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15th Victorian Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit


12th - 16th, February 2024 / Melbourne, AU
SAVE UP TO $700
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Overview


Exclusive insights from top VPS leaders to transform into a dynamic, future-ready leader

• Ignite passion in your leadership journey
• Confront challenges with confidence and resilience
• Recognise the value of diversity and an inclusive culture for driving transformation
• Gain real-life inspiration and advice from top leaders

Speakers


  • Rachel Altmann

    A/Deputy Secretary, Public Health

    Department of Health
  • Kelly Crosthwaite

    A/Deputy Secretary, Bushfire & Forest Services

    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
  • Rajitha Srikhanta

    Deputy Chief Tax Counsel

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Sheree Lowe

    Executive Director, Social & Emotional Well-being

    Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Kaylene Jones

    Deputy Chief Officer, Operational Performance & Capability

    Country Fire Authority
  • Anne Marie Harrison

    Chief Executive Officer

    Victorian Institute of Sport
  • Dr Rebecca Kogios PSM

    Executive Director, Forensic Services Department

    Victoria Police
  • Antoinette Battista

    Executive Director, People & Culture

    Department of Transport and Planning
  • Sharon Oxlade

    Executive Director, Social

    Department of Treasury and Finance VIC
  • Seema Abdullah

    Councillor, & Former Mayor

    Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Kate White

    Executive Director, Community & Corporate Services

    Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Natalie McColl

    Head of Rapid Recovery

    Transport Accident Commission
  • Helen Quiney

    Executive Director, Employee Safety, Wellbeing & Inclusion

    Department of Education
  • Cassandra Meagher

    Executive Director, Service Reform & Corporate, & A/Chief Customer Officer

    Service Victoria
  • Dr Maya Ramakrishnan

    Director, Social Housing Reform

    Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria
  • Anh Mai

    Executive Director, Offshore Wind Energy Victoria

    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
  • Fiona McHugh

    Director, Train Services

    V/Line
  • Colette McMahon

    Manager, Community Safety & Wellbeing

    Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Rebecca Cattran

    Principal Consultant

    Atturra
  • Louise Thomson

    Leadership Development Specialist

    Global People Two
  • Bron Williams

    Keynote Speaker

    Bronwyn Williams Coaching
  • Anneli Blundell

    Professional People Whisperer

    Anneli Blundell.com

Agenda



Workshop

Self-awareness and understanding others

- Recognise diverse communication styles

- Cultivate the ability to assess and gauge emotional intelligence in oneself and others

- Handle various personalities with finesse


Harnessing emotional intelligence for motivation

- Foster organisational understanding

- Promote motivation through transparency

- Emphasise the significance of motivation


Fostering better relationships through emotional intelligence

- Develop rapport-building skills and nurture relationships

- Manage upwards and influence with integrity

- Boost confidence in addressing sensitive topics


Action Plan

- Initiate sensitive conversations and address concerns effectively

- Employ communication strategies for difficult discussions

- Leverage emotional intelligence in the workplace for optimal outcomes



  • Bron Williams Keynote Speaker Bronwyn Williams Coaching

Interview

Authentic leaders are genuine, inspire trust, and have a clear vision of their 'why'. Authenticity is something you continually work on. In this session, Raj shares what it means to be an authentic leader, discusses what drives her, and examine the importance of passion and purpose in leadership.

- Align actions with your core value

- Use your principles to drive resilience and determination

- Challenge yourself as a leader

  • Rajitha Srikhanta Deputy Chief Tax Counsel Australian Taxation Office

Case Study

Are you embracing the value of diversity in your team? The power of different perspectives cannot be overlooked and should be harnessed for innovation and problem-solving. Antoinette will share actionable insights and strategies to create an inclusive environment where every team member can thrive. In this session, uncover the keys to effective communication and collaboration across differences, breaking down barriers and building stronger connections.

