This year’s theme: Towards Tomorrow
Develop key leadership skills, strengthen your network & propel your career
Conference Date
19th - 22nd August 2019
Location
Rydges on Swanston Melbourne
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Day 1 - Tuesday 20th August, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Jo Wise
Director & Founder
Jo Wise Leadership
8:40
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Forge your future leadership path

Rachel is no stranger to making bold decisions when it comes to her career. Drawing on her own experiences and what she attributes to her success, she will discuss how you can best forge your own path to leadership. Explore:

  • Play to your natural strengths and stand out
  • Set career and leadership goals for the future
  • Expect the unexpected and embrace change
  • Rachel Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Victorian Ports Corporation
    9:20
    Advice to my younger self

    With a diverse background, Anna has accumulated a wealth of experience and has learned a lot throughout the years. Reflecting on her 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
    Anna Dartnell
    General Manager, Bulk Iron & Ore
    Aurizon
    10:00
    SPEED NETWORKING

    In this fun, interactive session, meet fellow attendees and speakers in 3 minute bursts, to exchange business cards and practice important communication and networking skills

    10:20
    Morning tea & networking
    10:50
    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
    11:30
    MICRO SESSION: Stand up & energise

    Stand up, stretch and learn quick exercises you can do by your desk to boost energy, focus and prepare your mindset for whatever lies ahead

    11:50
    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
    Fatima Mohamed
    Regional Director, Metro Central
    Department of Transport Victoria
    12:30
    Networking lunch
    1:30
    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. In this discussion, explore the various ways to strike this essential balance so you can optimise your time inside and outside the office.

    • Maintain balance without sacrificing ambition
    • Juggle priorities and know when to say ‘no’
    • The many sizes and shapes of effective work/life balance
    Fiona Adamson
    Executive Director, Transport Operations
    Department of Transport Victoria
    Irene Rusak
    General Counsel Group Rail
    Sydney Trains
    Fatima Mohamed
    Regional Director, Metro Central
    Department of Transport Victoria
    2:20
    Future-focused leadership
    • Promote organisational sustainability and longevity
    • Foster a growth-mindset in your team
    • Develop long-term strategic goals as a leader
    Anna Vourtsis
    Executive General Manager, Communications & Engagement
    VicTrack
    3:00
    Afternoon tea & networking
    3:30
    THINK TANK: Find the fine-line between management & leadership for best results

    In this interactive session, come together to debate and discuss as a group the best way to strike a balance between management and leadership and the different ways to inspire and motivate your
    teams

    4:00
    Leave a positive legacy as a leader
    • Foster diversity and inclusion to support engagement
    • Do ‘good’ as a leader, not just ‘well’
    • Create a healthy workplace culture
    Belinda Flynn
    General Manager, HSE
    Qube Holdings
    4:40
    Closing remarks from Chair and Close of Day One

    Day 2 - Wednesday 21st August, 2019

    8:00
    Welcome, coffee & networking
    8:30
    Welcome remarks from the Chair
    Jo Wise
    Director & Founder
    Jo Wise Leadership
    8:40
    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Convert obstacles to opportunities

    On the road to success, there are always going to be bumps and blocks along the way. Leilani will draw from her own experiences to share how she navigated the obstacles in her journey and offer advice so you can do the same. She will address how to:

    • 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
    Leilani Frew
    Chief Executive Officer
    Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency
    9:20
    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
    Kerryn Vine-Camp
    Executive Director Western Sydney Unit
    Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Cities
    10:00
    Develop credible communication to set you apart
    • Strengthen your strategic communication skills
    • Speak with confidence and generate interest
    • Leave a lasting impact with your conversations
    Anneli Blundell
    Professional People Whisperer
    10:40
    Morning tea & networking
    11:10
    Wicked Problems, A Dog and Dr Seuss

    The unconscious bias. What do these three things have to do with Leadership? Colin will discuss and provide insights into his journey and beliefs on leadership. Hear his perspective on the key issues that women leaders face and what we can do about it.

    Colin Taylor
    Executive General Manager - Program & Delivery. Male Champion of Change
    V/Line Corporation
    11:40
    WORLD CAFE: Engage in interactive moderated discussion rounds where you will address & debate common leadership challenges faced today
    • Table 1 – Set yourself apart and fast-track career advancement as a challenge-driven leader
    • Table 2 How international trends and globalisation impact leadership in transport & infrastructure
    • Table 3 Effectively ignite ingenuity and innovation in your teams to propel your organisation towards tomorrow
    12:20
    Drive transformation as a change-maker
    • Generate buy-in to change with inclusive leadership
    • Foster a growth-mindset in your team and an agile mindset
    • Nurture joint ownership in a team to inspire accountability
    Sarah Capstick
    Project Director, Strategy & Customer Transition
    Translink, Department of Transport & Main Roads Queensland
    1:00
    Networking lunch
    2:00
    PANEL DISCUSSION: Build better relationships to underpin your career

    A strong network of supporters is key to help in your journey to the top. Sponsors and mentors can help accelerate your growth, while networks can guide you along potential pathways to success.

    In this interactive discussion, explore the beneficial support frameworks to help propel your career

    • Learn how to better access and benefit from mentors and sponsors
    • Maximise your presence when networking
    • Develop longer lasting and more meaningful professional relationships
    Carla Purcell
    Director, Lines
    Keolis Downer Victoria (Yarra Trams)
    Anna Dartnell
    General Manager, Bulk Iron & Ore
    Aurizon
    Alexia Gontier
    Chief Financial Officer
    Transdev Australia
    2:50
    Strengthen resilience & resolve
    • A story in personal and professional courage
    • Strategies to bring your best self to work when things get tough
    • Understand the principles of resilience
    Ngaire Walkinshaw
    General Manager, Corporate Accounting
    Australian Rail Track Corporation
    3:30
    Afternoon tea & networking
    4:00
    MICRO SESSION: Fast facts for a better interview

    Join our Chair, Jo Wise, as she takes you through proven techniques to improve your interview skills and leave these important interactions with a lasting impact

    4:20
    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

    Jo Wise
    Director & Founder
    Jo Wise Leadership
    5:00
    Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of Conference
    Workshop A: Harness Emotional Intelligence to expand your leadership reach
    Monday 19th August 2019, 9:00am – 4:30pm

    The Workshop

    To distinguish yourself as a leader in the dynamic and demanding transport and infrastructure 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 masterclass, discover tips and techniques to enhance your leadership influence and successfully transition from a technical specialist to a leader through superior Emotional Intelligence.

    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 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 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 and you and your staff’s uniqueness 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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    Workshop B: Make your value visible through credible communication
    Thursday 22nd August 2019, 9:00am – 4:30pm

    The Workshop
    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. You must have the ability to move beyond confidently expressing your thoughts and ideas, and really 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, communicate with presence and confidence, and ultimately boost your influence and personal power.

    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

    Anneli Blundell
    Professional People Whisperer
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    Key Speakers

    Rachel Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Victorian Ports Corporation
    Alexia Gontier
    Chief Financial Officer
    Transdev Australia
    Leilani Frew
    Chief Executive Officer
    Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency
    Fiona Adamson
    Executive Director, Transport Operations
    Department of Transport Victoria