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6th NATIONAL WOMEN IN RAIL, ROADS AND TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

26th - 29th, April 2022
Virtual / Streaming

Overview

- Inspiration from some of the sector's most senior women leaders
- Expand your personal and professional network of like-minded women
- Driving individual and team growth through change
- Discover the secrets to authentic and resilient leadership

Speakers

  • Vicki Ward

    Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure

    Parliament of Victoria
  • Samantha Abeydeera

    Executive Director, Strategic Operations

    Transport for NSW
  • Cressida Wall

    Chief Executive Officer

    Office of Projects Victoria
  • Renee Geary

    General Manager - EPMO

    V/Line
  • Jacquelene Brotherton

    Director

    Transport Women Australia
  • Yvette Mihelic

    Director Customer Service

    John Holland
  • Christine Farago

    Programme Director, Rollingstock Procurement

    KiwiRail
  • Maree Abood

    Executive Director, Strategic Water Planning & Infrastructure

    Infrastructure NSW
  • Maria Zappala

    General Manager, Commercial

    Queensland Rail
  • Karen Grumley

    Head of Legal - Coal

    Pacific National
  • Judith Sturman

    Executive Director, Public Transport Operations

    Transport Canberra & City Services
  • Candice Heine

    Director Service Design

    NSW Trainlink
  • Nicole Dollin

    Senior Manager, Channel Distribution, Strategy & Enablement

    NRMA
  • Kelli Stephens

    Zero Harm Innovation, Systems and Risk Manager

    Downer
  • Nicola Belcher

    Director Rail Assets, Projects and Compliance

    Department of Transport VIC
  • Emma Links

    Holistic Wellbeing Coach

    Links Wellbeing
  • Pippa Lawlor

    Professional Development Facilitator

    Mint Education
  • Anne Koopmann-Schmidt

    Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator

    Anne Koopmann - Lead Like YOU!
  • Sarah Cole

    Owner & Workshop Facilitator

    The Sessions
  • Jo Wise

    Leadership Performance Coach

    Jo Wise Leadership

Agenda

High Performance Communication Skills
Event Kick Off and Networking Icebreaker
Little girls' dreams really do come true!
Driving individual and team performance growth
Self care and bypassing burnout
Taking the leap
The trip down the leadership road - network, network, network!
Becoming a successful strategic leader
Putting the breaks on imposter syndrome
Action Planning for Day Two...
Extending the track - The future of women's leadership in the sector
Resilience and resolve - Keeping your leadership journey on track
Bouncing back and stepping up
Your perfect imbalance - Making it work for you
Make adaptability a part of your daily life
Stepping into your strengths!
Closing Round Table
Leading and Empowering your team and future women leaders in industry!
Pre-Summit Workshop

26 Apr

Workshop

Communicating confidently in a male dominated environment:

- How to communicate with different groups of people.

- Your communication tool kit.

- How to appear confident even in moments when you feel the opposite. 

- Nerves are normal - dealing with stage fright and having a healthy work balance working with it. 


Dealing with conflict and difficult conversations:

- Having difficult conversations - how to know when it's the right time.

- Handling conflict in a professional manner. 

- Remaining impartial and eliminating bias when dealing with conflict in the workplace.

- Emotional Intelligence - finding your emotional balance as a leader.


Building trust within your team:

- Authentic leadership strategies - communicating openly and honestly with your team. 

- Collaborating with your team on ideas for growth or innovation.

- Enhancing relationships in the workplace.

- Creating strength within your team.


Establishing your credibility as a leader through communication:

- Conducting meetings and presentations effectively and with confidence.

- Coaching your team to follow in your footsteps and lead to overall organisational success. 

- Positioning yourself as a mentor - be open and available to communicate with. 

- Build influence naturally!


  • Jo Wise Leadership Performance Coach Jo Wise Leadership

Summit Day One

27 Apr

Break-Out Session

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!

