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THE INAUGURAL WOMEN IN DEFENCE INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

6th - 9th, April 2020
Sydney, AU

Build your leadership acumen & establish yourself as a true leader

Speakers

The Honourable Melissa Price MP

Melissa’s engagement in progressing defence outcomes continued through her work on the Coalition Defence Policy Committee and the Defence Sub-Committee. In December 2017, she was elevated to the role of Assistant Minister for the Environment and continued in this role until August 2018, when she was sworn in as Minister for the Environment in the Morrison Government. With the Coalition returned to government at the 2019 Federal election, Melissa was sworn in as Minister for Defence Industry in May 2019.

Minister for Defence Industry
Parliament of Australia

  • Clodagh Farrell

    Chief Financial Officer

    DXC.Technology
  • Chris Jenkins

    Country director & Chief Executive Officer

    Thales Australia
  • CMDR Christina Ween

    Commander, RAN

    Royal Australian Navy
  • CDRE Robert Elliott

    Director General, Major Surface Ships

    Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group
  • Richard Price

    Chief Executive & Head of the South Australian Space Industry Centre

    Defence SA
  • Julie Carroll

    Chief Human Resources Officer, AsPAC

    Serco Asia Pacific
  • Amanda Holt

    Chief Executive Officer

    SYPAQ Systems
  • Greg Barsby

    Managing Director

    QinetiQ Australia
  • Emma Pilbeam

    Director, Defence Capability

    Downer Defence
  • Neale Prescott

    Director, Business Development

    Lockheed Martin Australia
  • Jennifer Stephenson

    Director, Space Acquisitions Projects Office

    Department of Defence
  • Tess Blackadder

    Global Winning Work Director, Defence & National Security

    Aurecon
  • Caroline Dawson

    Director, IT Services

    Leidos
  • Thea Dedden

    Director, Change

    Thales Australia
  • Tania Daniell

    General Manager, Human Resources

    Saab Australia
  • Alexandra May

    General Manager, Stakeholder Management

    Naval Group Australia
  • Nicole Davies

    National Manager Communication & Customer Service, Defence

    Broadspectrum
  • MAJ Kelliegh Jackson

    Founder

    Eyes Front
  • Jen Harwood

    Motivational Speaker, Author, Business Coach

    The Jenerator!
  • Arabella Macpherson

    Founder & Communications Coach

    Resonate Communications
  • Julie Alexander

    Chief Executive Officer

    Changing Change International (CCI)
  • David Ross

    Director

    Phoenix Strategic Management

Overview

- Hone your communication skills to establish authority & have your voice heard
- Develop powerful strategic relationships with colleagues & stakeholders
- Lead high-performing teams, even when they are remote & dispersed
- Leverage strategies for uncovering top female talent & lift as you lead

Agenda

Maximise your leadership potential - The power of authentic leadership
The future of Defence Industry
Lead with passion & purpose
It begins with you
The juggling act - Managing joint ventures
Re-imagining work-life balance - Finding the sweet spot
Leading remote teams - From interstate to global
The military psychological contract
Boardroom to battlespace - Building collaborative cultures
Power personal & professional success through networking
Lift as you lead
Focus on your success
Connect with your allies
Diversity of thought & the future of the workplace
Gaining visibility - Navigating male-dominated environments
Communicate with impact & influence
The pipeline problem - Attracting & retaining top female talent
Lead with strength
The essential stakeholder engagement tool-kit
Pre-summit workshop

06 Apr

Workshop

Learning to be self-aware and articulate your vision in a way that engages the right people at the right time are invaluable skills that will develop and enhance your authentic leadership voice. In this interactive full-day workshop, you will explore the importance of authentic leadership, identify your purpose, and leverage this to build your professional brand and leadership identity. You will be equipped with practical skills to communicate authentically, develop strategies to master emotional agility and learn best practice for balancing your workload - creating a personal action plan to unleash your leadership potential. 

