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6th QLD PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

14th - 18th, February 2022
Virtual / Brisbane, AU

Overview

- Develop the skills and strength to create your own success
- Embrace change and tackle challenges through volatility
- Lead your teams with passion and courage
- Learn real-life stories and advice from the top leaders in the QPS

Speakers

  • The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP

    Attorney-General & Minister for Women

  • Dr Amanda Dines

    Director-General, Health Reserve

    Royal Australian Air Force
  • Graeme Bolton

    Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry

    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Maryanne Kelly

    Deputy Director-General, Engagement

    Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Dr Karen Hussey

    Deputy Director-General, Environmental Policy and Programs

    Department of Environment and Science
  • Brenda Parker

    Deputy Director-General, Business and Corporate Partnership

    Department of Resources
  • Chelsea Warr

    Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Academy of Sport

    Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport
  • Nicola Dymond

    Chief Operating Officer

    Metro South Health
  • Dr Karen Hooper

    Productivity Commissioner

    Queensland Treasury
  • Allannah Traill

    Assistant Commissioner, Service Delivery Support and Improvement

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Jackie Hanson

    Acting Chief Executive

    Metro North Health
  • Charysse Pond APM

    Assistant Commissioner, People Capability Command

    Queensland Police Service
  • Andrew Bennett

    Chief Procurement Officer

    Department of Education
  • Shelley Nowlan

    A/Assistant Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland

    Queensland Health
  • Danielle McAllister

    Executive Director, Economic Policy

    Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Sarah Dixon

    Executive General Manager, SEQ Assets

    Queensland Rail
  • Sean Madigan

    General Manager, Infrastructure and Environment

    Ipswich City Council
  • Kim Bryan

    People and Culture Manager

    Logan City Council
  • Dr Fran Finn

    Executive & Leadership Coach and Leadership Development Consultant

    Millennium Outsourcing
  • Nicole van Hattem

    Business Success Coach

    Hot & Healthy in Business
  • Alison Jardie

    Director

    Leadership Evolution
  • Ale Wiecek

    Founder and Chief Empathy Officer

    Sqr One

Agenda

Effective communication and a coaching approach for successfully managing up
Event Kick-Off and Networking Icebreaker
The buck stops here - Decision-making and delegation
"The top five things I would tell my younger self"
Starting with people and purpose - An international journey in the public health sector
The power of the mind in operational services and leadership
There’s no I in Teams - Communicating the human touch in a digital workforce
Is starting the day at 5am really a pre-requisite for successful leadership?!
Healthy leader, healthy teams - Creating a coaching culture
Action planning for day two
Mentorship - The roadmap to achieving your goals
Taking positive risks to progress your career
Get out of your comfort zone and go for gold!
Beyond 50/50 - Unconscious bias and the untold story of statistics
Politics and priorities - Managing up in the public sector
Train your brain to build resilience
Closing roundtable
Qld Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day One
Qld Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

14 Feb

Workshop

Using leadership coaching to unlock your communication effectiveness

- Develop your leadership coaching skills

- Identify your communication strengths and growth opportunities

- Develop your self-awareness and mindset for positive communication


Skills to navigate conflict and build resilience

- How to build your resilience and confidence to communicate expectations clearly

- Assertive communication and setting boundaries

- Conflict resolution skills for yourself and others


Inter-team and inter-agency communication in a public sector setting

- Discover how to communicate with different personalities and styles

- Explore the roadblocks to effective communication

- Represent and influence on behalf of your agency with authority


Managing up - Improve your influencing skills

- Understand the interests and influence of Senior Executives

- Learn the foundations of the ‘change curve’ and when to adjust your communication approach

- Coaching to support you in building a comprehensive communication action plan to take back to your workplace

  • Dr Fran Finn Executive & Leadership Coach and Leadership Development Consultant Millennium Outsourcing

Summit Day One

15 Feb

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!

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Case Study

Making the right decisions can be challenging for anyone, especially for leaders in the spotlight who have a reputation to uphold. But how do you know what the “right” decision is? Often you can’t please everyone, and sometimes you won’t please anyone! We’ve invited Attorney-General and Minister, Shannon Fentiman, to reflect on her own career and leadership journey, and how she has navigated difficult decisions along the way. This keynote session will provide you with tools to be more decisive, take accountability, and harness the skill of delegation.


- How to be more decisive and make difficult decisions

- Taking accountability for your own actions

- The art of delegation

  • The Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP Attorney-General & Minister for Women

Case Study

Maryanne Kelly has spent over 20 years as a leader in the public service both in the United Kingdom and Australia, delivering strategic policies and programs in dynamic, multifaceted and fiscally challenging environments. Maryanne will share her personal story and impart her thoughts on the key ingredients to a successful career.


