The power of inclusive leadership; igniting innovation, collaboration, and building business connections are key themes for the 27th Macquarie University Women, Management and Work conference to be held on 6 November 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. The Women, Management and Work Conference is for established and up and coming leaders and those interested in the women in leadership agenda.
With a mix of interactive presentations and hands-on workshops led by senior executives from some of Australia’s most respected organisations, the one day conference is a chance to gain practical skills to apply in the workplace and to hear from inspiring keynote presenters and panellists.
The event is organised every year by Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics. Executive Dean for the faculty, Professor Mark Gabbott said, “This year there is a particular focus on ensuring men are also part of the conversation when it comes to discussing issues relating to women in the workplace. This is reflected by our speaker line up and also in the participants.”
“Gender diversity is not an issue affecting only women, but something which profoundly impacts the expectations of men in the workplace too. Gender equality needs to be addressed by the entire workforce, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but organisations need to take a more sustainable and integrated approach to gender equality,” said Professor Gabbott.
2015 Conference topics include:
• Shift to new leadership
• Cultural reform in the army – developing and nurturing inclusive leaders
• Creating high performing cultures: driving change
• Practical communication techniques for leadership
• Building ‘Maximum Appropriate Involvement’
• Creating community in your leadership journey
• Sharing an inspiring vision, building a shared reality
2015 Confirmed speakers include:
The Hon Kristina Keneally, 42nd Premier of New South Wales
In 2009, Kristina became the 42nd Premier of New South Wales, serving to 2011. Leading the biggest state in Australia Kristina showed toughness, dignity, style and integrity that won respect and admiration. After politics, Kristina returned to sports – as an administrator, not a player – in 2011, joining Basketball Australia as Chair and then later taking on the role of CEO, a position she held until 2014. In early 2014 Kristina resigned from Basketball Australia in order better balance work and family commitments. She works part-time as a commentator and host on Sky News Australia, appears regularly on Network Ten’s Studio10,and writes a regular column for The Guardian, focusing on issues such as politics, feminism, and religion.
Donna Meredith, Managing Director, Keystone Corporate Positioning and Principal, Interaction Associates Australasia
Since co-founding Keystone in 1997 Donna Meredith and her team have designed and managed strategic brand, marketing and cultural change projects for more than 250 organisations both within Australia and overseas, and also provided specialist consultancy services to airlines and tourism organisations nationally and internationally on aviation, digital and distribution issues. In 2011, she became Principal of Interaction Associates (a global leadership and development company headquartered in Boston) in Australasia. She is also a global advisor to the Bali Institute for Global Renewal and on the board of the Australasian Spa Association (ASpa).
Sarah Gatehouse, National Human Resources Manager, Fujitsu General (Aust)
Sarah has 20 years’ experience in Human Resources working for local and global blue chip organisations across a number of industries. She currently leads the Human Resources department for Fujitsu General (Aust.) Pty Limited working closely with the Senior Management team. Sarah completed her Postgraduate Diploma at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a member of the organising committee for National Association of Women in Operations NSW Branch. One of her many passions is female development and leadership, for the representation of women to increase at the leadership table, and the importance of networking.
Jenni Seton, Chief Executive Officer, Redkite
Jenni has been the Chief Executive Officer of Redkite since 1997. During this time she has been instrumental in developing innovative cancer services following an extensive needs analysis, restructuring and expanding the organisation to a single rational entity, leading the re-brand from The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children to Redkite, and significantly increasing revenue. Redkite’s more recent growth and development in fundraising, corporate relationships and service provision are well recognised, along with a significantly increased profile.
Lyn McGrath, Executive General Manager Retail Sales, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Lyn leads the largest distribution business in CBA – the Branch Network and the Specialist Retail Distribution channel, a team of over 12,000 people across Australia, the UK and China. Her responsibilities include customer experience, sales, support functions and the operation and management of the Retail Branch property portfolio. Lyn has been in her current position since 2010, promoted from her previous role of Regional General Manager, Sydney Region. Prior to this, she held roles with St George in the Retail Bank as Head of Customer Experience and as Regional Manager, Northern Sydney. Lyn has extensive senior management experience in strategic and operational roles in the utilities and media, and over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services. Lyn is highly regarded externally and internally for her transformational leadership and customer experience strategy.
Lynette Ireland, Chief General Counsel, Foxtel
Lynette has been with FOXTEL for over 15 years and was appointed Director of Legal and Business Affairs in 2000. She is currently the Chief General Counsel at Foxtel. Lynette is responsible for all legal aspects of the Foxtel business and is also very involved in regulatory matters. The Foxtel Legal and Classification Team consists of 17 lawyers and includes 7 on-air classification officers. Lynette sits on the Board of the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF). Lynette is also on the board of the subscription television industry association, ASTRA, and is the Chair of the ASTRA Legal & Policy Committee.
Also Speaking at the 2015 Conference:
- Angela Priestley, Founding Editor and Associate Publisher of Women’s Agenda
- Brigadier Gavan Reynolds, AM, COMD 6 Combat Support Brigade, Australian Army
- Glen Boreham, AM, Non-Executive Director Cochlear, Southern Cross Austereo & Data #3, member Male Champion of Change
- Jingmin Qian, Interim Chairman, Golden Cross Resources
- Mariette Rups-Donnelly, Principal; Powerhouse Presentations
- Maxine Horne, Founder and CEO Vita Group
- Megan Dalla-Camina, Leading Strategist, Organisation Coach & Best Selling Author
- Professor Philomena Leung, Associate Dean International and Corporate Engagement Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University
- Sandy Wright, Executive Leadership Development Manager, AMP
- Taeressa Fawthrop, Vice President Integration Lead, Loyalty Solutions Asia Pacific, MasterCard
Date: Friday 6 November 2015
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney
Cost: $1,250 per ticket inc. GST
Early Bird Special Rate: $999 inc. GST, valid until 31 July 2015
For more information visit: http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/womens-conference