  • Pippa Lawlor Professional Development Facilitator Mint Education

Case Study

With over 50 years experience in industry, Jacquelene has driven down a career path she always dreamed of. From her impressive leadership roles, being the host of ‘Driving the Difference’ and as a chair for Transport for Women Australia; hear her story of how true passion and drive can take you to the most exciting places in your career. 

- Follow your dream career path

- How the industry has grown and changed over the past 50 years

- Passion for what you do and the opportunities that come from this



  • Jacquelene Brotherton Director Transport Women Australia

Case Study

An integral element to leadership is the innate ability to drive both individual and group growth and performance. Eva has over twenty years of experience in the infrastructure industry, with involvement in many major projects and one of her key lessons is to always look for room to improve, expand your knowledge and grow.  

- Driving individual and group performance growth

- Constant learning and knowledge expansion

- Opening yourself up to new opportunities


  • Candice Heine Director Service Design NSW Trainlink

Expert Commentary

With looming personal and professional responsibilities, different life roles and only twenty-four hours in a day, it can feel like you're always on the back foot running on empty. Holistic wellbeing and corporate wellness coach, Emma, will support you to unlearn traditional self-care techniques, bring the strength of your leadership to your wellbeing planning, embrace your own 'imbalance' in a way that honours your authenticity and supercharges the depth of your leadership of others.

- Develop our self-care plan

- Maintain a perfect imbalance

- Honour all parts of yourself and show up authentically

  • Emma Links Holistic Wellbeing Coach Links Wellbeing

Case Study

In life there are two roads you can travel down; the safe road, or the road full of twists, turns and exciting changes. The latter is a path inevitably full of more risks, but risks worth taking. When it comes to your career, taking a leap of faith and jumping into new roles can open up a world of opportunities and growth. Yvette shares insights from her own journey, and how a change in direction has put her in the position she’s in today.

- Making the decision to take risks

- Evaluating your choices and opening up to new opportunities

- How change can lead to successful growth

  • Yvette Mihelic Director Customer Service John Holland

Panel

A lot of who you are can be shaped and moulded by those you surround yourself with. As women are achieving increased representation in the technical and operational side of infrastructure, and it is important to ensure that there are mentors available to uplift and assist their transition into industry. Our panel of experts will dive into who inspires them, and how they make themselves available to their network. It is important, as women, to lift one another up and to inspire future generations to take a journey down the leadership road!

- Building your network

- Inspiring future generations and providing them with suitable mentors

- How to be a mentor and how to make yourself available to your network


  • Karen Grumley Head of Legal - Coal Pacific National

  • Judith Sturman Executive Director, Public Transport Operations Transport Canberra & City Services

  • Nicola Belcher Director Rail Assets, Projects and Compliance Department of Transport VIC

Case Study

Every organisation is searching for leaders who are comfortable tackling issues head on and adapting to changes, both within the industry and externally. In this session, Maree will share her experiences of leading through change - what to do and what not to do, and, most importantly, learning through your mistakes to become a successful role model and strategic leader. 

- Tackling issues head on

- Tips and tricks - What to do and what not to do 

- Learning through your mistakes


  • Maree Abood Executive Director, Strategic Water Planning & Infrastructure Infrastructure NSW

Expert Commentary

Self belief is an integral tool in the progression through your leadership journey. You are not only required to have a belief in yourself, but to empower and instill courage into those around you. Here is your ultimate toolkit to combat imposter syndrome, find progressive feedback in your mistakes and feel empowered in yourself!

- Belief in yourself and your team

- Your toolkit to combat imposter syndrome

- Learning from your mistakes and becoming an empowered leader

  • Sarah Cole Owner & Workshop Facilitator The Sessions

Summit Day Two

28 Apr

Break-Out Session

Welcome back for Day Two - there's a lot to digest from our amazing speakers and action modules so far!


Recap the key learnings and takeaways from Day One, and prep an action plan to maximise your event experience over our jam-packed second day!

  • Pippa Lawlor Professional Development Facilitator Mint Education

Case Study

Throughout the Rail, Roads and Transport Infrastructure sector, women remain underrepresented in senior leadership positions. Vicki’s mission is to make sure everyone in industry is heard, loud and proud, and visible as role models for future generations. In this session Vicki explores how her connection to, and history in, the industry drives her to minimise the gap and make real change.

