Learn, Share and Be Inspired!
- Discover the foundations of authentic and ethical public sector leadership
- Develop strategies for governing and leading through adversity
- Power success through mentorship and empowerment
- Build mental mechanisms for personal and professional success
Chief Executive OfficerNSW Health Pathology
NSW Information Commissioner and Chief Executive OfficerInformation and Privacy Commission NSW
Group Deputy Secretary, Place, Design & Public PlacesDepartment of Planning, Industry and Environment
Deputy Secretary, Economic & Financial Management GroupNSW Treasury
Assistant Commissioner, Visual Analytics & TransformationAustralian Taxation Office
Chief Digital OfficerRevenue NSW
Executive Director, Better Regulation DivisionDepartment of Customer Service NSW
Assistant Commissioner, Director Clinical OperationsNSW Ambulance
Professor Trish Davidson
Executive Director, Medical ServicesHunter New England Local Health District
Executive Director, Justice Strategy & ProgramsNSW Department of Communities & Justice
General Manager, Communication & EngagementAustralian Digital Health Agency
Former Assistant Commissioner, Education & TrainingFire and Rescue NSW
Director Strategic Relations and CommunicationSydney Local Health District
Director, People & PerformanceCity of Canterbury Bankstown
Director, Capability & Culture, Clinical Excellence CommissionNSW Health
Director, Workforce Inclusion & ExperienceNSW Public Service Commission
Director, Strategy & Corporate ServicesBlue Mountains City Council
Founder & Principal ConsultantStoryroad
Founder & Communications CoachResonate Communications
Chief Executive OfficerSpirit Dreaming Australia
Leadership Coach, Facilitator & SpeakerSally Dooley Leadership
Chief Executive OfficerChanging Change International (CCI)
Join expert facilitator, Sally Dooley, for an action-packed day of intensive leadership training, as she works on your mindset and helps you develop the necessary skills to unleash your inner potential, and thrive in the rapidly evolving NSW Public Sector.
Maximise your leadership potential
- Explore the key capabilities, attributes and skills of an effective Public Sector leader
- Identify your passion, purpose and core values as a leader
- Develop strategies to advocate your value as a leader
- Embrace resilience and flexibility as key leadership skills
Build the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
- Gain a deeper understanding of your EQ and identify opportunities for growth
- Explore the impact of your EQ on people and organisational climate
- Embrace the qualities of empathy and EQ to progress yourself as a leader
- Leverage your EQ as a personal strength in the workplace
Master high-level communication, influence and negotiation skills
- Manage emotions for positive, assertive communication and relationships
- Establish rapport, credibility and influence
- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influence with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”
- Build strategies for preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence
Create an action plan to excel your career and develop as a leader
- Build your professional brand and leadership identity
- Align your leadership strength with the expectations of your department/agency
- Establish a leadership mindset that will accelerate your career development
- Develop a personal action plan to unlock your pathway to progression
Sally Dooley Leadership Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Sally Dooley Leadership
Join Liquid Learning and your chair, Julie Alexander, for this opening kick-off session. Start to unpack our conference theme and decide how you're going to 'challenge yourself', outline your desired learning outcomes and prepare for two days of incredible speakers, senior leaders, expert deep-dives and unmissable panel discussions!
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".
Risk and reward go hand in hand. Some of our greatest career achievements come from taking educated risks, taking on new and, at times daunting, responsibilities. But taking that first step into something new and unknown can be unsettling, and the only person who can decide when the time is right is you! Join Hailie as she reflects on her own career and offers practical advice for seizing opportunities and taking smart risks in your own career.
- Stretch yourself through strategic career risks
- Dare to disrupt as a change-maker
- Have the courage to seize opportunities
Hailie Ryzak Director, Strategy & Corporate Services Blue Mountains City Council
We all face conflict at work. Maybe it’s a boss who took all the credit for your project or a colleague who keeps going over your head to get more resources. In these situations, some of us shy away from having a disagreement, and some of us dig right into the difficult conversation. Whatever your natural tendency is, dealing with conflict is a crucial skill to succeed at work - It can lead to higher job satisfaction, stronger relationships with colleagues, and innovation. Join expert facilitator and your chair, Julie Alexander, as she provides you with strategies, tools and frameworks for navigating conflict and dealing with those difficult conversations at work.
