Powerhouse Public Sector Women of the 21st Century

Sep 18
Author:Ash Natesh
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In April 2018 former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced gender parity at the most senior level of government in the Australian public sector. It’s clear that women are making significant strides towards equality with men, but there is still a vast distance to go before all barriers have been erased. Sexism, the gender pay gap, unconscious bias and poor work culture still exist, and many women fail to secure leadership roles and achieve career goals.

Criterion’s Public Sector Women in Leadership conference is back for the 7th time, and this year we have an unrivaled lineup of speakers:

The Hon Julia Gillard AC
The Hon. Julia Gillard is the first woman to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.  As Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest in the world. During the Global Financial Crisis she positioned Australia to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise.  

“Progress on gender equality is not just slow – in some places it’s reversing. This lack of movement, combined with the current public debate about how women are treated in workplaces and wider society, means there has never been a better time to tackle these issues head-on.”

Lucy Turnbull AO
Is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation.

She chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.

She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business.

Sarah Pearson, Chief Innovation Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sarah Pearson is an internationally experienced innovation practitioner and ecosystem builder, scientist, Board Director, and advocate for collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship. In her current role, inaugural Chief Innovation Officer at DFAT, she is responsible for leading, developing and scaling innovation practice and culture across DFAT, in neighbouring countries, and through whole of government activity.

Sarah has held leadership roles of all parts of the innovation system; as a tenured physics academic, global head of innovation at Cadbury, consultant at McKinsey, board Director and CEO of several companies. She has published via TV, radio, books, academic journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an inventor on eight international patents. She was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics.

Kath Anderson, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office
Kath is a Chartered Accountant with over 23 years’ experience in a variety of disciplines in the private and public sectors.

While she specialises in finance, risk and assurance, her Senior Executive roles include policy development, media, marketing and communications, logistics and workflow management, large scale procurement and contract management, compliance and regulatory reporting, IT development, taxpayer education and the leadership of large operational teams and contact centres.

Kath is currently the ATO’s Tax Time media spokesperson and has a variety of other roles, including Deputy Chair of the ATO’s Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Tax Practitioners’ Board and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

Justine Saunders, Chief Police Officer, ACT Policing
Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders APM has been a member of the AFP since 1989 and a senior executive since 2005.  Justine has a breadth of experience working locally, nationally and internationally in strategic operational, policy and corporate roles.

Justine performed local community policing and investigative functions in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) before assuming a diverse range of  leadership roles nationally and internationally, including law enforcement advisor to a former Minister of Justice and Customs, the Australian Police Advisor, Australian Mission to the United Nation in New York, Commander Counter Terrorism and the Chief of Staff to the Commissioner.

In mid 2016 Justine performed the role of A/Deputy Commissioner Operations, before assuming her current position as Chief Police Officer for the ACT. Justine has a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Distinction, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Masters in Management and Leadership.

Download the brochure to see the complete list of guest speakers this year!

The conference will provide inspiration and guidance to aspiring and future leaders to excel in their careers. You will hear presentations and interactive discussions from female and male leaders who are pioneering change on a national and global stage.

Join Julia Gillard, Lucy Turnbull and 20 other fantastic speakers at the Public Sector Women in Leadership Conference on the 19th – 22nd of November in Canberra.

Submitted by Ash Natesh

Ash Natesh

Ash is the Content Marketer at Criterion Conferences. Writing and sourcing content is all part of her day to day routine. She can’t stop drinking coffee, other than coffee her interests lie in Music, long walks amidst the mountains, Dance, Anime, Science Fiction and all things nerdy!

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