Perth Symposium

Thursday 11th May 2017

Crown, Perth


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


11:10- 12:40

Panel Discussion

Margaret collins

former director schools, department of education & training

Lisa Hando

Partner - Global Mobility, PwC Australia

Catherine Fox

Journalist, author and presenter

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?​

10:20- 10:50

Keynote Address

​Luck Country and a Fair Go for All


Dr Anne Poelina

Managing Director, Madjulla Incorporated 

Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated, Dr Poelina is a Peter Cullen Fellow and Adjunct Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University, Northern Institute and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University Broome. Dr Poelina is a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, and Director of the Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate. Her current work explores the entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous people along the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River, in relation to green collar jobs in diverse, science, culture, heritage and conservation economies.​


Group of 3

table of 8

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09:20 - 09:50

Keynote Address

Driving Gender Equality in Australia -
It's Time​


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.​

16:50 - 17:00                                                           Review and Closing Comments

16:10- 16:50

Keynote Address


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.

15:30- 16:10

Keynote Address


Arlene Chan

Professor Arlene Chan

Medical Oncologist, Mount Hospital, & Vice-Chair,
Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA 

Professor Chan graduated from the medical school of University of Melbourne, Australia. She received a fellowship in breast cancer/cancer genetics from Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto and in 1997 returned to Australia as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Royal Perth Hospital until 2002. She has been a breast cancer-specific oncologist at the Mount Hospital since 1999. She is an adjunct professor at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University, the Director of the Breast Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) at Hollywood Private Hospital and is Vice-Chair of Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA. In June 2016, Professor Arlene Chan was awarded winner of the "Professions Division" of the "Western Australian of the Year Awards". This prestigious award recognises her expertise in her field of breast cancer.

14:40- 15:10

Award Session

Western Australian Award for
Excellence in Women's Leadership


Leonie Noble

National President, Women's Industry Network Seafood Community

Leonie Noble

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.

09:50- 10:20

Keynote Address


Jessica Barber

General Manager, Austral Bricks WA 

Jessica Barber joined BHP Billiton in January 2009 prior to which she gained experience in mining operations, financial modelling and mine planning in a variety of different commodities and locations throughout North America. In 2011 Jessica was appointed BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s first female Mining Manager at its Mt Whaleback Mine in the Pilbara. Jessica has now followed her passion for leadership out of the Resources sector and into another traditionally male-dominated area, the Building and Construction industry, where she has joined Brickworks as the General Manager for Astral Bricks WA.​

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