This year’s theme: Own Your Opportunities
Develop key leadership skills, strengthen your network & propel your career
Conference Date
30th July - 2nd August 2019
Location
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Day 1 - Wednesday 31st July, 2019

8.00
Registration, coffee & networking
8.30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
8.40
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Foster engagement as a change-maker

Throughout her distinguished career, Geraldine has always been known as a leader who can truly drive change
in her organisation, facilitated by her strong vision and keen ability to foster engagement both internally and externally. In this keynote session, she will explore how to:

  • Understand the changing needs of your community and where change is needed
  • Lead engagement at all levels of business, community and industry
  • Manage various stakeholder needs and drivers to generate buy-ins
Geraldine Mackenzie
Vice Chancellor
University of Southern Queensland
9.20
Convert obstacles into opportunities
  • Turn frustration into fascination to maintain focus and drive
  • Learn from mistakes and overcome the fear of failure
  • Develop key strategies to deal with bias
Kerri-Lee Krause
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
La Trobe University
10.00
Morning tea & networking
10.30
Improve influential communication skills to get your ideas accepted
  • Develop better strategic communication
  • Use advanced influencing skills to leave a lasting impact
  • Create more effective relationships
Arabella Macpherson
Founder & Communication Coach
Resonate Communications
11.20
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, meet fellow attendees and speakers in 3-minute bursts, to exchange business cards and practice the important communication and networking skills you’ve just learned

11.50
THINK TANK: Balance educational & business priorities

In this interactive discussion session, come together as a group to analyse and debate the best practices to effectively balance educational and business priorities as a tertiary education leader. Explore:

  • How to improve business acumen as a leader
  • The educational needs of your institution
  • How to maximise student success whilst growing your organisation’s business
12.30
Networking lunch
1.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Beyond leadership basics

Leadership is more than title or management skills alone. In this interactive discussion, our esteemed panellists will debate and discuss various ways to step-up your leadership for long-lasting results

  • Explore the anatomy of a leader
  • Cultivate followership through trust
  • Define your vision, message and values
Amanda Morris
Executive Director, Conservatoire
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Julia Coyle
Pro Vice Chancellor, Students & Interim Director, Learning
University of Wollongong
Joanne Perry
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience & Governance
CQ University
2.20
Drive growth as an organisational leader
  • Lessons from the Monash College journey
  • Create a strong leadership vision to accelerate growth
  • Foster accountability, innovation and excellence in your team
Jo Mithen
Chief Executive Officer
Monash College
3.00
Afternoon tea & networking
3.20
SOLUTION ROOM

In this mini-workshop, blend problem solving and networking for a unique opportunity to come together and tackle some of the most common challenges for leaders in tertiary education.

3.50
Define your leadership path
  • Play to your natural strengths and stand out as a thought-leader
  • Set career and leadership goals to stretch you
  • Navigate career breaks and changes as you progress in your career
Pascale Quester
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Academic
University of Adelaide
4.30
Closing remarks from Chair and Close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 1st August, 2019

8.00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8.30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
8.40
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Advice to my younger self

With a diverse background in both education and government, Kerry has accumulated a wealth of experienced and has learned a lot throughout the years. Reflecting on her journey so far, she will discuss:

  • Lessons learnt along the way and what she wished she knew all along
  • How to make your value visible to accelerate career advancement
  • Reflections on the journey to the top and advice to overcome the biggest challenges
Kerry Penton
Acting Managing Director
TAFE NSW
9.20
Leave a positive legacy as a leader

Bronwyn is a strong believer that with leadership comes responsibility. Her extensive work improving indigenous engagement has taken her to the most remote parts of the country where she has experienced, first-hand, the value of diversity and the importance of an inclusive environment.

  • Foster a diverse and inclusive culture and do ‘good’ as a leader, not just ‘well’
  • Understand the ripple-effects of your leadership decisions
  • Bring others on the journey to make real, sustainable change
Bronwyn Fredericks
Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Engagement
The University of Queensland
10.00
Morning tea & networking
10.30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Seize opportunities for career growth
  • Know which opportunities are right for you
  • Develop the confidence to put your hand up
  • Position yourself for promotion and get noticed
Professor Elizabeth More AM
Chief Education Officer
Study Group Australasia
Michael Cullen
Regional General Manager, Western Sydney
TAFE NSW
Susan Nancarrow
Former Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
Southern Cross University
11.20
Future-focused leadership for today
  • Promote organisational sustainability and longevity
  • Foster a growth-mindset in your team
  • Develop long-term strategic goals as a leader
Mary Faraone
Chief Executive
Holmesglen Institute
12.00
PANEL DISCUSSION: Maintain a healthy work/life balance
  • Maintain balance without sacrificing ambition
  • Juggle priorities and know when to say ‘no’
  • The many sizes and shapes of effective work/life balance
Sandra Jones
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement
Australian Catholic University
Richard Miles
Pro Vice-Chancellor, International
University of Sydney
Lyn Karstadt
Deputy Vice Chancellor, International
Murdoch University
12.50
Networking lunch
1.50
Strengthen resilience, resolve & build better confidence
  • Use mindfulness to improve performance
  • Tips to build confidence, overcome setbacks and re-frame negative thoughts
  • Improve Emotional Intelligence and resilience in difficult times
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
2.30
An ontological journey through life

