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2nd WOMEN IN DEFENCE & DEFENCE INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

19th - 22nd, September 2022
Virtual / Streaming

Be inspired & empowered by exceptional defence industry women to overcome obstacles & blaze your trail

Overview

- Inspirational leadership stories from senior women in the defence sector
- Develop effective and strategic leadership skills
- Learn how to tackle unconscious bias
- Future proofing your leadership brand

Speakers

  • Kerry Lunney

    Country Engineering Director and Chief Engineer

    Thales Australia
  • Shana Uhlmann

    Assistant Director-General, Australian Cyber Security Centre, SPO

    Australian Signals Directorate
  • Julia Dickinson

    Chief Engineer Military Satellite Communications

    Lockheed Martin Australia
  • LTCOL Tracy Allison

    Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor, Royal Military College, Duntroon

    Australian Army
  • Kate van Hilst

    Assistant Secretary Nuclear Powered Submarine Trilateral Program Delivery

    Department of Defence
  • Kelly Van Nelson

    Managing Director, Operations

    Serco
  • Sascha Hapke

    Head of Defence and Space, Australasia

    Airbus
  • MAJ Cate Carter

    Deputy Director, Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics, & Former Managing Editor, Australian Army Journel

    Australian Defence College
  • Dr Catherine Grace

    Associate Director Space

    Defence SA
  • Sumen Rai

    Director

    Defence Innovation Partnership
  • Kate McInnis

    Head of Operational Excellence

    BAE Systems
  • Fleur Barlow

    Project Director Solution Development, Defence

    Ventia Pty Ltd
  • Mick Richardson

    General Manager, Defence and National Security

    Beca
  • SQNLDR Louise Burr

    2021 Women in Defence Award Winner – Engineering & F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Facilities Lead

    Royal Australian Air Force
  • Julieanne Saxty

    Director, Defence

    Aurecon
  • Amanda Holt

    Chief Executive Officer

    SYPAQ Systems
  • SQNLDR Catherine Plenty

    Executive Officer

    Royal Australian Air Force
  • Natasha Murphy

    Director, Enterprise Resource Planning

    Department of Defence
  • Ruby Fraser

    Head of Analysis

    Australian Signals Directorate
  • Giselle Amos

    Director Corporate Capability Requirements

    Australian Signals Directorate
  • Emily Frizell

    Female Defence Leader of the Year 2020 & Founder/CEO, AeroPM

    AeroPM
  • Ellen Nelson

    Consultant

    Ellen Joan Nelson
  • Michael Collins

    High Potential Officer

    Hipotential
  • Liz Tilley

    Leadership Coach

    Liz Tilley Coaching
  • Ale Wiecek

    Founder and Chief Empathy Officer

    Sqr One

Agenda

Communication with influence
Event Kick Off and Networking Icebreaker
Success doesn't have to be a sacrifice
Emerging global megatrends - How ready are you?
You can't be what you can’t see
Unpacking what it takes to be a women leader in defence
A great culture starts with you
Learning to lead
Excelling under pressure
Action Planning for Day Two
Unlocking your team's potential
Diversifying your leadership portfolio
Future-proofing your leadership journey - Leading defence teams of tomorrow
Leading with authenticity
The importance of partnerships in your leadership journey
A new dawn for leadership
Sink or swim… but we’re all in the same boat
Closing Roundtable
Learning to lead authentically
Pre-Summit Workshop

19 Sep

Workshop

Communication skills for effective leaders: 

- Know your audience and learn to communicate effectively 

- Discover your own communication style

- Overcoming communication misalignment 


Improving team engagement: 

- Create effective communication environments to drive engagement with stakeholders and peers 

- Develop authentic connections for improved outcomes

- Cultivating an open environment for communication


Using communication to your advantage 

- Using communication to encourage productivity and performance 

- Challenging, supporting and empowering others

- Preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence

 

 Points to action 

- Developing short and long-term plan of implementation

- Understanding challenges and skills for overcoming 

- Creating a plan for the next steps in your leadership journey  


  • Liz Tilley Leadership Coach Liz Tilley Coaching

Summit Day One

20 Sep

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!

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Case Study

Is it really possible to have it all - a busy and fulfilled personal life, and a successful career? In this session Kelly shares reflections on her successful career that has spanned three continents, and how she still finds time for family and her passions in life - being an author. Passionate about empowering the next generation of female leaders, Kelly will provide useful insight into how indulging in your passions has a positive effect on your leadership journey.

