identify your leadership legacy

-Define your vision


  • MAJGEN Liz Cosson Secretary Department of Veterans' Affairs

Case Study

Your ability to self-lead and delegate responsibility stems from your understanding of your team's strengths. The mark of any great leader is to continue delivering the results with their teams during times of uncertainty, pressure and flux, and harnessing the combined power of your team is key to success. Rebecca will share how she creates a culture of innovation within Ambulance Victoria to achieve outcomes on limited budget and resources and strives to create best practice solutions.

- Motivate your team to maximise their performance

- Empower those around you to succeed

- Create a culture of innovation


  • Rebecca Hodges Executive Director, People and Culture Ambulance Victoria

Case Study

Transitioning from the front line to a leadership role brings a host of challenges as well as opportunities. Preparing to move from practitioner into managing, empowering and motivating your team requires a new mindset for Public Sector leaders and finding the transferable skills to become an effective leader can feel overwhelming at times. You need to develop new skills, influence the outcome of the organisation whilst feeling heard and valued, accept accountability and a develop a big-picture mindset. As the first female Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, Deb will share how she has transitioned from a Stores Naval Sailor to the Navy’s most senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Navy.

- Explore the transition into leadership

- Adapt your communication style

- Develop your skills to become an influential leader


  • Deb Butterworth Warrant Officer Royal Australian Navy

Case Study

Vulnerability doesn’t mean being weak. In contrast, the best leaders have learned it indicates the courage to be your real self. Being willing to open up about your humanity, imperfections and values humanises us and attracts respect, and by sharing your real self with others, you can connect more effectively with others. This session will discuss the power of vulnerability - the unsung superpower of leadership - how you can use a moment of resilience to face adversity and come out on top. 

- Vulnerability - the unsung superpower of leadership

-Recover from setbacks

-Stay true to your values


Other

Join your facilitator in an interactive networking session designed to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your professional network.

  • Sheena Ireland Director Specialists in Communications

Panel

At the start of 2020, the APS was at its smallest size in 13 years. Since then a lot has changed, and the full impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic still remain to be seen. Standing out in this evolving and increasingly uncertain environment is more important now than ever. It is vital to step up, be visible and learn to adapt to the new world of work. Our panel of experts will explore how they thrive under uncertainty and craft an identity in an ever changing environment. 

-Stand out and be seen

-Adapt to change and uncertainty

-Thrive in a post-COVID APS



  • Sylvia Spaseski Assistant Secretary, Arts Development and Investment Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

  • Cass Coleman Acting Director, Environment Protection Division Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • Danni Woods Director, Change Management Office Department of Health

Case Study

As a leader, your ability to inspire and motivate employees is based on trust, and the value of this fundamental skill is often only apparent when leading through major challenges and adversity. Mutual trust allows you to draw strength from your direct team and network, and when trust is present, people step forward and do their best work, together, efficiently. John will share his experience cultivating a resilient team through the challenges of 2020, and ensured the continuation of Australia’s transport network. 

-Find support within your network

-Cultivate an environment of mutual trust

-Avoid burnout through connection


  • John Dinan Executive Director Customer and Place Transport for NSW

Expert Commentary

Successful networks provide emotional and professional support in your daily life and have a positive influence on your long-term career. This session will focus on the neuroscience that helps create trust, influence and shared success.


- Cutting-edge discoveries for more inclusive collaboration 

- Grow your trusted network

- Become an influential and confident partner

  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Conference Day Two

02 Dec

Case Study

Authenticity and transparency are crucial skills for the success of every leader and organisation, and in today's post-COVID APS of turbulence and rapid change, the need for authentic leadership has only intensified. Having the confidence to strip away your camouflage, lead from the heart and be your true self will maximise your impact as a leader. Tracy will share how she has not only achieved success in ranks that at one time were thought to be unachievable for women, but has done it by embracing her authentic self as a woman, LGBTI champion, physician and leader.

-Maximise your impact through authenticity

-Be seen for who you are and embrace your true self

-Shred your camouflage

 

  • AVM Tracy Smart AO Former Surgeon General Australian Defence Force Department of Defence

Case Study

The ability to question the status quo and relentlessly seek better solutions is an intrinsic and essential part of good public administration. At the organisational and individual level, it is essential to be agile and innovative to stay ahead of the curve. With the Australian Public Sector subjected to constant and rapid change, how well are you placed to not only survive in this turbulent environment, but thrive in seizing new opportunities?

-Strengthen innovation in the public sector

-Cultivate innovative thinking

-Leverage a culture of creativity


Case Study

Every leader has a unique skill set and signature strengths that allows them to lead to the best of their abilities. However, we all have a leadership kryptonite or weakness that undermines our ability to lead and is detrimental to our success. You may not be aware of it, but it is vital to identify your weakness in order to direct growth and development. You have the ability to turn your weakness into a strength, but you have to be honest with yourself, learn how to overcome your kryptonite and lock it in a lead box. Only those who learn to overcome their weaknesses are truly successful in moving forward.

