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The 9th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2017

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
14 February 2017 - 15 February 2017

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In recent years there has been a significant drive towards achieving equilibrium at the top levels and while progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. Aspiring leaders looking to step up in higher education need to thoroughly prepare themselves on a personal and professional level for promotion. It is essential to develop a robust leadership skill set and maintain a focus on seizing career opportunities as they arise.

The 9th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2017 is the premier event for aspiring female leaders in the sector to develop essential skills and equip themselves with strategies to enhance their capabilities in a changing environment. The Summit will be filled with inspirational stories and guidance from female front runners and experts. It will provide a platform for discussion as well as networking opportunities to potentially build career-defining relationships and help you on your way to obtaining your professional ambitions.

Register teams and qualify for generous discounts and by doing so ensure you are recognising their potential and future-proofing the leadership pipeline in your organisation!
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Positioning yourself for career advancement

Developing resilience and managing stress levels

Navigating the pressures of personal and professional expectations

Leveraging essential skills to thrive in higher education
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Advocates, Decision Makers and Emerging Leaders in Higher Education – in academic, senior management and governance positions including:

• Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors
• Deans, Heads of School, Faculty Heads
• Professors, Associate Professors
• Lecturers, Senior Lecturers
• Senior Officers / Management / University Governance
• Equity / Diversity and Inclusion
• Women’s Leadership Program Managers
• Workforce Planning, Human Resources

13 February 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Establishing a Foundation for Career Success - Refining Your Personal Brand and Defining Your Leadership Style

Aspiring and emerging leaders who progress into senior leadership positions within Higher Education have not simply been promoted by chance. Rather they have taken the opportunity to position themselves as a leader and made it a priority to develop their leadership skillset. This takes time and conviction, and consequently, necessitates some goal setting and forward planning. 

In order to acclimatise to a new role and show suitability for promotion, leaders must ensure a healthy balance between personal and professional priorities. Creating this work/life balance is imperative to success in leadership; without a calm and organised leader, team productivity will derail. As a result, while defining their unique professional profile, aspiring and emerging leaders must take into consideration their personal goals and brand.

This highly interactive workshop will equip women with essential tools and practical strategies to help them to reflect on their goals and ambitions, so they can effectively identify their personal leadership style. Participants will refine their leadership skill set and hone in on the key skills needed to excel as a female leader. This is the premier opportunity to gain key insight into what aspiring, emerging and existing leaders need to further advance their career and set clear goals for that progression. Explore:

Lead with conviction and confidence
-    Recognising your strengths and weaknesses in leadership
-    Creating a positive workplace culture by leading your team with confidence
-    Maintaining a foundation of self-belief and composure
Building your personal brand and improving your profile
-    Establishing your unique professional profile
-    Allowing your leadership style to reflect your personal values
-    Harnessing your unique personality traits to enhance your leadership capabilities

Boost your communication skills 
-    Mastering the art of clear communication
-    Strategies to influence and negotiate with all levels of colleagues and stakeholders
-    Adapting your communication to suit your audience

Stepping up as a female leader
-    Ensuring the essential balance of work and life
-    Identifying areas for improvement to assist you in planning the next steps for your career
-    Seeking advice, mentoring and coaching expertise
Lisa Cutler - Director
The Butterfly Program

14 February 2017

09:00 - 09:50

Case Study

Breaking down barriers and seizing opportunities as a female leader

Being a female in a male dominated space comes with an array of challenges. However, with commitment, courage and patience, female leaders are breaking down barriers in their professional pursuits. Susan has recently stepped up and taken on the role as the first female President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education. She will discuss her successful career journey and explore:
- Overcoming obstacles to progression and success
- Building your leadership skill set whilst maintaining technical knowledge
- Managing pushback from unsupportive leaders
Professor Susan Elliott - Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
University of Melbourne

