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9th WOMEN IN EMERGENCY SERVICES, ENFORCEMENT & DEFENCE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

15th - 19th, May 2023
Virtual / Streaming

Take charge of the conversation

Overview

- Create impact by communicating effectively and influencing others
- Build confidence to make your voice heard
- Lead your team with compassion through a crisis situation
- Uncover tips and tricks to break the bias

Speakers

  • Karen Webb

    Commissioner

    NSW Police Force
  • MAJ Cate Carter

    Higher Degree Research Officer

    Australian Defence College
  • Megan Stiffler

    Deputy Commissioner

    Fire and Rescue NSW
  • MAJ Suzanne Albury

    Chief of Army Initiatives

    Australian Army
  • CMDR Justine Gough

    Assistant Commissioner, Cyber Command

    Australian Federal Police
  • Kate van Hilst

    Assistant Secretary Nuclear Powered Submarine Trilateral Program Delivery

    Department of Defence
  • Jessica Hunter

    First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Services

    Australian Signals Directorate
  • CMDR Lara Fowler

    SO1 Space Domestic Engagement

    Royal Australian Air Force
  • Dr Gayle Christie

    Medical Director

    St John Ambulance (WA)
  • Clare Beech

    Executive Director, Clinical Systems Integration

    NSW Ambulance
  • LCDR Kimberley Healy

    Commanding Officer HMAS Bathurst

    Royal Australian Navy
  • CMDR Sandra Booth

    Commander, Counter Terrorism Enduring Risk Investigations

    Australian Federal Police
  • CAPT Anita Nemarich

    Director of Current Operations (J33) at Joint Operations Command

    Royal Australian Navy
  • Christine McDonald

    Chief of Staff to Commissioner

    NSW Police Force
  • Catherine Roberts

    Director, Police Policy & Strategy

    Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria
  • Kaylene Jones

    Deputy Chief Officer, Operational Performance & Capability

    Country Fire Authority
  • Sharon Fox

    Acting Deputy Zone Commander South Eastern Zone

    NSW State Emergency Service
  • Elizabeth Stephens

    Coach & Trainer

    Ripple Impact

Agenda

Communication and influencing in high-stress situations
Event kick-off and networking icebreaker
Compassion in the line of duty - A people focused approach to Policing
Thriving through change
Morning tea
Communicating with impact
Leading through times of adversity
Lunch
Breaking the bias
Same organisation, different language
Afternoon tea
A crash course in networking
Reflections and actions
Find your own destiny
Influencing others on the change journey
Morning tea
What the brain tells us about change
Getting your voice heard - Communicating with impact
Lunch
The future of women's leadership
Afternoon tea
Resilient leaders breed resilient teams
Closing roundtable
Women in Emergency Services, Enforcement & Defence Leadership Workshop Day One
Women in Emergency Services, Enforcement & Defence Leadership Workshop Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

15 May

Workshop

What is stress?

- Identify how you respond to stressful situations

- Understand the neuroscience and physical attributes of pressure

- Learn coping mechanisms for dealing with pressure


Communicating effectively

- Understand different types of communication skills 

- Discover your natural communication style

- Recognise the impact stress has on your effectiveness


Engaging your team during high-stress situations

- Develop influencing techniques 

- Explore the benefits of emotionally intelligent leadership 

- Communicate to improve performance


Development Plan

- Identify short, medium and long term goals to communicating effectively 

- Prepare to overcome barriers

- Set achievable goals to improve your influencing skills

  • Elizabeth Stephens Coach & Trainer Ripple Impact

Summit Day One

16 May

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!

Fireside Chat

In this intimate fireside chat, Karen and Christine share their individual leadership experiences and how they show compassion to their teams to create a safe working environment. Hear from their different perspectives on how they encourage their team members to reach their full potential. 

- Assertive not aggressive language

- Showing compassion doesn't mean over-emotional

- Help your team reach their potential

  • Karen Webb Commissioner NSW Police Force

  • Christine McDonald Chief of Staff to Commissioner NSW Police Force

Case Study

The last few years have caused dramatic change across the sectors, from floods to bushfires, pandemics to global instability. People have learnt to survive the constant challenges they have faced but few have really thrived in the face of change. In this session, Kate van Hilst shares insights into how she has dealt with change throughout her career.

