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14th VICTORIAN PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

13th - 17th, February 2023
Melbourne, AU

Ready, set, lead! Kick start your year inspired, motivated & ready to level up in 2023

Overview

- Break the leadership mould, become the leader you want to be
- ​Understand your weaknesses & lean into your strengths
​- Learn to lead with confidence through challenges, change & crisis
- ​​Create your personal action plan for 2023​​

Speakers

  • Kate Fitzgerald

    Chief Executive & Deputy Secretary

    Emergency Management Victoria
  • CMDR Lauren Callaway

    Assistant Commissioner

    Victoria Police
  • Vivien Allimonos

    Dep Sec, Cabinet Communications & Corporate

    Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Simon Phemister

    Secretary

    Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Angela Skandarajah

    Chief Executive Officer

    Development Victoria
  • Alison Leighton

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    City of Melbourne
  • Jason Loos

    Deputy Secretary

    Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Nicole Glazebrook CA, GAICD

    Chief Financial Officer

    National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Sally Fensling

    Chief, Legacy, Policy and Partnerships

    Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Kate Gavens

    Chief Conservation Regulator

    Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Danni Jarrett

    Chief Executive Officer

    Invest Victoria
  • Cassandra Meagher

    Executive Director, Policy, Regulation & Engagement

    Service Victoria
  • Rachel Tulia

    Executive Director, Corporate Delivery Services

    Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Colette McMahon

    Director, Community Life

    City of Casey
  • Jo Pride

    Executive Director, Office for Women

    Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • Lisa Gandolfo

    Executive Director, Child Information Sharing

    Department of Education and Training
  • Marg Burge

    Executive Director, People and Culture

    Department of Health
  • Dr Maya Ramakrishnan

    Director, Social Housing Reform

    Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria
  • Sarah Nesbitt

    Executive Director, Strategic Policy & Projects

    Department of Health
  • Tanya Camilleri

    Executive Coach, Facilitator & Speaker

    Tanya Camilleri Executive Coaching & Training
  • Michelle Johns

    Leadership Coach

    BraveHeart Coach
  • Karen Williams

    Coach, Speaker & Trainer

    Karen Williams

Agenda

A vital Neuroleadership skill session to advance your 2023 public sector career
Event Kick-Off and Networking Icebreaker
Redefining traditional leadership styles - Breaking the leadership mould
The importance of defining and playing to your strengths as a leader
Morning Tea
Embodying what it means to be a leader in the VPS
Empowering yourself and others through communication
Lunch Break
Leading high performing teams for exceptional outcomes
Leading with values and vision - Finding your purpose in your leadership
Afternoon Tea
Find your connection and lead with heart
Networking - Canapés and drinks
Action plan for day two!
Leading during crisis
Re-write your own leadership playbook
Morning Tea
Establishing sustainable teams through positive influence
Leading through transformational change
Lunch Break
Empower, engaged, encouraging - Being a leader that embodies values & diversity
Afternoon Tea
A leadership reflection of overcoming barriers and challenges
Closing Roundtable
Victorian Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day One
Victorian Public Sector Women in Leadership Workshop - Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

13 Feb

Workshop

Being an adaptive and innovative leader in the public sector

- Enhance your skills in navigating the essentials of change management

- Utilising your leadership strengths to lead through innovation

- Setting the tone to encourage innovation throughout your team


The art of neuroscience and communicating with impact

- Understand your unique communication style

- Learn the skill of communicating your perspectives with an impact

- Become an influential communicator within the sector


Increase your personal resilience to be a high performing leader

- Expand your emotional agility 

- Increase your personal resilience and advance as a high performing leader

- Establish your skills in leading by example through resilience 


Action plan

- Develop your personalised action plan for short term and long term goals

- Understand your unique challenges and create an action plan

- Share approaches for advancing your skills in communication and personal resilience


  • Tanya Camilleri Executive Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Tanya Camilleri Executive Coaching & Training

Summit Day One

14 Feb

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

To be a great leader in 2023 you have to find the right balance for you. Distant leadership is becoming a thing of the past, and this is the perfect time to break the mould and set the tone for your own leadership. In our opening session, Lauren shares her insights into advancing your leadership and creating your own unique leadership model, all whilst proving practical and relevant strategies to support your leadership career.

