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30th WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

20th - 24th, February 2023
Sydney, AU

Put you, your career, and your leadership skills at the top of your to-do list for 2023

Overview

- Discover the leadership framework used by top executives
- Find the right leadership style for you and your strengths
- Turn change from a pain point to a power play
- Build career defining connections and join a network of 30,000+ inspired women!

Speakers

  • Anne Gonzalez

    General Manager Reconciliation Group Sustainability

    Woolworths Group Limited
  • Gina McNamara

    Chief Financial Officer

    SAP Australia
  • Philippa Sandford

    Group Financial Controller

    Origin Energy
  • Suzanne Holden

    Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    Sydney Trains
  • Chris Kelly

    Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group (APJ)

    Dell
  • Christina Halpin

    General Manager NZ Business Services and BSC Performance & Improvement

    Downer Group
  • Jane Butler

    Head of Talent Acquisition, RBS, IB&M and B&PB

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Lili Dent

    Senior Director & General Counsel

    PepsiCo
  • Katherine Danks

    Director, Media and Communications

    Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Severine Yerriah

    Finance Director APAC

    James Hardie
  • Nikkie Salagiannis

    Chief Operating Officer

    Sonic Healthcare
  • Elise Taylor

    Director, Business Development

    Sonic Healthcare
  • Susan Pettifer

    Director of People, Performance & Technology

    City of Sydney
  • Fiona Murfitt

    Vice President, Sustainability

    Evolution Mining
  • Amanda Lampe

    Director Of Corporate Relations

    Diageo
  • Sophie Paterson

    Senior Director, Audience Development & Digital Communications ANZ

    Sony Music Entertainment
  • Kate Boorer

    CEO

    Young Professional Women Australia
  • Vanessa Bennett

    Chief Executive Officer

    Next Evolution Performance

Agenda

Women in leadership essential toolkit
Finding the leadership style that's right for you
Gratitude and the role it plays in leadership
Morning Tea
What advice would you tell yourself?
Being comfortable taking a seat at the table
Lunch
Leading high performing teams for outstanding results
Leading with a purpose
Afternoon Tea
Engagement, effectiveness, and exceptional outcomes
A career in public service
The path to leadership isn't always straight
Morning Tea
Leading through times of rapid change
Finding your voice - the key to confidence in communication
Lunch
The road to resilience
Advancing women’s position in the workplace
Afternoon Tea
Closing Roundtable
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Pre-Summit Workshop

20 Feb

Workshop

Develop self-awareness and authenticity

- Identify and evaluate your key strengths as a leader

- Explore the role authenticity plays in effectively leading a team

- Recognise the impact your leadership behaviour has on others 

 

Embrace your leadership identity

- Identify how best to utilise your optimal leadership style within the context of your organisation

- Advocate for yourself and develop your leadership identity

- Cultivate a high performing mindset

 

The importance of resilience and confidence for leaders

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Dealing with disappointment and setbacks throughout your career

- Identify stress triggers and how to avoid them

 

High-level communication, influencing skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Develop influencing techniques and conversational intelligence

- Execute difficult conversations with confidence


Summit Day One

21 Feb

Case Study

In our new hyper-connected world of work where the line between work and home is often blurred, leading people requires a personalised approach in order to achieve great outcomes. Employees demand a leader that works for them and their own unique needs and preferences. However, it's impossible to be all things to everyone, so what can you do? In this session Severine will share what it means to be an authentic leader, discuss what drives her, and how caring for the people around you can be the key to success.

- Identify and communicate your values and purpose

- Use your principles to drive resilience and determination

- Instil trust and cohesion throughout your organisation

  • Severine Yerriah Finance Director APAC James Hardie

Case Study

No one gets to the top levels of leadership without a lot of hard work and determination. However this climb to the top of the ladder is rarely done alone. From time to time it is important for you as a leader to take stock of those around you who have provided much needed support, encouragement and sometimes have helped ease the pain of a fall. In this reflective session, Jane delves into the importance of gratitude in her leadership style. Hear how she finds those moments to reflect and appreciate those around her who have been there to shape her into the leader she is today.

