4th Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit

Connecting, empowering and supporting female leaders to unleash their true potential

  • December 2nd - 6th, 2019
  • Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart


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- Navigate the complexities of rural & regional leadership
- Excel in a male-dominated environment
- Champion change in your organisation & beyond
- Master work-life integration


Kathrine Morgan-Wicks

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks is a Barrister and Solicitor and is currently Secretary at the Department of Justice. Kathrine was previously Deputy Secretary at the Department of Treasury and Finance and has over 20 years corporate and commercial legal experience working across the private and public sectors, including senior executive roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Kathrine has a Masters in Law and has completed graduate courses in business and leadership with the Melbourne Business School and Harvard Leadership Program.

Department of Justice Tasmania

  • Tim Gardner
    Executive Chairman
  • Anna Reynolds
    Lord Mayor
    City of Hobart
  • Neil Kirby
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ambulance Tasmania
  • Natasha Whish-Wilson
    Chief Risk Officer
    Bank of Us


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Lead with emotional intelligence
Lead with passion & purpose
It begins with you
Navigate the complexities of rural & regional leadership
Together towards tomorrow
Excel in a male-dominated environment
The brand called you
Champion change in your organisation, industry & beyond
Network for success
Beyond all limits
What does success mean to you?
Foster a culture of gratitude
Work-life balance vs work-life integration
Power success through mentoring
Communicate for impact, influence & success
Embrace uncertainty & lead through adversity
Be tomorrow's change
Workshop Day 1
Workshop Day 2
Pre-Summit Workshop

02 Dec


Without strong business relationships, today’s fast-paced, team-based and global work environments can’t function with peak efficiency. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) competencies are at the heart of meaningful workplace relationships and productivity.

This interactive workshop emphasises the practical application of EQ concepts and their place in your daily life. You will learn and practice the EQ skills that are critical for personal awareness, connecting with others, managing stress, engaging healthy conflict and collaboration, and exhibiting resilience and optimism in everything you do.

Fundamentals of EQ

- Understand EQ and its importance in life and the workplace

- Gain greater awareness of your strengths, development areas, and emotional triggers

- Develop EQ through self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, and empathy

Grow your EQ for personal success

- Explore the relationship between emotions, thought, and behaviour 

- Cultivate resilience through inward-facing EQ

- Increase your ability to create effective working relationships with others

Master EQ for effective communication

- How does EQ impact effective communication?

- Discover the power of mindful non-verbal communication 

- Enhance your ability to recognise and appropriately respond to others' emotions

The role of EQ in the workplace 

- Discover the benefits of an emotionally intelligent workforce

- Encourage honesty, transparency, and collaboration in your organisation

- Develop strategies to lead, motivate, and influence others to create high performing teams

  • Rachel Moore Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, Trainer, Coach and Author Rachel Moore Consulting

Summit Day 1

03 Dec

Case Study

All great achievements start with passion; it shapes your purpose in business and life. In this session, Kathrine will share what it means to be an authentic leader, discuss what drives her, and examine the importance of passion and purpose in leadership. 

- Identify and communicate your values and purpose

- Use your principles to drive resilience and determination

- Instil trust and cohesion throughout your organisation 

  • Kathrine Morgan-Wicks Secretary Department of Justice Tasmania

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session meets you where you are, helps you identify areas for improvement, and celebrate what's work well.

Case Study

The unique environment of rural and regional Australia presents opportunities and challenges for women. Despite providing flexibility with lifestyle, it can be harder to access education, professional development, and support systems. Allison will explore the complexities of leadership and career progression in rural and regional Tasmania, providing insight into the best way to position yourself for success. 

- Understand the role of authenticity, integrity, and community in leadership 

- Identify and seize opportunities to develop your capabilities 

- Position yourself for career progression 

  • Allison Clark Non-Executive Director/Tasmanian 2018 Rural Woman of the Year TAPAgriCo & TasPorts & The Hobart Clinic


How are today's leaders taking big ideas to the front-line to unlock opportunities in their companies, communities and beyond? From building meaningful businesses to empowering the next generation of female leaders, our panellists are pioneering new possibilities in their fields. Join them as they discuss solutions for aligning goals with purpose and building a better tomorrow.

- Disrupt old narratives and reframe today’s leadership model

- Create change through bold ideas and actions 

- Overcome career challenges through connection and peer support

  • Anna Reynolds Lord Mayor City of Hobart

  • Susan Fahey Non-Executive Director Metro Tasmania

  • Jessica Lyons Chief Executive Officer Health Care Insurance Limited

  • Michael Patterson Regional General Manager, Tasmania Telstra

  • Claire Bates State Manager, VIC/TAS BWS

Case Study

For many women, "making it" necessitates learning how to navigate male-dominated environments. Unconscious bias, male preferential norms, and a lack of recognition are all challenges women must learn to overcome if they wish to succeed. Natasha will discuss the importance of staying true to yourself while exploring strategies to be seen and heard.

- Develop strategies to be seen and heard

- Play to your unique strengths and thrive

- Find a sponsor to champion your success

  • Natasha Whish-Wilson Chief Risk Officer Bank of Us


Every leader has a personal leadership brand, whether this is carefully cultivated or intuitively perceived by those around them. Developing your leadership strategy should be your guiding principle for the type of leader you want to be. In this interactive mini-workshop session, you will identify your unique leadership style and discover strategies to leverage your brand. 

