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15th NATIONAL PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

6th - 10th, December 2021
Canberra, AU

Light your inner fire & blaze into 2022

Overview

Learn the secrets to success in the new world of work
- Find your voice & unlock your personal leadership style
- Overcome your weaknesses & showcase your strengths
- Develop a resilient, confident mindset
- Explore effective communication strategies & become a change leader

Speakers

  • The Honourable Linda Reynolds

    Minister for the NDIS, Minister for Government Services

    Department of Social Services
  • Rosemary Deininger

    Deputy Secretary, Agriculture, Policy, Research and Portfolio Strategy Group

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Christine Clarke CSC

    Defence Liaison Pacific Gender Section, Office of the Pacific, DFAT

    Department of Defence
  • Karen Sandercock

    A/g Deputy Secretary - Higher Education, Research and International

    Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Lee Steel

    First Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental Relations and Reform

    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Vanessa Holben

    Deputy Comptroller-General and Group Manager, Customer

    Australian Border Force
  • Helen Stylianou

    First Assistant Secretary - Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Division

    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Doris Gibb

    National Manager, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services

    Services Australia
  • Sheryl Lutz

    First Assistant Secretary, Ships

    Department of Defence, Cabability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
  • Usha Narain

    Assistant Commissioner in Policy, Analysis and Legislation

    Australian Taxation Office
  • LCDR Prudence Hawkins-Griffiths

    Executive Officer, Officer Training College, Australian Defence Force Academy

    Royal Australian Navy
  • Lucy Poole

    Division Head, Sourcing and Governance

    Digital Transformation Agency
  • Odette Meli

    Director Strategic Insights Centre

    Australian Federal Police
  • Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio

    Group Executive Nuclear Operations

    ANSTO
  • Shari Allison

    Former Chief Inspector

    NSW Police Force
  • Jason Borton

    Executive Branch Manager

    ACT Education Directorate
  • Sheena Ireland

    Director

    Specialists in Communications
  • Brigid Hardy

    Company Director, Consultant and Coach

    Interaction Consulting Group
  • Michelle Chant

    Principal, Change & Leadership

    The Change Collective
  • Sally Dooley

    Leadership Coach, Facilitator & Speaker

    Sally Dooley Leadership
  • Elizabeth Stephens

    Coach and Trainer

    Ripple Impact

Agenda

Productivity and High Performance Skill Sheet for the APS in 2021
Event Kick Off and Networking Icebreaker
Leadership in the open air - Braving the public eye
Competence, confidence and courage - Leading in challenging and demanding roles in a male-dominated environment
Rule Number 1: Be different - How to find your flair and thrive!
The secrets of a future-focused leader
Attitude, aptitude and 'adaptitude' - The secret leadership skill
Putting people at the heart of change
It takes a village to raise a leader - Your essential networking toolkit
Action Planning for Day Two...
Recognising your weakness and building your strength - The pillars of resilience
Pivot! The art of turning obstacles into opportunities
Maintaining productivity and positivity in times of uncertainty
Build your personal brand - The art of becoming visible and the importance of self
Aspire to inspire - The values behind Resilient, Open, Adaptable and Real leadership in the APS
Finding your voice, unleashing your leadership ROAR!
Closing Round Table
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

06 Dec

Workshop

Leading through rapid change

- Exploring the VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous)

- VUCA challenges in today’s APS

- Explore relationship between productivity and high performance

- What does high performance look like in your team?


Navigating the new world of work as a manager and leader

- Tackling challenges of new working arrangements, dispersed teams, technology

- How to balance working from home / office

- Understand the impact on you and on your team

- Impacts of remote work on productivity (team engagement and culture)

- How does team culture influence performance

- How does the new world of work impact culture


Create and improve productivity

- How to instil productivity in yourself and your teams

- Get Clear On Your Why

- Establish SMART Goals

- Foster a flexible team dynamic


Tailoring these approaches to YOU

- Map out your future

- Create a practical action plan to take back to the office (or home office)

- Develop a personalised metric to measure engagement and productivity.


  • Elizabeth Stephens Coach and Trainer Ripple Impact

Summit Day One

07 Dec

Break-Out Session

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!