- How to overcome imposter syndrome

- Strategies for progressing in your leadership journey

- How to merge a busy personal and professional life


  • Kelly Van Nelson Managing Director, Operations Serco

Case Study

Leading organisational change and sustaining high performance during periods of significant stress and uncertainty, is not for the faint hearted, especially in the face of emerging megatrends. Sustainability, an interdependent world, digital transformations, and complexity growth are just a few of these global megatrends that are challenging our current practices and leadership.

In this session, Kerry Lunney will draw upon her personal experience in leadership and what strategies could be used for leaders of tomorrow to address the changing global environment.

- Exploring global megatrends facing the Defence industry

- Adapting to change as a senior leader

- How to stay ahead of the game


  • Kerry Lunney Country Engineering Director and Chief Engineer Thales Australia

Case Study

In such a heavily male-dominated industry, the importance of having female role-models cannot be understated. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Julia Dickinson has been inspired by many remarkable women along the way, and now in her current role as Chief Engineer for Military Satellite Communication at Lockheed Martin, she sets her sights on inspiring the next generation of women leaders. In this session Julia will share insight from her leadership journey, the role-models she has looked up to, and the power of lifting as you lead.

- The impact of positive female role models on her career

- Lifting others in your team as their leader

- Skills and strategies for success


  • Julia Dickinson Chief Engineer Military Satellite Communications Lockheed Martin Australia

Expert Commentary

Are you the only woman in a meeting with men? Have you ever felt like you've had to be ‘one of the boys’ in order to fit in? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. This expert session explores the topic of 'gender mainstreaming' and what potential impacts this will have on the future women leaders of defence and the defence industry. This session will provide you the toolkit to encourage, influence and embrace organisational change.

- Build resilience in the face of change

- The importance of future proofing yourself as a leader

- How to encourage change at a senior level

Panel

The power of fostering a positive workplace culture is in the hands of leaders. A positive work environment can lead to success in the defence industry, but no matter who you are, or where you sit in your organisation, you can play a critical role in driving an engaged and high performance culture. This panel brings together some of the industry's top leaders to explore the secrets to a positive and proactive culture, and how we can all contribute to uplifting and empowering our teams.

- Enabling your teams to perform at their highest potential

- Implementing a positive culture

- How to inspire and empower future female leaders within your team.


  • Kate McInnis Head of Operational Excellence BAE Systems

  • Mick Richardson General Manager, Defence and National Security Beca

  • Amanda Holt Chief Executive Officer SYPAQ Systems

  • Natasha Murphy Director, Enterprise Resource Planning Department of Defence

  • Ruby Fraser Head of Analysis Australian Signals Directorate

  • Emily Frizell Female Defence Leader of the Year 2020 & Founder/CEO, AeroPM AeroPM

Case Study

Lieutenant Colonel Tracy Allison is just the second woman to ever hold the role of Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College - Duntroon in the past 111 years . For Tracy, the journey to the top was not straightforward but over the years she has helped lead the way for more and more women rising through the ranks of traditionally male-dominated roles. In this session, Tracy discusses her journey and gives insight into a new approach to leadership in the Royal Australian Army.

- Building respect as a new leader

- How to remain confident in your position in leadership

-Supporting the next generation of women on their leadership journey


  • LTCOL Tracy Allison Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor, Royal Military College, Duntroon Australian Army

Expert Commentary

If the past three years have taught leaders anything it's to excel under pressure. In this expert commentary, Michael Collins examines the impact of difficult work environments on leaders' capacity to make effective decisions. Michael will teach you how to prepare yourself to not just survive but thrive under pressure.

- Developing the skills to lead effectively in high pressure environments

- Take home tips and tricks to incorporate into your leadership style

- Increase your decisive decision making


  • Michael Collins High Potential Officer Hipotential

Summit Day Two

21 Sep

Other

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Case Study

As a leader our team is the foundation of our leadership, we build and maintain relationships with our team on the daily. It is important to see the positives in your team, the skills they have, and the unique perspectives they share. In this session, Shana Uhlmunn shares her journey to leading a tech workforce and how she creates an inclusive and positive workplace culture. Shana recognises strengths women in STEM can contribute to deliver leadership driven by emotional intelligence and focused on maximising individual strengths.

- Leading with emotional intelligence

- Creating a positive workplace culture

- Celebrating individual strengths


  • Shana Uhlmann Assistant Director-General, Australian Cyber Security Centre, SPO Australian Signals Directorate

Case Study

Cate Carter has worn many leadership hats, both in the Australian Army and in academia. The journey from the Army Reserves to PHD recipient, combining study and a career has turned into a real passion for Cate. In this session, Cate will discuss how successful leadership in the army is not ‘one size fits all’ and diversity can lead to endless opportunities for women in leadership roles, and those looking to make the first steps in their journey.

