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Women in Leadership Western Australia Summit 2017

Novotel Perth
08 March 2017 - 09 March 2017

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Despite substantial progress towards gender equality over the past decade in Western Australia, there remains a considerable gender gap in senior leadership positions across most industries. Many aspiring female leaders have the capability and drive necessary to undertake these senior and executive positions, but face common obstacles that can hinder the prospect of fulfilling their true leadership potential.

The Women in Leadership Western Australia Summit will showcase some of the most respected leaders in the region. This world class event is designed to empower delegates, who will learn how to lead teams and organisations in a fast-paced and rapidly changing business environment. They will explore how to best navigate conflict and develop the leadership skills essential for executive level positions and improve overall performance. This powerful summit is the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded people and build new connections. This event is an inspiring and informative experience that yields compelling outcomes for both leaders and emerging leaders who attend.
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- Inspirational stories and practical advice from inspiring leaders

- Practical strategies and techniques to help guide change and transformation

- Learn to build an agile and high performance workplace culture

- Discover your unique strengths and authentic leadership style
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• Chief Executives

• Directors / Assistant Directors

• General Managers / Managers

• Branch / Section / Line Managers

• Human Resources / Diversity

• Leadership Programs / Trainers / Coaches

• Academic Leaders



07 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Next Level Leadership - Advancing Core Emotional Intelligence Skills

Regardless of technical expertise, it is emotional intelligence that will take you to the next level of leadership. This highly interactive workshop aims to fast-track aspiring leaders by enhancing the core emotional intelligence skills, creating a strong foundation for effective senior executive leadership. participants in the workshop will start by developing an understanding of the self: identifying their strengths, exploring their personal goals, and uncovering their key motivators to discover their unique leadership style.
  
Successful leaders are expert communicators. Honing your communication skillset is a crucial ingredient for success. Essential aspects of communication will be explored on an interpersonal, organisational and external level. Develop your social-awareness to enhance and maintain stakeholder relationships with a raised ability to act with confidence and assertiveness. 
 
This workshop is ideal for any female leader who aspires to lead teams and departments providing you with the tools to understand how to develop an authentic and powerful voice, sharpening your emotional intelligence, helping build your communication skill set, and developing strategies to recognise and work with unconscious bias.
  
Authenticity
-       Assess your professional brand image
-       Understand your motivations to push yourself beyond your comfort zone
-       Learn how to communicate authentically 
 
Emotional Intelligence
-      Evaluate and enhance self-awareness 
-      Manage your sphere of influence both in your organisation and externally
-      Sharpen your social-awareness
 
Communication
-      Develop confidence by finding your voice
-      Develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills 
-      Strategies for influencing stakeholder
Kasia Orlowska-Meinen - Facilitator of Leadership Development and Executive Coach
Life Design


08 March 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Bias-busting and counter-programming

Unconscious bias can manifest in many ways and has largely contributed to under-representation of women in senior leadership positions. As individuals and organisations, we must consciously identify, recognise and alter unconscious behaviour to develop balanced and diverse leadership. In this opening keynote, Professor Rudd will reflect on her career journey and explore how to deal with bias in the workplace. Discuss: 
- Dealing with unconscious bias and its effects in the work place 
- Challenging gender stereotypes 
- Building resilience including overcoming the imposter syndrome
Cobie Rudd - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President
Edith Cowan University

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Bravery will set your free…

Being a leader means knowing yourself well and being confident enough to accept new challenges to constantly re-invent yourself. In a career that has been anything but conventional, Liz will discuss what has shaped her leadership style and her choices. Liz will reflect on her diverse background spanning from her home town in country NSW, to her international work and travels, her passion for economic development and how all of these experiences led her to financial sector. Explore:
- The importance of connectivity and engagement
- Being brave enough to submerge yourself in unfamiliar territories
- Succeeding in male dominated environment
Liz Ritchie - Regional General Manager - Regional General Manager – Commercial Bank
Westpac

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Knowing your-self and being your-self - Developing an authentic leadership style

How to become and remain authentic is a challenge for many emerging leaders. Influential leaders combine their previous learning experiences to continually develop their unique leadership approach, through which they can stay true to themselves and develop meaningful professional relationships. Professor Dawn Freshwater will reflect on her career journey in higher education. She will discuss:
- Leading with congruence
- Resonant leadership
- Self-awareness and self-reflection
- Leading with integrity
Professor Dawn Freshwater - Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar
The University of Western Australia

11:45 - 12:35


Expert Commentary

The fundamentals of exceptional leadership

Exceptional leaders can manage multiple planned and unplanned tasks while still maintaining progress toward the vision they are working to achieve. Mastering this balance is as much an art as it is a set of skills. In this session Abby will explore the essential leadership skills that allow leaders to not only operate efficiently, but build a reputation as a leader with dedication and integrity. This session will address:
- The three fundamentals of exceptional leadership
- Common pitfalls and their impact
- Fine-tuning your leadership skillset
Abby Jandro - Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant
Dr Abby Jandro

