12:40 - 13:40                                                           Lunch

15:10 - 15:30                                                           Afternoon Tea


Adelaide Symposium

Thursday 6th July 2017

Hilton, Adelaide

08:30 - 09:00                                                           Registration

09:00 - 09:20                                                            Welcome and Opening Comments



Group of 3

table of 8

Offer Ends



$995 pp

$1,295 pp

$895 pp

$1,195 pp





10:50 - 11:10                                                           Morning Tea

16:50 - 17:00                                                           Review and Closing Comments

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Address


Donny Walford

Donny Walford

Founder and Managing Director of DW Bottom Line Transition Strategists and DW Behind Closed Doors Pty Ltd 

The founder of two companies, Bottom Line and Behind Closed Doors, Donny Walford has achieved national success working with Boards, Executive and senior  management across industry, government and the NGO sector. With an extensive background at Board level, CEO and Executive roles in banking, finance, business associations and government, Donny works at the Board and Executive level of management to drive major strategic change. Through her businesses Bottom Line and Behind Closed Door, companies focussed on professional development, mentoring and networking, Donny assists organisations and individuals maximise their performance. 

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

​I want what
she's Having

Sadhana Smiles

Sadhana Smiles

Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Group Victoria 

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of 'People Power did you have them @ hello'. In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman. In 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.  She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced.

09:50 - 10:20

Keynote Address

Driving Gender Equality in Australia -
It's Time​

Terrance Fitsimmons

Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons PhD MBA (Adv) BEc CA

Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Research Fellow,
University of Queensland Business School 

Dr Fitzsimmons is a Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management with the University of Queensland Business School. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. He is currently the co-convenor of the Australian Gender Equality Council with Helen Conway, former director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. He has served as national and state presidents of not for profit bodies as well as a director on boards of Listed Public Companies in Australia and overseas.​

11:10 - 12:40

Panel Discussion

​abbie wright

diversity & inclusion manager, aurecon

hon kelly
vincent mlc

Dignity party

petra sprekos

general manager - lifestyle, leisure and Industry, carsales.com

Inclusive leadership

Diversity is thought to be not enough: leadership in the 21st century demands that executives and organisations move beyond to capture the potential that comes from inclusion.  If diversity is the ‘the mix’, then inclusion is making the mix work by leveraging the wealth of knowledge, insights and perspectives in an open, trusting and diverse workplace.  Research has found that over 80% of people who have worked with an inclusive leader were more motivated, productive, loyal to the organisation, and more likely to go the extra mile.  Yet research also shows that approximately two thirds of people experience less than half of their leaders as inclusive leaders.  How do we create more inclusive leaders within organisations?  How do we create a more inclusive workplace, incorporating diversity in all that we do?​

14:40 - 15:10

Award Session

South Australian Award for
Excellence in Women's Leadership


Tanya Hosch

General Manager - Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

Tanya Hosch

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Georgeina Whelan

Brigadier Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC and Bar

Director General Select Strategic Issues Management,
Office of the Chief of the Defence Force 

Brigadier Whelan is a fearless change manager who seeks to ignite strong leadership across all levels. Georgeina is an active participant in programs that support diversity and opportunity for all members of the ADF. More recently, Brigadier Whelan was appointed as the Director General, Select Strategic Issues Management in the Office of the Chief of the Defence Force. Brigadier Whelan was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2004, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006, and more recently was awarded a Bar to her Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List for her outstanding achievement as the Director General Garrison Health Operations in Defence Health Services.

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Tara Moss

Tara Moss

Author, television presenter, journalist, former model,
and UNICEF national ambassador 

Tara Moss is the bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction published in nineteen countries, a journalist, doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, public speaker and outspoken advocate for children’s rights and women’s rights. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Child Survival, Patron for the Full Stop Foundation for ending rape and domestic violence and an ambassador for Our Watch. Currently, Tara is working on a new factual series for the ABC, Cyberhate with Tara Moss, which will premiere in March 2017 on iview and ABC2.

13:40 - 14:40

Development Session

Elevate your Career

This development session will give you an insight into the 4 key areas for advancing your leadership career:

  • Redefine your value and take ownership of your leadership role - whatever your current level
  • Actively develop advantageous internal and external relationships
  • Prioritise brave, adaptive and experimental thought and action
  • Develop a ‘stepping up’ mindset and get ready to start learning​

Women and Leadership Australia
Level 9 607 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

For more information about The 2017 Australian Women's Leadership Symposium contact us by:

Phone: 1300 735 904
E-mail: info@wla.edu.au

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