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The 4th Annual Women in Leadership Queensland Summit 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
08 March 2017 - 09 March 2017

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For women across all industries, advancing into senior level leadership requires perseverance, resilience, and the ability to overcome an array of challenges. While some challenges are more apparent than others, it is undeniable that enhancing one’s soft skill sets is invaluable when looking to climb the corporate ladder. The ability to navigate change, communicate successfully and establish an efficient workplace culture are all components to leading effectively. Amongst these skill sets, it is the way in which challenges are handled that will ultimately determine one’s leadership capabilities.

It is the leaders who embrace diversity, change and innovation who set the path for overcoming unconscious bias in the workplace. By learning from mistakes, promoting your team and creating an environment that encourages equality, the glass ceiling associated with the gender gap can be broken and make space for a diversified workplace.

The 4th Annual Women in Leadership Queensland Summit 2017 brings together women across all industries to share their personal experiences and insights while giving motivational advice to aspiring leaders. Delegates will be provided practical strategies and techniques to enhance and improve upon skills necessary for career advancement. This premium professional development opportunity will build and refine leadership capabilities and enhance the leaders of both the future and today.
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- Motivating stories of career journeys from successful leaders
- Pioneering an effective workplace culture conducive for organisational change
- Key strategies for leading with resilience, integrity and courage
- Techniques for developing your authentic leadership style
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Current, aspiring and future female leaders from all industries and roles including:

- Managers
- Officers / Coordinators / Executives
- Directors / Assistant Directors
- Regional / National Managers
- Team Leaders
- Divisional Heads
- Advisors
- Analysts
- C-Suite
- General Managers
- CEOs / MDs / Board Directors
- Business Consultants / Associates

Also attending; advocates of change and managers responsible for:

- Diversity / Human Resources / Leadership Development
- Women in Leadership Program Managers / Committee Members
- Champions of Change / Male Leaders



07 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Embracing Courage to Develop your Personal Leadership Style

In a world full of distractions, leaders of today are being challenged in the way in which they lead and their ability to embrace new techniques when it comes to navigating their team and defining their visions of success. There are some key traits that many leaders overlook when attempting to understand their leadership as a collective and how they can lead people more effectively. 
 
In order for individuals to enhance their leadership capabilities, it needs to be understood that the ability to lead themselves first and foremost is absolutely critical. With self-awareness and mindfulness being the core of leadership success, having a solid understanding of ones' personal values, goals and visions set the platform for effective leadership. This interactive workshop will help aspiring leaders understand the role mindfulness, authenticity and courage play in effective leadership progression. 
 
Throughout the day, delegates will be invited to explore the elements of courage and discover key concepts that underpin personal leadership whilst taking steps to cultivate their sense of self. Jennifer will uncover common barriers that prevent individuals from stepping into their sought-after leadership positions, as well as highlight important aspects of developing one's unique and authentic voice. This full-day workshop will provide delegates with the tools and skill sets they need in order to utilise their personal strengths to achieve their career goals. 

Elements of Courage
- Cultivating courage
- Finding and developing your unique voice
- Understanding the role of boundaries
- The hidden value of not doing it alone

Key Concepts of Personal Leadership
- Values as a way of being
- Developing trust as a skill
- Opting into vulnerability 
- Connection and the importance of speaking to emotion

The Barriers that Prevent us from Moving Forward
- What is it that holds us back?
- The importance of engaging in curiosity 
- Leading with resilience

Living BIG with Courage
- Courage and boundaries
- Understanding the role of integrity
- Living and working with generosity 
Jenn Anderson - Leadership Coach and Owner
The Arena Coaching


08 March 2017


09:00 - 09:40


Case Study

Developing your authentic leadership style

Every leader has a unique and individual way in which they lead their team and navigate their career. To some, this means honing specific technical skills while others concentrate on refining the softer skills to connect with their staff. For many, however, it is a mixture of both these soft and hard skills that define their authentic leadership style and determine how they are viewed and represented to their peers. In this session, Kathrina will cover her own personal leadership journey, and how she has transitioned into the Vice President of Human Resources role at Aurizon. She will cover:
- Defining your values
- Embracing your strengths and recognising your weaknesses
- Staying true to yourself while advancing your career
Kathrina Bryen - Vice President Human Resources (Operations)
Aurizon

09:50 - 10:30


Case Study

Breaking out of your comfort zone and embracing leadership in a male dominated space

