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The 8th National Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2016

Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
06 December 2016 - 07 December 2016

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Transformations in the Australian Public Service have unlocked new and exciting pathways and opportunities for emerging talent to make their mark, and for established leaders to hone their skills. Recent years have seen traditional command and control hierarchies disrupted and increasingly supplanted by collaborative leadership models, creating a dynamic new palette for up-and-coming female leaders to draw from.

There are still cultural and systemic challenges to overcome, but ongoing developments have created exciting opportunities for ambitious leaders to step up and drive change across the Public Sector. This essential professional development event goes beyond the diversity statistics, and encourages leaders to take charge of their careers and seize opportunities to grow, be inspired and form potentially career-defining professional relationships.

The 8th National Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit 2016 is established as the premier learning and networking opportunity for established and emerging female leaders. This unmissable event brings together many of the Australian Public Sector’s most senior women leaders to share their unique insights into leadership challenges, skills and accomplishments, and motivate others to pursue similar pathways.

Register team members early to confirm places at this essential learning and networking event!
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- Inspiration and advice from successful senior women the Public Sector

- Key skills for excellence in leadership in an evolving sector

- Develop your authentic leadership style

- Strategies to overcome common career challenges and obstacles
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- Secretaries / Deputy Secretaries
- Chief Executives / Director-Generals
- First Assistant Secretaries / Assistant Secretaries
- SES / EL Banded Officers
- C-level Officers
- Diversity / Advancement
- General / Group Managers
- Branch / Section Managers
- Directors / Assistant Directors
- Senior Managers
- Human Resources / Leadership Programs



05 December 2016


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Skills and Strategy: Leading and developing your people

There are a range of skills associated with effective leadership, and your potential as a leader will be determined by how well you develop and demonstrate these skills. To allow you to be successful in leadership, you also need to able to effectively manage the performance of your team and the individuals. This is the key to achieving truly influential leadership, and can end up being what stands between you and the next promotion, your ability to communicate key achievements and get projects over the line.
 
Effective and influential leaders must be able have performance based conversations in an effective way. In order to drive innovation in the Public Sector and support a growth culture, it is important to set expectations and manage the tone and tenor of your communication style.  Learning to define your personal executive presence, master the language of leadership and effectively communicate will unlock the secrets of highly effective, confident and authentic leaders.
 
This interactive workshop is a nuts-and-bolts guide to taking the next step in your career, consciously influencing change in your organisation, and delivering the skills and strategies for effective, executive-level leadership when you get back to the office. This comprehensive full-day training will equip you with the tools to make better career choices, learn the right questions to ask, successful handle performance conversations, and how to grow your leadership.
 
Talent, Teams and Individual Behaviour
- Advanced Active Listening Techniques and Practice
- Learn the conversational models
- Practical experience in using these skills and models
 
Model and encourage a culture of continuous learning and leadership
- Negotiate clear performance standards and monitor progress 
- Provide regular constructive feedback to build on strengths and achieve results 
- Monitor and report on performance of team in line with established performance development frameworks 
 
Executive Leadership of others 
- The neuroscience of effective leadership – The role of self-regulation 
- Developing and communicating confidence, poise and assertiveness 
- Staying sharp in competitive environments 
 
Leading in challenging times 
- Strategies for dealing with difficult people and handling conflict 
- Giving and receiving unwelcome feedback 
- Managing competing priorities and reacting to pressure effectively
Dr Karen Whittingham - Director
Impact Psychology Pty Ltd

09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Impact, Influence and Image – Critical Behaviours of Successful Women Leaders in the Public Sector

Senior women leaders in the Australian Public Sector face the everyday reality of working and managing teams in an emotionally charged, high pressure environment. This can present a number of challenges when it comes to positively influencing others and building strong and lasting relationships. When focusing considerable energy on others it can be easy to dismiss personal well-being as a priority, which can have an adverse impact on your leadership.
 
Preparing yourself for leadership requires the development of reflective thinking, self-awareness, planning and strategy. Aspiring leaders can wait for their achievements and capabilities to be recognised by others, or they can take their career progression into their own hands and become strategic about how they wish to advance. 
 
