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17th PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

20th - 24th, March 2023
Canberra, AU

Practical strategies, solutions and insights to enhance your leadership effectiveness

Overview

- Inspirational stories and practical insights from senior leaders
- Learn to navigate, influence and drive positive change
- Develop a resilience, confident mindset
- Find your purpose and unlock your potential

Speakers

  • Dr Ruth Vine

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health

    Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Karen Najjar

    Chief Operating Officer

    Clean Energy Regulator
  • Emma Rosenzweig

    Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation & Employer Obligations

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Thao Le

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer

    ACT Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate
  • LTCOL Tracy Allison

    Commanding Officer & Chief Instructor, Royal Military College, Duntroon

    Australian Army
  • Danielle Heinecke

    First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Integration & Economic Division

    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Kelly Pearce

    First Assistant Secretary, Early Learning Policy

    Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Jancye Winter

    Senior Director, Community Services Industry Development

    Community Services Directorate, ACT
  • Matt Cox

    Lead, Governance, Risk and Compliance

    Australian Sports Commission
  • Kate Lynch

    First Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection Division

    Department of Climate Change, Energy the Environment and Water
  • Ingrid Lundberg

    Assistant Secretary, Policy Projects & Taskforces Office

    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Kate Driver

    General Manager, Operations

    Questacon
  • Rachel Lloyd

    Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Response Taskforce

    Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Elizabeth Stephens

    Coach & Trainer

    Ripple Impact

Agenda

Communicating with influence and purpose
Event kick-off and networking icebreaker
The winding road to resilience
You don’t always have to be the expert
Morning Tea
A new lens on Emotional Intelligence
Learning to lead
Lunch
Leading through transformation and change
Putting people at the heart of change
Afternoon Tea
Unlocking the key to successful networking
Networking - Canapés and drinks
Your purpose, your leadership, your success
An unexpected career in the public service
Morning Tea
Supporting your well-being with simple tools and changes
A career built on passion
Lunch
The future of leadership in the public sector
The balancing act
Afternoon Tea
Closing Roundtable
Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day One
Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

20 Mar

Workshop

Communication skills for effective leaders: 

- Know your audience and learn to communicate effectively 

- Discover your own communication style

- Overcoming communication misalignment 


Improving team engagement: 

- Create effective communication environments to drive engagement with stakeholders and peers 

- Develop authentic connections for improved outcomes

- Cultivating an open environment for communication


Using communication to your advantage 

- Using communication to encourage productivity and performance 

- Challenging, supporting and empowering others

- Preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence

 

 Points to action 

- Developing short and long-term plan of implementation

- Understanding challenges and skills for overcoming 

- Creating a plan for the next steps in your leadership journey


  • Elizabeth Stephens Coach & Trainer Ripple Impact

Summit Day One

21 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

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 Emma Rosenzweig shares insights and strategies to build 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

  • Emma Rosenzweig Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation & Employer Obligations Australian Taxation Office

Case Study

Leading people can often involve putting out fires, answering questions and providing support. That doesn’t mean that, in order to be a successful leader, you have to know all of the answers. Sometimes knowing when to ask for help from an expert can lead to greater success. Karen is proof of this. Self described as an ‘expert generalist’ she has faced imposter syndrome head on, learned to be comfortable in the uncomfortable and has learned that building up experts in your team often leads to the greatest outcomes. 

- Tackling imposter syndrome head on

- Learning to ask more questions 

- Trust the people you lead 

  • Karen Najjar Chief Operating Officer Clean Energy Regulator

Other

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Expert Commentary

The term emotional intelligence has been around since the 1990s and is now accepted as a core leadership quality. The cutting edge of leadership development moves beyond EQ into spiritual intelligence - the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the situation. Mature leadership requires spiritual intelligence development. The result is a leader who leads from the inside out: who she is, is how she leads. Our experts, Liz Tilley and Robyn Katz from Gathering Well, take us through a dynamic session to expand your understanding of this new frontier of leadership.

- Learn the foundations of spiritual intelligence

- Experience a practice to connect you to your spiritual intelligence

- Interactive and knowledgeable session


Case Study

Lieutenant Colonel Tracy Allison is just the second woman to ever hold the role of Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College - Duntroon in the past 111 years . For Tracy, the journey to the top was not straightforward but over the years she has helped lead the way for more and more women rising through the ranks of traditionally male-dominated roles. In this session, Tracy discusses her journey and gives insight into a new approach to leadership in the Royal Australian Army.

- Building respect as a new leader

- How to remain confident in your position in leadership

-Supporting the next generation of women on their leadership journey

  • LTCOL Tracy Allison Commanding Officer & Chief Instructor, Royal Military College, Duntroon Australian Army

Other

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

Panel

If we have learned anything from the past few years, it is that change is inevitable. As leaders, it is you that your teams look towards during those times for guidance and support. In this immersive panel discussion, hear from a cross section of leaders from the sector who have gone through times of great change. Learn how they have led with purpose, created a vision for their teams and achieved desired outcomes. 

