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13th VICTORIAN PUBLIC SECTOR WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

12th - 16th, July 2021
Virtual / Streaming

Learn, share and be inspired!

Overview

- Discover the foundations of authentic and ethical public sector leadership
- Develop strategies for governing and leading through adversity
- Connect the dots between wellbeing and leadership
- Build mental mechanisms for personal and professional success

Speakers

  • Lil Healy

    Deputy Secretary, Industry Coordinator and Recovery

    Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Victoria
  • Deborah Glass

    Victorian Ombudsman

    Victorian Ombudsman
  • Kate Symons

    Chairperson & Commissioner

    Essential Services Commissioner Victoria
  • Elizabeth Wilson

    Chief Information Officer

    Department of Education and Training VIC
  • Tracey Gaudry

    Chief Executive Officer

    Respect Victoria
  • Jennifer Moltisanti

    Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Anna Longley

    Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel

    Australian Charities & Not-For-Profit Commission
  • Fiona Sparks

    Acting Chief Information Officer

    Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria
  • Rebecca McKenzie

    Chief Executive Officer

    Glen Eira City Council and President, Local Government Professionals Victoria
  • Lucy Roffey

    Chief Executive Officer

    Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • Sam Hannah-Rankin

    Executive Director, Public Sector Innovation

    Department of Premier and Cabinet VIC
  • Marian Chapman

    Executive Director, Commercial Transactions

    Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria
  • Kelly Crosthwaite

    Executive Director, People & Culture

    Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria
  • Karen Smith

    Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation

    Ambulance Victoria
  • Josie Thomson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Josie Thomson Enterprises
  • Karen Williams

    Coach, Speaker & Trainer

    Karen Williams
  • Jo Wise

    Leadership Performance Coach

    Jo Wise Leadership
  • Louise Thomson

    Leadership Development Specialist

    Global People Two

Agenda

Public Sector Critical Thinking & Efficient Communication Workshop
Event Kick-Off and Networker
Opening Keynote to be Announced!
You Win or You Learn - Risk Taking in Leadership
The EQ Effect - Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in Communication
Mindset Matters - The Key to Successful Change
Reimagining Government and the Role of the Public Service
The Stress Detox - Meeting Burnout with Mindfulness
Glass Ceilings and Open Doors - Advancing Women in the Workplace
"We Need to Talk" - Constructive Conversations at Work
Connecting the Dots between Leadership and Wellbeing
Playing the Game - Connect with your Allies
Workplace Flexibility -The Evolution to the New Normal
Dare to Challenge
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

12 Jul

Workshop

The disposition towards critical thinking

- Stimulate inquisitiveness in your thought processing

- The laws of processing thoughts for leadership 

- Practice self-efficacy and self-trust 


Foundations to developing your strategic foresight 

- Scenario development and analysis 

- Classify repetition and patterns 

- Assess the implications of present actions and decisions


Marriage between objective analysis and effective communication

- Distinguish between powerful listening strategies  

- Develop your cognitive agendum before communicating

- Efficient communication in complex scenarios


Effective communication styles 

- Identify your individual communication style to strengthen your impact 

- Diversity in various communication techniques

- The power of communication in variform conditions

  • Jo Wise Leadership Performance Coach Jo Wise Leadership

Summit Day One

13 Jul

Break-Out Session

Join Liquid Learning and your chair, Jo Wise, for this opening 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!

  • Jo Wise Leadership Performance Coach Jo Wise Leadership

Case Study

Case Study

There’s a fine line between being a gambler and a calculated risk-taker. How much uncertainty can you handle? How much would you stake on a decision you’ve made? Successful leadership must rise above the fear of making a mistake. Sometimes we will fail, but failure often provides some of life’s biggest learning opportunities. Lill has held numerous leadership positions throughout the Public and Private sectors, and she knows what it takes to step out of your comfort zone and commit to continuous growth. Join her, as she reflects on her career and provides you with best practice tips and tools for taking smart-risks in your personal and professional life.