- Create your unique leadership model

- Understand the importance of applying practical skills to enhance your leadership

- Learn how your authentic and vulnerable self influences your leadership

  • CMDR Lauren Callaway Assistant Commissioner Victoria Police

Case Study

As you embark on your leadership journey it is helpful to learn and mirror from those around you, this can help find your feet. However, as you advance in your career it is important to understand what your leadership style is and how this influences those around you. Leading with your strengths will allow you to lead to the highest level. Sally dives into understanding the importance of playing to your strengths as a leader and how this positive influence impacts those in your team and around you. 

- Adopt a strengths-based leadership style

- Leading your team from a place of strength and positivity 

- Encouraging those around you to work from a strength based model


  • Sally Fensling Chief, Legacy, Policy and Partnerships Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Other

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

Case Study

Being a leader in the Public Sector means you lead for your community, department, and the Victorian Public Sector as a whole. Leading in the public eye is not always an easy road, but it can also empower you to grow and advance in rewarding roles and areas. Lisa Gandolfo works to embody the values of a VPS leader, and shares insights from her journey to becoming the leader she is today, and the importance of keeping her people and community and people at the forefront.

- Be the leader that motivates and encourages those around you

- Focus on the people and communities you lead for - this is your ‘why’

- Embark on your journey to truly become a leader for the sector

  • Lisa Gandolfo Executive Director, Child Information Sharing Department of Education and Training

Expert Commentary

The way you communicate can make or break an interaction, an outcome, or even your workplace culture. As a leader you are responsible setting the tone and creating an environment of engagement and enablement. Communications expert Karen Williams, will share practical and effective strategies to ensure you have the skill to empower your teams through the art of communication. 

- Empower your team through communication to allow for great outcomes

- Enhance your day to day communication skills 

- Indulge in practical and effective strategies to support your communication

  • Karen Williams Coach, Speaker & Trainer Karen Williams

Other

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

Panel

High performing teams are what every leader strives for, a space where your people can work in a cohesive and collaborative environment, utilise their unique set of skills for the greater good, and not just meet expectations but exceed them. This interactive panel discussion will share various perspectives and opinions on how to establish, maintain, and execute a team that works to a high performing standard.

- Support your team to function and excel as a high performing team

- Create an environment that encourages your team to work as a cohesive body

- Understand the power of leading by example and setting the tone 

  • Vivien Allimonos Dep Sec, Cabinet Communications & Corporate Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • Jason Loos Deputy Secretary Department of Treasury and Finance

  • Cassandra Meagher Executive Director, Policy, Regulation & Engagement Service Victoria

  • Marg Burge Executive Director, People and Culture Department of Health

  • Sarah Nesbitt Executive Director, Strategic Policy & Projects Department of Health

Case Study

As a leader, and an individual, you have your own unique set of values, vision, and purpose. These unique traits have a direct influence and impact on the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of your leadership, your goals, and the way you engage with others to achieve them. Finding your purpose and unpacking your values takes time and a whole lot of reflection. Kate Gavens delves into what it takes to unlock your potential leadership vision and values.

- Allow your purpose to fuel your leadership fire

- Cultivating personal and professional ambition

- Develop a value-based leadership style 

  • Kate Gavens Chief Conservation Regulator Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Other

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

Case Study

If you think leading with your head is the only way forward, then think again. Your heart has a huge impact on the work you produce and the way you lead. Leading with heart demonstrates a level of care, compassion, and connection to the role and community you serve. Leading with your heart does not mean you don't use your head, it means you provide passion and purpose for your team. Jo Pride is a leader that understands both the importance and benefits of leading your team with heart. In this session Jo will share her insights and key takeaways to support you in leading with heart.

- Advocate for your team, department, and cause

- Motivate yourself and those around you - be the example

- Become satisfied by your leadership role and duties

  • Jo Pride Executive Director, Office for Women Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

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

15 Feb

Other

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!

Case Study

Leading during a crisis is not for the faint hearted. It takes skill, efficiency, and exceptional communication to ensure goals are met and safe outcomes are achieved. Kate Fitzgerald is an experienced leader in the field of leading through crisis. In this session she shares her relevant experience and knowledge to support you and your leadership.  

- Understand the importance of building relationships 

- Learn how to lead teams through a crisis to achieve safe outcomes

- Use influence to be an effective leader

  • Kate Fitzgerald Chief Executive & Deputy Secretary Emergency Management Victoria

Case Study

This is your year! It is the perfect time to figure out what works for you, what is important to you, and how you will continue your journey. It is a time to write your own leadership path and playbook because you deserve to ignite your spark and find joy in what you do. In this inspirational and practical session, Colette shares her story and journey, the power of reflection and the importance of being your own leader.

