Darwin Symposium

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Darwin Convention Centre

Darwin Convention Centre

08:30 - 09:00                                                           Registration

09:00- 09:25                                                            Welcome and Opening Comments

10:40 - 11:10                                                           Morning Tea

12:40 - 13:40                                                           Lunch

15:10 - 15:30                                                           Afternoon Tea

10:05 - 10:40

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.​

09:25 - 10:05

Keynote Address


Dr Tammie Matson

Dr Tammie Matson

Zoologist, author, film producer, and entrepreneur 

Dr Tammie Matson is a world expert on elephants and has inspired thousands of people, from children to adults, to achieve their dreams through her award-winning books, speeches and African adventures. Inspired by a visit to Zimbabwe at the age of fifteen, Tammie achieved what many said could not be done as a young woman from North Queensland, by first becoming a wildlife researcher in Africa, then achieving a PhD in zoology and becoming a published author - all before she turned 25. Today, she balances her passionate commitment to conservation with being a mother to two sons under age 6.

11:10 - 12:40

Panel Discussion

​Priscilla Collins

CEO, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

Karen Sheldon

Managing Director, Karen Sheldon Catering

rebecca want de rowe

alderman - richardson ward, city of darwin

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?


Group of 3

table of 8

Offer Ends

$995 pp

$1,295 pp







$895 pp

$1,195 pp

16:50 - 17:00                                                           Review and Closing Comments

16:10 - 16:50

Keynote Address

Virginia Haussegger AM

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.

14:40 - 15:10

Award Session

Northern Territory Award for
Excellence in Women's Leadership


Andrea Mason

Chief Executive Officer, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women's Council

Andrea Mason

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​

13:40 - 14:40

Development Session

15:30 - 16:10

Keynote Address

Pat Anderson

Catherine DeVrye

 author, business leader, financial review top 100 women of influence

Catherine DeVrye delivers the energy of Gen Y and the experience of a baby boomer. She is a best selling author, winner of Australian Executive Woman of the Year and a Thought Leader. A former IBM executive, Catherine held roles in sales, marketing, communication and management development; and spent two years in Tokyo as Asia Pacific Headquarters Human Resource Manager. Always in search of adventure, she has cycled over the Andes, trekked to Timbuktu, beyond Everest Base Camp and was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

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