 

Build your professional brand and leadership identity

- Identify your purpose and build your personal brand 

- Leverage your personal brand to strengthen your leadership identity

- Align your leadership strength with the expectations of your organisation


Enhance authentic and strategic communication

- Learn to understand and prioritise key relationships

- Identify channels for communication and recognise which are the most effective

- Develop successful strategies to make an impact


Develop emotional agility and overcome criticism

- Effective strategies for self-awareness and self-regulation

- Understand the circles of control, influence and concern

- View criticism as a stepping stone, not a brick wall


Balance your workload and create an active career plan

- Manage and maintain a work-life balance with an ever-increasing workload

- Establish a leadership mindset that will accelerate your career development

- Develop a personal action plan and practical strategies to implement

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Summit Day 1

07 Apr

Other

Join the Hon. Melissa Price MP as she welcomes you to the Summit, discusses the importance of empowering women in this critical space, and looks to the future of Australia's Defence Industry.

  • The Honourable Melissa Price MP Minister for Defence Industry Parliament of Australia

Case Study

In the hyper-connected, rapid-paced world we live in, finding success in leading other people requires individualisation. People want everything customised to their needs and preferences, including their leaders. However, it is impossible to be all things to everyone, so what can you do? The answer begins with authenticity, cultivating your leadership style rooted in who you are and what you believe. CMDR Christina Ween will share insight from her career, what drives her, and the importance of embodying your passion and purpose.


- Identify and communicate your values and purpose

- Use your principles to drive resilience and determination

- Instil trust and cohesion throughout your organisation

  • CMDR Christina Ween Commander, RAN Royal Australian Navy

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session meets you where you are, helps you identify areas for improvement, and provides you with tools for cultivating an adaptive leadership mindset.

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Case Study

Complex stakeholder relationships define the Defence Industry. On any project, leaders balance the interests of the Department, collaborating competitor companies, consultants, contractors, and their organisation. To make the complicated simple, you need expert skills in stakeholder and relationship management. Tess shares insights from her work at Aurecon to ensure smooth collaborations and winning outcomes.


- Understand the complexities of joint ventures

- Build trust and empathy

- Develop a cohesive team

  • Tess Blackadder Global Winning Work Director, Defence & National Security Aurecon

Panel

Employees’ desires and demands have evolved, and it can be challenging for companies to keep up, even with a bombardment of trendy tips for keeping different generations of workers happy. To complicate matters further, flexibility must be managed to work with the regimented work culture of your primary stakeholders: the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces. In this interactive discussion, panellists will evolve the work-life balance debate touching on their own experiences, explore the benefits of a flexible work environment, and discuss how to balance the needs of your employees and your stakeholders. 


- Understand individual differences and the role they play in work-life balance

- Create a flexible working environment with employee wellbeing at its core 

- Invest in the personal and professional pursuits of yourself and others

  • Chris Jenkins Country director & Chief Executive Officer Thales Australia

  • CDRE Robert Elliott Director General, Major Surface Ships Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group

  • Julie Carroll Chief Human Resources Officer, AsPAC Serco Asia Pacific

  • Tania Daniell General Manager, Human Resources Saab Australia

  • Alexandra May General Manager, Stakeholder Management Naval Group Australia

Case Study

With the Defence Industry dispersed across Australia, you'll likely be called upon to lead teams with members situated all over the country. This intensifies common leadership challenges like engagement and accountability, and raises unique challenges like working across time zones and cultures. For your team to thrive and deliver, they will need a sense of connection to their work and each other to rival pod-neighbours in conventional workplaces. 


- Connect big-pictures strategy to the work of your individual team-members to boost engagement

- Understand the qualities of remote-ready team members

- Design effective communication protocols for transparency and accountability

  • Neale Prescott Director, Business Development Lockheed Martin Australia

Expert Commentary

The Defence Industry brings together a wide array of professionals from the corporate sector and defence services. Transitioning between these vastly different workplaces can be destabilising and produce friction in working relationships. As a leader, you need to be able to foster cultures which support your ex-service people to utilise their extraordinary and unique skills in their new environment, and your corporate professionals to understand and work with your veterans.


