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13th NSW PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

16th - 20th, March 2020
Sydney, AU

Overcome barriers to success and embrace endless opportunities

Speakers

  • Joann Wilkie

    Deputy Secretary, Economic & Financial Management Group

    NSW Treasury
  • Kate Foy

    Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement

    Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW
  • Janet Ruecroft

    Assistant Commissioner Education & Training

    Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Jennifer Van Cleef

    Executive Director, Clinical Support Services

    HealthShare NSW
  • Bruce Thompson

    Executive Director Spatial Services

    NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Pia Andrews

    Data and Digital Transformation Leader

  • Gabriella Suchard

    General Manager Communication & Engagement

    Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Sue Heins

    Councillor

    Northern Beaches Council
  • Theresa Jacques

    Director, ICU

    St George Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Caroline Mackaness

    Director, Office for Veterans Affairs

    Department of Communities & Justice
  • Margot Mains

    Chief Executive Officer

    Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Emma Smith

    Governor

    Corrective Services NSW
  • Catherine Davies

    Director Change Lead

    Multicultural NSW
  • Michelle Weiss

    Executive Director Culture & Inclusion

    Department of Planning, Industry & Environment NSW
  • Simone Cook

    Director, People & Performance

    City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Emilie Priday

    Director, Performance & Reporting

    NSW Public Service Commission
  • Catherine Black

    Managing Director, Cities & Social Infrastructure

    Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency
  • Dr Karen Whittingham

    Director

    Impact Psychology Pty Ltd
  • Julie Alexander

    Chief Executive Officer

    Changing Change International (CCI)
  • Elly Johnson

    Communication & Behavioural Specialist

    Elly Johnson
  • Caroline De Kimpe

    Career & Leadership Coach

    New Horizon Coaching Australia

Overview

- Overcome your fears and turn obstacles into opportunities
- Learn strategies to amplify your visibility at work
- Train yourself to lead your team to thrive through change
- Become a leader who inspires and uplifts

Agenda

Become a holistic leader - Cultivate resilience & create a positive work culture
Climb the leadership ladder - The do’s & don'ts
Embrace every challenge & empower others to achieve
Lose the cape - You don’t have to be Superwoman (all the time)!
Pick yourself up & bounce back - How to build the champion mindset
Be seen & heard - Strategies to amplify visibility at work
Have a plan - Grasp the steering wheel of your life!
Ready for your next step but struggling to stand out?
Lead through change - Build an adaptive workforce
Harness the power of mentee-mentor relationship
Keep the beat - Work-life balance in an intensive care unit
Lead with congruence - Live & lead with greater confidence & alignment
Legacy – Making a positive & lasting impact
The balancing act - Create & lead a diverse workforce
Better together - Increase male engagement in gender equality
Adapt, transform & achieve
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Pre Summit Workshop

16 Mar

Workshop

Aspiring and existing leaders in today's dynamic work environment come across numerous challenges. The road to success becomes clear when you can answer questions like: Who am I as a leader? How can I build a collaborative team? What can be done to bounce back when I face adversity? Whether you are in a senior position or are ready to take that next step, the sky's the limit after you have mastered the core pillars of leadership.

 

This interactive workshop will comprise of skills that will help you evaluate situations and develop resilience, achieve current goals, and build on the past to accomplish your future goals. It will focus on developing emotional intelligence and responses to adverse situations. You will explore the value of tailoring communication with your team to create a culture that appreciates diversity and learn to motivate teams in high-pressure scenarios. You will gain the necessary skills to cultivate self-confidence and mental toughness - perfect for making the next move in your career.


Make an impact by completing the transition from ‘doing’ to ‘leading’

- Understanding your current leadership style and what it means to be an authentic holistic leader

- Define “Brand You”

- Create a “Lead and Thrive” action plan for successful work/life integration


Lead with emotional intelligence

- Balance reason, emotion and direction

- Understand what drives and motivates people

- Recognise, understand and influence the emotions of others


Progress confidently and positively in an ever-changing workplace

- Build mental toughness and remain positive despite challenges 

- Understand your mindset and how it impacts others around you

- How to be heard and be confident in a male-dominated workplace


Build an inclusive workplace culture

- Create a people-centric perspective and champion women

- Learn to communicate effectively with diverse personalities

- How to reduce staff issues and get the job done with your team

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Summit Day 1

17 Mar

Case Study

Everyone's on a unique career path, so it's vital to follow your passions to stay self-motivated. Your decisions are like building blocks for your future, testing your commitment to your personal life. It can be a daunting task, but it will cultivate awareness of your core capabilities and priorities. The secret is finding opportunities that align with your career path, encompass your core skills, and stretch your ability to grow.


Joann holds a background in devising policies across public sector organisations, and she believes that self-awareness, paired with a willingness to take risks, can be rewarding in the long term.


