Conference Date
27th & 28th May 2020
CQ Functions Melbourne
Early Bird - Save $600
Book by 27/03/20


Develop key leadership skills, strengthen your network & propel your career
Despite women making up just under 60% of the total workforce across Tertiary Education in Australia, there are only 15% female Chancellors, 30% female Vice-Chancellors, and 25% female Deputy-Vice Chancellors nationally. This means it isn't a lack of potential female leaders in the pool, but various roadblocks to career progression preventing balance.

The Women in Tertiary Education Leadership Summit will address how you can overcome these obstacles to success in an environment that is experiencing internationalisation, dramatic domestic growth, reduced funding and higher operating costs. Learn how to lead through this key juncture in the industry's development, whilst keeping the needs of students and staff at the forefront.

Who will Attend:
Current and aspiring women leaders and male champions of change across all roles in Tertiary Education, including but not limited to:
  • Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors,
  • Directors, Deans, Heads of School, Faculty Heads, Business Managers
  • Professors, Lecturers
  • Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Management and Governance teams

Attend and learn how to:

  • Reinvent & adapt to survive in the tertiary sector
  • Develop a work-life balance that works for you
  • Leave a positive leadership legacy
  • Improve influential communication skills

Agenda Highlights

Day 1

Day 2

Key Speakers

Professor Helen Bartlett
Vice-Chancellor & President
Federation University Australia
Professor Brigid Heywood
Vice-Chancellor and CEO
University of New England
Professor John Dewar
Vice-Chancellor & President
La Trobe University
Professor Laura-Anne Bull
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Students, Division of Student Life
James Cook University


What People Are Saying

  • The conference was the best use of 2 days that I could imagine – the topic, the speakers and the program were educational, interesting and inspiring!

    Judith Mair
    Coordinator, University of Queensland
  • Criterion’s Women in Tertiary Education conference inspired me to look beyond the horizons I set for myself, aim high and be the catalyst of change in my institution.

    Eliza Winkler
    Student Engagement Coordinator, University of Tasmania
  • This conference on Women in Tertiary Leadership Education was exactly what I didn’t know I needed at this time in my career. As a junior academic in a leadership role, I struggle with imposter syndrome and wondering ‘do I really belong’ and ‘how am I going to get where I want to be’? I literally started implementing some of the ideas and suggestions before returning home, have connected – and followed up with – many of the attendees and speakers, including those from my own University. Truly the most inclusive conference I have attended to date.

    Dr Erin Gallagher
    Lecturer, Associate Director of Education - Postgraduate Programs, University of Queensland
  • One of the best ‘Leadership’ conferences I ever attended, everyone who presented are impressive, inspiring and amazing leaders who are willing to share real life/personal journey so we really get the ‘real’ deal. They all speak out of their own experiences, be it good or bad, which helped form who they are today. I take away so much with me, and will implement in my own career and the importance of the legacy I will leave behind, empowering my team/Unit as a leader and facing the fear of failure and the ability to take calculated risks more. Thank you for organising such an impressive list of speakers.

    Lianty Ng
    International Reporting & Compliance Manager, Sydney University


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