  • Brigid Hardy Company Director, Consultant and Coach Interaction Consulting Group

Case Study

As leaders in the public service you choose to make yourselves visible, and with visibility comes vulnerability. Your successes may be celebrated, but you are also subject to high levels of scrutiny. What does it take to step up and thrive as a resilient and authentic public leader? And how can you separate your public and private self, and still hold true to your values? For our opening keynote, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds will share insights into her leadership journey in the public service, and the importance of administering your own personality and judgement into your work.


- The importance of ‘image’ and public perception

- Private self v public self, and authentic leadership

- Inject your own finesse into your leadership approach

  • The Honourable Linda Reynolds Minister for the NDIS, Minister for Government Services Department of Social Services

Case Study

Leaders set the tone for their people. You are expected to guide and influence others, and make a positive difference to your workplace and organisational culture. Of course, this is easier said than done, particularly for women leaders in a military environment. But does this come naturally, or like any other skill, is it something that can be learned? Lieutenant Commander Hawkins-Griffiths reflects on a career in the public service, on the grind behind the glamour, and what it truly takes to lead with competence, confidence and courage.


- Are leaders born or grown?

- Your impact as a leader

- Exploring your challenges and how they helped you achieve your successes

  • LCDR Prudence Hawkins-Griffiths Executive Officer, Officer Training College, Australian Defence Force Academy Royal Australian Navy

Case Study

If you were placed in a room full of people, what could you offer that no one else could? As a leader it's important to find your value proposition. Today we will hear from Usha Narain, the Assistant Commissioner in Policy, Analysis and Legislation at Australian Taxation Office, about how knowing your unique brand and value will not only develop your own confidence, but also help you build a strong and successful team. Usha has worked in the APS for almost 20 years and has worked tirelessly to progress and grow in her field. Your journey is ahead of you, so make it your own and ‘find your flair’ through the process!


- Understand your unique value proposition and leadership brand

- Lean into your leadership strengths

- Cultivate high performance and productivity in your teams

  • Usha Narain Assistant Commissioner in Policy, Analysis and Legislation Australian Taxation Office

Expert Commentary

Leaders need to have one eye on the day-to-day and one eye on the future, but how do you actually get from where you are today to where you want to be? Well, like all things worth doing, you need a plan. The key to being truly future-focused is setting clear, actionable goals for yourself, your team and your organisation. In this practical skills session, Christopher Sharma will share the secrets to creating a healthy, happy future path, and what you need to do to make it happen.


- Where you are vs where you want to be

- Growing with your team and your organisation

- Paving a clear path to your future self

Panel

Whether it’s taking on a new role, moving organisations, meeting new people and building new teams, or navigating ongoing digital disruption, we encounter new circumstances and challenges on practically a daily basis. As a leader, adaptability is one of the major skills you need to master in order to sustain a successful working environment. This exclusive panel of APS leaders will discuss all of their career hurdles, including any disruptions or challenges they have encountered working from home, and explore the secret skill of adaptability. 


- Risk v Reward - embracing opportunity in the uncertain 

- A new perspective on change

- Learning to lead through the ‘new normal’

  • Rosemary Deininger Deputy Secretary, Agriculture, Policy, Research and Portfolio Strategy Group Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • Sheryl Lutz First Assistant Secretary, Ships Department of Defence, Cabability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

  • Odette Meli Director Strategic Insights Centre Australian Federal Police

  • Shari Allison Former Chief Inspector NSW Police Force

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

  • Lucy Poole Division Head, Sourcing and Governance Digital Transformation Agency

Expert Commentary

The workplace can be a competitive environment, especially when it comes to leadership progression. But no leader is an island, and as much as you may want to do it all by yourself, you can really only achieve the heights of success with the help and support of others. Sheena Ireland closes out Day One of the Summit with this practical deep-dive into the importance of networking, both in and out of your workplace. Your network is your support system, so choose them wisely...


- Growing as a team

- Who should I keep in my close network?

- Networking outside of your workplace

  • Sheena Ireland Director Specialists in Communications

Summit Day Two

08 Dec

Break-Out Session

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!

  • Brigid Hardy Company Director, Consultant and Coach Interaction Consulting Group

Case Study

As a leader you may feel like you're expected to conquer challenges effortlessly. You're supposed to look confident and in control, but of course the reality is often quite a different story, and behind the calm exterior you'll find the blood, sweat and tears. But a resilient leader is equipped to recognise and work through the obstacles they face, and rise up stronger. Helen Stylianou will share how sometimes it's important to take a step back before taking a step forward, and how you can use your weaknesses as a backbone to build your strengths.