This workshop will equip women with the tools and practical knowledge to build confidence in their leadership abilities and to best position themselves to advance their careers. This hands-on, full-day interactive learning session has been designed with both current and emerging leaders in mind, it aims to equip participants with a practical leadership plan that they can use to navigate a successful career and advance to senior levels.
 
Apply the principles of advanced communication to influence effectively and create lasting change
- Increase confidence and build professional credibility
- Create targeted development strategies to specific areas of leadership development
- Develop skills in managing any conflict that diversity may bring to corporate decision making
- How to say ‘no’ when necessary 

Elevate your leadership presence:
- Self-assurance: Lead with power and confidence
- A strong leadership profile: Develop and improve your presentation skills
- Communication: Techniques to transform the way you communicate and ensure you get the right message across 
 
Identify and unlock your unique leadership strengths: 
- Develop emotional agility, resilience and building self-confidence
- Self-empowerment to underpin career progression and risk-taking 
- Form connections between personal values and authentic leadership 
 
Step from aspiring leader to executive leader:
- Methods for confidently representing yourself as a leader and promoting your leadership qualities to hiring management
- Having the confidence to move from a specialist to a senior decision making role within your organisation
- Develop a personalised and practical leadership plan
Louise Carter - Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Performance Partnership


06 December 2016


09:00 - 09:40


Case Study

Leadership on the global stage – An international perspective

Great leaders set themselves apart not only by their words or actions, but by who they are, their values and integrity, and their capacity to advocate for others. Her Excellency, Ambassador Kløvstad brings over 20 years’ experience as a leader serving in the Norwegian Foreign Service, progressing her career through a variety of diplomatic and leadership roles, from Minister Counsellor to the Norwegian Mission to the EU in Brussells, and most recently as Director, Head of Section for Security Policy and North America, where she oversaw NATO cooperation, UN peacekeeping and bilateral relations to the USA and Canada. In this keynote address, Ambassador Kløvstad will share her own remarkable leadership journey, and reflect on the Public Sector women’s leadership from an international perspective.
- Personal reflections on her incredible leadership journey
- Managing transitions, adapting to change and seizing opportunities
- Inspiration and advice for aspiring women leaders
Her Excellency Unni Kløvstad - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway
Royal Norwegian Embassy

09:50 - 10:30


Case Study

Leadership in translation - Adapting to change and driving transformation

Leadership looks in two directions, inward-focused on authenticity and resilience, and outward-focused to influence process, manage interpersonal relationships, and navigate the cultural stressors. Maryanne knows the challenge of not letting the big picture obscure the people when it comes to leading culture change, acknowledging good work and educating peers to unlock their own leadership potential. Maryanne draws on her considerable experience as a leader in the public service, and shares her own career defining moments. Consider:
- Fostering leadership capability development
- Positively driving efficiency and team performance
- Resilient, supportive leadership in times of reform and change
Maryanne Mrakovcic - Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group
The Treasury

10:55 - 11:35


Case Study

Be prepared to be unprepared - Defining moments in a leadership journey

Leadership reaches far beyond professional ambition, it demands resilience, conviction and resolve to reach beyond our own limits and embrace new challenges. So often it is not only our desire to succeed, but our willingness to fail that can be a leader’s greatest strength. As not only Deputy Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, but also the Chief Coordinator for the Joint Agency Coordination Centre tackling the ongoing search for MH370, Linda reflects on the defining moments of her own career, the setbacks and successes, and shares key insights into what motivates her as a leader.
- Rising to the risk with confidence and self-belief?
- Cultivating personal and professional ambition – and the resolve to succeed
- Career defining moments and leadership insights
 
Judith Zielke - Deputy Secretary
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

11:45 - 12:25


Case Study

Making the jump from technical to tactical, expert to executive

When opportunities arise to step up, aspiring leaders face tasks that test their skills, experience and understanding, with the toughest of projects often teaching us the most about ourselves and our capabilities. After the first jump into middle management, it is the executive level where the mastery of skills such as influence, negotiation, and agility become the hallmark of success. From her specialist background to Chief Scientist for Geoscience, Jane will discuss how to recognise those learning moments and then how they can be translated into your leadership toolkit. Jane explores:
- Reflecting on and analysing your experiences to increase learning and development
- Transitioning through leadership roles effectively
 
Jane Coram - Acting Chief Scientist
Geoscience Australia

13:35 - 14:15


Case Study

Get comfortable outside your comfort zone - Why would you even want a job you can already do?