09:50 - 10:40

Case Study

Learning Leadership from Failure: a personal journey

Professor Peter Shergold currently chairs the Higher Education Standards Panel, which will ensure a smooth transition to a revised Higher Education Standards Framework in January 2017. Before entering the higher education sector, Peter headed a number of Commonwealth agencies,including 5 years as Secretary for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He will reflect on this wealth of leadership experience and explore:
- Recognising the importance of leadership development and experience
- Stepping up as higher education champion of change
- Overcoming challenges 
Professor Peter Shergold AC - Chancellor
Western Sydney University

10:55 - 11:45

Case Study

Ignite your potential to innovate and excel

Becoming a leader takes resilience, patience, focus and the courage to step out of your comfort zone. With a recent transition to higher education, Trisca will take a fresh look into what it takes to step up as a leader in this competitive space, and the role innovation and technology can play. Discuss:
- Finding your source of innovation
- Using technological advancements for your advancement
- Becoming agile in your approach
Trisca Scott-Branagan - Executive Director, Marketing
Deakin University

11:45 - 00:35

Case Study

Leading change - Encouraging innovation and growth

Stepping into a leadership role comes with many responsibilities and accountabilities. One of which is the opportunity to lead innovation and create positive change. However, driving change is the not an easy feat and more often than not, leaders need to develop team culture to have a positive reaction to change. Belinda has held executive leadership positions in higher education for the past 8 years. She will reflect on her expertise in innovation and explore:
- Creating an organisation supportive of growth and innovation
- Encouraging innovation and new thinking in your team
- Influencing to gain stakeholder buy-ins
Professor Belinda Tynan - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) & Vice President
RMIT University

13:35 - 14:25


Navigating workplace politics and positioning yourself for promotion

The average professional spends 128 months of their lifetime in the office and in that time, have the potential for an array of promotions. However, office politics and the internal workings of an organisation may create barriers for emerging leaders. Consequently, aspiring leaders must develop a skillset to manage unsupportive superiors and use office politics to their advantage. This panel of experienced leaders will reflect on some of their experiences and lead a discussion on:
- Establishing your own authentic leadership brand
- Utilising ethical workplace politics to accelerate your career
- Being a support for aspiring and emerging female leaders
Professor Sharon Robinson - Associate Dean, Graduate Research
University of Wollongong
Professor Keitha Dunstan - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Bond University
Fiona Docherty - Vice President, International, Marketing & Communications
University of New South Wales

14:25 - 15:15

Case Study

Enabling your passion to drive your legacy

Successful leaders are passionate. Without passion and drive, it is significantly more difficult to establish a meaningful career and excel. Nick has a passion for the transformational power of education on people's lives and was co-founder with his wife Julia in establishing the Country Education Foundation of Australia. Now, as Chancellor, he strives to make being a part of SCU a positive experience for both students and staff. He will explore:
- Leading with authenticity
- Establishing diversity of thought in executive leadership - Empowering teams
- Mentoring and sponsorship with emerging female leaders
Nick Burton Taylor - Chancellor
Southern Cross University

15:30 - 16:20

Case Study

Stepping up and out of your comfort zone

Networking as an emerging leader can be identified as a crucial aspect of career progression. Additionally, whilst it is imperative to make a name for yourself within your organisation, creating a profile externally can make you appear even more valuable. Professor Joanne Wright has made transitions internationally and within Australia, before stepping into her role at the University of Queensland, but has most recently made a name for herself through her work with the Higher Education Standards Panel. She will discuss the key to her progression and explore:
- Positioning yourself as a leader internally and externally
- Seeking opportunities for professional development
- Networking for rapid advancement
Professor Joanne Wright - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
University of Queensland

15 February 2017

09:00 - 10:00

Case Study

Tackling adversity with resilience

The higher education sector is one of the most competitive spaces for aspiring female leaders, but often leads to a very rewarding career. Whether you are heading down the academic path or emerging in the corporate area, the road is not straight and narrow and women will be confronted by a variety of challenges in their journey. Kathy will reflect on how she has managed various transitions throughout her career. Explore:
- Challenging crisis and ambiguity with resilience
- Managing the inevitability of workplace politics
- Bouncing back from setbacks and instability
Professor Katherine Belov - Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement
University of Sydney

