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7th NATIONAL WOMEN IN RAIL, ROADS & TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

14th - 17th, March 2023
Virtual / Streaming

Unlock your inner potential and be a beacon for influential change

Overview

- Become the confident and inspirational leader you strive to be
- Connect and collaborate with like-minded leaders to excel your industry network
- Understand diversity and the impact on your leadership
- Learn impactful skills to lead high performing and authentic teams

Speakers

  • Magda Robertson

    Chief Operations Officer

    UGL Limited
  • Alana Newbrook

    Chief Executive Officer

    SYSTRA
  • Nadine Youssef

    Associate Director, Fleet Engineering & Assurance

    Sydney Trains
  • Andrea Rickard

    General Manager, Transport & Infrastructure

    Beca
  • Laura Paulus

    General Counsel

    Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • Jayne Whitney

    Chief Strategy Officer

    John Holland
  • Nicola Belcher

    Principal Engineering Lead, Stations

    Suburban Rail Loop Authority
  • Mellissa Zulpo

    Manager, Environment, QLD & NT

    SMEC
  • Nicole Walton

    Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

    Aurecon
  • Rebecca Munn

    Group Executive People & Culture

    Queensland Rail
  • Nicole Waterman

    Design Lead

    Laing O’Rourke
  • Jane Gillespie

    Rail Team Lead, VIC

    ARUP
  • Louise McCormick

    Infrastructure Commissioner for the NT

    Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
  • Jo Jeffs

    People Project Manager, Craigieburn Road Upgrade

    Fulton Hogan
  • Frances Badelow

    General Manager, Australia

    Mott MacDonald
  • Caroline Crook

    Delivery Director, West

    Sydney Metro
  • Amy Lezala Zahr

    Chief Engineer, Rail

    Department of Transport VIC
  • Angela Jeffery

    Project Director, Western Sydney Airport

    Sydney Metro
  • James Phillis

    Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand

    SMEC
  • Pippa Lawlor

    Professional Development Facilitator

    Mint Education

Agenda

Influential and high performing communication
Event Kick-Off and Networking Icebreaker
Your invitation to disrupt the leadership institution
Leading transformational change with a positive influence
Morning Tea
Active Leadership – It’s not about being the only female in the room
Maturity, wisdom, and influence on leadership
Lunch break
The importance of creating networks and allies within the industry
Realising social outcomes through infrastructure investment
Afternoon Tea
A technical leadership journey
Productivity hacks to own your success
Networking - Canapés and drinks
Action plan for day two!
You can’t be what you can’t see
Make an active change in the space of diversity and inclusion
Morning Tea
A leadership reflection of managing life and a career
Leading with authenticity
Lunch break
Be the change you want to see - Your leadership, your way!
Post-panel discussion
Afternoon tea
The winding road to resilience
Roundtable
Your indispensable leadership playbook
Pre-Summit Workshop

14 Mar

Workshop

Fundamental skills for communicating in a male dominated environment

- Dive into your unique communication style

- Engage in confident and clear communication 

- Learn how to communicate with different audiences


Tackling conflict and difficult conversations

- Understand the importance of timing and place

- How to have difficult conversations with empathy and professionalism

- Individualised communication interactions 


Use communication to build trust and rapport

- Match and mirror communication mannerisms 

- Set implicit positive intent in your engagements 

- Position yourself to be open and available to communicate with


Influential conversations with staff, employees, and stakeholders

- Establish credibility in your conversations 

- Increase your ability to evaluate nonverbal cues to increase influence 

- Be compelling and enticing throughout your interactions


Summit Day One

15 Mar

Other

Join Liquid Learning for this kick-off session as we prepare for two days of incredible speakers, senior leaders, expert deep-dives and unmissable panel discussions!


After opening remarks the whole room breaks up into INTERACTIVE GROUPS for you to meet one another, network, and outline your desired learning outcomes as we start unpacking the key themes of the conference!

Case Study

To be a great leader you have to find the right balance for you. In our opening session, Magda Robertson challenges the standard notion of leadership and explores how including your personality, stories, flair, and purpose will evolve your leadership to the next level.   

- Learn how your authentic and vulnerable self influences your leadership

- Utilise your powerful tools of flair and personality 

- Provide a space for all leaders to challenge the standard notion and evolve

  • Magda Robertson Chief Operations Officer UGL Limited

Case Study

Change can be difficult for both leaders and team members, but leading with a positive influence can help to ensure the transformation is a positive experience. In this session Alana shares her experience leading transformational change, driving new initiatives while embedding values and ensuring people stay engaged. 

