Build your leadership acumen & establish yourself as a true leader
- 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
CMDR Christina Ween
Commander, RANRoyal Australian Navy
Chief People OfficerBAE Systems
Chief Executive & Head of the South Australian Space Industry CentreDefence SA
Chief Human Resources Officer, AsPACSerco Asia Pacific
Chief Executive OfficerSYPAQ Systems
Managing DirectorQinetiQ Australia
Director, Human ResourcesBoeing Defence Australia
Director, Defence CapabilityDowner Defence
Director, Business DevelopmentLockheed Martin Australia
Director, Space Acquisitions Projects OfficeDepartment of Defence
Director, IT ServicesLeidos
Director, ChangeThales Australia
General Manager, Human ResourcesSaab Australia
General Manager, Stakeholder ManagementNaval Group Australia
National Manager Communication & Customer Service, DefenceBroadspectrum
MAJ Kelliegh Jackson
Founder & Communications CoachResonate Communications
Chief Executive OfficerChanging Change International (CCI)
DirectorPhoenix Strategic Management
Motivational Speaker, Author, Business CoachThe Jenerator!
Join Liquid Learning and your chair, Julie Alexander, for this opening kick-off session, and start to unpack our conference theme, leading with strength, outline your desired learning outcomes and prepare for two days of incredible speakers, senior leaders, expert deep-dives and unmissable panel discussions!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
Join your chair, Julie Alexander, for an interactive wrap-up of Day One before moving into networking drinks. Reflect on your learnings from the day and prepare yourself for tomorrow's sessions!
Julie Alexander Chief Executive Officer Changing Change International (CCI)
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
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, explore 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!
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
With the Australian Government’s significant investment in defence capability and the Defence Industry expected to boom over the next 10 year, organisations must put strategies in place to meet the growth in demand for skilled workers needed to fulfil Australia’s defence capability requirements. There needs to be a significant renewed focus on attracting and retaining all potential sections of the workforce, most importantly, women. Like most other defence companies, BAE Systems is currently 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 in order 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
Danielle Mesa Chief People Officer BAE Systems
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
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. Melynda will share experiences from her own career, provide you with strategies for gaining 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
Melynda Knight Director, Human Resources Boeing Defence Australia
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)
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