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8th QLD WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

24th - 27th, October 2022
Brisbane, AU

Celebrating today's women leaders of QLD & inspiring the next

Overview

- Inspirational leadership stories from senior women across QLD private and public sector
- Develop tangible effective and strategic leadership skills
- Learn what it takes to make it to the top of the career ladder
- Future proof your leadership brand

Speakers

  • Sally Stannard

    Deputy Director General

    Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Lisa Burquest

    Chief People Officer

    Virgin Australia
  • Helen Moore

    Chief Operating Officer

    KFC
  • Rebecca Munn

    Group Executive People & Culture

    Queensland Rail
  • Professor Rowena Barrett

    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Queensland University of Technology
  • Narda Phillips

    Deputy Commissioner, Modernising Business Registers (MBR) Program

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Ruth Durrant

    General Manager of Corporate Affairs

    Energy Queensland
  • Maryanne Kelly

    Deputy Under Treasurer, Social Intergovernmental and Corporate

    Queensland Treasury
  • Tracey Moore

    General Counsel & Board Secretary

    Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Cheryl Field

    ANZ Financial Controller

    Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited
  • Kassandra Hochwallner

    Head of Customer Relations

    Bank of Queensland
  • Karen Bale

    Head of Operational Excellence

    Collins Foods Limited
  • Wendy Fox

    Senior Director

    Queensland Health
  • Michelle Oberg

    National Human Operational Performance Manager

    Downer
  • Cath Drinkwater

    Customer Experience Strategy Manager

    City of Gold Coast
  • Trish Russell

    General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Thiess
  • Heidi Hauf

    Global Sustainability Leader

    Boeing
  • Nicole Davies

    Former National Communications Manager, Defence at Ventia

    Director, End-to-End Communications
  • Nicole van Hattem

    Business Success Coach

    Hot & Healthy in Business
  • Michael Collins

    High Potential Officer

    Hipotential
  • Penny Beeston

    Chief Executive Officer, Leadership & Executive Coach

    Strategic Options
  • Ale Wiecek

    Founder and Chief Empathy Officer

    Sqr One

Agenda

Building a sustainable career
Event kick-off and networking icebreaker
A leadership journey driven by passion for people
Embracing innovation and entrepreneurship
Morning Tea
Nice girls can get the corner office!
Excelling under pressure
Lunch
Diversity in leadership - Making a seat for everyone at the table
Leading during times of radical change
Afternoon Tea
Building a sustainable career
Networking - Canapés and drinks
Taking a leap of faith
Being a passionate, authentic leader
Morning Tea
Real life doesn't stop at the office door - Leading through personal challenges
Essentials for success leadership
Lunch
Jumping into a new challenge
The sky doesn’t have to be the limit - The future of female leaders
From specialist to senior executive - Reflecting on how to use transferrable skills for career progression
Afternoon Tea
Closing roundtable
Stretching into leadership - Essentials for success
Pre-Summit Workshop

24 Oct

Workshop

Building a sustainable career 

- Understanding what sustainability means for your leadership journey 

- Discovering your career passions 

- Ensuring you self advocate and celebrate personal success

 

Advancing personal resilience in leadership

- Navigating radical change 

- Learning how to ‘bounce back’ from setbacks 

- Develop and implement skills to build resilience

 

Avoiding burnout 

- The importance of boundaries 

- Creating a balance that works for you 

- Implementing steps to allow balance within your team 

 

Creating your own leadership brand

- Being a self advocate 

- Uncovering your own career branding 

- Developing a plan to implement your brand to help you in your leadership journey 


  • Nicole van Hattem Business Success Coach Hot & Healthy in Business

Summit Day One

25 Oct

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

As a leader one of the most important things you will grow to understand is that you never stop learning. Lisa Burquest has led teams all over Australia, and to this day she takes inspiration and guidance from the people in her teams around her. Leaders are built up through their experiences, the high points and more importantly the low points which have taught them most valuable lessons. Each individual’s leadership journey is unique, and for Lisa the road that led to her being the Chief People Officer for Virgin Australia has been one well travelled.