-Identify your leadership kryptonite

-Be specific - don’t generalise

-Plan for growth and development


  • Lynda McAlary-Smith Executive Director, Compliance & Enforcement Fair Work Ombudsman

Panel

In 2020, public sector bodies are subject to more restricted resources and greater expectations. Leaders are facing increased pressure as they try to deliver public value in a more complex and demanding environment whilst being continuously available. This means that being a balanced leader in the public sector today is more challenging than ever, and to have a successful and sustainable career, it is vital to make your wellbeing a priority. To avoid stress and burn-out it is vital to strike harmony between the many aspects of your personal and professional lives.

-Empower those around you to assume responsibilities

-Practise self care

-Organise your priorities 


  • Vanessa Holben First Assistant Secretary, Aviation and Maritime Security Division Department of Home Affairs

  • Shari Allison Chief Inspector NSW Police Force

  • David Baker Deputy Chief Officer Operations, Capability Victoria State Emergency Service

  • Gina Kingston Director, C4ISR Design Department of Defence

  • Rebecca Saint Deputy Commissioner Australian Taxation Office

Expert Commentary

As an APS leader, you’re required to wrestle with ever growing demands on your time and mental capacity. With 2020 throwing major life stresses at all of us, resilience is the solution to avoiding burnout. It gives the ability to bounce back from adversity and to adapt successfully during challenging times.

-Take control of challenging situations

-Skills to increase personal and professional resilience

-Techniques to develop the desired mindset

  • Sheena Ireland Director Specialists in Communications

Roundtable


In uncertain times, it is more important than ever to stand strong together and support friends, families, colleagues as well as ourselves.

In this interactive closing roundtable, you will explore key takeaways from the summit, discuss factors influencing your success and create an action plan for the future. 

 

- Reflect on key learnings from the past two days 

- Discuss factors influencing your success

- Conquer your career with confidence


  • Sheena Ireland Director Specialists in Communications

Post Summit Workshop

03 Dec - 04 Dec

Workshop

Transformations in the Australian Public Sector have unlocked new and exciting opportunities for emerging women leaders to step up into senior executive roles. To successfully navigate this complex and ever-changing environment, you must possess a keen insight into the internal and external challenges facing the sector, but also a clear understanding of yourself and the impact you have within your team and the broader organisation.


This workshop will equip you with the tools and practical knowledge to build confidence in your leadership abilities and to position yourself for career advancement. You'll have the opportunity to create a practical leadership plan you can use to navigate a successful career and advance to senior levels.


High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive, assertive communication and relationships

- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influence with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”

- How to 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 the leadership pipeline 

- Share approaches for moving your career forward

  • Sally Dooley Leadership Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Sally Dooley Leadership

Workshop

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 

- How to be an authentic leader

- Practice and maintain integrity as a leader

 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Evaluate your EQ level and identify opportunities for growth

- 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 to become a better leader 

 

Understand your own leadership style

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

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

- Understand the expectations of team members and direct reports

- Develop your personal leadership plan

  • Sue Brodie Workshop Presenter & Behaviour Specialist Being Human HR

Speakers

  • AVM Tracy Smart AO

    Former Surgeon General Australian Defence Force

    Department of Defence
  • MAJGEN Liz Cosson

    Secretary

    Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Deb Butterworth

    Warrant Officer

    Royal Australian Navy
  • Rebecca Hodges

    Executive Director, People and Culture

    Ambulance Victoria
  • Vanessa Holben

    First Assistant Secretary, Aviation and Maritime Security Division

    Department of Home Affairs
  • Lynda McAlary-Smith

    Executive Director, Compliance & Enforcement

    Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Shari Allison

    Chief Inspector

    NSW Police Force
  • John Dinan

    Executive Director Customer and Place

    Transport for NSW
  • David Baker

    Deputy Chief Officer Operations, Capability

    Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Sylvia Spaseski

    Assistant Secretary, Arts Development and Investment

    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
  • Cass Coleman

    Acting Director, Environment Protection Division

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Danni Woods

    Director, Change Management Office

    Department of Health
  • Sheena Ireland

    Director

    Specialists in Communications
  • Michelle Chant

    Principal, Change & Leadership

    The Change Collective
  • Gina Kingston

    Director, C4ISR Design

    Department of Defence
  • Sally Dooley

    Leadership Coach, Facilitator & Speaker

    Sally Dooley Leadership
  • Rebecca Saint

    Deputy Commissioner

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Sue Brodie

    Workshop Presenter & Behaviour Specialist

    Being Human HR
  • Garry Mills

    Presenter & Coach

    Garry Mills Peak Performance

Pricing

Venue

Hotel Realm Canberra

18 National Circuit, Canberra, ACT, 2600, Australia

+61 2 6163 1800

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