- Develop a proactive leadership approach

- Provide support for your teams 

- Develop a change management strategy 

  • Thao Le Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer ACT Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate

  • Danielle Heinecke First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Integration & Economic Division Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Jancye Winter Senior Director, Community Services Industry Development Community Services Directorate, ACT

  • Matt Cox Lead, Governance, Risk and Compliance Australian Sports Commission

  • Rachel Lloyd Assistant Secretary, COVID-19 Response Taskforce Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Case Study

Being at the forefront of change is always a challenge, and this is especially true for leaders in the public sector. But your capability to adapt to changing circumstances doesn't impact you alone, it's something that affects your whole team. So what is the most effective means of putting people at the heart of change? Lucy Poole will discuss about the importance of communication with your team and colleagues when faced with new responsibilities or scenarios in the APS workforce, and how to thrive as an open and adaptable leader,

- The importance of working as a team when faced with change

- Communication is key - effective communication strategies

- The value of adaptation - how it can be positive for yourself and others

Other

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing day one.

Expert Commentary

As a leader it is important to build and maintain a strong positive network that you can use within the workplace to support you, your organisation, and your team. Networking can be a challenge for some and navigating networking in a hybrid environment can add extra weight to the challenge. In this session, Liz will take you through how to build and maintain a positive network, and share the importance of having a network especially with hybrid working 

- Grow and expand with networking 

- Navigating hybrid networking

- Build meaningful and supportive relationships


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

22 Mar

Case Study

Figuring out your purpose in a leadership career may feel wobbly at times and sometimes we forget our ‘why’. By acknowledging where you've come from, learning your style and being authentic, you can break barriers and open new doors. Not being afraid to fail and using the experiences as fuel to light your success. We hear from Liz Cosson who has stuck to her leadership style, remained authentic, and broken barriers. 

- Finding your purpose

- Being an authentic leader

- Breaking through your barriers


Case Study

What started out as a 6 month contract for the public service, turned into a career choice. A true example of how taking a chance can work out to be the best decision you will make. Kate Driver knows this first hand. Hear in this insightful session about how taking a leap of faith took her down an unexpected path, her career in public service and how she sees the future of the sector change and grow.

- The importance of pushing boundaries 

- A lifetime of lessons from inside the public service 

- What the future holds for this diverse and exciting sector 



  • Kate Driver General Manager, Operations Questacon

Other

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Expert Commentary

Our mental health and wellbeing is such a vital part of our work and personal lives. We all experience individual challenges one way or another, and sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and confused about where to start. By learning and understanding simple, yet effective strategies, you can support your wellbeing and add value to your current knowledge. In this supportive expert session Garry dives into wellbeing, mental, and physical health, learning strategies that you can use day-to-day to support your individual journeys.

- Learn effective strategies to support your wellbeing

- Add value to your knowledge

- Take away simple tips and tricks to use day-to-day

Case Study

Dr Ruth Vine has built a career around her passion for bringing mental health to the forefront of conversation. This drive has put her at the heart of decision making and a career in the public service. There has never been such a greater importance placed on the sector than during Covid-19, with the full effects on mental health and the support services yet to truly be understood. In this insightful session, Dr Ruth shares why it is important to not only have a passion for your career but understand the greater impact you can have in your role.

- Acknowledge the wider impact you have with a career in the public service

- Rediscover the driving force of your career

- Dedication to your role during times of change and crisis

  • Dr Ruth Vine Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health Department of Health and Aged Care

Other

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

Panel

In our rapidly changing world, women leaders are essential to organisations, communities, and governing bodies. Dynamic leaders bring new talents, fresh perspectives, and deliver exceptional outcomes. This exclusive panel brings together leaders from across the public sector to discuss the future of women’s leadership, and celebrate those paving the way for future generations.

- Advance your leadership career

- Discuss the future of women leaders within the public sector 

- Is the sector future proofed? 


  • Kelly Pearce First Assistant Secretary, Early Learning Policy Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • Kate Lynch First Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection Division Department of Climate Change, Energy the Environment and Water

  • Ingrid Lundberg Assistant Secretary, Policy Projects & Taskforces Office Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Case Study

Over the past two years, leaders have been thrust into a whole new world of work, dealing with remote teams, digital disruption and all sorts of new challenges. Add to the mix being more accessible than ever outside of working hours - the balance between working and personal life is even further unbalanced. Jodie will share her story of her career in the Public Sector through a time of massive change, and the steps she has implemented to ensure a more balanced approach to work and personal life.

- Changes in the way we work and the demands on ourselves 

- Insights and strategies to achieve your career goals while still maintaining a personal and family life

- What works for some won’t work for all- creating a balance that works for you

Other

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing your conference experience.

Roundtable

We wrap up our two days of insight and inspiration with this interactive roundtable session. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Network with your peers, 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

Post-Summit Workshop

23 Mar - 24 Mar

Workshop

Unpack the capabilities, attributes and skills of an influential and authentic leader

- Fundamental authentic leadership capabilities

- Develop personal worth, power and responsibility 

- Embrace your diverse and inclusive leadership style

 

Maintain resilience and authenticity through challenging 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 and identify opportunities for further growth and development

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

- Embrace qualities of empathy and understand 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 the organisation                      

- Understand the expectations of team members and direct reports

Workshop

High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive and 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

- Tools to work with uncooperative team members

 

Drive change and innovation

- Recognise and overcome hurdles to change

- Trust your intuition and step outside your comfort zone

- Embed a positive change culture in your organisation

 

Strategic planning for leadership and career development

- Develop a personalised approach: short and long-term

- Understand and map out ways to overcome challenges

- Share approaches for moving your career forward 

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