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Support structures and mentoring

Leaders play a crucial role in the development and growth of team members. Hence, it is important for front-runners to embrace active support structures to reduce the gender gap. Moving forward in a collaborative environment is the best way to unleash individual potential. This interactive panel will explore the mutual benefits of mentorship and progressive support structures. The discussion will include:
- Practical solutions to enhance the unique leadership attributes of women
- Career benefits of being a mentee as well as mentoring
- Leadership styles the reinforce support structures
Rebecca Tomkinson - Executive Director Aged Care Services
MercyCare
Samantha Drury - Chief Financial Officer
Bethanie

14:25 - 15:15


Case Study

The future of the Work

The present and foreseeable future will see numerous innovative changes impact our lives. Increased use of technology is converging and impacting careers; disrupting industries and resulting in profound transformations within the workplace and the workforce. This continuous evolution calls for a transformation in leadership and the way leaders lead; the way people are employed, and even the way we are paid. In this session, Julie will reflect on:
- Managing and leading the workforce of the future
- Exploring the impact of automation on our working lives
- How our workplaces will radically evolve and change
 
Julie Harrison - Partner, Consulting
Deloitte Australia

15:30 - 16:20


Expert Commentary

The power of connection and communication – Building your network in 2017

In a connected world it is more important than ever to establish and expand professional networks. The transformative power of technology in developing professional networks should not be underrated. In this interactive session, Jo is going to explore the power of connection and communication to build your personal brand in both offline and online environments. Jo will discuss:
- The importance of networking
- Extending relationships past introductions
- Tips and tricks to optimise your LinkedIn network
Jo Saunders - Independent LinkedIn® Trainer & Professional Branding Speaker
Wildfire Social Marketing™


09 March 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Driving transformation through digital disruption

Digital disruption is an intensifying wave that is transforming all industries, and by extension redefining the reach and impact of an organisation's leaders. The paradigm shift raises the bar for creating organisational value. To best deliver innovative customer focused solutions it is crucial for a successful leader to drive an agile internal culture. Andy will reflect on his extensive global experience in leading organisational change, exploring:
- What digital disruption means for organisations
- The importance of organisational culture
- Engaging employees
Andy Weir - Executive General Manager Bankwest Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer
Bankwest

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Embracing change and challenge - Lessons learned leading through challenging times

Organisational redesign and headcount reduction exercises are often seen by organisations as being mutually exclusive to work improving leadership and culture. To maintain a high performance and productivity throughout change management, leaders must pursue a mission to improve leadership capability and develop a positive workplace culture. Karen will draw on experience gained in leading organisational redesign and restructuring whilst simultaneously working on leadership and culture. Karen will also share her personal experiences of working in an Executive role whilst being the mother of three young boys. Explore:
- The importance of working on culture and leadership at the same time as performing organisational change and headcount reductions
- Developing resilience as a change leader
- Experience working in an executive level role on a flexible work / part-time arrangement    
Karen Bradshaw - Director of People and Culture
BIS Industries Limited

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Managing a career and personal life through turbulence

As career driven women, we are forced to balance competing priorities between professional and personal goals. Despite heavy personal commitments, it is important for women to gain the confidence needed to step up and take advantage of unexpected opportunities when they present themselves. Marie is passionate about leadership and driving gender diversity in the resources industry. In this session she will reflect on the defining moments of her global career and personal experiences in managing through times of change. Discuss:
- Stepping into an international career
- How to be opportunistic whilst staying true to yourself
- Leading with integrity
- Balancing professional and personal commitments
Marie Bourgoin - General Manager, Integrated Production and Remote Operations
BHP Billiton

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

Opening doors to challenges and opportunities

Becoming a leader will always involve seizing opportunities and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Leadership is feeling the fear and doing it anyway, and learning and growing from the experience. In this session, Jane will reflect on her career journey transitioning from front running positions to senior roles across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Jane will discuss:
- Knowing yourself
- Pushing personal boundaries
- Being open to opportunities
Jane Barker - National Chief Operating Officer, Internal Audit, Risk and Control Services
KPMG

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Dealing with conflict and building resilience

Climbing the corporate ladder is never an entirely smooth ride, it is inevitable emerging leaders will face challenges and difficult situations to overcome along the way. How you manage conflict can be a major strength or weakness, contributing to personal and organisational advantage or demise. This interactive panel will explore how to best navigate conflict, learn from each experience and build resilience. Our panellists will lead the discussion on:
- Tackling difficult conversations
- Leading with integrity
- Resolving conflict
Cindy Dunham - General Manager
Rio Tinto
Richard Sellers - Director General
Department of Transport WA
Jeff Haworth - Executive Director, Petroleum, Approvals and Compliance
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Michelle d'Almeida - Executive General Manager
News Corp WA

14:25 - 15:15


Expert Commentary

Overcoming my biggest barrier – Me!