- Approach changing circumstances with a positive outlook

- Overcome obstacles to achieve more

- Challenge those that are resistant to change

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

Other

Time for a quick recharge! Step away from your computer and relax before the next engaging session.

Expert Commentary

Great leaders are remembered for the way they made their team feel and the lasting impression they made on their lives. Making an impact from the way you communicate helps build trust, influence and leave a mark on people's lives. In this session you will unpack the skills you need to make an impact and communicate confidently.

- Understand your emotions and communicate effectively

- Develop a planned negotiation process

- Overcome resistance and influence without authority

Case Study

Challenges and hardships are part and parcel of working in the Emergency Services, Enforcement and Defence sectors and resilience is key to overcoming these challenges. Being a resilient leader that supports your team with compassion and care drives officer engagement and improves performance. In this session, Justine Gough shares her experience of leading through difficult times and how she has navigated adversity. 

- How to develop resilience 

- Lead with care and compassion

- Explore common industry challenges

  • CMDR Justine Gough Assistant Commissioner, Cyber Command Australian Federal Police

Other

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

Panel

As women in the workplace, when we hear the word bias, we often jump to a particular bias. You might even have been exposed to a bias reading this. However there are many barriers that women may face in the workplace, from gender bias, knowledge bias, cultural bias, and many more. In this immersive panel discussion, hear from experienced leaders about the strategies they have used to work through biases and how they have challenged this at work.

- Break into male dominated sectors of your industry

- Challenge workplace biases in a safe and supportive environment

- Learn from those that have lived the experience

  • Dr Gayle Christie Medical Director St John Ambulance (WA)

  • Clare Beech Executive Director, Clinical Systems Integration NSW Ambulance

  • LCDR Kimberley Healy Commanding Officer HMAS Bathurst Royal Australian Navy

  • Catherine Roberts Director, Police Policy & Strategy Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria

  • Sharon Fox Acting Deputy Zone Commander South Eastern Zone NSW State Emergency Service

Case Study

Within our organisations we tend to adopt our own language that is commonly understood within four walls but can sound totally alien to outsiders. What happens when you move from one defence organisation to another? Commander Lara Fowler shares her story of moving from a Navy background to Defence Space Command within the Royal Australian Air Force and how she has learnt to adapt her communication style to suit her team's needs. 

- Understand the importance of checking your audience’s understanding 

- Build rapport quickly within new environments

- Identify when and how to adapt your communication style

  • CMDR Lara Fowler SO1 Space Domestic Engagement Royal Australian Air Force

Other

Enjoy a break away from the screen and refresh before the last session of the day.

Expert Commentary

As a leader it is vital to be able to build a network and maintain relationships that support you, your team and your organisation. For some, knowing where to start with building new relationships outside of your direct chain of command can be daunting. In this session, Liz will take you through how to build and maintain positive relationships, and share the importance of building an effective support network.

- Grow and expand with networking 

- Navigating hybrid networking

- Build meaningful and supportive relationships

  • Elizabeth Stephens Coach & Trainer Ripple Impact

Summit Day Two

17 May

Other

We're back! Another day and a whole lot more learning to come - time to check back in with your fellow leaders.


Tick off any goals you scored on Day One, develop an implementation plan for your new goals and set yourself up for another exciting day!

Case Study

All too often people wait to be pushed for promotion, pay rise or another life change. Self-empowered people take control of their own lives by setting goals and taking actionable steps towards them. Megan is a career firefighter that has risen through the ranks and overcome numerous challenges in her career. Not allowing herself to be led into traditional roles, hear how Megan has learnt to focus on her internal locus of control and carve her own pathway as a senior officer and executive. 

- Feel empowered to drive your own career path 

- Recognise your points of difference

- Get tangible tools to build your confidence

  • Megan Stiffler Deputy Commissioner Fire and Rescue NSW

Case Study

Historically in defence, the approach to change has been quite straightforward, leaders have simply instructed junior ranks on what was changing and when. The power of influence helps us bring people on the journey with us and makes them less resistant to change. LT COL Suzanne Albury focuses on the importance of adapting her style and being flexible to influence her team and provides you with an insight into leading in a constantly changing world.

