Develop key leadership skills, strengthen your network & leave a lasting leadership legacy
Conference Date
11th & 12th February 2020
Location
Novotel Sydney Central
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Day 1 - Tuesday 11th February, 2020

8:15
Registration, coffee & networking
8:50
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
9:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Communicating change authentically

The insurance industry will undergo substantial change over the next few years, which will result in structural changes internally and externally, Colleen will talk about the process she goes through to communicate change authentically, which is key in leadership.

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Colleen Page
Chief Compliance Officer - Australasia
AIG Australia
9:40
Build better relationships to underpin your career

A strong network of supporters is key for your journey to the top. Sponsors and mentors can help accelerate your growth, while networks can guide you along potential pathways to success. Fabrizia will discuss her strategies to cultivate these important relationships.

  • How to better access and benefit from mentors and sponsors
  • Tips to break into new networks in the close-knit insurance industry
  • Strategies to foster longer-lasting and more meaningful professional relationships
Fabrizia Roberto
Chief Growth Officer
Youi Insurance
10:20
SPEED NETWORKING

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

10:50
Morning tea & networking
11:20
Success & empowerment
Linda Ellis
Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel
Steadfast
12:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Cultivate a positive workplace environment as a leader
Viv Bower
Group Executive Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
QBE Insurance
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
Advice to my younger self

With a diverse background across financial services, Jennifer has accumulated a wealth of experience and has learned a lot throughout the years. Reflecting on her career journey so far, she will discuss:

  • Lessons learnt along the way
  • How to make your value more visible
  • Reflections on the journey to the top
Jennifer Lang
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Actuary, Comminsure
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
2:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Develop a work/life balance that works for you

When it comes to work/life balance, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What works for some may not work for all. In this discussion, explore the various ways to strike this essential balance, particularly in the demanding and time-poor insurance industry.

  • Maintain balance without sacrificing ambition
  • Juggle priorities and know when to say ‘no’
  • Optimise your performance inside and outside the office
Aimee McGuinness
Chief Underwriting Officer
Allianz Partners
Demetra Day
Head of Major Accounts Division, ANZ
Chubb
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:40
THINK TANK: Find the fine-line between management & leadership for best results
4:20
Create your authentic leadership style
  • Lead with integrity and generate buy-in through honesty
  • Keep true to yourself and celebrate your strengths and uniqueness
  • Develop a leadership vision based on your values
Katherine Gobbi
Chief Executive Officer
EMLife
5:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 12th February, 2020

8:15
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:50
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
9:00
Seize opportunities for career growth & know when it’s time to make a move
  • Aligning your professional and personal journey
  • Career survival without a 5 year plan
  • My career is a patchwork quilt
  • Learning from within
  • You will make mistakes … and that’s ok
Joann Lewis
Executive General Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions
IAG
9:40
Strengthen resilience & resolve
  • A story in personal and professional courage
  • Strategies to bring your best self to work when things are challenging
  • Understand the principles of resilience to maintain peak performance
Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
10:20
Morning tea & networking
10:50
Convert obstacles to 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
Cindy Shay
Director, Health Partnerships & Innovation
Bupa
11:30
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Gary Dransfield
CEO Insurance
Suncorp
12:00
Navigate career moves & changes along your journey
  • Know which opportunities are right for you
  • Develop the confidence to put your hand up for new experiences
  • Effectively transition and find your footing in new roles
Debra Tagg
Former Chief Executive, Member Experience
HCF
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Beyond leadership basics

What does a true leader look like to you? What do you want your leadership legacy to be? Explore and debate these questions and more in this interactive panel discussion with esteemed leaders from the insurance industry.

