• July 22nd - 26th, 2019
  • Melbourne, Australia
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25th Women in Leadership & Management Summit

Practical strategies and expert advice for career advancement

  • July 22nd - 26th, 2019
  • Park Hyatt Melbourne


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-Identify your strengths & unleash your potential
-Build & leverage your personal brand
-Thrive in the face of change & adversity
-Strategies for career advancement


Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer is passionate about the rights of women and girls. Over the past 30 years the journalist, author and broadcaster has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE, and written hundreds of columns for Fairfax and News Corp.

Australian Journalist
Australian Broadcasting Company

  • Colleen Callander
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sarah Hunter
    Managing Director
  • Tony Walker
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ambulance Victoria
  • Jessica Dwyer
    Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer
    Commonwealth Bank Australia


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Boost productivity & performance in your workplace
Influence & ignite innovation
Legendary Leadership Lessons
Feel like a fraud? Overcome impostor syndrome
Powerful female leaders
Breaking down barriers & bias for women in leadership
Cultivate credibility
The power of moments
From insight to action
Overcome discrimination & build resilience
Advice to my younger self
Advice from the CEO
Align your personal & professional priorities
Create your opportunity
Define your goals & achieve success
Women in Leadership Workshop - Day One
Women in Leadership Workshop - Day Two
Pre Summit Workshop

22 Jul


The ability to lead with a clear vision, influence your team and display emotional intelligence is fundamental to leadership success. While some may have a natural gift for emotional intelligence, you can achieve greater success if you take the time to understand and untangle your emotions. Explore how to bring the best out in yourself and others to cement your status as a legendary leader.

Boost your emotional and social intelligence

-Understand the neuroscience of emotions

-Discover how emotions impact behaviour

-Why emotionally intelligent leaders outperform their peers

The secrets of decision making

- Understand the relationship you have with yourself and others

-Understand the emotional drivers to motivate yourself and inspire your team

-Discover what you can do to help facilitate positive emotional experiences in others

Why mindfulness is a leadership gamechanger

-Explore the science of mindfulness

-The power of being present with your emotions and present with your performance

-Initiate conversations that count

Strengthen your resilience and resolve

-Build resilience in yourself and your team

-Constructive strategies to manage stress, criticism and setbacks

-Foster a positive work environment

Summit Day One

23 Jul


Having the skills to drive innovation and navigate change will help you propel your organisation into the future. Hear how Kate inspired innovation in sport and lead with integrity along the way.

-Navigate change and disruption

-Explore agile innovation

-Lead with integrity

Case Study

Amanda will take you through her start up journey of developing Lord of the Fries. She will focus on what it takes to pursue a dream, how to be your own leader in order to lead others and why focusing on who you are will get you far in business.

- Know your why

- Turn vision into action

- Lessons from the road to success

  • Amanda Walker Co-Founder & Head of Operations Lord of the Fries

Case Study

It's common to feel uncomfortable with acknowledging your role in creating success. Kim will explore how she has taken ownership of her success as a minority in the mining industry.

-Understand impostor syndrome

-Analyse your strengths and weaknesses

-Let go of perfectionism

  • Kim Kerr Treasurer and Head of Insurance Newcrest Mining


Tracey will speak passionately about breaking down the ‘Good Girl Syndrome’ to be a powerful leader. Through her 30 years in the media, and spearheading the #metoo movement in Australia, she will focus on collective action to break through barriers holding us back.

-Challenge traditional expectations

-Assert yourself with confidence

-Remain authentic when leading under pressure

  • Tracey Spicer Australian Journalist Australian Broadcasting Company

Case Study

Advancing women is a critical issue, yet structural barriers and gender bias continue to contribute to the lack of women in leadership roles. Tony will share Ambulance Victoria’s story and how they are working to increase the number of women in specialist and leadership roles and overcome unconscious bias in recruitment.

-Navigate barriers in diversity

-Overcome unconscious bias

-Orchestrate innovation towards positive change

  • Tony Walker Chief Executive Officer Ambulance Victoria


To build credibility, you must cultivate a specific set of qualities. Explore the fundamental skills required to establish yourself as a successful and credible leader.