- Influence your team to embrace change 

- Show agility to learn fast

- Become a change champion without pulling rank 

  • MAJ Suzanne Albury Chief of Army Initiatives Australian Army

Other

Time for a quick recharge! Step away from your computer and relax before the next engaging session.

Expert Commentary

Change is inevitable and constant, there’s no hiding from it. As leaders we are often the face of change, occasionally a change that we don’t agree with, nevertheless we need to deliver the message and lead our team through uncertainty. Knowing what is happening in the brains of our teams allows us to form a message that is empowering and reassures them that we will come out the other side together. In this session Gaz Mills unpacks the neuroscience of change and provides you with practical tools to lead your teams through the change curve.

- Understand other people's approach to dealing with change

- Lead your team through the change curve

- Create a desire within your team to adopt change

Case Study

It can be difficult for leaders to get their voice heard and women face a unique set of challenges that are different to their male counterparts. A key to overcoming these challenges is identifying your personal characteristics and what you can bring to the table. Major Cate Carter reflects on her career, navigating specialist and generalist roles, and gives you the tools you need to market your personal brand and get your voice heard. 

- Identify your strengths and what you are willing to compromise

- Market yourself successfully to establish your identity 

- Empower your team to speak up

  • MAJ Cate Carter Higher Degree Research Officer Australian Defence College

Other

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

Panel

Big improvements have already been made to the representation of women in leadership roles across the sector and what has previously been interpreted as women being emotional and weak is now understood as bringing huge benefits to leadership roles. Join this interactive panel discussion and gain insight into the future of women’s leadership, focusing on barriers to overcome and strengths that come naturally to women. 

- Discuss resilience techniques 

- Explore the benefits of compassionate leadership 

- Discover emerging management trends and how they shape the future of leadership

  • Jessica Hunter First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Services Australian Signals Directorate

  • CMDR Sandra Booth Commander, Counter Terrorism Enduring Risk Investigations Australian Federal Police

  • CAPT Anita Nemarich Director of Current Operations (J33) at Joint Operations Command Royal Australian Navy

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

Other

Enjoy a break away from the screen and refresh before the last session of the day.

Expert Commentary

Naturally we respond to stress, adversity and pressure by experiencing a form of anger, grief or anxiety. Resilience is the ability to keep performing at an optimum level whilst dealing with these emotions and It is key to surviving a career in the Emergency Services, Enforcement and Defence sector. Learn to build your resilience with Amy Mouafi as she talks about how and why your team needs a resilient leader.

- Develop your resilience strategy 

- Boost emotional agility

- Sustain high performance during high-stress situations

Roundtable

We wrap up our two days of insight and inspiration with this interactive roundtable session. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Network with your peers, 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

Post-Summit Workshop

18 May - 19 May

Workshop

Cultivate resilience for leadership success

- Develop your individual leadership style

- Resilience as a leadership approach

- Develop confidence to lead authentically and effectively


Foster a constructive mindset

- Build a positive mindset for leadership

- Turn weaknesses into growth opportunities

- How to stay calm under pressure


Manage and limit the effects of stress

- Identify your stress triggers

- Find ways to cope with and avoid stress

- Recover from setbacks and adversity


Internalise your leadership identity

- Self-empowerment to underpin career progression and risk-taking

- Develop your authentic leadership voice

- Connect leadership and wellbeing


Workshop

Working in male-dominated professional fields

- Behavioural norms within these organisations

- Unconscious bias - How this affects decision making

- Recognise your own biases at play


High-level communication skills for effective advancement

- Knowing and leveraging your communication style to influence with integrity

- Develop and communicate confidence, poise and assertiveness

- Manage conflict and execute difficult conversations with confidence


Foster high performance in teams

- Diversity of thought and creating inclusive work environments

- Explore coaching approaches

- Assertive vs aggressive leadership approaches


Strategic career progression

- Skills for self-promotion and accelerated career progression

- Recognise when conversations turn crucial

- Achieving improved leadership performance - your personal action plan


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