  • Explore the anatomy of a leader and what a positive legacy means to you
  • Cultivate followership through trust and authenticity
  • Determine your vision, message and values to define your purpose
Rob Whelan
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Council of Australia
Kate Svoboda
Chief Human Resources Officer
Genworth Financial
2:30
Craft a strong leadership brand
  • Define your authentic leadership identity
  • Be an ambassador of your own brand to communicate your strengths
  • Leave a lasting impact with courage and confidence
Jo Wise
Director & Founder
Jo Wise Leadership
3:10
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
Cultivate professional networks to underpin your career
  • Develop confidence when networking so you can leave a strong impact
  • Build long-lasting professional relationships as a pipeline of referrals
  • Source support through mentors and sponsors
Lisa Sweeney
CEO - Executive Director
Business in Heels
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: Make your value visible to future-proof your insurance career
Monday 10th February 2020, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Confident and credible communication is one of the most fundamental elements of successful leadership and a key skill to help you position yourself for promotions, especially in the competitive insurance field. You must have the ability to move beyond confidently expressing your thoughts and ideas, and really expand your influence, be it with employees, clients or your superiors.

Through this interactive and engaging workshop, you will delve into advanced communication strategies to elevate your leadership, communicate with presence and confidence, and ultimately boost your influence and personal power.

Key learnings

8:30 Registration, coffee & networking

9:00 Determine your path as an influential leader

  • Understand the invisible rules of the leadership landscape
  • Explore the experience of working in a male-dominated environment and determine how to break past potential barriers
  • Decide on your personal vision of success and what you want to accomplish in your career

10:30 Morning tea & networking

10:45 The effect of confidence on risk-taking, self-promotion, reputation & results

  • Explore the prevalence of low confidence and how it impedes progress
  • Recognise ways we unconsciously sabotage our confidence and credibility

11:30 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

12:30 Networking lunch

1:30 Communicate with presence and influence

  • Develop strategies to make your voice heard
  • Understand the double-bind of simply speaking-up
  • Learn how to use reflective, deflective and leading questions to direct conversation

3:00 Afternoon tea & networking

3:15 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
  • Manage relationships with big egos and power players

4:30 Close of Workshop

Cath Nolan
Principal Coach & Managing Director
Gender Gap Gone
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Workshop B: Harness Emotional Intelligence to expand your leadership reach
Thursday 13th February 2020, 9:00am – 4:30pm

To distinguish yourself as a leader in the dynamic and demanding insurance sector, you must have a strong sense of Emotional Intelligence and the ability to handle interpersonal relationships wisely and empathetically. This requires not only a keen understanding of your own emotions and how they impact your performance but also the emotional drivers of your colleagues, team and stakeholders.

In this comprehensive full-day workshop, discover techniques to enhance your leadership influence and empower your team to succeed through superior Emotional Intelligence.

Key learnings

8:30 Registration, coffee & networking

9:00 Develop your sense & sensibilities with a keener awareness of yourself & others

  • Review the foundations of Emotional Intelligence and the role it plays in your development
  • Identify your own strengths, development areas and emotional triggers
  • Improve your ability to manage your own emotions and express them effectively
  • Master the personality puzzle by identifying and adapting to different engagement styles

10:30 Morning tea & networking

10:45 Strengthen Emotional Intelligence & agility to drive motivation

  • Understand the emotional drivers of your colleagues and stakeholders
  • Expand your emotional agility to generate buy-in and support
  • Tap into the overt and covert motivations of your team to enable results
  • Grow empathy and deal more effectively with difficult people and situations

12:15 Conversation Station

Break into small groups to practice and problem solve the best emotional intelligence techniques to manage challenging conversations at work

12:45 Networking lunch

1:45 Authenticity, eccentricity & perfecting the practice of being yourself

  • Learn how the right level of transparency can inspire followership
  • Expand your leadership influence with staff and superiors with integrity
  • Balance the vulnerability-credibility challenge to remain approachable yet professional
  • Celebrate the uniqueness of you and your staff and welcome their eccentricities to foster a positive workplace culture

3:15 Afternoon tea & networking

3:30 Distinguish yourself as an Emotionally Intelligent leader

  • Create an action plan to implement Emotional Intelligence in your daily work
  • Define practical goals and learn how to assess your Emotional Intelligence progress going forward

4:30 Close of Workshop

Jo Wise
Director & Founder
Jo Wise Leadership
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Key Speakers

Jennifer Lang
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Actuary, Comminsure
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Aimee McGuinness
Chief Underwriting Officer
Allianz Partners
Rob Whelan
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Council of Australia
Katherine Gobbi
Chief Executive Officer
EMLife