- Standout Keynote presentations from senior women sharing personal leadership journeys and offering invaluable career advice and
- 20 + speakers from across federal and state government departments and agencies
- 3 thought-provoking panel discussions to unpack some of the biggest challenges faced by public sector leaders
- A full day Emotional Intelligence workshop, and a two day Women in Leadership Masterclass
- Interactive sessions designed to tap into the knowledge and expertise of those in the room
- Senior and aspiring leaders from all levels of Government
- HR, Diversity, Learning & Development, Inclusion and Cultural Change
- Male Champions of Change
- Executive Leadership Teams
Attend to learn:
- Build & develop resilience to overcome challenges in the APS
- Define your career journey & successfully navigate career breaks & changes
- Develop your brand, understand your value & cultivate Emotional Intelligence
- Drive equality & make change in the APS
- KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESS: Managing the transition from a technical specialist to a generalist role
- A personal perspective on women & leadership: Yesterday, today, tomorrow
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Making women feel like they belong in government & politics
- Developing resilience to challenging situations as a woman in the APS
Former Foreign Minister of Australia & Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
Julie Bishop served as the Member for Curtin in Western Australia, in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2019, in the cabinets of Prime Ministers John Howard, Tony Abbott, and
Malcolm Turnbull. The longest serving member for Curtin, she was the first woman to be the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party – a role she held for 11 years, and the first woman to contest the leadership ballot of the Liberal Party in its 75 year history.
Prior to joining parliament, Julie was a commercial litigation lawyer and the Managing Partner of Clayton Utz.
With a warm personality, a quick sense of humour and undeniable intelligence, Julie Bishop draws on her extensive experiences in national and global politics, to deliver keynotes on diverse topics that provide insights into Australia, the world and our place in it.
Australian Banking Association & 37th Premier of Queensland
Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers.
Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of
Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure.
Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011. Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic
In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector, Anna received a
Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.
Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.
Department of Veterans' Affairs
After 31 years of distinguished military service in the Australian Army, Liz Cosson joined the Australian Public Service in 2010 and was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in May 2018. Liz is also the President of the Repatriation Commission and Chair of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission.
Liz’s diverse career has provided opportunities to develop strengths in driving reform and modernisation, leadership, building relationships, collaboration, setting visions, providing strategic advice and policy development. It was Liz’s leadership, resilience, courage and determination that saw her become the first female promoted to the senior rank of Major General in the Australian Army.
In 2010 when Liz first joined the public service as First Assistant Secretary, Client and Commemorations Division at DVA, she implemented the Anzac Centenary Board, who were responsible for laying the foundations of the Anzac Centenary National Program.
Between 2012 and 2016 she held the positions of Deputy Secretary at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Health, leading the implementation of major cultural and behavioural reform activities.
In 2016, Liz returned to DVA to take on the role of Deputy Secretary, where Liz has been instrumental in establishing DVA’s transformation program, applying her wealth of knowledge as a veteran and working with partners across Government, the private sector and the veteran community to collaboratively build the future of DVA, improving the outcomes for veterans and their families.
Liz is a passionate advocate for improving services to support and enable all veterans and their families to transition from military service to civilian life.
Liz’s many talents have not gone unrecognised, being awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2001, appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for her contributions to Army and for delivering profound organisational reform in 2011. In 2014, Liz was awarded the ACT Award for
Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Liz has a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), Bachelor of Social Science (Human Resource Development) and a Diploma in Management
Department of Education
Jo is a proud Palawa woman from Tasmania and moved to Canberra in 1993 to take up an Indigenous graduate position with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
Until recently Jo was the Director of the Higher Education Program Management Team which is responsible for implementing Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships, implementing the Regional Study Hubs, administering the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), the Higher Education Disability Support Program and the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, implementing the government’s response to the 2015 review of the Disability Standards for Education in relation to higher education; managing a range of learning and teaching research grants and fellowships projects, managing the transfer of the Australian Awards for University Teaching and the Office for Learning and Teaching digital resource library to Universities Australia and the establishment of the equity projects and fellowships reports repository at the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.
From 29 July 2019 she commenced a new role, working 50% of her time on Higher Education policy related issues and working 50% of her time to Deputy Secretary David Learmonth in relation to his role as Indigenous Champion and on Indigenous Business is Everyone’s Business issues/matters.
She is also one of several Executive Level Indigenous officers across the APS who provide support to the Indigenous SES Network Steering Committee.
Outside of the work environment she is a single mum of two boys aged 22 and 16, and is involved with a number of Indigenous community organisations and bodies. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, the Chairperson of the Canberra and District NAIDOC Aboriginal Corporation and a Director on the Board of the Indigenous Reading Project.
What People Are Saying
“The conference was well run, well facilitated and very worth while. A great opportunity to hear from other professionals and to make connections with like minded colleagues.”Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, Public Sector Women in Leadership conference 2018 attendee
“I’ve left after 2 days with a new sense of passion and purpose to not only push myself to achieve more, but also to find ways to help my peers to reach their potential.”Geoscience Australia, Public Sector Women in Leadership conference 2018 attendee
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