10:00 - 11:00

Case Study

Higher education leadership - What it really takes to reach the top

All successful leaders understand that promotions and career progression will not be handed out on a silver platter. In order to move into the executive suite, aspiring and emerging leaders must have a firm understanding of their industry and stand out from the crowd. Although John’s professional background and experience is in engineering, he has developed a relationship with CQ University for the past 30 years and became a key contributor before stepping into the role of Chancellor. He will explore:
- Understanding the higher education sector and what it takes excel
- Maintaining mutually beneficial relationships
- Highlighting your capabilities to position yourself for promotion
John Abbott - Chancellor

11:15 - 12:15


Managing personal and professional priorities

It is often assumed that due to the term structure of higher education, leaders in this space are able to manage a higher quality work / life balance. However, emerging leaders face this challenge as aggressively as many other industries and must set priorities when managing personal and professional commitments. This interactive panel will explore:
- Creating a list of inflexible personal commitments
- Manage competing expectations and priorities
- Delegating work effectively 
- Avoiding distractions to engage fully during personal or work commitments
Professor Frances Shannon - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Canberra
Professor Liz Burd - Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching
University of Newcastle
Professor Adam Shoemaker - Vice-Chancellor
Southern Cross University
Professor Marcia Devlin PhD - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality)
Federation University Australia

13:15 - 14:15

Case Study

Fostering a positive workplace culture and enhancing the benefits of diversity

The importance of positive culture cannot be underestimated, especially when attempting to drive behavioural change in the workplace. Although professional environments are becoming more and more diverse as women step up into senior leadership positions, unconscious bias and workplace culture can present barriers. Nicole will reflect on her experience in higher education human resources and explore:
- Highlighting key benefits of diversity in the workplace
- Engaging both genders to build a positive culture that nurtures diversity
- Reflecting on personal experiences of unconscious bias
Nicole Gower - Director, Human Resources
Macquarie University

14:15 - 15:15

Expert Commentary

The real politik in University leadership - Reclaiming the 'f' word in higher education

Universities, like all workplaces, are highly gendered organisations. Feminists have spent many years examining how issues of gender, power and more lately, ethnicity and "race" get played out in the micropolitics of day to day work practices and leadership. So what can aspiring and emerging leaders learn from this research about how these workings of power operate? In this session, Jane will explore this provocative topic with encouraged interactivity. Discuss:
- What does it mean for women who have traditionally been positioned in the academy as 'outsiders' within?
- What does it mean for women striving to gain leadership positions?
- Gaining and asserting power and authority in more inclusive and collaborative ways
Dr ​Jane Wilkinson - Associate Professor Educational Leadership
Monash University

15:30 - 16:30


Stepping up and leading effectively as a women in Higher Education

This interactive discussion will provide delegates with an opportunity to revisit the themes and topics covered over the course of the event. This will provide scope to continue conversations on issues raised, brainstorm solutions to common challenges faced and reflect on the advice that resonated with them most. Discuss:
- Strategies to step up in your career
- The piece of advice that resonated with you the most
- Your goals and action plan to step up
Lisa Cutler - Director
Cutler Coaching

16 February 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Finding the Leader Within - Developing an Authentic Leadership Skillset and Strategies for Career Progression

Stepping into a leadership role is an important and exciting part of career progression. However, it is a major transition that usually requires a completely new skill set. Higher education professionals are often promoted into leadership roles based on their value as a team member. Conversely these skills that allowed them to excel as a team member do not align with those of a successful leader. As a result, emerging leaders must assess and develop their leadership skill set. 

With so many inspirational female leaders in higher education, it is easy for aspiring leaders to mimic leadership traits they find attractive. However, it is imperative for them to define their own unique leadership style, building on their strengths and acknowledging their weaknesses. As both an academic and corporate leader in higher education, it is not uncommon for leaders to put a surplus emphasis on their technical knowledge, rather than focusing on their leadership skill set. Although it is important to have an up to date understanding of their discipline, managers looking to progress must invest in the development of the skills and strategies necessary to self lead and effectively lead teams.