The lessons learned as a result of failure or setbacks are the building blocks for success. Taking this insight and reflecting on hindsight, established leaders have the opportunity to step up as a role model and share this knowledge with future female leaders across industry. Stephanie will explore her experience stepping out of her comfort zone to step up as a role-model for aspiring leaders in a male dominated space. Discuss:
- Importance of female role-models in male-dominated industries
- Stepping outside your comfort zone
- Understanding the benefits of paying it forward
Stephanie Pearce - General Manager Business Improvement and Technology
Pacific Aluminium

10:55 - 11:35


Case Study

Leading with diversity and addressing unconscious bias

When looking to truly encompass an equal and united workplace, embracing diversity and eliminating bias amongst team members is essential. In order to achieve this increasingly difficult task, leaders must be equipped with the skill sets to recognise bias and create an action plan to address the situation. Peter will go over his experience with unconscious bias in the workplace and the steps he has taken to lead with diversity. He will explore:
- Potential impacts of bias in the workplace
- The importance of diversity
- Techniques to achieve a diversified workplace culture
Peter Deans - Chief Risk Officer
Bank of Queensland

11:45 - 12:25


Case Study

Striving for successful work/life balance

Successfully managing the numerous demands of the workplace and the other aspects of one’s life is an ideal that many people strive for. Incorporating parenthood in this mix often adds an even greater challenge. Feeling balanced and content is easier said than done and is an issue that many struggle with regardless of occupation. Being a wife, a mother of two children and a senior executive with global responsibility, Kristen believes that being clear about your purpose and direction is an essential part of developing and maintaining a healthy work/life balance. In this session, Kristen will share insights from her own leadership journey. She will discuss:
- Defining your various roles and priorities
- Recognising and understanding your emotions and managing them
- Taking ownership of your wellbeing
Kristen Walsh - Group General Manager, Industrial
ALS

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Leading in times of adversity

Overcoming hardships and navigating through difficult times are inevitable situations that leaders will be forced to deal with throughout their career. The way in which they choose to handle these tough times and foster a conducive environment for team growth will play a large part in developing leadership style and reputation amongst peers. In order to truly navigate change and failures, it is critical to have a plan of action in place as well as a set of personal standards which one holds themselves true to. In this interactive panel discussion, speakers from a variety of organisations will reflect on their past experiences with adversity, and how they managed to lead their team successfully through the difficult times. Explore:
- Embracing the benefits of adversity
- Keeping a positive mental attitude
- Maintaining composure and control of your emotions
Kelly Robinson - General Manager, Media and Communication
Transurban
Tracy Dare - Group Executive, Commercial Services
UnitingCare Queensland
Ilse Nolan - General Manager Corporate Affairs
Super Retail Group
Michelle Barry - Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
ERM Power
Sherree Halliwell - Managing Director, QSR Division
Retail Food Group
Kylie Henningsen - General Manager Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Greyhound Australia

14:25 - 15:05


Expert Commentary

Resilience - The art of bouncing forward

Successful leaders embrace a positive mindset and an optimistic approach to achieving their personal goals, from the start of their career and throughout. Setbacks are inevitable and with them come the opportunity to either bounce forward or fall back. Drawing on her expert knowledge, resilience coach Nicole will inspire leaders with personal examples from her experiences and offer practical solutions to remain resilient against volatility, conflict, change, stress and setbacks. She will discuss:
- Using experience as a springboard for future success
- Building resilience in your personal and professional life
- Cultivating an adaptive leadership mindset
Nicole van Hattem, CHHC, AFAIM, CAHRI - Resilience and Success Coach
Hot & Healthy

15:30 - 16:10


Expert Commentary

Amplifying your influence and taking charge of your reputation

The ability to influence others is critical to your career.  No longer can you just rely on your knowledge and experience to get ahead. What matters now is the strengths and value you bring to the table and what makes you unique.  It’s also about your connections and being confident and visible in a way that feels authentic to you. Crafting the combination of these into a package that represents the authentic you isn’t always easy, it requires planning and preparation. In this session Belinda will provide the roadmap for amplifying your influence, taking charge of your life and increasing your visibility and impact.  It’s about moving you from being ‘invisible’ or just ‘impressive’ to being ‘invaluable’ to others. Discuss:
- Learning the importance of mindset to influence
- What makes a person influential
- Paving a positive reputation
Belinda Brosnan - Founder and Managing Director
HR Junction