- Ensuring you maintain an authentic and relatable leadership stance through change

- Use positive relationships to increase transparency and open lines of communication

- Bring your team along with you through transformational change 

  • Alana Newbrook Chief Executive Officer SYSTRA

Other

Time for a quick recharge! Step away from your computer and relax before the next engaging session.

Case Study

Nadine Youssef joins us to share her experience as an influential leader and how she has built collaborative partnerships as a female leader while gaining credibility for her knowledge and skill.

- Build credibility in your industry based on the leadership skills you possess

- Establish influence in your teams and departments

- Allow individuals to use their unique skill set to ensure positive outcomes

  • Nadine Youssef Associate Director, Fleet Engineering & Assurance Sydney Trains

Expert Commentary

Development in our adult lives doesn’t tend to show up physically or even in terms of what we know. Instead, we can see it most easily in the variations in the ability of adults to make sense of complexity. The problem is that most leaders have NOT developed the sense making capacity equal to or greater than the complexity of their job. In this session, Dr Desley Lodwick will introduce some key concepts relating to adult maturity and leadership. You’ll come away feeling clearer about some new ideas and the old ones that hold us back.

- Understand the process of maturity in a life cycle

- Learn how to be self aware in your own maturity

- Connect personal adult maturity to your leadershi

Other

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

Women remain underrepresented in the rail, road, and transport infrastructure industry, which can leave aspiring leaders searching for visible role models and a community. But creating networks and gaining allies can be a challenge and at times overwhelming. This panel discussion will provide you with different strategies to build your network and teach you the importance of creating allies across the industry. 

- Understand the importance of having a network in the industry

- Build impactful connections with other teams and leaders

- Learn innovative ways to create relationships, networks, and connections

  • Andrea Rickard General Manager, Transport & Infrastructure Beca

  • Laura Paulus General Counsel Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

  • Jayne Whitney Chief Strategy Officer John Holland

  • Nicola Belcher Principal Engineering Lead, Stations Suburban Rail Loop Authority

  • Mellissa Zulpo Manager, Environment, QLD & NT SMEC

Case Study

Nicole Walton is a leader that understands the importance of not only engaging with your team but also your community. Being involved in the $1.2bn Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project, Nicole is responsible for Community, Stakeholder and Aboriginal participation and is an accomplished leader in the world of social outcomes. Nicole leads to achieve outcomes that are unprecedented and have taken a collaborative and significantly different approach. Hear Nicole’s perspectives and further develop your social impact and community engagement.

- Lead through a social outcomes lens to achieve desired outcomes

- Identify what it means to lead for social outcomes and how this influences your leadership

- Hear relevant and interesting insights from a senior leader that knows the importance of community

  • Nicole Walton Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Aurecon

Other

Time for a quick recharge! Step away from your computer and refresh before completing the end of day one!

Case Study

Leading a technical operation is a complex task, demanding a balance of people, process and project priorities. In this session Nicole shares her experience undertaking a large city infrastructure development project, playing a critical role in the fruition of the Central Station Metro project, part of Sydney Metro’s City & Southwest.

- Enhance your team and leadership collaboration

- Hear a unique leadership experience from a technical point of view

- Build trust and relationships with various stakeholders

  • Nicole Waterman Design Lead Laing O’Rourke

Expert Commentary

Doing more with less is something all aspiring leaders will need to master. Productivity is like a funnel - what you put into your workflow can have a big impact on your output, and by better understanding the science that underpins this you can actively maximise your mindset and performance. In this skills-based session, you'll learn how to apply strategies to boost productivity and deliver increased value.

- Explore the neuroscience of attention

- Communicate to get your managers attention and keep it

- Strategies to master prioritisation

Other

Join us for our end of day one networking. Enjoy canapés and drinks whilst getting to know your peers further, build ongoing relationships, and share your highlights of the day.

Summit Day Two

16 Mar

Other

Welcome back for Day Two - there's a lot to digest from our amazing speakers and action modules so far!


Recap the key learnings and takeaways from Day One, and prep an action plan to maximise your event experience over our jam-packed second day!

Case Study

Rebecca Munn is experienced in navigating and working in male dominated environments. Over the years Rebecca has had the opportunity to learn how to operate effectively within organisations whilst being influential, a role model, and earning the respect of fellow colleagues. In this session Rebecca shares her perspective and insights into navigating a male heavy workplace and what she has overcome throughout the years.