More often than not successful leaders are shaped by times of pressure, by conflict and facing up to the tough decisions, both personal and professional. A leader must not only demonstrate the confidence to step outside their comfort zone, but also the resilience to back themselves on the way up. In this session, Karen will draw on the remarkable leadership journey she has taken throughout both the private and Public Sectors, and explore key principles and ideals that have cemented her success.
- Building confidence to take on bigger challenges and face them head-on
- Embracing the discomfort that comes from being outside your comfort zone
- Take an offensive, not defensive, position
Karen Chester - Deputy Chair and Commissioner
Productivity Commission

14:25 - 15:15


Panel

Anatomy of leadership in the Public Sector - Managing the relationships crucial for success

Rising to the challenge of senior leadership is something even the most resilient and high-achieving among us cannot accomplish alone. Support networks and mentors can be a critical foundation for success, providing emerging leaders with a framework for understanding their own potential, and potential pathways into senior executive roles. This interactive discussion panel will explore the different journeys, networks and support structures which work to effectively promote leaders in the Australian Public Sector. Insights include:
- How to access and benefit from mentors
- Mentors and sponsors, understanding the difference and importance of each
- Lessons learnt and practical advice for progression and succession
Karen Chester - Commissioner and Deputy Chair
Productivity Commission
Raelene Vivian - First Assistant Secretary, Compliance
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Jane Wood - Executive Director, Procurement and Contracting Policy and Practice
Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
Louise Carter - Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Performance Partnership

15:30 - 16:10


Expert Commentary

Network like a boss - Develop and project your unique leadership brand

Exceptional leaders stand out as confident and inspiring women who engage with their teams and get the job done. Your leadership brand is your own unique, idiosyncratic signature that is a key component of your success. With networking drinks just around the corner, how will you stand out for all the right reasons and make yourself memorable? Are you prepared to make powerful and career-defining connections? In this session Louise will give you the tools to step up, stand out and network like a boss. Discuss:
- Recognise your leadership strengths and capabilities
- Creating your unique leadership brand
- Market yourself effectively and get noticed
Louise Carter - Chief Financial Officer and Founder
Performance Partnership


07 December 2016


09:00 - 09:40


Case Study

Setting the stage for leadership - Key skills, insights and defining moments

Leadership is an ideal that connects all points in our lives, and with its complex, nested spheres of influence, there are defining moments which change us, inspire us and propel us forward. In this session, Elizabeth Cosson will reflect on the defining moments in her remarkable career, from her time as an office cadet, to receiving the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2001 Australia Day honours, to becoming the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the Australian Army, and now in the role of Deputy Secretary. Elizabeth will discuss the critical importance of personal resilience working in emotionally and politically charged environments, and the significance of supporting women’s leadership in the Australian Public Sector.
- Developing your personal leadership style
- Demonstrating authentic and values-based leadership
- Leadership skill for a changing and diverse professional landscape
Elizabeth Cosson AM CSC - Deputy Secretary
Department of Veterans' Affairs

09:50 - 10:30


Case Study

Courage and conviction on the path to leadership - Embrace an innovation mindset

In order to stand out and step up in a changing Australian Public Sector, it is vital to embrace new ways of thinking, new forms and frameworks for success, and understand the value of innovation. With over 20 years' leadership experience in public office, Jane brings a truly global perspective, from holding senior diplomatic roles in South Africa, Tokyo and Paris, to her appointment as Australia's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Head of Tourism for the Australian Government, and now as an Executive Director for Austrade. In this session Jane will reflect on her career journey, and the value of championing leadership through innovation, and being ready to take on new challenges with courage.
- The real challenges, obstacles and opportunities on the long road to success
- Sharing practical and personal advice for career progression
- The importance of putting your hand up and developing lateral career pathways
Jane Madden - Executive Director, Tourism, Investment, International Education and Programmes Group
Austrade

10:55 - 11:35


Case Study

Stepping stones to success - Moving forwards, but not always upwards

For most people career paths are rarely linear. Opportunities can appear unexpectedly, and sometimes a move forward in your career may not always mean a move up. A successful leader must prepare a professional development plan but always be ready to embrace risk when necessary. In this session Lynwen shares her own remarkable leadership journey, from her appointment with the Australian Signals Directorate, to the Department of Defence, to First Assistant Secretary for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and insights into what it means to lead with integrity. Discuss:
- Approaching career turning points with resolve and relish
- Practical insights into embodying your own leadership principles
- Managing significant career events and building influence