-Lead with authenticity

-Manage self-awareness

-Develop and communicate your brand

  • Sarah Hunter Managing Director Officeworks

  • Somone Johns General Manager Transformation Telstra

  • Andrew Loader General Manager Mars Wrigley Confectionary

  • Sheree Siow Head of Legal (Group Insurance) AIA Australia

  • Anna Vourtsis Executive General Manager, Communications & Engagement VicTrack

Sponsor - Expert Commentary

This presentation will explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. ‘Customer experience’ is the new commercial buzz word, so discover the psychology of what defines an 'experience' in the first place and one that will still be memorable in 20 years’ time. 

-Understand the power of memories

-Get comfortable with discomfort

-Break the script

  • Milo-Arne Wilkinson ELEVEN by Kaplan Professional Program Director and Curator

Expert Commentary

Reflect on the wisdom gained from day 1 and turn these insights into practical actions.

Summit Day Two

24 Jul

Case Study

Resilient leaders succeed by showing courage in the face of adversity. Ro will shed light on how to deal with discrimination and build resilience in others. 

-Inspire and empower others 

-Cultivate resilience

-Embrace adversity and grow

  • Ro Allen Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria


What do Australia’s most senior leaders know now that they wish they had known then? Our panel will reflect on their career choices and share their advice on achieving personal and professional success.

-Lessons learned on the road to success

-Reflect on challenges and opportunities

-Advice to leaders of the future

  • Jessica Dwyer Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer Commonwealth Bank Australia

  • Jacqueline Fox General Manager, Capital Markets & Advisory, Corporate Finance National Australia Bank

  • Fiona Sparks Assistant Director Strategy & Design Department of Health & Human Services Victoria

  • Libby Davidson General Counsel & External Relations Director Lion


This interview session will give you the opportunity to gain insight into Colleen's accomplished career. From working part-time at Just Jeans as a teenager to now CEO of one of the most successful clothing brands in Australia, Colleen will share how she has navigated her career challenges and reached the top.

- Discover how Colleen made it to CEO

- Nurture young talent

- Create a culture of growth

  • Colleen Callander Chief Executive Officer Sportsgirl


Harmonising your priorities is critical to your success as a balanced, clear-headed leader. Explore practical strategies for creating synergy between your personal and professional lives.

-Find synergy between work and life

-Overcome perceptions around gender norms

-Achieve goals based on your priorities

  • Steve Godbee Chief Information Officer Services Leader, Australia & New Zealand IBM

  • Marie Varrasso Former Director Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Lucy Carter Head of Strategy & Planning AGL Energy

  • Megan Fisher Head of Digital and Innovation AusNet Services

Case Study

Variables beyond your control can weigh you down and soften your focus. Learn how to spend energy on what you can manage, and let go of what you can't.

-Discover how to analyse opportunities

-Step out of your comfort zone for success

-Find opportunity everywhere you look

  • Jo Egan Head of Product and Pricing AGL Energy


Revisit the core themes from the last two days and explore how to implement your new skills back in the office.

-Lessons learned from our legendary leaders

-Create an action plan

-Share highlights and key takeaways

Post Summit Workshop

25 Jul - 26 Jul



Develop self-awareness and authenticity

- Values-based leadership - What it means to be an authentic leader

- Identify your strengths and potential de-railers

- Identify how to optimise your leadership style

High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Positive and assertive communication skills

- Develop techniques for persuasion, negotiation and influencing others

- Prepare for and have difficult conversations with confidence 

Develop yourself and others with reflective leadership

- Clarify the benefits of reflective leadership practice

- Develop the skills and capacity for reflective practice

- Use reflective practice to enhance the quality of work culture

Strategic career progression

- Create a personal and practical leadership plan

- Maximise existing networks and build new ones for professional opportunities

- Skills and approaches for managing your image and visibility


Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance

- Leverage team dynamics to enhance performance

- Challenge, support and empower others

- Manage uncooperative staff members

Drive change and innovation

- Recognise and overcome hurdles to change

- Trust your intuition and step outside your comfort zone

- Embed a positive change culture in an organisation

Remain productive in a crisis

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Support your team and engage others to deliver

- Feedback strategies for crisis management

Action planning for leadership

- Develop a personalised approach: short and long-term

- Understand the challenges of leadership

- Share strategies for moving your career forward


Park Hyatt Melbourne

1 Parliament Square, Melbourne, VIC, 3002, Australia

03 9224 1234

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