- Be effective in your leadership role

- Increase your presence and create a space that allows for future generations to come

- Understand the importance of role modelling within a male dominated industry

  • Rebecca Munn Group Executive People & Culture Queensland Rail

Case Study

Saying you are a champion for diversity and inclusion is different to acting upon it, we all know actions speak louder than words. Jane Gillespie is a passionate leader in promoting inclusion and is currently preparing an AusRail paper on diversity in the rail industry. Leading from a place of ongoing development and learning, Jane understands the challenges but importance of being a champion and active leader within the space. In this session you will learn how to champion, the role you play, and how to lead for better outcomes. 

- Champion diversity throughout your team and organisation 

- Acknowledge the important role you can play in your industry

- Drive your leadership through ongoing development and learning


  • Jane Gillespie Rail Team Lead, VIC ARUP

Other

Time for a quick recharge! Step away from your computer and relax before the next engaging session.

Case Study

Life can sometimes be a juggling act, life, family, personal time, career, and everything in between. It can be a challenge to navigate where your time goes and what comes first, however, there is no right or wrong. In this personable session, Louise shares and reflects on her journey in establishing a leadership career, whilst managing her life and the important people within it.

- A personable leadership reflection

- Insights into navigating life and a career

- Understanding where you give and take as a leader

  • Louise McCormick Infrastructure Commissioner for the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Expert Commentary

There is no specific build or description that a leader must fit within, leaders are all around you. Leaders aren’t built overnight; they are moulded and mentored over time. Dr Ellen Nelson brings her unique leadership experience to provide skills that will allow you to lead authentically and how going against the status quo can be rewarding for you!

- Put the wellbeing of your staff at the center of your leadership

- Kick start your 'you be you' focused leadership

- The benefits of authenticity to leadership journeys

Other

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

As a leader, there are times you can fall into the habit of leading how the person before you led. Many of the current leadership styles and workplace cultures have remained the same for years but now is an exceptional time to push the limits and lead your way! This panel brings together leaders from across the industry to explore new ways of leading, reflecting on the past to set the tone for the future, pushing the limits and learning to lead your own way!

- Stand up for what you believe in - step outside the mould

- Reflect on your industry leadership journey to pave the way for generations to come

- Set boundaries and expectations to ensure a safe and happy working environment

  • Jo Jeffs People Project Manager, Craigieburn Road Upgrade Fulton Hogan

  • Frances Badelow General Manager, Australia Mott MacDonald

  • Caroline Crook Delivery Director, West Sydney Metro

  • Amy Lezala Zahr Chief Engineer, Rail Department of Transport VIC

  • James Phillis Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand SMEC

Think Tank

This is the perfect opportunity to discuss your key takeaways with fellow peers and workshop how you will evolve and expand your unique leadership through setting boundaries and stepping outside the mould.

Other

Your final recharge! The perfect opportunity to take some time away before setting practical goals and hearing from your final speakers.

Case Study

Forging a career in our constantly evolving and uncertain world can feel like a long and winding road, and there can be a lot of bumps along the way. As leaders, you must learn to respond and adapt to the challenges you face, and build resilience to help you bounce back in times of pressure. In this session Angela Jeffery shares insights and strategies to building a resilient leadership style and team.

- Build your teams resilience level

- Strategies to build resilience in the face of uncertainty

- Embrace an adaptive mindset to respond in times of adversity

  • Angela Jeffery Project Director, Western Sydney Airport Sydney Metro

Other

We wrap up our inspirational and jam packed two days with this interactive closing round table. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Reflecting on the inspiring stories that have been shared, discussing your key learnings with your peers, and creating your action plan for moving forward.

- Reflect on your key learnings from the Summit

- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey

  • Pippa Lawlor Professional Development Facilitator Mint Education

Post-Summit Workshop

17 Mar

Workshop

Critical authentic leadership capabilities

- Understand your personal power and worth as a leader and individual

- Embrace your diverse and inclusive mindset

- Build connections and influence through authentic attributes


Find and establish your unique strengths 

- Differentiate between your strengths and growths

- Lead through your strengths and use them to your advantage

- Increase your team's unique strengths to exceed expectations


Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Evaluate your EQ level and identifying opportunities for further growth and development

- Embrace qualities of empathy to become a better leader

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


Your personalised and actionable leadership plan

- Develop a personalised and practical leadership plan

- Set short term and long term goals for career advancement

- Understand your purpose and vision for future endeavours


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