- Minimising the gap between the amount of male and female leaders in industry

- Setting up visible role models 

- Where we want to see the future of industry


  • Vicki Ward Parliamentary Secretary for Public Transport Infrastructure Parliament of Victoria

Case Study

Leadership asks a lot of you. Your leadership journey will have its ups and downs, and sometimes it can be hard to get back up on your feet and keep going. Renee has worked tirelessly throughout her career to be a positive representative of a resilient leader, but even the most experienced of us can stumble at times. In this session Renee explores the human side of leadership, how to stay on track in the face of change and challenges.


- Being able to adjust to change and changing environments

- How to grow after encountering challenges

- One of the first bends on your journey! 

  • Renee Geary General Manager - EPMO V/Line

Case Study

Change is the only constant, so they say. And with change can come uncertainty and self-doubt, but also uncharted opportunity, so it's vital you have the tools you need to continually adapt. Samantha has worked with teams, both large and small, and has learned to be always open to endless new possibilities and empower her teams to do the same. In this session, she shares her essential tool kit of leadership secrets that will help you bounce back from whatever life (and work) can throw at you, and step up stronger than before!

- Your essential change management tool kit

- Leading different teams

- Bouncing back from change

  • Samantha Abeydeera Executive Director, Strategic Operations Transport for NSW

Panel

Whatever you call it - work-life integration, balance (or the lack of it), is an inevitable subject when it comes to career management. But when we talk about finding a ‘healthy balance’, there's no silver bullet, all you can do is focus on how you can make it work for you. Our panelists will delve into how they juggle the demands of our new world of work, the importance of setting boundaries, but also learning to not be too hard on yourself when things don't go according to plan.

- The un-balanced reality of work-life balance

- Planning for yourself, but also being kind to yourself

- Managing yourself and your team


  • Cressida Wall Chief Executive Officer Office of Projects Victoria

  • Christine Farago Programme Director, Rollingstock Procurement KiwiRail

  • Nicole Dollin Senior Manager, Channel Distribution, Strategy & Enablement NRMA

  • Kelli Stephens Zero Harm Innovation, Systems and Risk Manager Downer

Case Study

Whether it’s taking on a new role, moving organisations, meeting new people and building new teams, or navigating ongoing digital disruption, we encounter new circumstances and challenges on practically a daily basis. As a leader, adaptability is one of the major skills you need to master in order to sustain a successful working environment. In this session Maria reflects on her leadership journey, and the value of embracing adaptability in yourself and your teams.

  • Maria Zappala General Manager, Commercial Queensland Rail

Expert Commentary

We are all unique, and one of the most important moments of progression comes from realising that our individual qualities are where are our greatest strengths lie. Anne will delve into her biggest tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome and become a confident and capable leader!

- Finding your strengths

- Overcoming imposter syndrome

- Trusting your intuition and becoming a capable leader

  • Anne Koopmann-Schmidt Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator Anne Koopmann - Lead Like YOU!

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

  • Pippa Lawlor Professional Development Facilitator Mint Education

Post-Summit Workshop

29 Apr

Workshop

Your leadership journey:

- Mapping out your journey so far 

- Who has been influential for you 

- Your goals and the path you want go down

- How to get there?


Finding your strengths:

- Differentiating between your strengths and weaknesses

- Using your weaknesses to create new strengths - learning from previous experiences

- How can you use your strengths to build up your team and colleagues 

- Using your strengths to your advantage - helping with progression in your career path


Presence and Influence:

- The importance of how you present yourself as a leader/role model

- Making yourself available to those around you

- Creating a collaborative and comfortable environment 

- Confidence - the key to portraying yourself as an influential figure in any environment 


Your coaching toolkit: 

- The art of listening 

- Being able to read your team - how to coach different personality types 

- Reflection on yourself and what you have gone through - comparing this to those you are coaching 

- Providing constructive feedback 


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