- Learn to trust yourself and your decisions 

- Practice taking risks and prepare yourself for failure 

- Be aware of your own abilities and learn from your mistakes

  • Lil Healy Deputy Secretary, Industry Coordinator and Recovery Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Victoria

Expert Commentary

There is a deep connection between one’s ability to successfully communicate and one’s ability to successfully lead. It’s not surprising then, that Emotional Intelligence is a hot topic these days. EQ impacts an executive’s ability to present key corporate issues with integrity and authenticity. It is about being able to listen well, to motivate and inspire others, to control your reactions, and to build strong relationships. Whether you are a new manager or a senior executive, developing your communication skills is essential, and one effective way to improve your communication skills is to strengthen your emotional intelligence. Join expert facilitator, Karen Williams, as she shares her three pillars of emotional intelligence, and provides you with tips and tools for leveraging EQ in your communication. 


- Understand how emotional intelligence impacts leadership and communication

- Increase self-awareness to identify your trigger points to reduce stress and respond rather than react

- Recognise the emotional states of others to influence thinking and behaviour 

  • Karen Williams Coach, Speaker & Trainer Karen Williams

Case Study

Organisational change is essential for companies that want to evolve and remain competitive. However, first you must figure out not only how your company is going to do it, but if your company actually needs it. The currently accepted wisdom is that a core part of change management involves changing human behavior, without that key piece any transformation initiative is likely to fail. Why? Because ultimately, it will be the employees that decide whether are not they will adapt to change and whether or not they’ll support it. Join Chief Information Officer, Elizabeth Wilson, as she shares insight from her own career and provides you with practical tools for leading successful change in your team or organisation. 


- Communicate your vision and its importance to your organisation

- Gain stakeholder buy-in and translate this into action

- Overcome reluctance and resistance to achieve cultural change

  • Elizabeth Wilson Chief Information Officer Department of Education and Training VIC

Panel

When the public sector focuses on innovation the game changes completely. It becomes one of constant learning, changing and growth. Teams collaborate, try new things and recognise challenges as opportunities to learn. Take the recent crisis. The last year has truly highlighted how capable Victorian public leaders are at remaining resilient as they have learnt, adapted and progressed the state through testing times. So how might we continue to empower and enable our leaders to work in more innovative ways so that they can face the complex challenges in the Victorian public sector?


- 2020 reflections and where to from here?

- Move towards community collaboration and sharing

- Leverage experimentation and learning to achieve progression

  • Kate Symons Chairperson & Commissioner Essential Services Commissioner Victoria

  • Anna Longley Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel Australian Charities & Not-For-Profit Commission

  • Rebecca McKenzie Chief Executive Officer Glen Eira City Council and President, Local Government Professionals Victoria

  • Sam Hannah-Rankin Executive Director, Public Sector Innovation Department of Premier and Cabinet VIC

Expert Commentary

With looming personal and professional responsibilities, different life roles, and only twenty-four hours in a day, it can feel like you're always on the back foot running on empty. Recognizing how we feel is the first step in addressing extreme fatigue or burnout. As humans, we’re programmed to just keep going, and that habit holds strong when working at home, without usual routines to break up the day. Mindfulness allows us to connect with ourselves, so we can recognize our thoughts and feelings head-on in order to address them. Join expert facilitator and resilience coach, Josie Thomson as she provides you with practical tips, tools and strategies for managing stress and burnout with mindfulness practices. 


- Discover mindfulness strategies and develop a self-care plan

- Maintain a perfect 'imbalance'

- Honour all parts of yourself and show up authentically

  • Josie Thomson Chief Executive Officer Josie Thomson Enterprises

Summit Day Two

14 Jul

Case Study

Even when making it 'to the table' and smashing the proverbial 'glass ceiling', there often lacks enough representation at the executive level to truly drive meaningful change. When it comes to striking a balance for gender equality and representation in the workplace, men must play an important role, but what responsibility lies with the women who have achieved positions that afford them the chance to advance other women? We need to hold the door open behind us! Hear from Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass as she reflects on her incredible career, and share insight on how we can all continue to advance women in the workplace.


- Be a champion for others and amplify women in the workplace

- Understand the important of female role models and mentors

- Support each other to speak up and speak out

  • Deborah Glass Victorian Ombudsman Victorian Ombudsman

Expert Commentary

Holding your own in any leadership position demands a confident approach, especially when dealing with sensitive situations. Whether you’re negotiating a pay rise, going for a promotion, or giving a presentation, the ability to communicate confidently and authentically when managing people and dealing with key stakeholders is essential for success. In this intensive skills lab session, expert facilitator, Jo Wise, will coach you on the art of constructive conversations and how to leverage the power of your voice at work.


