Inspiring stories & strategies to uplift women in leadership
Conference Date
27th & 28th June 2017
QT Hotel Canberra
Early Bird - Save $100
Book by 02/06/17


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. The 'Women in Leadership' 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
Show more details

Key Speakers

Katy Gallagher MLA
Senator & Former Chief Minister of ACT
Parliament of Australia
Stephanie Foster PSM
Deputy Commissioner
Australian Public Service Commission
The Hon Pru Goward MP
Former Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner & Minister
Parliament of New South Wales
Her Excellency Dr Clemencia Forero-Ucros
Embassy of the Republic of Colombia


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


  • shutterstock_327260657
    Date: 8 May 2017  By: Doris Gibb
    Over my career I have pondered on this notion of work life balance and what it means for me. The privilege given to women to be who they want to be and to do whatever work they desire is tricky. It is not as simple as it seems and it means making constant choices about …

  • shutterstock_161758760
    Date: 8 May 2017  By: Mark McPherson
    Sometimes people let us down. They don’t live up to our expectations and don’t do ‘the right thing’. And sometimes it’s appropriate to tell them what they did – or didn’t do – and why it has made us unhappy, disappointed or even annoyed. But how do we do it? Or more importantly, how do we …

  • Leadership
    Date: 27 Apr 2017  By: Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
    The APS definition of leadership draws upon the concept of ‘adaptive leadership’, introduced by Ronald Heifetz in 1994. Adaptive leadership is characterised as a ‘practice, not a position’, ‘not a theory’. It is the practice of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Contrasting ‘management’ and ‘leadership’, the adaptive approach offers ‘a set of …

  • shutterstock_337935542
    Date: 30 Mar 2017  By: Sharell O'Brien
    What do you do when your organisation is at threat of losing funding and the service you provide is at the frontline of tackling domestic violence? The answer is you innovate, take risks and engage with the community in a way that not only responds to their needs, but also makes the community a part …

Endorsers & Media Partners