 - Finding those moments to celebrate those who have helped you on your journey 

- Realisation that your career has not been a solo road 

- Appreciating those around you 


  • Jane Butler Head of Talent Acquisition, RBS, IB&M and B&PB Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Other

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

Fireside Chat

Is there something you wish you had known when you first started out in your career? Or perhaps there are experiences you're having right now that you want to remind your future self of? It is these twists and turns that often hold the most meaning, even if you don’t realise it at the time. In this fire-side chat, hear the golden information Fiona wishes she could tell her younger self, reassure and guide the decisions she makes now and remind her future self of the accomplishments she has achieved. Let this session re-energise and inspire you to remain in the moment and allow for teachable moments everyday to allow you to be the leader you hoped you would be. 

- Reflect on past experiences

- Take time to live in the moment 

- Allow yourself the opportunity to celebrate all of your achievements

  • Fiona Murfitt Vice President, Sustainability Evolution Mining

Expert Commentary

Have you ever walked into the first day at a new job and wondered how you ended up there? Asked to present in a meeting but you’re not quite sure your input is valuable? You’re not alone. For many female leaders, feeling like you don't quite belong can be an all too familiar feeling. This session will equip you with the tools to overcome feelings of imposter syndrome and allow you to confidently take a seat at any table. From steps on how to build self confidence to practical ways you can make the transition into a new role a little easier, this session will leave you feeling confident in your own ability.

- Understand the impact Imposter Syndrome has on you as a leader 

- Unlock your inner potential 

- Find confidence to speak up and be heard

  • Kate Boorer CEO Young Professional Women Australia

Other

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

Panel

Excellence strives to deliver excellence. In order to achieve outstanding outcomes, as a leader you have to create a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, and personal growth. This unmissable panel brings together leaders from different industries to share their first-hand experience building high-performance culture that delivers true engagement and tangible results.

- The ‘how to’ on cultivating a continuous improvement culture 

- Grow your teams performance capabilities through considered decision making 

- Maintaining a standard of excellence in leadership

  • Philippa Sandford Group Financial Controller Origin Energy

  • Chris Kelly Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group (APJ) Dell

  • Christina Halpin General Manager NZ Business Services and BSC Performance & Improvement Downer Group

  • Lili Dent Senior Director & General Counsel PepsiCo

Case Study

Finding your purpose as a leader can be easier said than done. When you’re focused on climbing the career ladder, it may be the furthest thing from your mind, but uncovering your purpose might be the key to unlocking your true potential. Anne shares how she lives her purpose, combining her passion for helping others with a career at one of Australia’s most iconic brands, and leverages her role as a senior leader to uplift and enable others, as much as herself.

- Finding your personal passions and take the first steps at integrating them with leadership

- Using your position for the greater good 

- Empowering your team to have a purposeful career 

  • Anne Gonzalez General Manager Reconciliation Group Sustainability Woolworths Group Limited

Other

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

Expert Commentary

A strong team foundation can have a direct impact on engagement, effectiveness, and outcomes. Every leader and team strives for positive outcomes and a supportive working environment, however in a high pressure setting this can become a challenge. Throughout this expert session, Vanessa takes a deep dive into how to lead in an ever changing environment and achieve quality engagement and outcomes.

- Experience positive outcomes through team engagement

- Support team effectiveness and relationships

- Create connections with your teams and consumers

  • Vanessa Bennett Chief Executive Officer Next Evolution Performance

Summit Day Two

22 Feb

Case Study

Being a leader can be tough. Making the big decisions, being accountable for others. This is hard enough when it comes to a team of five, but when your job is serving the City of Sydney and its 200,000+ residents, sometimes your harshest critics aren’t just your boss, but the people you meet in the street.Susan has spent her career in the public service, and in this session she shares how, despite the challenges, creating a team that reflects the people she serves is what has enabled her to flourish. 

- Understanding the people you lead 

- Being a leader who puts people first 

- Diversity is your strongest asset in leadership 

  • Susan Pettifer Director of People, Performance & Technology City of Sydney

Case Study

We have always been told the journey to the top is linear, however, one size doesn't fit all. Your career path is not a one way street, you will learn different skills and knowledge from different leaders and different roles. These opportunities will allow for you to grow and advance in ways you couldn't have imagined. Sometimes taking a step to the side or down one can seem like you’re not making any progress but this session will change your mind. For Suzanne, reflection and re-evaluation of your career can be the key to unlocking your next step. Going against the status quo is not always a ‘bad’ thing and sometimes leads you to places you never would have thought.