- Learn self-awareness - become confident of your wants

- Invest in closing the skills gap

- Take a strategic decision-making approach for career progression

  • Joann Wilkie Deputy Secretary, Economic & Financial Management Group NSW Treasury

Case Study

It can be challenging as we progress through our career. The journey requires resilience, flexibility, integrity, determination and perseverance. As a leader, it is critical to ensure that the demands of change are balanced with a clear sense of purpose, inspiration and vision. Caroline will share her leadership journey, working with diverse teams and collaborations to achieve positive outcomes for the community and how embracing the challenges and change around us can bring opportunities and rewards.


- Believe in yourself and position your abilities confidently

- Build your experience and your support network

- Establish a strategic vision and plan to achieve your goals

  • Caroline Mackaness Director, Office for Veterans Affairs Department of Communities & Justice

Case Study

As leaders, we often fall into the superwoman mindset, someone who strives to have everything under control and succeeds at everything; strong and invincible. The superwoman mindset can leave us feeling overworked, overwhelmed, and overly committed. But you are not alone!


Sue's session will focus on how you must practise self-care to optimise your physical and mental capabilities. She will help you prepare for when you decide to take on numerous tasks at once.


- Gain support and delegate work

- Accept defeat and look forward to tomorrow

- Be grateful for your achievements, big or small

  • Sue Heins Councillor Northern Beaches Council

Expert Commentary

Leaders need resilience more than ever in the fast-changing, challenging environment of the public sector. As a leader, resilience and optimism are equally essential for you and your team's success. For many of us, optimism is a day-in, day-out challenge. But instead of being dejected by failure, you can perceive it as a learning opportunity. 


Julie will explain the importance of forgiving yourself and provide you with strategies to move forward. This interactive mini-workshop will focus on how you can condition yourself to overcome self-doubt and respond in challenging times.


- Strategies to develop resilience in a high-pressure environment

- Build resilience through emotional intelligence

- Develop a positive thinking ability to change your situation

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Panel

Performance isn't the only requisite for getting ahead in your career. If principal players aren't aware of you, you'll likely miss out on opportunities to develop your skills and take on interesting projects, despite your hard work and performance. You must focus on improving your productivity - but don't forget about visibility!


- Find your voice and be assertive

- Represent yourself and represent other women 

- Build a support network

  • Janet Ruecroft Assistant Commissioner Education & Training Fire and Rescue NSW

  • Emma Smith Governor Corrective Services NSW

  • Simone Cook Director, People & Performance City of Canterbury Bankstown

  • Catherine Black Managing Director, Cities & Social Infrastructure Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency

Case Study

Many people have a hard time understanding that you are the only person with control over your life. What you think about and focus on in will manifest. All it takes is to have a well-directed plan. It is of critical importance to keep pace with your industry (or want to work in). 


Gabriella will talk about how she took control of her career by staying up-to-date and productive, even during maternity leave. She firmly believes that women supporting each other helps everyone get ahead.


- Stay up to date with your surroundings

- Acquire relevant skills and knowledge to bridge the gap

- Support and empower your female colleagues

  • Gabriella Suchard General Manager Communication & Engagement Australian Digital Health Agency

Mini-Workshop

Lots of us face the dilemma of not being able to figure out a clear career progression or get a promotion we have been chasing. It is crucial to take a step back and rethink for strategically positioning yourself online, in an interview, or for an internal promotion. Self-reflection serves as an essential toolkit to develop a roadmap for your next move. Caroline will help you devise a plan to bridge the gap between where you are and where you aspire to be.


- Critically assess your strengths and weaknesses

- Create your unique value proposition and stand out with a personal elevator pitch

- Raise your internal and external profile

  • Caroline De Kimpe Career & Leadership Coach New Horizon Coaching Australia

Summit Day 2

18 Mar

Case Study

Elections or restructures make the continuous evolution of the public sector more strenuous to handle. During these tumultuous events, leaders play a crucial role to ensure their workforce is resilient. Such a workforce will respond to change without compromising productivity.

Kate is passionate about developing a work culture that is positive for all individuals under all circumstances. She will focus on strategies you can undertake to facilitate an adaptive culture during times of change.


- Evolve your leadership style with change

- Implement continuous training as a core organizational competency

- Create a workforce that expects disruption

  • Kate Foy Deputy Secretary, Community Engagement Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW

Case Study

A mentoring relationship is a powerful way to accelerate learning and boost your leadership skills. Mentors help you focus and gain clarity on issues. They provide encouragement and moral support when needed. They facilitate access to people in their network that might be a resource for you. A mentor provides candid feedback that others may not and hold up a mirror to you that will help you see how your limiting beliefs or perspectives hold you back from making your next move. Jennifer will give insights on how mentoring helped her in the early days and how she is continuing this great deed to help others in her network. 


- Learn to establish a mentor-mentee relationship

- Create a network to gain advice and advance in your career

- Prepare for the future and heightened career aspirations

  • Jennifer Van Cleef Executive Director, Clinical Support Services HealthShare NSW

Case Study

The ICU is a place where critical care professionals, physicians, nurses and others, together with experts from other specialties, apply their knowledge to provide coordinated patient care in a demanding and complex environment. In a high-pressure workplace, staying productive and engaged can be challenging. Dr Theresa is the Director of intensive care at the St George Hospital and will share her journey on finding a healthy work-life balance. 