- The importance of constant learning and adaptability.

- The highs and the lows - how these shape you and your future.

- Putting people at the heart of your leadership journey

  • Lisa Burquest Chief People Officer Virgin Australia

Case Study

Innovation doesn't have to be drastic - small changes have an influential pull and can often generate great success outcomes. Successful leaders don’t know everything, in fact the way to build success is to develop a culture of collaboration and openness to different views. In this session, Professor Rowena Barrett will discuss the importance of an innovative culture and how entrepreneurship can be the key to being the leader you want to be!

- Having a future focused leadership approach

- The importance of collaboration within your team

- How to install a culture of entrepreneurship within your team

  • Professor Rowena Barrett Pro Vice-Chancellor Queensland University of Technology

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Case Study

Being at the top of your game means you make tough calls everyday, but that doesn't mean sacrificing your authentic self. Demonstrating a genuine care and concern for the needs and well-being of your people is a sign of leadership strength. This session, Helen will explore the power of authentic leadership, and mindsets and strategies you can implement to ensure you stay true to yourself.

- Caring for your team and your colleagues

- Authentic leadership strategies and how to incorporate these into your leadership approach

- Staying true to yourself

  • Helen Moore Chief Operating Officer KFC

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

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

Panel

Diversity is timely and topical, and sometimes risks being seen as a bit of a buzzword, but what does it really mean in practice? How can you ensure that you can encourage a culture of inclusion and diversity as a leader? In this session, the panellists will discuss their experience with breaking down diversity barriers and leading teams who truly represent the diverse workforce in Queensland.

- Adapt your leadership style to ensure you get the best from your team

- Celebrate individual talents

- Encourage diversity of thought in your team

  • Narda Phillips Deputy Commissioner, Modernising Business Registers (MBR) Program Australian Taxation Office

  • Cheryl Field ANZ Financial Controller Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited

  • Karen Bale Head of Operational Excellence Collins Foods Limited

  • Wendy Fox Senior Director Queensland Health

  • Michelle Oberg National Human Operational Performance Manager Downer

  • Nicole Davies Former National Communications Manager, Defence at Ventia Director, End-to-End Communications

Case Study

Leading through radical change and sustaining high performance during periods of significant stress and uncertainty, is not for the faint hearted. In this session, Ruth will draw upon her personal experience in merging Energex and Ergon Energy to create Energy Queensland, and explain why she believes that values, resilience and making mistakes are essential to success.

- The fundamental importance of personal values aligning with organisational values

- Why resilience is critical for success

- How to embrace failure

  • Ruth Durrant General Manager of Corporate Affairs Energy Queensland

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing day one.

Expert Commentary

Feeling the effects of workload fatigue? You're not the only one. In this expert session, Nicole will teach you the ‘how to’ create a sustainable career that works for you. From steps to prevent leadership fatigue and burnout to ensuring that you are the biggest champion of yourself, Nicole provides the keys to the potential for a long, sustainable leadership career.

- What sustainability means for your leadership journey

- Preventing burnout

- Ensuring you self advocate and celebrate personal success

  • Nicole van Hattem Business Success Coach Hot & Healthy in Business

Join us for our end of day one networking. Enjoy canapés and drinks whilst getting to know your peers further, build ongoing relationships, and share your highlights of the day.

Summit Day Two

26 Oct

Case Study

Working in the public sector means that the teams you lead are larger than the people who work in your office, but leading for the community. This means that you are committed to leading for everyone in the community, ensuring you embrace diversity and celebrate community. In this session, Sally will talk about her move from rural country NSW to the big city and how taking that leap of faith has taken her on a journey to becoming the Deputy Director General at Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD.

- Embracing a culture of diversity can allow your teams to flourish

- Reflecting the community you serve in the teams you lead

- Pushing yourself to take a leap of faith

  • Sally Stannard Deputy Director General Department of Transport and Main Roads

Case Study

Finding your passion in a career is not always straightforward. It’s made harder when you are ahead of the cultural curve. In this session, Heidi discusses her true passion for organisational sustainability, way before it became the norm, and how you can translate that passion into leading people with authenticity and compassion. With a career spanning several states and territories in Australia, the UK and Northern Ireland, Heidi has followed her career passions and has discovered that focusing on what you're really passionate about and being authentically herself has paid off to reflect a diverse and extensive leadership portfolio.

