Hobart Symposium

Friday 25th August 2017

Grand Chancellor



Group of 3

table of 8

Offer Ends



$795 pp

$1,095 pp

$695 pp

$995 pp





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

16:50 - 17:00                                                           Review and Closing Comments

16:10- 16:50

Keynote Address

Jane Caro

Jane Caro

Author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator 

A regular on Agony, Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise, Jane Caro appears in the media often. In 2013 she co-created, co-produced (with Amanda Armstrong) and presented a 6 part radio series for ABC Life Matters - ‘For Better, For Worse’. The series was so successful it is now a 5 part TV series for ABC Compass. She will be producing another special series for Compass in 2016 “Fathers & Daughters, Mothers & Sons”. She writes regular columns for ‘Sunday Life’ and ‘Leadership Matters’. Jane has published eight books, including two novels “Just a Girl” and “Just a Queen” about Elizabeth Tudor. Her memoir “Plain Speaking Jane” was released in September 2015. She is currently working on ‘Just Flesh & Blood’ the third and final book in the Elizabeth Tudor trilogy which will be published in 2017.  Jane and her husband Ralph have two adult daughters. Together they are also beef producers and timber growers. 

14:40- 15:10

Award Session

Tasmanian Award for
Excellence in Women's Leadership


Lucy O'Flaherty

Chief Executive Officer, Glenview Community Service Inc

Lucy O'Flaherty

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.​

09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address


Diana Butler OAM

Diana Butler OAM

Chief Executive Officer, Care for Africa

While working as an Emergency Nurse in Launceston, a chance conversation with a colleague about extreme poverty in Africa, inspired Diana Butler to embark on a new journey of intense learning and fulfilment. Diana helped form the Care for Africa Foundation to address: poverty; lack of water; medical; and educational services in Tanzania's Tarime region. Under Diana's leadership, the non-for-profit organisation now works in four key areas: water, rural health, education and social enterprise. As Chief Executive Officer Diana has shaped Care for Africa into a sustainable and pioneering organisation.

09:50- 10:20

Keynote Address

Kellie Wilkie

Kellie Wilkie

Principal Physiotherapist & Director, BODYSYSTEM Physio 

Kellie Wilkie is Sports Physiotherapist and the founding Director of BODYSYSTEM Physio. 15 years ago Kellie established this business out of a need to create an employment opportunity for herself that ensured her immediate and future health and happiness were optimised at work. During this time, Kellie has also taken on a role with Rowing Australia as a Team Physiotherapist for the Australian Rowing Team for 5 years and then Lead Physiotherapist for Rowing Australia for a further 4 years. Kellie has had the opportunity to attend two Olympic Games over this time and has thrived in an environment that pushes everyone involved to be the best possible version of themselves that they can be.

15:30- 16:10

Keynote Address

Kellie Cordner

Kellie Cordner

Chief Marketing Officer, 

Kellie Cordner is the Chief Marketing Officer for Ltd. A marketing professional with over 25 years experience, Kellie’s specialties lie in e-commerce strategy and operations, website build, customer experience, SEM, SEO, EDM strategy, marketing management, advertising, budgeting, business case, business plans, business strategy, concept development, consulting and project management. Kellie has previously worked at Coca Cola Amatil, TABCORP, SENSIS and Myer before joining in 2015.

11:10- 12:40

Panel Discussion

Greg Johannes

Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet


Alicia leis

PARTNER, audit, assurance & advisory, wlf accounting & advisory

Where to from here?

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay. Individuals and organisations know, from research, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow - pay parity wise we are talking 117 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start? What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?​

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

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

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