- Understand the differences between the ‘military psychological contract’ and the ‘corporate psychological contract’

- Support the smooth transition and integration of veterans into your team

- Harness the unique capabilities of all your team members to deliver top-quality outcomes

  • MAJ Kelliegh Jackson Founder Eyes Front

Case Study

Many hands make light work, and nowhere is this truer than in the Defence Industry. To deliver consistently outstanding outcomes, your team members need to be expert collaborators. It starts creating a collaboration culture, harnessing strengths and supporting the development of new skills. Amanda draws on her fifteen years of leadership to illustrate the do's and don'ts of successful collaboration.


- Lay a foundation for success with team building

- Understand the skills matrix of your team, and match-make for optimal outcomes

- Harness the power of collaboration to drive innovation and elicit the best work from your teams

  • Amanda Holt Chief Executive Officer SYPAQ Systems

Expert Commentary

In the Defence Industry, relationships are everything. To progress your career, you need a strong network of peers, champions, and allies. With these in place, the glass-ceiling begins to crack, and along those fault-lines, women can carve out paths for their leadership careers. In this interactive expert commentary session, Jen will provide you with strategies to build confidence and connections, overcome your fear and strengthen your professional network.


- Understand the importance of genuine connection in professional networking relationships

- Develop strategies to keep your network alive and leverage future opportunities

- Discover tips, tools and tricks for building meaningful networks

  • Jen Harwood Motivational Speaker, Author, Business Coach The Jenerator!

Summit Day 2

08 Apr

Case Study

Behind every successful woman, there’s another successful woman who saw the opportunity to lift her up. These women change the landscape for women who dare to have ambition: they prove that women can thrive in industry, and pave the way for those who look to them as role-models. Be it through mentorship, sponsorship, or simply sharing opportunities when they come along, when you lift as you lead you help women like you achieve their fullest potential.


- Harness your knowledge and experience to grow exciting talent

- Inspire and empower the next generation of defence industry leaders

- Leave a leadership legacy in the success of your mentees and sponsees

  • Clodagh Farrell Chief Financial Officer DXC.Technology

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session will build on the knowledge you’ve gained in day 1 of the summit. You will define career goals and establish your vision for the future.

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Case Study

The challenges you face as a woman in the Defence Industry are unique to your experience. They may not always be evident to onlookers. However, these obstacles must be overcome to advance women in the space, and ensure there is a pathway for your success. That means building networks and the confidence to have open discourse with those supporters. Nicole will provide some insight from sixteen years in Defence Industry on having these conversations with confidence, and building a coalition of allies co-operating for positive change.


- Engage authentically to understand biases

- Identify and work with male advocates

- Build your confidence for productive conversations

  • Nicole Davies National Manager Communication & Customer Service, Defence Broadspectrum

Panel

While we’ve long known that gender, race, and cultural diversity create better organisations, the newest workplace frontier is all about our minds. People bring different cultures, backgrounds and personalities to the table, and these differences shape the way we think. In the Defence Industry, this includes achieving diversity and harnessing the mix of defence and non-defence professionals to get the most out of your organisation and teams. In this interactive discussion, our panellists will share their own experience and provide you with the tools to cultivate “diversity of thought” in your business, explaining how this can boost innovation and creative problem-solving.


- Discover different ways to hire, manage and promote

- Harness diversity of thought and stimulate new insights

- Develop strategies to guard against groupthink and expert overconfidence

  • Richard Price Chief Executive & Head of the South Australian Space Industry Centre Defence SA

  • Greg Barsby Managing Director QinetiQ Australia

  • Emma Pilbeam Director, Defence Capability Downer Defence

  • Jennifer Stephenson Director, Space Acquisitions Projects Office Department of Defence

  • Caroline Dawson Director, IT Services Leidos

  • Thea Dedden Director, Change Thales Australia

Case Study

Despite steps in the right direction, women face an uphill struggle proving themselves in disproportionately male industries. With only 1/5 Defence Industry employees being female, and only 1/7 holding a leadership position, "making it" in this environment necessitates learning how to navigate and operate effectively. Unconscious bias, male preferential norms, and a lack of recognition are all challenges women must learn to overcome if they wish to succeed. Kathryn will share experiences from her career, provide you with strategies to gain visibility in your organisation, and explore pathways to success in this male-dominated industry.


