In this competitive environment, it is important to advance your skills and position yourself as a strong female leader. The inaugural Women in Transport & Infrastructure Leadership Summit will explore the skills and strategies to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities for career progression.
Network with some of Australia’s foremost industry leaders and learn to future-proof your career through anecdotal presentations, interactive sessions and engaging panel discussions. Join the movement to support women’s leadership and gain key tips and tools to propel your career in transport & infrastructure.
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Who will attend?
- Current, future and aspiring women leaders from all roles across transport, infrastructure, rail & road
- HR, Diversity, Learning & Development, Inclusion and Cultural Change professionals
- Male Champions of Change and those looking to better understand the challenges women face
Attend to learn:
- Elevate your leadership skills to make an impact
- Excel in a male-dominated environment
- Transition from technical specialist to leader
- Develop a better work/life balance
Victorian Ports Corporation
Rachel Johnson took up the role of inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) in November 2016, following the Victorian Government’s successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne’s commercial operations to a private sector operator.
Rachel has wide ranging experience of Australian freight and logistics businesses and the development and operation of transport infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.
Rachel has held senior positions in New South Wales government bodies as well as in a number of high profile private sector companies.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Aeronautical Engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has advanced management qualifications.
As the CFO of Transdev Australasia, Alexia is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the business, including overseeing the financial performance and improvements of operations within the region.
Alexia is a finance professional with over 19 years’ experience in audit and financial management, across a range of industries including recruitment, defence and transportation.
Alexia has a strong expertise and leadership in all the administrative, financial and tax areas and a proven track record in establishing and leading audit and finance teams. Proficient in four languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish), her multi-lingual, stakeholder engagement and customer centric skills have allowed Alexia to quickly cross cultural boundaries and organisational levels to support and benefit business outcomes.
Alexia holds a Masters in Audit from EDHEC Business Schools and a Masters in Finance from University of Barcelona.
Infrastructure & Project Financing Agency
Leilani Frew was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency in 2017. IPFA is an executive agency that works with the Australian Government, States and Territories as well as private sector stakeholders and provides independent commercial and financial advice to support the Australian Government’s infrastructure investment decisions.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Leilani is a respected and experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held a number of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IPFA, Leilani spent nearly five years leading NSW Treasury teams in the provision of commercial and financial advice to the NSW Government and its agencies delivering on the Government’s major infrastructure and services commissioning priorities and serving on a number of Government advisory boards and committees.
Before her public service career, Leilani held senior positions in Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank specialising in supporting public and private sector organisations to acquire, divest and/or raise capital for infrastructure assets around the world. Her contribution to the infrastructure industry was recognised by her peers in 2015 when she received the Women’s Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Leilani holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Engineering, both from the Queensland University of Technology.
With a reputation of embracing the complex and the challenging as well as harnessing the power of people to get things done, Leilani enjoys enabling positive transformation through effective governance and collaborative implementation. Passionate about rugby union, she is an ardent All Blacks supporter and, together with her husband Paul, is a proud parent of their son Joshua.
Department of Transport Victoria
Fiona Adamson is passionate about people and the journeys we make. As an executive director at the Department of Transport, Fiona is managing people through disruptions as Victoria builds more than $50 billion of new road and rail infrastructure. In her previous role as director of customer experience at PTV, one of Fiona’s initiatives was the mobile myki partnership with Google.
Before joining the public sector three years ago, Fiona was director of customer service at Foxtel. Fiona is also held senior roles in the airline and banking industries. Fiona’s leadership style is supportive. Fiona rewards creativity and values honest feedback. Mentoring women is a priority.
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The Dream Collective
The drive behind everything that we do is to see more women in leadership.
Determined to drive long-term and sustainable change in women’s representation in the corporate landscape, we work with leading corporations to deliver leadership programs to empower and equip high-calibre young professional women across Australia.
Since launching in 2012, The Dream Collective has helped advance the careers of thousands of emerging female talent.
Inspired by the MBA syllabus of the world’s leading business schools. This program shapes and equips high-potential young women in business with the skills, confidence, network and knowledge necessary to advance into leadership positions.
The Emerging Leader’s Program comprises of two modules:
- Think Tank Series – a monthly two-hour flipped learning model delivered by a subject matter expert.
- Dinner with a Mentor session a round table facilitated discussion on overcoming career challenges and achieving breakthroughs.
The Think Tank Series encourages collaboration through facilitated discussion, debate and skills training to deliver to members the skills and knowledge required to succeed in today’s ever evolving and highly competitive corporate landscape. Members are urged to set attainable goals as part of the program that is tracked on a monthly basis to help them achieve new career heights.