- Understand constructive and destructive responses to conflict
- Define your objective and remain solution-focused
- Develop active listening strategies to preserve your professional relationships
Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)
For most of us, we'll spend a third of our lives at work - that’s about 90,000 hours! So what career strategies can we put in place to make our working life as fulfilling as possible? After all, if you’re going to spend all that time working, why not make it one of the best parts of your life? Janet Ruecroft has over 40 years experience serving the people of NSW, across four different state departments. Join Janet as she reflects on her remarkable and long-standing public sector career, and provides personal insight and practical advice on the best way to position yourself for success as an up-and-coming leader in our public service.
- Discover strategies for navigating the NSW Public Sector and leaving your mark
- Understand the importance of continual learning and self-reflection
- Develop tips and tools for a fulfilling public sector career
Janet Ruecroft Former Assistant Commissioner, Education & Training Fire and Rescue NSW
The last year has truly highlighted how capable NSW public leaders are at remaining resilient as they have learnt, adapted and progressed the state through testing times. Teams have been pushed to collaborate, try new things and recognise challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. So how might we continue to empower and enable our leaders to work in more innovative ways so that they can face the complex challenges in the NSW public sector?
- 2020 reflections and where to from here
- Move towards community collaboration and sharing
- Hone experimentation and learning to achieve progression
Tracey McCosker Chief Executive Officer NSW Health Pathology
Valerie Griswold Executive Director, Better Regulation Division Department of Customer Service NSW
Clare Beech Assistant Commissioner, Director Clinical Operations NSW Ambulance
Natasha Mann Executive Director, Justice Strategy & Programs NSW Department of Communities & Justice
Gabriella Suchard General Manager, Communication & Engagement Australian Digital Health Agency
Corryn Mckay Director Strategic Relations and Communication Sydney Local Health District
With looming personal and professional responsibilities, different life roles, and only 24 hours in a day, it can feel like you're always on the back foot, running on empty. In this invaluable expert-led session, Mel Brown will support you to unlearn traditional self-care techniques, bring the strength of your leadership to your well-being planning, and embrace your own 'imbalance' in a way that honours your authenticity, and supercharges the depth of your leadership of others.
- Develop your self-care plan
- Maintain a perfect 'imbalance'
- Honour all parts of yourself and show up authentically
Mel Brown Chief Executive Officer Spirit Dreaming Australia
There's a clear difference between being just a boss, and being a leader. Where a boss orders, a leader guides; a boss manages, a leader inspires. The difference lies in how you make your employees feel and how you view your relationship with them. A good leader sees it as their responsibility to inspire, guide and nurture their employees to help them improve; they lead by example - both inside and outside the office. Ethical leaders demonstrate good values through their words and actions, showing integrity and doing what's right. Hear from NSW Privacy Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Tydd as she reflects on her own career and provides insight into ethical leadership in the NSW Public Sector.
- Define and align your personal values with your agency
- Promote open communication and beware of bias
- Find role models and lead by example
Elizabeth Tydd NSW Information Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer Information and Privacy Commission NSW
To become an effective leader, there are several core capabilities you should have - from the ability to influence and inspire others, to knowing how to act decisively. While these traits are important in your daily role as a leader, they are especially critical during times of stress. The demanding situations and crises you face over the course of your career are likely to be the moments that define who you are as a leader and, potentially, as a person. 2020 was by no means an easy year, but for Assistant Commissioner, Leeanne Chau, it was career defining. Join Leeanne as she shares insight from her own career - touching on the ATO’s implementation of the Government’s Cash Flow Boost Stimulus - and provides you with practical tips and tools for leading in times of uncertainty!
- Pause to collect your thoughts and assess situations with a clear mind
- Build and leverage a strong support system at home and at work
- Recognise the reality of a situation and acknowledge your limitations
Leeanne Chau Assistant Commissioner, Visual Analytics & Transformation Australian Taxation Office
Leadership is the art of influencing and developing others to achieve their highest potential. Above all, there's perhaps nothing more important than the way a leader communicates. Your people will focus on it, try to interpret it and read between the lines. Transparent communication is key to building trust, but how much is too much and how can you do it effectively? In this interactive mini-workshop session, Communication Coach, Arabella, will provide you with the skills to make an impact and communicate confidently.