Self-criticism and self-doubt can be one of the biggest barriers that faces aspiring female leaders - an element contributing to pervasive gender imbalances in the workplace. In this session Louise is going to explore how to burst through self doubt and personal blockades to discover self-confidence and leadership success. Louise will discuss:
- Finding your voice
- Establishing confidence
- Maximising your mojo
Louise Kelly - Professional Development Specialist
Louise Kelly Consulting

15:30 - 16:30


Roundtable

Reflections and directions for female leaders in Western Australia

Organisations are continuing to recognise the importance of supporting women in their leadership endeavours and are increasingly working towards removing barriers that prevent women from accessing and acquiring senior leadership positions. This roundtable will explore the future of women’s leadership in Western Australia and what must happen to ensure equal opportunity. Examine:
- How can organisations and managers continue to remove barriers preventing women from seeking and / or acquiring senior leadership positions?
- What has worked previously in assisting women to advance?
- How can women themselves ensure they are able to advance to senior leadership and assist in opening the door for future female leaders?
Asha Stabback - Community Director
BubDesk


10 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Developing Transformational Leadership Capabilities

The global business environment is becoming increasingly complex, competitive and volatile which means you, your organisation and your team must become more grounded, aware and resilient to steer through the present times of change. This practical workshop will discuss key strategic approaches to enhance your effectiveness as a change leader and how to motivate and increase performance within your team and organisation.
 
To achieve an inspired and ambitious team, leaders must create a work culture that encourages support, innovation and creativity despite the challenges of a high-pressure environment. Delegates will learn how to create a balanced and powerful environment that allows their teams to learn and grow as well as managing conflict through the arts of integrity, negotiation, persuasion and influence. Developing a holistic approach to tackle issues that arise during turbulent times by utilising personal and team strengths. 
 
This full-day intensive workshop will act as a catalyst for leadership transformation by helping you to understand the power of your role to build strategies for teams and stakeholders effectively and add to your strategic leadership toolkit.  This training will help you to transform yourself so that you are a powerful role model that is equipped with the tools to accomplish your goals within a set time frame and successfully tackle typical challenges. With a focus on developing skills in stakeholder engagement, performance management, negotiating for yourself and others and dealing with challenging interpersonal relationships.

Leading through turbulent waters
- Strategies to lead yourself and others through change
- How to manage conflict through negotiation
- The power of rapport and influence
 
Effective strategies for change management
- Levels of change
- Problem solving approach
- Developing and utilising organisational strengths
 
Building high performance teams
-  Inspiring your workforce to thrive
-  Building a committed and motivated team
-  Managing a team under pressure
Jen Froome - Founding Director
Step into your future
Rebecca Tomkinson
Executive Director Aged Care Services
MercyCare
Samantha Drury
Chief Financial Officer
Bethanie
Cindy Dunham
General Manager
Rio Tinto
Cobie Rudd
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President
Edith Cowan University
Louise Kelly
Professional Development Specialist
Louise Kelly Consulting
Jo Saunders
Independent LinkedIn® Trainer & Professional Branding Speaker
Wildfire Social Marketing™
Jane Barker
National Chief Operating Officer, Internal Audit, Risk and Control Services
KPMG
Professor Dawn Freshwater
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Registrar
The University of Western Australia
Julie Harrison
Partner, Consulting
Deloitte Australia
Abby Jandro
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant
Dr Abby Jandro
Richard Sellers
Director General
Department of Transport WA
Jeff Haworth
Executive Director, Petroleum, Approvals and Compliance
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Asha Stabback
Community Director
BubDesk
Kasia Orlowska-Meinen
Facilitator of Leadership Development and Executive Coach
Life Design
Lynn Olssen
General Manager Operations, APAC, General Manager Geosciences
Snowden Group
Ann Robinson
Chief Financial Officer
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers
Tracey Horton AO
Commissioner
Tourism Western Australia
Michelle d'Almeida
Executive General Manager
News Corp WA
Karen Bradshaw
Director of People and Culture
BIS Industries Limited
Andy Weir
Executive General Manager Bankwest Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer
Bankwest
Marie Bourgoin
General Manager, Integrated Production and Remote Operations
BHP Billiton
Jen Froome
Founding Director
Step into your future
Liz Ritchie
Regional General Manager - Regional General Manager – Commercial Bank
Westpac
Novotel Perth

Phone: 08 9221 1200
221 Adelaide Terrace
Perth, WA
Australia
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