- Lessons learnt from over 20 years’ leadership experience in the public sector

- How to set yourself up for a successful career

- The importance of backing yourself and being kind to everyone

  • Maryanne Kelly Deputy Director-General, Engagement Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Case Study

When Nicola Dymond was tasked to lead the development of Qatar’s first national strategy to support their continuing care system, she was well and truly thrown in the deep end. She was working in a new country, without a clear job description, and leading a brand new team from all across the globe. She had to carve her own path. In this session Nicola shares insights from this incredible journey, and over 30 years in the public health sector in the UK and Canada, and how she built and maintained authentic relationships by focusing on people and purpose from the start.


- Reflections on an international journey in the public health sector and transformation in the Middle East

- Finding your purpose and carving your own path

- Building relationships with diverse teams through empathy and authenticity

  • Nicola Dymond Chief Operating Officer Metro South Health

Case Study

As a leader, you must be proactive in taking care of your own mental health and wellbeing before you can support and guide a team. In this session, Amanda Dines will provide insight into her fascinating journey; serving in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Medical Officer for 24 years and being deployed on operational service to Iraq and East Timor, leading large academic healthcare organisations, and now being Director-General of the Health Reserve for the RAAF. Learn how Amanda has battled adversities in her professional and personal life, and how you can actively manage your mindset in difficult times.


- A journey from operational services to senior leadership

- Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing

- Making your mind your greatest asset under pressure

  • Dr Amanda Dines Director-General, Health Reserve Royal Australian Air Force

Panel

Communication and transparency is the lifeblood of a thriving team, but the onset of rolling lockdowns, remote work, and our increasingly digital workforce has made this all the more challenging. How do you strike the right balance when it comes to tone and technology, and master the tools you need to achieve organisational objectives without losing sight of your people? We've invited this panel of senior industry leaders to share insights into developing remote teams, explore tips to communicate digitally within your agency, and learn how the Queensland public sector can stay connected and support each other across agencies to maximise performance.


- Communicating digitally - appropriate messaging and maintaining an engaged work culture remotely

- Communicating change and providing clarity as a leader

- Communicating across agencies - the benefits of cross-supporting

  • Brenda Parker Deputy Director-General, Business and Corporate Partnership Department of Resources

  • Jackie Hanson Acting Chief Executive Metro North Health

  • Andrew Bennett Chief Procurement Officer Department of Education

  • Danielle McAllister Executive Director, Economic Policy Department of the Premier and Cabinet

  • Sean Madigan General Manager, Infrastructure and Environment Ipswich City Council

Case Study

If you’ve read the books or the countless articles on the subject, you’d be familiar with the standard leadership routine: rise at 5am, exercise before sunrise, at your desk by 7am, and basically live like a monk. This is (apparently) the secret to productivity, efficiency and ultimately, successful leadership. But what if the fundamental realities of your family life or values make anything approaching that a virtual impossibility?! Are your leadership ambitions a false hope? Karen will share her experiences of leadership over the last 20 years, spanning sectors, continents, political systems and cultures.


- Aligning your values and family life with your career ambitions

- Recognising your strengths, and admitting your weaknesses

- Recognising and dealing with bullies, and supporting the women around you

  • Dr Karen Hussey Deputy Director-General, Environmental Policy and Programs Department of Environment and Science

Expert Commentary

For teams to be engaged and perform at a high level, they must be comfortable asking questions and showing vulnerability. In this session, expert leadership coach, Dr Fran Finn, will share the importance of engaging in coaching conversations and supporting a coaching culture within the workplace. Learn how being your best, genuine self at work and encouraging a coaching approach, helps to facilitate a healthy team.


- Being vulnerable and showing your authenticity as a leader

- Coaching conversations to help your team connect

- Cultivating a healthy and engaged team

  • Dr Fran Finn Executive & Leadership Coach and Leadership Development Consultant Millennium Outsourcing

Summit Day Two

16 Feb

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!

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Case Study

By building a culture of mentorship, we can inspire and be inspired by a strong support network. Having a mentor can elevate your professional capabilities and help you to achieve your career goals with confidence. To be an empowering mentor yourself, you must leverage your knowledge and communicate as your authentic self. Dr Karen Hooper will reflect on her career journey and the importance of mentorship for women, especially in male-dominated fields such as economics and economic policy.


- Understanding the importance of mentorship

- How to reach out for a mentor

- Developing a successful mentor-mentee relationship

  • Dr Karen Hooper Productivity Commissioner Queensland Treasury

Case Study

Although the unknown can be daunting, leaders must have the courage to put themselves out there and take risks in order to achieve their goals. Join Graeme Bolton as he shares his dynamic career story; beginning in the private sector, leading major regulatory reforms, and spending five years in the Middle East where he was responsible for the delivery of Qatar’s national growth and development strategy, strategic planning for the new metropolitan rail network and precinct, and legacy planning for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Learn how you can take positive risks, step up in your career, and be a leader of change in a challenging environment.


