Darwin Symposium

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Darwin Convention Centre

Darwin Convention Centre

08:30 - 09:00                                                           Registration

09:00- 09:20                                                            Welcome and Opening Comments

10:50 - 11:10                                                           Morning Tea

12:40 - 13:40                                                           Lunch

15:10 - 15:30                                                           Afternoon Tea

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.​

09:50- 10:20

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


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?

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Tracey Hayes

Tracey Hayes

Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association 

Long term Territory Pastoralist and small business owner, Tracey Hayes, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association. Tracey has been in the CEO role since her appointment in March 2014. Prior to becoming the CEO, Tracey had been a passionate industry advocate for many years, with a strong interest in agribusiness and agri-politics. She started her involvement with the NTCA as a committee member, before becoming Chairman of the Alice Springs branch for three years and then its Alice Springs-based Executive Officer. Tracey also operates her own business, Alice Equipment Hire which has been in business in Alice Springs for more than 25 years.


Group of 3

table of 8

Offer Ends

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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.

13:40- 14:40

Development Session

Through the symposium development session participants explore a variety of challenging themes and scenarios linked to the core responsibilities and opportunities of leadership. The full one hour session deeply immerses participants in the subject matter, leading to vibrant debate and important insights informed by collective experience.

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

15:30- 16:10

Keynote Address

Pat Anderson

Pat Anderson AO

Chairperson, Lowitja Institute 

Ms Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate with a particular focus on the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in all aspects of Aboriginal health, including community development, advocacy, policy formation and research ethics. Ms Anderson has spoken before the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous People, and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute. She has also been the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and was the Chair of the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009.

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