- Expanding opportunities for women leadership

- Change can lead to greater opportunities

- The importance of diversifying for career progression


  • MAJ Cate Carter Deputy Director, Centre for Defence Leadership & Ethics, & Former Managing Editor, Australian Army Journel Australian Defence College

Case Study

The defence industry is a rapidly growing, evolving and changing landscape and the importance of strong leadership has never been more important. Throughout her 20 years in industry, Julieanne has learned the importance of future proofing the teams she leads. In this session, Julieanne will discuss how you can ensure your leadership is ready for whatever comes next in this rapidly changing industry.

- Key steps to nurture talent within your team

- The importance of mentorship and how you can play a key role

- How to lead successful teams from different backgrounds.


  • Julieanne Saxty Director, Defence Aurecon

Expert Commentary

Leaders can be found all around, and inside any of us. There is no specific build or description that a leader must fit within. Leaders aren’t built overnight; they are moulded and mentored over time. Dr Ellen Nelson brings her unique leadership experience to provide skills that will allow you to lead authentically and how going against the status quo can be rewarding for leaders and their teams.

- Anyone who aspires to lead can get there

- Being yourself in leadership is an important tool

- The benefits of authenticity to leadership journeys





  • Ellen Nelson Consultant Ellen Joan Nelson

Fireside Chat

Being a woman in leadership in defence can often feel like a lonely role. Forming a professional partnership can be the key to combating this. In this session, Dr Catherine Grace and Sumen Rai will talk about their experience of combining forces and how working together has proved a recipe for success. Coming from two different worlds, they have used their diverse backgrounds to great success.

- Emphasise the importance of female partnerships

- Encouraging collaboration

- The benefits of mentorship




  • Dr Catherine Grace Associate Director Space Defence SA

  • Sumen Rai Director Defence Innovation Partnership

Panel

Defence and defence industry have both been historically male-dominated sectors, but over the years the work of many remarkable women leaders and champions of progress have seen this gradually change. And yet the challenges remain, at the organisational, cultural and institutional level, as well as the personal impact of matters like unconscious bias and imposter syndrome. This interactive discussion panel brings together senior leaders from across the sector to unpack the challenges and opportunities, and the possibilities for growth that the future holds.

- How they enable future leaders in their own teams

- The next steps on the journey of inclusion

- The value of diversity in decision making


  • Kate van Hilst Assistant Secretary Nuclear Powered Submarine Trilateral Program Delivery Department of Defence

  • Sascha Hapke Head of Defence and Space, Australasia Airbus

  • SQNLDR Louise Burr 2021 Women in Defence Award Winner – Engineering & F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Facilities Lead Royal Australian Air Force

  • SQNLDR Catherine Plenty Executive Officer Royal Australian Air Force

  • Giselle Amos Director Corporate Capability Requirements Australian Signals Directorate

Case Study

Being a woman at the top of your leadership game in a room full of men is not for the faint-hearted. Throw into the mix sustaining high performance during periods of significant stress and added pressure of uncertainty, and this may seem like a challenge fit only for a very few strong leaders. But in this session, Fleur Barlow will reveal how you can rise to challenge. Drawing on her personal experience leading from the front during challenging times, Fleur explores why she believes that vision, values and resilience are essential to success.

- Being comfortable with the leadership style you model

- The fundamental importance of personal and organisational values

- Why resilience is vital to success


  • Fleur Barlow Project Director Solution Development, Defence Ventia Pty Ltd

Roundtable

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Post-Summit Workshop

22 Sep

Workshop

Self-awareness and authenticity 

- Understanding what it means to be an authentic leader 

- Discovering your key skills and how to optimise them 

- Aligning skills to organisational expectations


Developing ‘reflective leadership’

- Discovering the benefits of reflective leadership 

- Develop individual skills needed for reflective leadership 

- Implementing reflective leadership to influence a quality working culture


Innovation as a female leader

- Recognise and plan how to overcome challenges 

- Develop an innovative culture for teams you lead 

- Learn to listen to your intuition and lead your way 


Planning ahead in leadership

- Develop a personalised approach: short and long term 

- Understand the challenges faced in the future

- Diversifying your skills set to future proof yourself


  • Ellen Nelson Consultant Ellen Joan Nelson

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