- A career journey beginning in the private sector and leading national strategies in Qatar

- How to take positive risks to succeed in your career

- The importance of being a change leader

  • Graeme Bolton Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Case Study

Leading a high-performing team to success can be a bit like training a team of world-class athletes for Olympic victory, it takes discipline, determination and the grit to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Before joining Queensland’s Olympic road to gold in 2032, Chelsea Warr was the former director of performance with UK Sport, and a key figure behind Great Britain's success in London 2012 and Rio 2016. In this session, Chelsea delves into her experience leading high-performance sporting teams around the globe and shares how you can lead your own team to excellence.


- Reflections on an international career leading Olympic and Paralympic teams

- Leadership tips for high performance outcomes

- Stepping out of your comfort zone

  • Chelsea Warr Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Academy of Sport Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

Panel

Women’s leadership is a big priority for the Queensland government, and as of 2021 over 50% of leaders in the QPS are women. So why is it that existing and emerging women leaders still report feeling like they are working in a male-dominated environment? The stats alone don't tell the whole story. In order to truly create an inclusive work culture, we must address persistent, embedded stereotypes and navigate unconscious biases - including our own. Join our panel of dynamic leaders as they discuss the state of women’s leadership in the QPS, how to combat your own unconscious bias, and how you can facilitate an inclusive work environment as a leader in the public sector.


- Creating an inclusive work environment

- Breaking stereotypes and navigating unconscious bias

- Reflecting on quotas

  • Charysse Pond APM Assistant Commissioner, People Capability Command Queensland Police Service

  • Shelley Nowlan A/Assistant Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland Queensland Health

  • Sarah Dixon Executive General Manager, SEQ Assets Queensland Rail

  • Kim Bryan People and Culture Manager Logan City Council

  • Graeme Bolton Deputy Director-General, Fisheries and Forestry Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Case Study

As an emerging leader in the Queensland public sector, it is vital to reformulate your sphere of influence and understand the complex network of relationships that impact your ability to lead. It’s important to not only learn how to manage your own teams, but also how to manage up and effectively communicate to gain buy-in. Allannah draws on her own career experience and shares insights into creating your own opportunities to step up.


- Managing up and down

- Understanding and articulating your own ROI

- Reflections on an extensive leadership career with the ATO

  • Allannah Traill Assistant Commissioner, Service Delivery Support and Improvement Australian Taxation Office

Expert Commentary

Resilient leadership requires flexibility, adaptability, and a fearless mindset. You'll have to manage multiple priorities, drive efficiency and improve productivity while coping with setbacks and remaining motivated in the face of adversity. In this session, Nicole van Hattem will provide you with the tools to develop a change mindset and build resilience against volatility.


- Cultivating an adaptive leadership mindset

- Developing resilience in your personal and professional life

- Building a toolkit to thrive during times of uncertainty

  • Nicole van Hattem Business Success Coach Hot & Healthy in Business

Break-Out Session

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

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Post-Summit Workshop

17 Feb - 18 Feb

Workshop

Transformations in the Queensland Public Sector have unlocked new and exciting opportunities for emerging women leaders to step up into senior executive roles. To successfully navigate this complex and ever-changing environment, leaders must possess keen insight into the internal and external challenges facing the sector, but also a clear understanding of themselves and the impact they have within their team, as well as the broader organisation.


Aspiring leaders in this environment must display reflective thinking, self-awareness, planning and strategy, but also the confidence and courage to put themselves forward for new opportunities and challenges. Successful leaders understand the importance of taking their career progression into their own hands, strategically driving their own advancement.


This workshop will equip you with the tools and practical knowledge to build confidence in your leadership abilities and best position yourself to advance your career to senior levels.


Leading through rapid change

- The VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous)

- Challenges in a VUCA world

- The role of the leader in VUCA organisations

- Key differences between management and leadership

 

Understanding organisational complexity

- Distinguish types of complexity (imposed, inherent, designed and dysfunctional) and their characteristics

- How do effective leaders promote performance in complex settings?

- Leading a team and developing people

 

Understanding managerial and leadership shifts

- Collaborative knowledge generation and sense-making

- Dealing with difficult people

- The role of the leader in helping staff cope with VUCA challenges

 

Maximise culture and performance

- What does ‘good’ culture look like in the new environment

- The innovation challenge - Where are we now, and how do we get to ‘good’?

- Self-assessment - Strengths to build on, and strengths to build

  • Alison Jardie Director Leadership Evolution

Workshop

Discover fundamental leadership capabilities

- Capabilities, attributes, and skills of an influential leader

- Develop personal worth, power, and responsibility

- Embrace complexity, uncertainty and diversity


Maintain resilience and authenticity through difficult times

- Techniques to maintain resilience

- Being an authentic leader

- Practice and maintain integrity as a leader


Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

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

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

- Leverage your EQ in the workplace

- Embrace qualities of empathy to become a better leader


Understand your own leadership style

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

- Recognise demands of leadership and the expectations of the organisation       

- Understand the expectations of team members and direct reports

- Develop a personal leadership plan

  • Alison Jardie Director Leadership Evolution

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