- Finding your career passions and how to make it work for you

- Leading teams in highly technical, male- dominated industry

- The importance of authentic leadership

  • Heidi Hauf Global Sustainability Leader Boeing

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Case Study

Being a leader you are often the face of your team - the one who is there for everyone else, to advocate for your team members and to be the buffer between the organisation and your people. But sometimes being the person who looks out for everyone else is not always straightforward. Real life doesn't stop at the office door. In this session, Kassandra shares her personal experience as being a successful leader whilst facing personal challenges head on.

- Learn the importance of being your authentic self in the workplace

- Advocate for your team

- Navigate challenging situation as a leader

  • Kassandra Hochwallner Head of Customer Relations Bank of Queensland

Expert Commentary

Taking the next step up in your career can be daunting. So much to learn in order to succeed. In this expert session, Penny will provide you the essential skills every manager needs to have in order to thrive in their leadership journey. This session will provide you with the key skills every manager needs to have in their personal toolkit. 

- Creating a strong culture and values based team 

- Effective change management 

- Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI)


  • Penny Beeston Chief Executive Officer, Leadership & Executive Coach Strategic Options

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

Case Study

Having a clear career path is great. It's something actively encouraged when you start out in working life. Life doesn't start inside your comfort zone. In this Session, Rebecca will take you along on her journey from the comfort of the private sector in an industry she knew like the back of her hand, to the edge of her comfort zone and the eventual leap into the public sector. Hear how she has found the courage to try something new and succeed against the odds. 

- Find your courage to take risks

- Overcome the challenge of a new start 

- Develop your future career 


  • Rebecca Munn Group Executive People & Culture Queensland Rail

Panel

Statistics show that efforts are being made to balance the gender imbalance in the boardroom though these have not produced the rapid change that many hoped for. In this session, the panellists will discuss their personal leadership experiences and how they have overcome hurdles to reach the top in their careers (so far). Hear from those who really do believe the sky is just the beginning for women's leadership - not the limit.

- Honest discussion about the direction of female leadership in the next 5 years

- The importance of having role models in your career

- Not being afraid to push for more in your leadership journey

  • Maryanne Kelly Deputy Under Treasurer, Social Intergovernmental and Corporate Queensland Treasury

  • Tracey Moore General Counsel & Board Secretary Queensland Urban Utilities

  • Trish Russell General Counsel & Company Secretary Thiess

Case Study

Each individual’s leadership journey is unique, and their stories have helped mould their successes. In this insightful session, Cath reflects on the challenges of transitioning from being a specialist and Industry expert to broadening her skill set and to successfully becoming a high-performing C-Class Executive. Cath also delves into the unique culture of Local Government and shares how it allowed her to develop as a people leader and the how skills required have evolved over the years.

- The importance of constantly learning

- The skills vital to a successful leader

- Learning to embrace the highs and the lows of leadership

  • Cath Drinkwater Customer Experience Strategy Manager City of Gold Coast

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing your conference experience.

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

  • Ale Wiecek Founder and Chief Empathy Officer Sqr One

Post-Summit Workshop

27 Oct

Workshop

Know yourself - Values-based leadership

- Clarity around your values

- How do these values show up in your daily leadership practice?

- Clarity around your purpose and goals

- Clarity around your strengths - how to leverage

- Clarity around your gaps - how to address


A path to high-performance leadership

- Leadership style - mix and match

- Leading and developing people

- Leadership strategies and tools of development


Leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI)

- The neuroscience of communication 

- To tools of Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ)


Action plan

- Identify areas of stretch

- Develop leadership development goals

- Identify an accountability plan - how will I measure my leadership development?

  • Penny Beeston Chief Executive Officer, Leadership & Executive Coach Strategic Options

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515 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

07 3303 8000

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