- Practical tools to foster a culture of inclusion and creativity

- Bridge differences to build stronger team connections

- Evolve your talent acquisition strategy

  • Antoinette Battista Executive Director, People & Culture Department of Transport and Planning

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

Expert Commentary

You may be a powerhouse of knowledge and experience, but perception is everything and more often than not we do tend to judge a book by its cover. To be an effective leader it is critical that you develop strong communication skills, verbal and non-verbal, to make sure you don’t undermine your value and ensure that it’s not just valid but also visible. Anneli provides a fresh perspective on communication and the language of success by exploring the key credibility killers in any communication context.

- Explore various language patterns that undermine credibility and confidence

- Discover the non-verbal signals that enhance your professional presence when communicating

- Learn how others see you and what that means for your career potential

  • Anneli Blundell Professional People Whisperer Anneli Blundell.com

Case Study

The key to successful leadership lies in understanding that people are at the core of everything, where your achievements and influence are a product of how well your people perform. Building high performing teams in complex operating environments relies on forging authentic connections, where individuals feel supported and empowered to flourish. In this session Sharon will share her experience in investing in an inclusive culture, where making mistakes is accepted as part of growth, to foster a safe space for innovation, growth and achievement.

- Place individuals at the heart of decisions

- Foster authentic connections and trust

- Create a safe environment for learning

  • Sharon Oxlade Executive Director, Social Department of Treasury and Finance VIC

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

Case Study

Can you lead effectively without understanding what makes your people tick? Empathy can have a transformative impact but there are often misunderstandings about how to be empathetic in the workplace.  Kelly shares her thoughts on what empathy is and isn’t, and how to use it well to drive performance.

- Empathetic leaders have their focus on others, not themselves

- Empathy is so much more than just being ‘nice’

- Empathy translates into other leadership practices such as creating clarity, stablishing boundaries, respecting your people and providing them agency

  • Kelly Crosthwaite A/Deputy Secretary, Bushfire & Forest Services Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

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

Panel

Diversity is not a mere checkbox item or something to be overlooked after initial efforts. Though significant progress has been made in supporting women in the workplace, it is crucial to maintain the momentum and acknowledge the distance we have covered. Despite the Australian Public Sector being largely female-dominated, achieving gender parity in senior leadership roles remains a challenge. In this empowering panel discussion, we explore actionable approaches to sustainably foster the advancement of women in your sphere. 

- Embrace your role as a catalyst for change, not a contributor to the issue

- Foster an environment that empowers women in your team to flourish and excel

- Embrace equity as a driving force for achieving collective success

  • Kaylene Jones Deputy Chief Officer, Operational Performance & Capability Country Fire Authority

  • Anne Marie Harrison Chief Executive Officer Victorian Institute of Sport

  • Seema Abdullah Councillor, & Former Mayor Greater Shepparton City Council

  • Helen Quiney Executive Director, Employee Safety, Wellbeing & Inclusion Department of Education

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

Expert Commentary

The interplay between bias and shame in leadership is a compelling yet often overlooked aspect of human behaviour. As a leader, you must confront your inherent biases and understand how they shape your decision-making processes. Shame, stemming from unconscious biases or past experiences, can hinder progress and inhibit inclusive leadership. Recognising and addressing these emotions enables transformative growth. In this session, Bron will share how leaders can dismantle the barriers of bias and shame.

- Cultivating self-awareness 

- Strategies for overcoming self bias

- Take the initiative to seize opportunities


  • Bron Williams Keynote Speaker Bronwyn Williams Coaching

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.

Case Study

Navigating through a crisis demands effort and expertise. It requires adept leadership, effective execution, and communication to accomplish objectives while prioritising safety. In this session Rachel shares her relevant experience and knowledge to support you and your leadership.

- Appreciate the significance of connections

- Turn a crisis into a chance to grow

- Delve into your resilience to tackle uncertainty

  • Rachel Altmann A/Deputy Secretary, Public Health Department of Health

Case Study

Leaning into the unknown is daunting. In the ever-changing energy sector, leadership styles must evolve, embracing flexibility and seizing opportunities with boldness. It's tempting to let them pass and stick to the status quo. However, taking a leap of faith, is often crucial for personal growth. In this session, Anh shares how you can enhance your impact by leaning in and being more adventurous.