- Master the art of constructive conversations

- Know your objective and remain solution-focused

- Preserve your professional relationships

  • Jo Wise Leadership Performance Coach Jo Wise Leadership

Case Study

One of the biggest issues of workplace wellness is we’re talking the talk, but we aren’t actually walking the talk. Too often leaders fail to model wellness behavior, which leads to energy depletion and burnout across the organisation. If employees see their leaders working 12+ hours a day, not taking breaks and going from meeting to meeting without pausing for lunch, they are unlikely to feel comfortable taking advantage of an organisation's wellness benefits and programs. To be our best leaders, we need to have a foundation of wellbeing in the workplace. A foundation that at its base emphasises the notion of taking care of self and giving permission for employees to do so too. Join Kelly as she brings insight from her role and career, and provides you with advice for highlighting the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.


- Promote open communication in your organisation and work to reduce uncertainty

- Leverage your emotional intelligence and help staff combat emotional exhaustion

- Reinforce company messages and the meaningfulness of the work you are doing

  • Kelly Crosthwaite Executive Director, People & Culture Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria

Case Study

The challenges you face as a woman in any industry are unique to your experience. They may not always be evident to onlookers. However, these obstacles must be overcome to advance women in leadership, and ensure there is a pathway for your success. That means building networks and the confidence to have open discourse with those supporters. It’s all about strategy, like playing chess and getting your pieces into the right spaces. You can’t win if you don’t play the game. Give yourself a fair chance. Learn the strategy and use it. Join Assistant Commissioner, Jennifer Moltisanti, as she reflects on her own career and provides you with practical tips and tools for building a support network to accelerate your professional growth.


- Engage authentically to understand biases

- Identify and work with male advocates

- Build your confidence for productive conversations

  • Jennifer Moltisanti Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit Australian Taxation Office

Panel

The Victorian Public Sector has led the charge where flexible work is concerned - adopting an ‘if not, why not’ principle as early as 2016. But with COVID-19 obliterating the boundaries that conventionally separated work from the rest of our lives and shifting the dynamics of workplace flexibility - It has left us questioning the old concept of work-life balance. So what does this evolution to the new world of work look like and what does this mean for work-life balance? This interactive panel discussion will explore the concept of work-life integration, particularly in our new working environments, discuss tools for managing competing priorities and expectations, and look towards embracing the new normal and how you can make this work for you.


- Manage competing priorities and expectations in a work-from-home setting

- Embrace the new normal and find an integration that works for you 

- Develop tips, tools and strategies for avoiding the 24/7 work-cycle

  • Tracey Gaudry Chief Executive Officer Respect Victoria

  • Fiona Sparks Acting Chief Information Officer Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria

  • Lucy Roffey Chief Executive Officer Central Goldfields Shire Council

  • Marian Chapman Executive Director, Commercial Transactions Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria

  • Karen Smith Director, Centre for Research and Evaluation Ambulance Victoria

Roundtable

In this closing interactive roundtable session, join your chair, Jo Wise as you connect with others in the room, 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

  • Jo Wise Leadership Performance Coach Jo Wise Leadership

Post-Summit Workshop

15 Jul - 16 Jul

Workshop

Fundamental attributes of confident leadership

- Develop a positive vision for success

- 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

- Driving knowledge to gain confidence and advantage

- Practical strategies to remain resilient

 

Market your professional self

- 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

  • Louise Thomson Leadership Development Specialist Global People Two

Workshop

Leading with an adaptive mindset

- Leverage your experience to address complex problems

- Generating evidence-based insight to inform

- Apply strategies to cope with constant change

 

Expect change and envision the future

- Predicting the challenges associated with regulation in the Public Sector

- Plan for all possible scenarios

- Navigate the waters of innovation and advancement

 

Accelerating self and team performance through assertive influence

- Challenging and supporting team performance by assigning ambitious yet achievable goals

- How to manager 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

  • Louise Thomson Leadership Development Specialist Global People Two

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