- Understanding your natural strengths and weaknesses

- Skills and strategies to overcome obstacles

- Embracing opportunities for progression - forward, backwards or sideways

  • Helen Stylianou First Assistant Secretary - Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Division Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Case Study

Perception is the pinnacle of power. Obstacles and challenges are an inevitable part of both daily life and work life. You can’t always control the events that occur around you but you can control your attitude and approach. Working in the APS, your ability to overcome and find the positives in any situation is pivotal to your success as a leader. Today Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio will be sharing her insights into the importance of nurturing yourself through change and challenge.

- The importance of perception in a position of power.

- Regaining control through a lack of control.

- Giving yourself leeway to make mistakes and bounce back.

  • Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio Group Executive Nuclear Operations ANSTO

Case Study

 Leadership practices and behaviours exhibited and endorsed by executive leaders define the culture of the workplace. As pressures and workloads increase, it’s important that leaders have a range of tools and practices to assist them with increasing the morale at work and managing performance. Join Doris as she reflects on her own career and provides you with best practice tips and tools for thriving through uncertainty.


- Explore the key leadership behaviours for balancing people and results

- Develop practical tools and strategies to improve workplace productivity and positivity

- Build strategies for leading through times of uncertainty and pressure

  • Doris Gibb National Manager, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Services Australia

Expert Commentary

Successful women do not leave things to chance. They build networks, leverage their connections and go after what they want. This frame of mind highlights the importance of self-branding, which is essential to climbing the corporate ladder. This expert skills session will equip you to take charge of your personal brand and start thinking more creatively and strategically about yourself and your abilities. Unleash your inner ROAR today and lead with confidence and charisma!


- Finding the right mindset.

- The importance of self-branding.

- The possibilities are endless - unleash your true abilities.

  • Michelle Chant Principal, Change & Leadership The Change Collective

Panel

Our values underpin the way we live and lead. The role of a leader reaches beyond the office, and is reflected through your actions and values in your working environment. Kindness, generosity and understanding are three simple tools that you can take with you to create a healthy environment for yourself and with your team. Our panel of APS leaders will delve into what qualities set apart a boss and an ethical leader, and what you can do to go above and beyond to inspire your teams to be Resilient, Open, Adaptable and Real.


- The key qualities to look for in an ethical leader

- ‘It’s tougher to be kind’ - the value of generosity

- Inspiring future leaders

  • Karen Sandercock A/g Deputy Secretary - Higher Education, Research and International Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • Lee Steel First Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental Relations and Reform Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • Vanessa Holben Deputy Comptroller-General and Group Manager, Customer Australian Border Force

  • Jason Borton Executive Branch Manager ACT Education Directorate

Case Study

Communication is a key skill to master when leading a team. In order to communicate effectively it's important to find the confidence within and take action; because words without measures are void. As a female leader in the APS, it is vital to extract the assertive woman within and release your leadership ROAR! Captain Christine Clarke CSC will reflect on her own incredible leadership journey, and explore the importance of finding your voice and leading fearlessly. 


- The value of effective communication

- Taking action as a woman leader

- Unleash your leadership ROAR!

  • Christine Clarke CSC Defence Liaison Pacific Gender Section, Office of the Pacific, DFAT Department of Defence

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

  • Brigid Hardy Company Director, Consultant and Coach Interaction Consulting Group

Post-Summit Workshop

09 Dec - 10 Dec

Workshop

High level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Managing emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Developing techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”

- Preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence 


Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance

- Leveraging team dynamics to enhance performance

- Challenging, supporting and empowering others

- Managing uncooperative staff members


Driving change and innovation as a female leader

- Recognising and overcoming hurdles to change

- Trusting your intuition and stepping outside your comfort zone

- Embedding a positive change culture in an organisation


Action planning for leadership

- Developing a personalised approach: short and long-term

- Understanding challenges

- Sharing 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

- Developing personal worth, power and responsibility 

- Embracing your diverse and inclusive leadership style

 

Maintaining resilience and authenticity through difficult times

-Techniques to maintain resilience 

- Being an authentic leader

- Practicing and maintaining integrity as a leader

 

Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

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

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

- Leveraging your EQ in the workplace

- Embracing qualities of empathy and understanding to become a better leader 

 

Understanding your own leadership style

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

- Recognising demands of leadership and the expectations of the organisation                      

- Understanding the expectations of team members and direct reports

- Developing your personal leadership plan

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

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