In today’s workplace, female leaders face many challenges and demands. These can prevent them from using the opportunity of reflection to reflect on our role, actions, experiences, results and the opportunities before them. This workshop will empower and inspire emerging leaders to invest time and thought into reviewing and committing to their leadership potential. This aims to enable participants to bring more of their authentic selves to the way they lead. 

Developing self-awareness and authenticity 
- Values-based leadership; what it means to be an authentic leader 
- Identifying your key strengths and potential derailers as a leader 
- Identifying how best to utilise your optimal leadership style within the context of your organisation 

High level communication, influence and negotiation
- Managing emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships
- Developing techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”
- Preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence  

Developing self and others with “reflective leadership”
- Clarifying the benefits of reflective practice in leadership
- Developing the skills and capacity for reflective practice
- Using reflective practice to influence the quality of the culture through the quality of relationships

Strategic career progression 
- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan 
- Maximising existing relationships and networks and building new ones for professional opportunities
- Skills and approaches in managing your image and visibility without feeling you are “selling yourself”
Lisa Baker - Executive Coach Consultant
Kaleidoscope Consulting

17 February 2017

09:00 - 16:30


Stepping Up as a Leader - Driving Change and Managing a Team through Crisis

Leading and managing in higher education brings challenges few other professions experience. In this constantly evolving sector, the ability to provide visionary and innovative strategic leadership is essential. Higher education sector leaders have the opportunity to drive positive workplace culture, improve staff engagement, and implement innovative change. Executed successfully, this can create heightened productivity among students and staff, resulting in improvements to the bottom line and satisfied stakeholders. However, in order to do so, leaders must develop strategies to effectively influence under pressure and manage a team through turbulent times.

In higher education, where gender diversity is still an issue at the executive level, female leaders play an important role in leading transformation, facilitating transitions and driving high performance. While change may be different from one scenario to another, understanding the key skill-set of a change leader will enable female leaders to drive team performance in diverse situations and emerge as an influential leader.

This interactive workshop will focus on providing leaders with the tools they need to tackle adversity and lead change. Expert facilitation and encouraged interactivity will allow delegates to explore the unique skills required to lead a team effectively and add value to their University. Practical and interactive sessions will equip delegates with the strategies and techniques that will enable them to drive change, lead a team through crisis and take their leadership to the next level. 

Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance
- Leveraging team dynamics to enhance performance
- Challenging, supporting and empowering others
- Managing uncooperative staff members

Driving change and innovation as a female leader
- Recognising and overcoming hurdles to change
- Trusting your intuition and stepping outside your comfort zone
- Influencing positive change culture in an organisation

Remaining productive in a crisis
- Building resilience to thrive under pressure
- Supporting your team and engaging others to deliver 
- Debriefing after crisis - providing and accepting feedback

Action planning for leadership
- Developing a personalised approach: short and long term 
- Understanding challenges
- Sharing approaches
Professor Ann Brewer - Dean
University of Newcastle, Sydney
Professor Sharon Robinson
Associate Dean, Graduate Research
University of Wollongong
Nick Burton Taylor
Southern Cross University
John Abbott
Nicole Gower
Director, Human Resources
Macquarie University
Professor Belinda Tynan
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) & Vice President
RMIT University
Professor Katherine Belov
Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement
University of Sydney
Professor Susan Elliott
Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
University of Melbourne
Professor Peter Shergold AC
Western Sydney University
Trisca Scott-Branagan
Executive Director, Marketing
Deakin University
Professor Joanne Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
University of Queensland
Fiona Docherty
Vice President, International, Marketing & Communications
University of New South Wales
Professor Adam Shoemaker
Southern Cross University
Professor Keitha Dunstan
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Bond University
Lisa Baker
Executive Coach Consultant
Kaleidoscope Consulting
Professor Ann Brewer
University of Newcastle, Sydney
Dr ​Jane Wilkinson
Associate Professor Educational Leadership
Monash University
Lisa Cutler
The Butterfly Program
Professor Marcia Devlin PhD
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality)
Federation University Australia
Professor Frances Shannon
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Canberra
Professor Liz Burd
Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching
University of Newcastle
Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne‎
Phone: +61 3 ­­9250 1888
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC
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