This conference will provide the tools for aspiring women to overcome barriers to success. You will hear presentations and take part in interactive discussions with female and male leaders within the Australian Public Service.
Learn practical strategies to:
- Build resilience to discrimination, bullying and harassment
- Challenge personal and organisational unconscious bias
- Navigate the changing space within the Australian Public Service
- Maintain a competitive career while balancing personal obligations
- Find and develop mentoring relationships with leaders
- Create organisational pathways for women in leadership
- Work with men to prioritise gender equality within the public service
- Federal departments and agencies
- State departments and agencies
- Local government
Attend to learn:
- Key strategies to build your personal & leadership skills
- Practical insights to overcome unconscious bias & lead cultural change
- Inspiring stories from women in leadership & male champions of change
Parliament of Australia
Katy Gallagher is currently a Senator for the Australian Capital Territory.
Katy’s career began in the community sector working for People First ACT, an organisation providing advocacy and support to individuals with an intellectual disability. Katy has also been a project worker for Woden Community Service working with children with disabilities and worked as an Industrial Organiser for Commonwealth public servants at the CPSU.
Katy Gallagher began her political career when she was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2001. She was appointed a minister in 2002 serving in the ACT cabinet for the next 12 years across various portfolios including as Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Education, Community Services and Women. In May 2011, Katy was elected as Chief Minister of the ACT.
In December 2014 Katy Gallagher resigned as Chief Minister to take up a casual vacancy in the Australian Senate to replace long serving Labor senator The Hon Kate Lundy. At the time of her resignation she was Australia’s longest serving health minister after spending more than eight years in the post.
In October 2015 Senator Gallagher was appointed to Labor’ Shadow Ministry as Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and Shadow Minister for Mental Health. Following the 2016 election Senator Gallagher received shadow portfolio responsibility as Labor’s Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services and is the Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate.
Katy has a strong connection to Canberra having grown up in national capital and undertaking her schooling and tertiary education in the ACT. Katy currently lives in Canberra’s northern suburbs with her partner, three children and two dogs.
Australian Public Service Commision
Stephanie Foster was appointed as the Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner on 3 October 2013. In this role she supports the Australian Public Service Commissioner in leading and shaping a unified, high performing Australian Public Service.
Stephanie joined the Commission from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports where she had been since its inception as the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government in September 2010. Her responsibilities included regional policy and the Arts.
Prior to that Stephanie was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government where she had direct responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, the Office of Northern Australia and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
Stephanie Foster is a career public servant who has worked with the Australian Public Service since joining the Department of Defence in 1987 as a graduate trainee. Stephanie spent sixteen years in the Intelligence community in a range of analytic and management positions and a further six years in Defence’s International Policy area. Stephanie was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2008 for her policy support to Australian Defence Force deployments overseas. She has also been awarded the French decoration of Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite for her work to develop Defence relations between France and Australia.
Parliament of New South Wales
Embassy of the Republic of Columbia
What People Are Saying
“The Australian Public Service will not achieve gender equality until both women and men are seen as capable and credible leaders; until both women and men can work flexibly without risking their career progression; and until outdated assumptions of ‘women’s work’ and ‘men’s work’ are identified and eradicated”Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission
Date: 28 Feb 2017 By: Katherine KingsleDespite the incredible strides made towards gender equality in the last decade, women in senior level positions continue to be significantly underrepresented. Unlike men in leadership roles, women add public and media scrutiny of their gender to a long list of obstacles that lay in their path. The appointment of Gladys Berejiklian as Premier has …
Date: 6 Dec 2016 By: Jessica FarrellyPerception of senior leaders is one of the most important drivers of employee engagement, yet only half of Victorian Public Sector staff have a positive opinion of leadership, according to a new report. The People Matter Survey by the Victorian Public Sector Commission ranks the main drivers of employee engagement as: A sense of meaningfulness …
Date: 23 Oct 2016 By: Jessica Farrelly“As a leader, you want everything you do to be impactful, lasting and leave a positive impression… Nobody leads alone, and leadership manifests in everything you do.” Claudia Huertas, Group Director, Operations and Programs at the Department of Industry shared her Triple 8 Leadership Plan at last week’s Women in Leadership NSW conference. Comprising 8 …
Date: 11 Oct 2016 By: Marina CostelloeGeoscience Australia’s CEO Dr Chris Pigram bravely commissioned a cultural audit in 2013 with some surprising (or not so surprising) results. Geoscience Australia, or as we commonly refer to our organisation, GA, indeed had the same issues as the rest of the public service when it comes to gender representation and engagement. The 2013 cultural …
Endorsers & Media Partners
Australian Govlink is Australia’s only digital magazine dedicated to promoting partnerships between government and the private sector. Following research conducted by BGP Publishing with Council CEOs, General Managers, Engineers and Purchasing /Procurement Officers, BGP found the digital publication enabled senior management to forward Australian Govlink to all departments. This information led to BGP moving from hardcopy to the new digital format from 2015 and provides advertisers with a wider reach across the Local Government network in Australia and the ability to embed video files within your advertisement to maximize engagement with the reader.
Each issue seeks to review initiatives in local, state and commonwealth government and provide commentary on a broad range of issues, topics and projects relating to government. The cutting edge editorial highlights a wide range of government and private sector activities, ranging from local projects to major government ventures.
Australian Govlink serves as a valuable reference tool to all those involved in both daily decision making and the formation of long term strategic relationships. The publication is relevant to all sectors of government and to anyone with an interest in doing business with government.
Australian Govlink works alongside the Australian Local Government Council (ALGC) as well as other leading associations, including AGIC, ASIAL and IPWEA with each edition including high quality editorial contribution from these and many other leading associations along with access to strong distribution networks.
With more and more private advertisers turning to Australian Govlink to get their products and brand message into the hands of the decision makers within Government, Australian Govlink is proving to be a continually referenced resource throughout the year and the ultimate link between the private and public sectors.
Women Lawyers Association ACT
The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT (WLA ACT) is a not for profit organisation that promotes the interests of women lawyers in the ACT. WLA ACT provides opportunities for women lawyers across the ACT to connect with and support each other and engage with the ACT legal community.
Our objectives are to ‘Connect Support Engage’.
WLA ACT fosters a welcoming and supportive professional environment which, in turn, assists in retaining talented women as valuable members of the legal profession at all stages of their career. Our members come from all sectors of the legal profession – private practice, public sector, universities, judiciary, courts, law students, and people from legal backgrounds who are not currently practising.
We are active across a range of fronts, including policy development, advocacy, networking events, CPD seminars, Law Week activities and research into local pay and conditions. Membership is open to both men and women. Many of our events and initiatives are of value to all lawyers regardless of gender. While many of these have been generated out of issues that particularly impact women lawyers, they ultimately have a broader relevance. It is for this reason that we frequently collaborate with organisations such as the ACT Law Society, ACT Young Lawyers and the ACT Bar Association.
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