- Learn the importance of self reflection

- Understand your journey is unique and should suit you!

- Progress your personal and professional skills in unexpected ways

  • Suzanne Holden Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer Sydney Trains

Other

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

Fireside Chat

The past few years have been tough for so many of us, but they have undoubtedly hit the healthcare sector harder than most, and one of the areas that has seen the greatest pressure has been pathology. These times have called for the leadership team to step up, lead from the front and be accountable for everyone in their team. In this intimate fireside chat, hear from Elise and Nikkie, two healthcare leaders from different career paths who have joined forces to lead through times of rapid change and uncertainty.

- Utilising different strengths in a team to lead from the front 

- Learn how to adapt to rapid change 

- Being comfortable with the unexpected

  • Nikkie Salagiannis Chief Operating Officer Sonic Healthcare

  • Elise Taylor Director, Business Development Sonic Healthcare

Expert Commentary

Leaders need many skills, but some are more critical than others - but arguably the most important one of all is communication. Whether it’s making presentations, having difficult conversations with people in your own team, or delivering change in your organisation, communication lies at the heart of your effectiveness as a leader. This session will help you to uncover the communication style that works best for you, learn how to influence others, and adapt your communication to different audiences, to achieve the greatest impact, and truly find your voice in your career.

- Uncover your communication style 

- Discover the art of influential communication

- Develop a communication strategy for stakeholder engagement 

  • Kate Boorer CEO Young Professional Women Australia

Other

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

Panel

To meet the challenges of our rapidly evolving world of work, existing and emerging leaders must learn to adapt to change and respond to challenges proactively. Consciously developing your reserves of resilience will ready you to better manage stress and dodge the curveballs life can all too often throw at you. In this interactive panel discussion, hear from outstanding leaders on their first hand experience of building their own resilience, bouncing back from adversity and how success can come from the most unexpected places.

- Effectively bouncing back from adversity by driving change

- The role of resilience for a compelling and engaging leader

- Practical advice and strategies for becoming an adaptable leader


  • Gina McNamara Chief Financial Officer SAP Australia

  • Katherine Danks Director, Media and Communications Fire and Rescue NSW

  • Sophie Paterson Senior Director, Audience Development & Digital Communications ANZ Sony Music Entertainment

Case Study

The percentage of women in Australia at the executive level is 28%. This highlights that we have a way to go to close the gap at the top. One key way of achieving this is mentorship from those select few who have reached the top. Bringing a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector, Amanda has a passion for helping younger women realise their full potential. Transferring knowledge and experience can help lift your colleagues up and empower women in your industry to reach their full potential. With a library worth of knowledge, Amanda will explore how the pathway to the executive level may not be as smooth for everyone and what we can do to help each other out. 

- Understand the role of mentorship 

- Lifting those around you as you lead 

- Sharing knowledge can have a huge impact on those around you 

  • Amanda Lampe Director Of Corporate Relations Diageo

Other

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

Post-Summit Workshop

23 Feb - 24 Feb

Workshop

Develop self-awareness and authenticity

- Identify and evaluate your key strengths as a leader

- Explore the role authenticity plays in effectively leading a team

- Recognise the impact your leadership behaviour has on others 

 

Embrace your leadership identity

- Identify how best to utilise your optimal leadership style within the context of your organisation

- Advocate for yourself and develop your leadership identity

- Cultivate a high performing mindset

 

The importance of resilience and confidence for leaders

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Dealing with disappointment and setbacks throughout your career

- Identify stress triggers and how to avoid them

 

High-level communication, influencing skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Develop influencing techniques and conversational intelligence

- Execute difficult conversations with confidence

Workshop

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 as a female leader

- Recognise and overcome hurdles to change

- Trust your intuition and step outside your comfort zone

- Embed a positive change culture in an organisation


Build resilience to remain productive in a crisis

- Learn tools to help you thrive under pressure

- Support your team and engage others to deliver

- Debrief after crisis - Provide and accept feedback


Strategically plan your career progression

- Develop a personalised approach: short and long-term

- Understand challenges

- Share approaches to move your career forward

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Hilton Sydney

488 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

02 9266 2080

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