 
Lynwen Connick - First Assistant Secretary, Information Sharing and Intelligence
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

11:45 - 12:25


Case Study

Anchoring visionary thinking to reality

Reconciling personal priorities and responsibilities as a leader, and how these interact your focus on role outcomes can be a particularly challenging notion, and one that Caroline has met head-on in her career from her time with Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and now as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Human Services. In this session, Caroline reflects on her own leadership journey, the challenges faced, and the skills that have grounded her success in an environment of constant change.
- Understanding accountability and authentic leadership
- Building and maintaining effective, long-term strategic partnerships
- Consciously addressing career defining moments
Caroline Edwards - Deputy Secretary, Health and Information
Department of Human Services

13:35 - 14:15


Case Study

Risk vs credibility - Play to your strengths, but rise to the challenge

There is no one defined path to leadership, no correct shape for a career in the Public Sector, but it is vital to have the confidence to back yourself and take advantage of unexpected opportunities when they present themselves. In order to gain the trust of your team, however, it is critical to have a depth of knowledge as well as a breadth of experience, and finding the right balance can be a nuanced skill nourished over time. With over 20 years’ leadership experience in the Public Sector, from an economist with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to heading up aged care access and quality for the Department of Health, Fiona has followed her strengths and developed her career with a focus on a credibility of pace.
- Developing the confidence to communicate with influence
- Overcoming challenges and owning your success
- Practical tools for effectively leading through change
Fiona Buffinton - First Assistant Secretary, Aged Care Access and Quality
Department of Health

14:25 - 15:15


Panel

Forget work/life balance, make your life work better

Successful senior leaders in the Australian Public Sector face a finely tuned balancing act, attending to a raft of competing responsibilities while maintaining tight deadlines and managing budget pressures. At the same time, in order to achieve peak potential, aspiring leaders must learn to manage stress, juggle priorities and navigate the work / life conflicts that the paths to senior leadership bring. This interactive discussion panel will share experiences, challenges and insights for senior women, focusing on the importance of prioritising health and wellbeing alongside professional demands, and when to make the tough call. Discuss:
- Strategies to improve effective time management
- Lessons learnt and practical skills for personal and professional success
- Maintaining focus on health and wellbeing with compromising ambition
Dr Joanne Loundes - Assistant Secretary, Economic Analysis Branch Investment and Economic Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Emma Mason - Assistant Commissioner, People Services
Australian Electoral Commission
Jane Wood - CASG Business Framework Project
Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

15:30 - 16:30


Roundtable

Future directions for women's leadership in the Australian Public Sector

The Australian Public sector continues to recognise the importance of supporting women in their leadership endeavours and departments and agencies are slowly working towards removing traditional barriers that stop women from accessing and acquiring senior leadership positions. In this closing session we will explore the future of Women’s Leadership in the Australian Public Sector, and unpack the core themes that have emerged over the two days. It will provide an opportunity for speakers and audience members alike to share experiences and insights as to how challenges can be overcome, and opportunities seized.
- Key take-aways from the Summit
- Putting it into practice – Drawing up actionable personal leadership plans
- Leadership transition strategies and how you can support other future leaders
Dr Karen Whittingham - Director
Impact Psychology Pty Ltd


08 December 2016


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Impact, Influence and Image – Critical Behaviours of Successful Women Leaders in the Public Sector

Senior women leaders in the Australian Public Sector face the everyday reality of working and managing teams in an emotionally charged, high pressure environment. This can present a number of challenges when it comes to positively influencing others and building strong and lasting relationships. When focusing considerable energy on others it can be easy to dismiss personal well-being as a priority, which can have an adverse impact on your leadership.
 
Preparing yourself for leadership requires the development of reflective thinking, self-awareness, planning and strategy. Aspiring leaders can wait for their achievements and capabilities to be recognised by others, or they can take their career progression into their own hands and become strategic about how they wish to advance. 
 