- Identify and leverage your unique strengths

- Craft your leadership vision and brand identity 

- Leverage your brand to increase recognition and reward

  • Sally Hill Independent Consultant Sally Hill

Case Study

A change champion holds the vision for a possible future in their hands and becomes an advocate for making it happen. However, change often needs to take place internally, in people's perceptions and thoughts, before action can follow suit. Tim will share his change management journey and provide practical strategies to become a change champion in your organisation.

- Communicate your vision and its value in your organisation

- Gain stakeholder buy-in and translate this into action

- Overcome reluctance and resistance to cultural change

  • Tim Gardner Executive Chairman Stornoway

Expert Commentary

Professional networks provide access to fresh ideas, career advancement, interconnected corporate contacts, and the chance to develop long-lasting relationships. In this interactive session, you will uncover strategies to network more effectively and connect with other women in the room.

- Tips and tricks for successful networking

- Strategies to foster mutually beneficial connections

- Develop long-lasting personal and professional relationships

  • Michelle Swallow Director Leadership & Change Consultants

Summit Day 2

04 Dec

Case Study

Under pressure, your mind can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. If you want success, you must choose to show up, make it happen, and grow your mind. Chief Executive Officer and Paralympian Melissa will explore her career journey, discuss the ups and downs she experienced on the way, and provide insight on what it takes to program your brain for success.

- Create a clear vision for your success

- Push yourself beyond your limits

- Build positive habits for mental toughness

  • Melissa Carlton OAM Chief Executive Officer YMCA Hobart

Break-Out Session

Success is a goal and a journey, but what does success mean to you? How does this translate in your personal and professional life?

Case Study

The combination of leadership and gratitude is remarkably powerful in transforming workplace culture. Gratitude creates employee engagement, builds resilience, and acknowledges the accomplishments of those around you. Sarah will discuss how you can cultivate gratitude and the benefits it provides for your organisation.

- Adopt a top-down approach

- Personalise employee appreciation

- Benefits of a human-centred workplace

  • Sarah Bolt Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Equal Opportunity Tasmania


Your professional and personal life should support and strengthen one another. However, with increasing time demands and technology making employees accessible 24/7, it can be challenging to strike a healthy balance. Our panellists will explore best practice for managing your time, setting your priorities, and establishing boundaries.

- Manage competing priorities and expectations

- Effective strategies to improve time management

- Practical skills for personal and professional success

  • Stephen Gunn Chief Executive Officer Blundstone

  • Tania Hunt Chief Executive Officer Youth Network of Tasmania

  • Catherine Brain Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Capability Hydro Tasmania

  • Judy Travers General Manager, Support & Development Department of Education Tasmania

  • Robyn Judd Executive Manager, People & Culture Tasplan Super

  • Briarna Hen National HR Manager Houston's Farm

Case Study

Studies have shown that mentoring leads to increased opportunities and recognition for the individual, as well as higher levels of employee engagement and retention for the organisation. Neil will share his insight from his experience in mentoring, including from his time working in the Middle East.

- Set goals for personal growth and learning 

- Build effective personal and professional relationships 

- Embrace the opportunity to learn and give back 

  • Neil Kirby Chief Executive Officer Ambulance Tasmania


Effective communication is a critical component for any aspiring professional. The leaders who succeed build commitment and drive performance through meaningful conversations. In this interactive mini-workshop session, you will identify your communication style, understand how to adapt this to your desired audience, and explore strategies to achieve maximum impact.

- Identify your communication style and areas for development

- Recognise your audience and adapt your style to influence others 

- Listen for impact and understand non-verbal communication

  • Gail Eaton-Briggs Principal & Founder Everywhen Solutions

Case Study

As a leader, you will face difficult situations. Your success in times of adversity depends on your ability to adapt and move your team forward with strength and confidence. Jenny will share her experience commencing her role as CEO at TasTAFE following the 2017 scandals, and the steps she took to lead her organisation through these turbulent times.

- Support your team to reach a unified goal

- Develop resilience to tackle difficult situations

- Provide and accept feedback for future development

  • Jenny Dodd Chief Executive Officer TasTAFE


Women continue to tackle barriers when it comes to career advancement, navigating bias, and transitioning into leadership. But if we continue to support each other, we can create change. Ros will guide you through the takeaways from the summit and help you identify opportunities for progression with an action plan for your career.

- Reflect on takeaways from the last two days

- Start, stop, continue and change 

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey

Women in Leadership Workshop

05 Dec - 06 Dec


Develop self-awareness and authenticity

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

- Identify your key strengths and potential de-railers as a leader

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

High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”

- Prepare for and having difficult conversations with confidence 

Develop self and others with “reflective leadership”

- Clarify the benefits of reflective practice in leadership

- Develop the skills and capacity for reflective practice

- Reflective practice to influence the quality of culture through the quality of relationships

Strategic career progression

- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan

- Maximise existing relationships and building new ones for professional opportunities

- Skills and approaches to manage your image and visibility without feeling you are “selling yourself”

  • Ros Cardinal Managing Director Shaping Change


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

Remain productive in a crisis

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Support your team and engage others to deliver

- Debrief after crisis - provide and accept feedback

Action planning for leadership

- Develop a personalised approach - short and long-term

- Understand challenges

- Share approaches to move your career forward

  • Ros Cardinal Managing Director Shaping Change


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