09 March 2017


09:00 - 09:40


Case Study

Learning from mistakes - Turning challenges into opportunities

Mistakes are an inevitable part of life. Recognising one’s errors, identifying why they happened and determining ways to avoid these situations in the future are important skills to have when looking to advance one’s career. By distinguishing challenges and viewing them as opportunities, leaders will unlock their potential to truly learn from their mistakes and provide the basis for lessons they can teach others. In this session, Angela will reflect on her past experiences, highlight important mistakes she has learned from, and reveal her outlook on turning challenges into opportunities. She will discuss:
- Gaining wisdom from mistakes
- Maintaining a positive mindset
- Letting it go and moving forward
Angela Wilke - Chief Human Resources Officer
Queensland Treasury

09:50 - 10:30


Expert Commentary

The rise of feminine energy and how we tap into our power in leadership, life and business

 
For women working across male-dominated industries, identifying one’s feminine qualities and strengths assist in fighting against unconscious bias and gender diversity. By embracing the value that feminine energy brings to the workforce, individuals can harness their leadership potential and excel in climbing the corporate ladder. In this session, Rebecca will reflect on key feminine values and how they can be harnessed in the workplace:
- Discover why now is the time to embrace and value feminine energy as a society, and it starts with you!
- Understand how the ‘balance’ we crave is really about how we intertwine our energetic approach
- And learn ways to access and honour both our feminine and masculine energy super powers!
Rebecca Livesey - Executive Coach, Leadership Specialist, Speaker
Achieve-Lead-Succeed

10:55 - 11:35


Expert Commentary

Leading a culture of respect and integrity

For any organisation, progressing in a culture of improvement requires certain fundamentals to be a standardised practice. Ensuring that team members are appreciated, led honestly and respected are the building blocks for an environment conducive to productivity and employee happiness. With decades of experience in leading organisations locally and internationally, behavioural scientist Catherine Palin-Brinkworth will discuss with you the challenges and potential solutions for ensuring you create the culture you want in your workplace. She will explore:
- Defining integrity
- How leaders earn trust and respect
- The role integrity plays in individual and effective corporate leadership
Catherine Palin-Brinkworth - Professional Speaker and Educator, Business Growth Strategist, Consultant, Coach and Mentor
Progress Performance International

11:45 - 00:25


Case Study

Lessons learned along the way

Achieving a leadership position does not come without sacrifice, triumph, and valuable lessons that have shaped one’s career journey. In this session, Emma brings a global perspective, drawing on on her diverse professional engineering background, working and living in Sweden, Germany, USA, and United Kingdom, and reflects on the cultural differences, challenges and opportunities for existing and emerging women leaders. Discuss:
- Contributing international experience
- Building global relationships
- Understanding and altering to culture differences
Emma Crouch - Director of Engineering
Yakima Australia Pty Ltd

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

The ups and downs of leadership

Transitioning into a position of leadership brings with it a varied set of challenges as well as a diversified array of rewarding moments. Navigating through both these difficult and gratifying times are part of what it means to be a leader. Learning to celebrate the ups while embracing the downs will strengthen a leader’s ability to help oneself and a team grow. This panel discussion will highlight and reflect on the challenges that leaders have faced, how they overcame those hardships and the ways they’ve utilised the successes. Discuss:
- The rewards and benefits of a leadership role
- Valuable lessons learnt
- Learning to recognise milestones
Peter Høj - Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of Queensland
Ana Rodger - Executive Director, Education and Training
TAFE Queensland East Coast
Kym Warner - General Manager, Finance, Queensland
News Corp Australia
Suzi Derbyshire - Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
QUT
Carly Irving - Acting Executive General Manager, Customer and Corporate Relations
Energy Queensland
Shannon Fentiman - Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Queensland Government

14:25 - 15:05


Expert Commentary

Instilling a positive mindset and motivation amongst team culture

Pioneering an environment that reflects optimistic attitudes and encouraging support is the backbone of any successful organisation. In order to achieve this atmosphere within the workplace, it is vital to believe in such mindsets yourself as a leader. In this session, Julie will go over the role leaders play in influencing a team’s outlook and the steps they can take to transform the spirits of a group and infuse motivation. She will cover:
- How leaders achieve optimistic outlooks that are reciprocated by staff
- Believing what you’re practicing
- The relationship between positivity and success
Julie Cook - Leadership Coach
Flying Colours Success Coaching

