8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea
9:00 Opening remarks from chair:
9:05am Embedding organisational respect for female leaders and colleagues in male dominated organisations & gaining personal respect as a female
Liz Cosson is currently Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affair and has 8 years’ experience in leadership roles in the Australian Public Service. Previously, Liz served in the Australian Army with distinguish for 31 years, becoming the first female to attain the rank of Major General in 2007. Focusing on her experience in delivering profound organizational reform, Liz will provide lessons from in embedding respect for female leaders and methods to gain personal respect in male dominated industries and workplaces.
Liz Cosson, Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs
9:45am Harnessing champions of change to improve female representation
John Bradley is Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and has CEO of energy networks Australia and 3 Queensland government agencies. As a member of Male Champions of Change, John will discuss the role of the champion of change in promoting female leadership and how prospective female leaders can harness champions of change internal to their organisations.
John Bradley, Secretary, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
10:20am Lessons from a pathbreaking female Australian politician
11:00am Morning tea
11:15am Building resilience in response to adversity
Deborah Richardson is a seasoned intergovernmental affairs executive and Aboriginal relationships expert in Canada. A business-savvy lawyer with two decades of private, for-profit and public sector experience, Deborah is presently the head of the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. Deborah also has significant experience in leadership at the Canadian Public Service at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Ontario Ministry of Northern development and Mines. Deborah is also a Mi’gmaq woman and will deliver lessons in ensuring resilience in response to adversity.
Deborah Richardson, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
11:55am Empowering change through representation: valuing diversity and women in senior leadership
Anne is Australia’s first female Muslim Member of Parliament and has been widely praised for her work with the Muslim community. Having moved to Australia from Egypt at a young age, Dr. Anne Aly has a diverse background that spans education and training, public policy and community work. Anne was the only Australian invited to President Obama’s White House conference on violent extremism in 2015 and has worked with the UN on developing programs and policies on national security and counter-terrorism. Anne will deliver lessons from her career in how to empower positive change through presentation, with a focus on women in leadership.
Dr. Anne Aly, Member for Cowan
12:35pm Media, #metoo women in public life: Lessons for Australia and the public service
Emma Rossi is a highly respected broadcaster and an authority on the media, having worked as a journalist and newsreader at Nine and Seven. Since 2011 Emma has been the media and strategic communications executive at the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Emma is a passionate women’s rights campaigner and is the founder of a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Emma will be presenting vital lessons from her career in the media, the public sector and beyond.
Emma Rossi, Executive, Australian Communications and Media Authority
2:15pm Driving cross-cultural female empowerment
Nova Peris was Australia’s first indigenous woman elected to Federal parliament and the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. Having broken down barriers previously seen as unbreakable to Aboriginal women, or any woman, Nova Peris has been a formidable leader all her life. In 2018, Nova was awarded the Northern Territory Award for Excellent in Women’s Leadership, recognizing her contribution to the advancement of gender equality across all of Australia. Nova will draw on her unique experiences in sport, government and as an indigenous leader to deliver lessons for Public Sector women.
Nova Peris, First Aboriginal Australian to Win an Olympic Gold Medal, former Australian Senator
2:55 pm Panel discussion: Understanding the specific requirements of encouraging culturally diverse female leadership
Panel facilitator: Dai Le, Founder, DAWN (Developing Culturally Diverse Leadership and Advisory Board Member, Multicultural NSW
Dai Le serves as an advisory board member to Multicultural NSW and founded SAWN to develop culturally diverse leadership. Dai grew up with a dual identity in Australia, having been born in Vietnam and spent many years in refugee camps in South East Asia. Dai was name one of AFRs Top 100 influential women in Australia in 2014 and is a former award-winning journalist, filmmaker and broadcaster with the ABC. Dai has also been an adviser to Federal and NSW MPs, and her mission is to build an inclusive society where mainstream institutions and organisations reflect the diversity of our community. Dai is well placed to facilitate the following panelists in a panel discussion on encouraging culturally diverse public sector leadership.
Panelist: Wilma Robinson, Deputy Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Panelist: Nova Peris, Olympic Gold Medalist and Former Australian Senator
Panelist: Deborah Richardson, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
Panelist: Dr. Anne Aly, Member for Cowan
3:35pm Afternoon Tea
3:50pm: Lessons in leadership for aspiring female public service leaders
Elizabeth McPherson has been a leader at the Future Fund since 2010 following a highly successful private sector career. Elizabeth also had broad international experience in Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand. Elizabeth will be delivering lessons for aspiring female public sector leaders in how to
Elizabeth McPherson, Chief Culture Officer, Future Fund
4:30pm: Overcoming and eliminating barriers to female promotion and leadership
Ginna Webster is the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Communities Tasmania. Ginna has wide public service experience including as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice and Inspector of the NSW Dog Unit. Ginna is passionate about leadership and is Chair of Tasmania Leader Inc. Ginna will be discussing how individual female employees can overcome barriers to their promotion and leadership and how public sector organisations can eliminate barriers to female promotion and leadership to create flourishing organisations.
Ginna Webster, Secretary, Department of Communities Tasmania
5:10pm End of day three