This workshop will equip women with the tools and practical knowledge to build confidence in their leadership abilities and to best position themselves to advance their careers. This hands-on, full-day interactive learning session has been designed with both current and emerging leaders in mind, it aims to equip participants with a practical leadership plan that they can use to navigate a successful career and advance to senior levels.
 
Apply the principles of advanced communication to influence effectively and create lasting change
- Increase confidence and build professional credibility
- Create targeted development strategies to specific areas of leadership development
- Develop skills in managing any conflict that diversity may bring to corporate decision making
- How to say ‘no’ when necessary 

Elevate your leadership presence:
- Self-assurance: Lead with power and confidence
- A strong leadership profile: Develop and improve your presentation skills
- Communication: Techniques to transform the way you communicate and ensure you get the right message across 
 
Identify and unlock your unique leadership strengths: 
- Develop emotional agility, resilience and building self-confidence
- Self-empowerment to underpin career progression and risk-taking 
- Form connections between personal values and authentic leadership 
 
Step from aspiring leader to executive leader:
- Methods for confidently representing yourself as a leader and promoting your leadership qualities to hiring management
- Having the confidence to move from a specialist to a senior decision making role within your organisation
- Develop a personalised and practical leadership plan
Louise Carter - Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Performance Partnership

09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Skills and Strategy: Leading and developing your people

There are a range of skills associated with effective leadership, and your potential as a leader will be determined by how well you develop and demonstrate these skills. To allow you to be successful in leadership, you also need to able to effectively manage the performance of your team and the individuals. This is the key to achieving truly influential leadership, and can end up being what stands between you and the next promotion, your ability to communicate key achievements and get projects over the line.
 
Effective and influential leaders must be able have performance based conversations in an effective way. In order to drive innovation in the Public Sector and support a growth culture, it is important to set expectations and manage the tone and tenor of your communication style.  Learning to define your personal executive presence, master the language of leadership and effectively communicate will unlock the secrets of highly effective, confident and authentic leaders.
 
This interactive workshop is a nuts-and-bolts guide to taking the next step in your career, consciously influencing change in your organisation, and delivering the skills and strategies for effective, executive-level leadership when you get back to the office. This comprehensive full-day training will equip you with the tools to make better career choices, learn the right questions to ask, successful handle performance conversations, and how to grow your leadership.
 
Talent, Teams and Individual Behaviour
- Advanced Active Listening Techniques and Practice
- Learn the conversational models
- Practical experience in using these skills and models
 
Model and encourage a culture of continuous learning and leadership
- Negotiate clear performance standards and monitor progress 
- Provide regular constructive feedback to build on strengths and achieve results 
- Monitor and report on performance of team in line with established performance development frameworks 
 
Executive Leadership of others 
- The neuroscience of effective leadership – The role of self-regulation 
- Developing and communicating confidence, poise and assertiveness 
- Staying sharp in competitive environments 
 
Leading in challenging times 
- Strategies for dealing with difficult people and handling conflict 
- Giving and receiving unwelcome feedback 
- Managing competing priorities and reacting to pressure effectively
Dr Karen Whittingham - Director
Impact Psychology Pty Ltd
Karen Chester
Commissioner and Deputy Chair
Productivity Commission
Louise Carter
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Performance Partnership
Jane Wood
Executive Director, Procurement and Contracting Policy and Practice
Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
Jane Madden
Executive Director, Tourism, Investment, International Education and Programmes Group
Austrade
Jane Coram
Acting Chief Scientist
Geoscience Australia
Judith Zielke
Deputy Secretary
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Elizabeth Cosson AM CSC
Deputy Secretary
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Fiona Buffinton
First Assistant Secretary, Aged Care Access and Quality
Department of Health
Dr Karen Whittingham
Director
Impact Psychology Pty Ltd
Dr Joanne Loundes
Assistant Secretary, Economic Analysis Branch Investment and Economic Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Raelene Vivian
First Assistant Secretary, Compliance
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Violet Sheridan
Violet Sheridan
Violet Sheridan
Maryanne Mrakovcic
Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group
The Treasury
Lynwen Connick
First Assistant Secretary, Information Sharing and Intelligence
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Emma Mason
Assistant Commissioner, People Services
Australian Electoral Commission
Her Excellency Unni Kløvstad
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Caroline Edwards
Deputy Secretary, Health and Information
Department of Human Services
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