Having worked in various institutions across Australia and abroad, Lyn is no stranger to making bold moves when it comes to her career. Reflecting on her own career progression and the unexpected twists and turns along the way, she will examine:

  • The importance of owning your opportunities for progression
  • The nature of how you see changes to your career path as you progress
  • The value of reflecting on past achievements and future aspirations
Lyn Karstadt
Deputy Vice Chancellor, International
Murdoch University
3.10
Afternoon tea & networking
3.30
INTERACTIVE INTERVIEW: Navigate & maximise career moves

Join Susan Nancarrow in this intimate and casual interview as she shares her strategies to succeed as a leader through often dramatic career moves inside and outside the sector, exploring:

  • Why she chose to change roles when she did
  • What she learned & gained from the diverse experiences
  • How she excelled in new roles & organisations as a leader
Susan Nancarrow
Former Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
Southern Cross University
4.10
CHAMPAGNE CLOSING ROUNDTABLE

Sip on champagne and discuss key takeaways from the event in this interactive activity to help you create an action plan for your future

4.40
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Conference
Workshop A: Emotional Intelligence & resilience for peak performance
Tuesday 30th July 2019, 9.00am - 4.30pm

The workshop
In the dynamic and demanding tertiary education sector, leaders must be able to manage complex and competing challenges while navigating the highs and lows of the job. To fast-track leadership success and thrive even in the most stressful of times, it is crucial to develop a keen understanding of not only your emotions and how they impact your performance, but also the emotional drivers of your colleagues, team and stakeholders. This comprehensive, hands-on, full-day masterclass will expand your mindset, strengthen your resilience, and hone your emotional intelligence to enable peak performance.

Key Learnings

The secret weapon of self-awareness

  • Identify and build your true strengths and value as a leader
  • Develop your unique value proposition and learn to communicate your value to others
  • Enhance your self-awareness and self-regulation to remain centred in difficult situations

Emotional intelligence to foster followership

  • Understand the emotional drivers of your colleagues and stakeholders and learn how to ‘read’ their emotions
  • Explore practical applications of EI and expand your emotional agility to generate buy-in as a leader

Foster a resilient mindset to overcome setbacks

  • Determine what activates your own emotional triggers and how to manage them
  • Develop strategies to perform productively through challenging times
  • Build confidence to overcome impostor syndrome, self-sabotage and your own unconscious bias

Achieve maximum potential through resilience

  • Use mindfulness to re-frame negative thoughts and improve your Emotional Intelligence
  • Reach your goals and squash doubt through resilience and ‘brain-based leadership’

* Refreshments & lunch provided

Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
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Workshop B: Communication skills to increase your influence
Friday 2nd August 2019, 9.00am - 430pm

The workshop
Influential communication is crucial for successful leadership, particularly in education where you need to be able to manage various stakeholders with equally various agendas. This requires you to hear people and help them, while making sure you reach your objectives as well. Effective communication is part of every aspect of what you do and you must be able to expand your influence, be it with employees, students or your superiors. Through this interactive and engaging workshop, you will delve into advanced communication strategies to elevate your leadership, successfully negotiate, overcome relationship crises, and ultimately leave a lasting impact as a strong female leader.

Key Learnings

Master the personality puzzle

  • Consciously determine how others are motivated and what they value
  • Quickly identify different communication preferences and adapt for the best response
  • Become clear on how to communicate in any meeting or conversation

The subconscious impact

  • Understand the unconscious mind and its decision making criteria to influence others
  • Explore nonverbal, paraverbal and linguistic techniques to aid communication
  • Fine-tune pitch, tone and speed of your speech to make an impact

The power of listening & questioning

  • Generate trust and discover motivations through active listening
  • Learn how to use reflective, deflective and leading questions to direct conversation

Negotiation & managing tough conversations

  • Methods to resolve conflict and break out of the dreaded drama triangle
  • Develop confident negotiation skills for any situation
  • Reduce resistance and gain cooperation to create win-win scenarios
  • Easily transform objections into opportunities to strengthen relationships

* Refreshments & lunch provided

Arabella Macpherson
Founder & Communication Coach
Resonate Communications
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Key Speakers

Geraldine Mackenzie
Vice Chancellor
University of Southern Queensland
Kerri-Lee Krause
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
La Trobe University
Pascale Quester
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Academic
University of Adelaide
Kerry Penton
Acting Managing Director
TAFE NSW