- Discover the psychology behind the decision-making process
- Identify effective channels for communication internally and externally
- Formulate persuasive phrases to maximise your influence
Arabella Macpherson Founder & Communications Coach Resonate Communications
There is no one defined path to leadership, no correct shape for a career in the Public Sector, and as organisations continue to recognise the importance of embracing diversity in their leadership function the boundaries and rules are becoming more flexible. With over 20 years’ experience both in and out of the Public Sector, from Parker and Partners and Ogilvy to her involvement with the G20 Taskforce as Assistant Secretary for Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Sarah understands the unique demands of leading in an evolving Public Sector. In this session, Sarah will share her own career story and speak to the significance of promoting diversity and championing women’s leadership in the NSW Public Sector.
- Navigate the 'politics' in Public Sector leadership
- Overcome challenges and own your success
- The importance of current female Public Sector leaders investing in future generations
The NSW Public Sector has led the charge where flexible work is concerned - adopting an ‘if not, why not’ principle as early as 2016. But with COVID-19 obliterating the boundaries that conventionally separated work from the rest of our lives, and shifting the dynamics of workplace flexibility, it's left us questioning the old concept of "work-life balance". So what does this evolution to the new world of work really look like, and what are the opportunities and potential new pressures? This interactive panel discussion will explore the concept of work-life integration in our new working environments, discuss tools for managing competing priorities and expectations, and look towards embracing the new normal and how you can make this work for you.
- Manage competing priorities and expectations in a work-from-home setting
- Embrace the new normal and find an integration that works for you
- Tips, tools and strategies for avoiding the 24/7 work-cycle
Joann Wilkie Deputy Secretary, Economic & Financial Management Group NSW Treasury
Kathleen Mackay Chief Digital Officer Revenue NSW
Professor Trish Davidson Executive Director, Medical Services Hunter New England Local Health District
Simone Robards Director, People & Performance City of Canterbury Bankstown
Karen Patterson Director, Capability & Culture, Clinical Excellence Commission NSW Health
Emilie Priday Director, Workforce Inclusion & Experience NSW Public Service Commission
Culture is like the wind; it's invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt across an organisation. For most organisations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often the most challenging part of the transformation. Innovation demands new behaviors from leaders and employees that put shared values and culture as its focus, as opposed to operation excellence and efficiency. Innovation and community culture are at the heart of Alex’s role, and representing this in her department, as well as the community she serves, is critical. Join Alex as she shares personal insight from her own career, and provides you with tips and tricks for creating cultural beliefs that work to establish a new framework for your organisation’s culture.
- Break down silos to promote collaboration and deliver positive change
- Gain stakeholder buy-in and translate this into action
- Understand that cultural change is a movement not a mandate
Alexandra O’Mara Group Deputy Secretary, Place, Design & Public Places Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
In this closing, interactive roundtable session you will connect with others in the room, reflect on your journey so far and create an action plan to carry you forward.
- Reflect on your key takeaways from the Summit
- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth
- Create an action plan for your leadership journey
Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)
Join Former NSW Government Deputy Secretary and expert facilitator, Maree Walk, for this high-impact, interactive workshop, as you develop the fundamentals of people leadership, and build strategies for creating a leading high-performing teams.
Master successful change and strategic management
- Lead in a world of constant change and uncertainty
- Understand problem identification processes and develop problem-solving strategies
- Develop strategies for driving effective transformation through people not process
- Engage, support and influence key stakeholders through times of change
Develop resilience to thrive in times of change
- Identify and monitor changes that impact your work environment
- Respond to constant uncertainty and ambiguity in the workplace
- Discover tools for managing stress and burn-out in high pressure situations
- Develop strategies for supporting your team, organisation and stakeholders.
Build effective stakeholder engagement and management tools
- Identify and meet stakeholder needs and expectations
- Discover tools for building effective and rewarding relationships with stakeholders
- Develop strategies for negotiating with integrity and confidence
- Manage stakeholder relationships to achieve key organisation goals
Lead and manage productive and engaged teams
- Capitalise on your technical skills to help develop your leadership competencies
- Leverage your leadership skill to better motivate and engage your team
- Maintain team cohesion, activate engagement and build productive relationships
- Build team capacity through coaching and performance feedback
Maree Walk Founder & Principal Consultant Storyroad
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