- Revitalise your leadership journey and learn what is important to you

- Understand the importance of inner leadership reflection

- Take your leadership into your own hands

  • Colette McMahon Director, Community Life City of Casey

Other

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

Case Study

Establishing yourself as a leader that has the ability to lead and establish teams with a positive influence isn’t as simple as it sounds. Simon Phemister is a distinguished leader with a proven track record for creating sustainable teams by using his passion and positive influence to benefit all of his community.

- Collaborate and establish relationships in teams and departments

- Lead with positive influence for exceptional outcomes

- Establish a strong leadership identity

  • Simon Phemister Secretary Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Expert Commentary

Change is inevitable, it is part of our lives everyday and as a leader you not only need to navigate your own change and transformation but also guide your team and department. The experience of leading through transformation will vary depending on your workplace and team culture. Michelle Johns is here to share her wisdom and provide you invaluable strategies for successfully leading in change and transformation whilst being mindful of your team's unique culture.  

- Lead transformational change in various workplace cultures

- Guide your team through departmental changes 

- Learn practical skills to support your role in leading change


  • Michelle Johns Leadership Coach BraveHeart Coach

Other

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

Panel

The plan for 2023 is to continue increasing team engagement through empowerment and diversity. Diversity and values should be seen as a powerful benefit and not a hindrance, because each individual brings something unique to the table which allows your team to become more dynamic, engaging, and influential. This discussion explores various ways of being a leader that embodies individual values and diverse skills. 

- Cultivate an environment that is inclusive of all team members

- Utilise your teams diverse experience, skills, and perspectives

- Increase your team's engagement and lead through empowerment 


  • Angela Skandarajah Chief Executive Officer Development Victoria

  • Alison Leighton Deputy Chief Executive Officer City of Melbourne

  • Nicole Glazebrook CA, GAICD Chief Financial Officer National Disability Insurance Agency

  • Danni Jarrett Chief Executive Officer Invest Victoria

  • Rachel Tulia Executive Director, Corporate Delivery Services Department of Treasury and Finance

Other

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

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Case Study

Dr Maya Ramakrishnan, is an established leader within the Victorian Public Sector. She has held many executive leadership roles over the years and is publicly recognised for her service and passion within the community that she serves. Across her career journey, Dr Maya Ramakrishnan has faced challenges that have required personal reflection, and has demonstrated a strong willingness to get to her current role. Maya shares her experience and strategies in working as a quiet leader in the Victorian Public Sector and the importance of diversity and representation.

- Holding your own whilst being an introvert leader

- Being a leader of influence and representation

- Advocating for diversity and inclusion as a leader

  • Dr Maya Ramakrishnan Director, Social Housing Reform Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria

Roundtable

We wrap up our inspirational and jam packed two days with this interactive closing round table. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Reflecting on the inspiring stories that have been shared, discussing your key learnings with your peers, and creating your action plan for moving forward.

- Reflect on your key learnings from the Summit

- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey

Post-Summit Workshop

16 Feb - 17 Feb

Workshop

Fundamental attributes of confident leadership

- Develop a positive vision for success

- How to be productive and actively meet deadlines

- Explore personal, professional and leadership development opportunities

 

Maintain resilience and confidence through change

- Evaluate the importance of keeping up to date in a rapidly evolving industry

- Utilise your knowledge to gain confidence and use to your advantage

- Practical strategies to remain resilient

 

How to market your professional self and boost your brand

- Confidently build your brand

- Showcase your skills, confidence, resilience and experience

- Communicate to influence perception

 

Effective networking - Build life mentors and a community of connections

- Take advantage of networking opportunities and identify who will have a positive effect on your career

- Identify how you can help and add value to others

- Engage with the person and not their position

Workshop

Strategies to lead with an adaptive mindset

- Leverage your experience to address complex problems

- Generate evidence-based insights to inform

- Apply strategies to cope with constant change


Prepare for the unexpected and envision the future

- Predict the challenges associated with regulation in the Public Sector

- Plan for all possible scenarios

- Navigate the waters of innovation and advancement


Accelerate self and team performance through assertive influence

- Challenge and support team performance by assigning ambitious yet achievable goals

- How to manage poor-performing staff members

- Effectively communicate constructive feedback


Confidently drive change as a female leader

- Embrace change and blend old and new ways of thinking

- Embed an innovative way of thinking in the workplace

- Apply strategies and techniques which influence resistance and commitment

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Park Hyatt Melbourne

1 Parliament Square, Melbourne, VIC, 3002, Australia

03 9224 1234

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