Canberra Symposium

Thursday 15th June 2017

National Gallery of Australia


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

12:40 - 13:40                                                           Lunch

15:10 - 15:30                                                           Afternoon Tea

16:50 - 17:00                                                           Review and Closing Comments

09:50- 10:20

Keynote Address

Airlie Trescowthick

Airlie Trescowthick

Founder and Managing Director, The Farm Table 

Airlie is the founder and Managing Director of The Farm Table, a central, online information hub that connects Australian farmers, students, agribusiness professionals, and others involved or interested in the industry, to information quickly and easily in a user-friendly format. As a young producer returning to her family farm and a recent postgraduate student in agriculture, she found that the information was often out there, but it took significant time to find.  The Farm Table tries to make things a little bit easier by bringing together handy resources in a central location.​

10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Address

Driving Gender Equality in Australia -
It's Time​

Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons

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.​

14:40- 15:10

Award Session

Australian Capital Territory Award for
Excellence in Women's Leadership


Sally Barnes

Director of National Parks, Parks Australia

Sally Barnes

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Virginia Haussegger

Virginia Haussegger AM

Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation 

Virginia Haussegger AM is a passionate advocate for gender diversity. Virginia has recently been appointed to head up a new gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA). With a singular focus on improving the representation of women in leadership and key decision making roles across all levels of government and public administration, the Foundation will synthesize best practice research and expertise in gender analysis. For the past 15 years she has anchored the ABC’s flagship 7pm TV News in Canberra.

15:30- 16:10

Keynote Address

Hala Batainah

Hala Batainah

Federal Director Microsoft Australia 

Hala is Microsoft’s Federal Director and Canberra Branch Manager, a responsibility she took up in 2010. Hala has held a variety of roles in both Australian and multi-national companies including national sales and management roles at IBM focused on software.  Hala is one of the founding members of Multiple Sclerosis Angels Canberra chapter, a group focused on raising research funds for MS and was named WICked woman of the year by the Women in Information and Communication (WIC) for her contribution to the ICT industry and mentoring women in ICT. Hala has contributed to numerous government strategic and policy committees and industry consultations including ACT Government, Gershon Review and AIIA submissions.

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Simone Wilkie

Major General Simone Wilkie AO

Head of Joint Enablers, Department of Defence 

Major General Simone Wilkie was commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in 1983. She served as a Lieutenant and Captain in a range of regimental and instructional appointments in Land and Training Commands. As a senior officer, Major General Wilkie has fulfilled the roles of Director General Training Forces Command; Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters; and after promotion to Major General, Commander Australian Defence College. Following the release of the First Principles Review of Defence by Government, Major General Wilkie was appointed to the newly established position of Head Joint Enablers. In this role she is responsible for the delivery of joint enabling support to the Australian Defence Force.

11:10- 12:40

Panel Discussion

​petra sprekos

general manager - lifestyle, leisure and industry,

belinda gibb

chief executive officer, australian indigenous leadership centre

liza maimone

Managing partner, canberra, pwc

tjanara goreng gorenG

Adjunct assistant professor,
university of canberra

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 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?

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​

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Level 9 607 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

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