Inspiring stories & strategies to uplift women in leadership
Conference Date
27th & 28th June 2017
QT Hotel Canberra
Early Bird - Save $400
Book by 07/04/17


According to the 2015-2016 APS Statistical Bulletin, whilst women make up 57.9% of the Australian Public Service they continue to be grossly underrepresented in a range of senior leadership positions.
It is clear that while women have more opportunities than ever, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Poor work culture, unconscious bias, bullying and the challenges of balancing career with other commitments prevent many women from achieving their leadership potential.

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
Who will attend? Senior and aspiring leaders as well as champions of change from:
  • Federal departments and agencies
  • State departments and agencies
  • Local government
  • Universities
As well as professionals from HR, diversity and recruitment looking to empower leadership within their own organisation.

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
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Key Speakers

Katy Gallagher MLA
Senator & Former Chief Minister of ACT
Parliament of Australia
Stephanie Foster PSM
Deputy Commissioner
Australian Public Service Commision
The Hon Pru Goward MP
Former Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner & Minister
Parliament of New South Wales
Her Excellency Dr Clemencia Forero-Ucros
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary
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”

    Stephanie Foster
    Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission


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