- Model and encourage wellbeing practices

- Train the brain to deal with the chaos

- Build the capacity for resilience

  • Theresa Jacques Director, ICU St George Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Mini-Workshop

Leadership journeys can leave you feeling misaligned with your values, beliefs, passion or purpose - leading to a disconnect from self or others, feeling out of sync, lost or unfulfilled. Elly’s session will help you tap into your inner power and authentic self, helping you build confidence for personal and professional success.


- Reconnect with your values, capability and passion

- Recognise limiting beliefs

- Gain the confidence to lead authentically

  • Elly Johnson Communication & Behavioural Specialist Elly Johnson

Case Study

Building a legacy is a vision to make a positive difference in the workplace and in the lives of people you work with. As a leader, it is necessary to recognise that solidifying relationships with the ones you lead is the lifeblood of your achievements. Legacy is about serving and living the universal principle of "the more you give, the more you get." Pia will talk about how to build a sustainable legacy that makes a genuine and positive impact on the world.


- Invest time and energy, not in what is, but what can be

- Use your power and influence for the greater good

- Uplift others as you ascend

  • Pia Andrews Data and Digital Transformation Leader

Panel

A diverse workforce needs to be lead with an inclusive approach for organisations to harness the benefits. To be an inclusive leader, you need a mix of cultural competence, humility, an open-minded spirit of inquiry, and emotional intelligence. Maintaining a diverse workforce requires transparency of opportunity, eliminating conscious and unconscious decision bias and tailoring organisational development to meet the individual needs of different groups. This discussion will focus on how leaders can lead and cultivate a values-driven, inclusive, and respectful workplace.


- Identify behaviours, attitudes and beliefs that limit inclusion

- Coach teams and managers in conflict management

- Develop skills and frameworks for an inclusion mindset

  • Margot Mains Chief Executive Officer Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

  • Catherine Davies Director Change Lead Multicultural NSW

  • Michelle Weiss Executive Director Culture & Inclusion Department of Planning, Industry & Environment NSW

  • Emilie Priday Director, Performance & Reporting NSW Public Service Commission

Case Study

Achieving gender equality requires behavioural changes among women and men. It requires us to transform workplace norms and structures that entrench existing gender inequalities, including those that reinforce the male model of work. The achievement of gender equality cannot sit on the shoulders of women alone. When we take shared ownership, that’s when we stride forward together. Bruce will talk about how men can support women and encourage them to progress in their career, as well as how women can drive men’s engagement and support for gender equality.


- Initiatives men can undertake to help women progress in career

- Develop a work culture that values gender equality

- Encourage shared responsibility for men and women to fix the gender gap


  • Bruce Thompson Executive Director Spatial Services NSW Department of Customer Service

Roundtable

You must believe in yourself to overcome your fears and progress in your career. This session will focus on how you can identify the barriers to progress and fill the gaps to promote and position yourself at work. Women face unparalleled challenges, so you must take the initiative to combat them individually and collaboratively if you wish to make a difference.


- Transform your perspective to a solution-driven approach

- Keep your knowledge relevant and expand your network

- Work collaboratively and uplift to achieve gender equality

  • Elly Johnson Communication & Behavioural Specialist Elly Johnson

Post Summit Workshop

19 Mar - 20 Mar

Workshop

The fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Explore the main elements of EQ

- How to identify your areas of strength and weakness

- Evaluate your emotional responses and their effects

 

Use EQ to drive productivity

- Understand emotional drivers to better motivate yourself and your team

- Expand emotional agility - adapt behaviour to suit different leadership styles

- Emotional reasoning for effective decision making

 

Strengthen your resilience and resolve

- Perform productively through tough times

- Deal constructively with stress, criticism and setbacks

- Effectively manage conflict and turn negativity into an opportunity

 

EQ to progress in your career

- Recognise and explore areas of growth and development

- Understand behaviour in times of change

- Proactively apply EQ moving forward

  • Dr Karen Whittingham Director Impact Psychology Pty Ltd

Workshop

Project confidence and credibility

- Develop productive communication skills

- Practice authenticity

- Influence and engage your teams

 

Stakeholder management

- Adapt strategies to manage different people

- Harness and resolve conflict

- Understand and prioritise key relationships

 

Beyond the words - Nonverbal and para verbal communication

- Use eye contact and posture to make your message stick 

- Master your gestures to influence with the purpose

- Fine-tune pitch, tone and speed of your speech to make an impact

 

Personal action plan for success in the NSW Public Sector 

- Identify and respond to threats and see challenges as opportunities

- Determine your areas for development, key resources, change agents and networks

- Plan your actions - identify and pursue opportunities beyond your to-do-list

  • Dr Karen Whittingham Director Impact Psychology Pty Ltd

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339 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia

+61 2 8027 8000

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