- Develop an agile, flexible leadership mindset

- Achieving success by advancing or taking a step back

- Identify and seize new opportunities

  • Anh Mai Executive Director, Offshore Wind Energy Victoria Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

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

Case Study

In the face of adversity, mastering leadership resilience is paramount. As a leader in emergency services, Kate shares how responding to challenges and periods of change is a fundamental aspect of her daily responsibilities. These situations also serve as opportunities for significant growth and improvement when you approach them with the right mindset. 

- Leverage experience to achieve success

- Foster resilience for an empowered organisational culture

- Discover the transformative power of resilience

  • Kate White Executive Director, Community & Corporate Services Victoria State Emergency Service

Case Study

Engagement is pivotal for driving meaningful change within any organisation or community. When stakeholders actively participate and collaborate, they become invested in the process and outcomes. In this session, Sharon who is a proud Djab Wurrung and Gunditjmara woman, has been advocating within the Aboriginal Community in Victoria for over 20 years, shares her experiences driving change in the VPS.

- Cultivate open, two-way communication channels

- Involve stakeholders in decision-making and planning

- Create a cultural of continuous change

  • Sheree Lowe Executive Director, Social & Emotional Well-being Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

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

Panel

The concept of generational diversity pertains to having a workforce that encompasses a broad spectrum of age groups, yet it is often overlooked as a form of diversity. Today, with more individuals continuing to work well into later stages of life, our workplaces are becoming more diverse than ever in terms of age. Leaders must adjust their approaches to work and communication to accommodate the varying preferences across generations. This immersive panel discussion provides an opportunity to delve into the experiences and viewpoints of seasoned leaders, exploring how they have navigated generational diversity throughout their careers.

- Gain valuable insights from experienced leaders

- Challenge preconceived notions and gain an understanding of diverse working styles.

- Learn how to adapt effectively when working with generations different from your own

  • Natalie McColl Head of Rapid Recovery Transport Accident Commission

  • Cassandra Meagher Executive Director, Service Reform & Corporate, & A/Chief Customer Officer Service Victoria

  • Fiona McHugh Director, Train Services V/Line

  • Colette McMahon Manager, Community Safety & Wellbeing Bass Coast Shire Council

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

Case Study

In the pursuit of your career goals, the greatest obstacle can be yourself. Rebecca has spent her career developing her leadership skills with an appetite for learning, though she's no stranger to imposter syndrome. In this session, hear how through hard work and understanding the power of having people in your corner can propel you to success.

- Embrace your achievements, self-doubt can be overcome

- Genuine effort leads to real growth and self-confidence

- Avoid the qualification trap, believe in your abilities

  • Dr Rebecca Kogios PSM Executive Director, Forensic Services Department Victoria Police

We wrap up our inspirational and jam packed two days with this interactive closing roundtable. 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

  • Rebecca Cattran Principal Consultant Atturra

Workshop

Fundamental attributes of confident leadership

- Develop a clear vision for success and learn to set achievable goals

- How to be productive and actively meet deadlines

- Explore personal, professional and leadership development opportunities

 

Maintain resilience and confidence through change

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

- Learn practical strategies to remain resilient during times of change

- Build and maintain confidence in yourself and your team to adapt and overcome challenges 


How to market your professional self and boost your brand

- Confidently showcase your skills, confidence, resilience, and experience to effectively market your professional self

- Learn how to communicate to influence perception

- Use branding to enhance your career and professional success

 

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

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  • Louise Thomson Leadership Development Specialist Global People Two

Workshop

Strategies to lead with an adaptive mindset

- Leverage your experience to tackle complex problems and generate evidence-based insights to inform decisions

- Apply strategies to cope with constant change and be ready to adapt to new challenges

- Build an adaptive and innovative mindset to lead your team effectively

 

Prepare for the unexpected and develop a future-focused strategy

- 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

- Learn effective techniques to manage poor-performing staff members

- Effectively communicate constructive feedback

 

Driving change with confidence

- Embrace change and blend old and new ways of thinking to drive innovation

- Embed an innovative way of thinking in the workplace

- Apply strategies and techniques to overcome resistance and cultivate commitment to change

  • Louise Thomson Leadership Development Specialist Global People Two

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