15:30 - 16:20


Roundtable

Thoughts and future directions for women’s leadership in Queensland

Throughout the state and nation, it is apparent that the corporate landscape is looking to embrace the critical value of leadership diversity. This rapidly evolving business environment is presenting female leaders exciting new opportunities for professional progression and a new executive vision for business excellence. This closing session will reflect on key insight and reflections on advice and techniques shared by speakers and attendees over the past two day, explore:
- Key takeaways to be applied back at the office 
- Making plans to progress one’s career journey
- What it takes to advance as a female leader 
 
Caroline McGuire - Coach, Mentor and Human Resources Consultant
Clariti Consulting


10 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Applying Neuroscience to Maximise Leadership Potential

Every leader should work to master both the soft and hard skill sets of one’s profession. Self-awareness, and therefore self-regulation is key to maximising leadership potential. To fully comprehend what it takes to be the best leader possible, it is invaluable to have an understanding of the way the brain functions and learn to apply this information to develop and enhance one’s leadership capabilities.

This interactive workshop will lay out a foundation in the neuroscience of leadership, and explore how individuals can improve their knowledge of self and others, and ultimately develop into better, more effective leaders. This full-day masterclass will highlight the necessary skillsets associated with understanding one's emotions and motivational drivers. Caroline will discuss basic neuroanatomy, in order to facilitate an understanding of self and unlock leadership potential. 

Attendees will recieve the opportunity to expand upon essential techniques that underlie one’s leadership path. By realising the neuroscience behind our our ability to lead and influence, individuals will be able to focus on specific aspects of their leadership style to develop and improve, and the key areas and attribute they want to enhance. 

The fundamentals of neuroscience
- Basic neuroanatomy
- How neuroscience can be applied to self-awareness and self-regulation
- The basics of threat and reward

Understanding the importance of attention and mindfulness
- Attentional Intelligence 
- How mindfulness helps us achieve more
- Understanding your emotions and how that impacts others 
- Creating and changing habits

Developing brain-friendly leadership competencies
- How to lead others in a brain-friendly way
- Developing a coaching mindset
- How to communicate and interact for maximum effect
- How to provide ongoing feedback and proactive performance management
- Brain-friendly change strategies

Enhancing emotional intelligence and resilience
- The links between emotional intelligence and neuroscience
- Applying emotional intelligence in your daily interactions with your team and colleagues
- Building resilience in self and others
 
Caroline McGuire - Coach, Mentor and Human Resources Consultant
Clariti Consulting
Peter Høj
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of Queensland
Nicole van Hattem, CHHC, AFAIM, CAHRI
Resilience and Success Coach
Hot & Healthy
Shannon Fentiman
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Queensland Government
Kelly Robinson
General Manager, Media and Communication
Transurban
Kristen Walsh
Group General Manager, Industrial
ALS
Peter Deans
Chief Risk Officer
Bank of Queensland
Kathrina Bryen
Vice President Human Resources (Operations)
Aurizon
Kylie Henningsen
General Manager Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Greyhound Australia
Kym Warner
General Manager, Finance, Queensland
News Corp Australia
Angela Wilke
Chief Human Resources Officer
Queensland Treasury
Ana Rodger
Executive Director, Education and Training
TAFE Queensland East Coast
Caroline McGuire
Coach, Mentor and Human Resources Consultant
Clariti Consulting
Carly Irving
Acting Executive General Manager, Customer and Corporate Relations
Energy Queensland
Jenn Anderson
Leadership Coach and Owner
The Arena Coaching
Catherine Palin-Brinkworth
Professional Speaker and Educator, Business Growth Strategist, Consultant, Coach and Mentor
Progress Performance International
Sherree Halliwell
Managing Director, QSR Division
Retail Food Group
Belinda Brosnan
Founder and Managing Director
HR Junction
Michelle Barry
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
ERM Power
Julie Cook
Leadership Coach
Flying Colours Success Coaching
Ilse Nolan
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Super Retail Group
Suzi Derbyshire
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
QUT
Tracy Dare
Group Executive, Commercial Services
UnitingCare Queensland
Stephanie Pearce
General Manager Business Improvement and Technology
Pacific Aluminium
Rebecca Livesey
Executive Coach, Leadership Specialist, Speaker
Achieve-Lead-Succeed
Emma Crouch
Director of Engineering
Yakima Australia Pty Ltd
Gloria Lindgren
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