- Develop strategies to be seen and heard

- Play to your unique strengths and thrive

- Find a sponsor to champion your success

Mini-Workshop

The Australian Defence Industry is made up of thousands of businesses across the country who aren’t in the Defence Force, but use their expertise, experience and skills to supply and support it - they are the workforce behind the Defence Force. Given this unique relationship, soft skills such as communication, influence and negotiation are essential for career success. To be an effective leader, you must be able to influence primary stakeholders through structured conversations and maintain solid business relationships. In this interactive mini-workshop session, Communication Coach, Arabella, will provide you with the skills to make an impact and communicate confidently.


- Discover the psychology behind the decision-making process

- Identify effective channels for communication internally & externally

- Formulate persuasive phrases to maximise your influence

  • Arabella Macpherson Founder & Communications Coach Resonate Communications

Case Study

With the Australian Government’s investment in defence capability and the Defence Industry expected to boom over the next ten years, organisations must put strategies in place to meet the growth in demand for skilled workers. There needs to be a renewed focus on attracting and retaining all potential sections of the workforce - most importantly, women. Like most other defence companies, BAE Systems is facing a shortage of skilled employees, meaning attracting candidates from a broader, more diverse talent pool is imperative. Danielle will explore BAE’s existing strategies and share their approach for advancing gender diversity in the workplace to attract and retain top talent.


- Evolve your talent acquisition strategy to achieve increased diversity

- Develop strategies to prevent the 'mid-career bleed'

- Broadcast your benefits, culture and policies for exposure

Roundtable

The Australian Defence Industry is set to grow significantly in the next decade. Although this is good news for the workforce in general, there is still work to be done to make the industry an employer of choice for women. Over the past two days, you have listened to and participated in inspirational keynotes, interactive panel discussions and practical coaching sessions, providing you with the skills and strategies to unleash your potential and lead with strength. In this interactive closing roundtable, you will explore key takeaways from the summit, discuss factors influencing your success, and create an action plan for your future.


- Reflect on the key learnings from the past two days

- Discuss factors influencing your success

- Create an action plan for the future

  • Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)

Post-summit workshop

09 Apr

Workshop

Communication and stakeholder engagement go hand-in-hand. In the Defence Industry, with multiple and diverse stakeholders working collaboratively on critical, high-stakes projects, it is essential that leaders master sophisticated communication and stakeholder engagement skills. 


In this workshop, you will gain all the skills you need to develop a comprehensive communication and engagement strategy. You will master business communication with ease, build a deep understanding of your stakeholders, and diffuse conflict before it becomes explosive. 


An essential communication and stakeholder engagement tool-kit no leader can afford to be without. 


Business communication for smooth delivery 

- Communicate complex processes and procedures for optimal comprehension

- Gain tools and techniques to generate pro-active cross-functional communication

- Utilise effective communication channels to share critical project developments


Essential principles of successful stakeholder engagement

- Segment and prioritise your stakeholder groups

- Analyse your stakeholders to understand their needs and decision drivers

- Establish a foundation for productive and efficient collaboration towards mutual wins


Stakeholders and strategy from ideation to implementation

- Design flexible strategies to weather perennial change

- Understand your internal stakeholders and their vital role in strategy development and delivery

- Engage external stakeholders from inception to delivery


Stakeholders and conflict management and resolution

- Explore scenarios and practical tools to deal with difficult situations

- Enhance conflict management skills

- Develop an outrage mitigation program

  • David Ross Director Phoenix Strategic Management

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27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

02 8214 0000

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