Women World Changers

A powerful one-day leadership summit on diversity, talent, culture & economics


Melbourne - 9 October 2017
Sydney - 11 October 2017

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Women World Changers

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Women World Changers

A powerful one-day leadership summit on diversity, talent, culture & economics

Women World Changers is the largest all-inclusive, one-day leadership summit designed to drive critical dialogue on the impact and economics of women, diversity and culture on business growth.  Attended by Australia’s top business executives, government and community leaders, both male and female, Women World Changers will cover the most critical leadership requirements for success in leading and managing Australia’s workforce of the future.

In 2017, we are delighted to welcome Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama as leading keynote speaker. Throughout her tenure at the White House, Ms Jarrett championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowered women in the US and internationally.

Also presenting is Australia's longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007 - 2015), Elizabeth Broderick. Elizabeth was a key advocate of Australia's paid parental leave scheme, and influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level and elevate the voice of women in marginalised communities. 

Our outstanding gender balanced speaker lineup features international thought leaders, leading authors, award winners and Australian experts, never before seen on one stage.


You Will Learn

  • The impact and economics of women, diversity and culture on innovation, and business growth
  • Leading and managing the workforce of the future - diverse, flexible, global, collaborative
  • Global trends shaping the future of Australia's workforce, businesses and economic landscape
  • Building a resilient organisation; attracting talent and investing in employee skills for relevance and performance
  • Millennial ambition: What drives this hyper-connected, tech savvy generation that will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030? How can leaders harness their contribution?


Who Should Attend

This powerful one-day Leadership Summit is for anyone who is responsible for building a 21st century organisation for the 21st century workforce:

  • CEOs
  • Heads of Business Units
  • Leadership Teams
  • Learning & Development Professionals
  • Diversity and Inclusion Directors and Executives
  • Heads of Human Resources

Speakers

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration's efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration?s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME's "100 Most Influential People."

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.


ANITA KROHN TRAASETH

Anita Krohn Traaseth

CEO of Innovation Norway
Anita Krohn Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Prior she was the first female MD of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career as a trainee at IBM and has held several executive positions in Norway.

Krohn Traaseth studied communication and management at BI Norwegian Business School. At Harvard University she completed an executive leadership program and earned certification in strategy and innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Krohn Traaseth has received several awards, including Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry in Norway in 2012 and Social Media Personality of the Year in 2013. Anita is also titled as "Top 20 Women in Business in Northern Europe" and "Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in European Tech" in 2015 and 2016.

She is a mother of three, blogger and author of the book, Good Enough For The Bastards - a manager's thoughts about courage, vulnerability and credibility . Parts of the book income is donated to the #HearMyVoice initiative founded in 2015 with Plan Norway International.


LAURA LISWOOD

Laura Liswood

Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, composed of women presidents and prime ministers which is located at the UN Foundation in Washington DC.

From 2001-2015, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and became a Senior Advisor.

From 1992 - 1996, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, chronicled in her book and documentary, Women World Leaders.

Liswood's professional experience includes line management in Fortune 500 companies, including airline, banking and media companies. She is the former CEO of the American Society for Training and Development. After the U.S. events of September 11, 2001, Liswood became a reserve police officer in Washington DC for 13 years and recently retired as a sergeant.

She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego.  She holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.

Her latest book, The Loudest Duck challenges traditional workplace diversity efforts and provides strategies to create inclusive workplaces.


Dr Yannick Glemarec

Yannick Glemarec

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, UN Women

Yannick Glemarec is Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Previously, he served as Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office from February 2013 to March 2015, after serving  as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility and Director of Environment Finance from June 2007 to January 2012. Before these positions in New York, he held increasingly responsible positions with UNDP Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh.

He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of disaster risk management, sustainable development, clean energy climate finance, and co-benefits between gender equality and climate action for sustainable development. 



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VALERIE JARRETT

SENIOR ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Valerie B. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration's efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration?s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME's "100 Most Influential People."

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

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ANITA KROHN TRAASETH

CEO OF INNOVATION NORWAY

Anita Krohn Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Prior she was the first female MD of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career as a trainee at IBM and has held several executive positions in Norway.

Krohn Traaseth studied communication and management at BI Norwegian Business School. At Harvard University she completed an executive leadership program and earned certification in strategy and innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Krohn Traaseth has received several awards, including Best Female Leader in the ICT Industry in Norway in 2012 and Social Media Personality of the Year in 2013. Anita is also titled as "Top 20 Women in Business in Northern Europe" and "Top 50 Most Inspiring Women in European Tech" in 2015 and 2016.

She is a mother of three, blogger and author of the book, Good Enough For The Bastards - a manager's thoughts about courage, vulnerability and credibility . Parts of the book income is donated to the #HearMyVoice initiative founded in 2015 with Plan Norway International.

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LAURA LISWOOD

SECRETARY GENERAL, COUNCIL OF WOMEN WORLD LEADERS

In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, composed of women presidents and prime ministers which is located at the UN Foundation in Washington DC.

From 2001-2015, Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and became a Senior Advisor.

From 1992 - 1996, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, chronicled in her book and documentary, Women World Leaders.

Liswood's professional experience includes line management in Fortune 500 companies, including airline, banking and media companies. She is the former CEO of the American Society for Training and Development. After the U.S. events of September 11, 2001, Liswood became a reserve police officer in Washington DC for 13 years and recently retired as a sergeant.

She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego.  She holds a J.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.

Her latest book, The Loudest Duck challenges traditional workplace diversity efforts and provides strategies to create inclusive workplaces.

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YANNICK GLEMAREC

ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR POLICY AND PROGRAMME, UN WOMEN

Yannick Glemarec is Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Previously, he served as Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office from February 2013 to March 2015, after serving  as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility and Director of Environment Finance from June 2007 to January 2012. Before these positions in New York, he held increasingly responsible positions with UNDP Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh.

He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of disaster risk management, sustainable development, clean energy climate finance, and co-benefits between gender equality and climate action for sustainable development. 

Clover Moore Lord Mayor of Sydney

Clover Moore

Lord Mayor of Sydney
Clover Moore is Lord Mayor of Sydney, recently re-elected for a record fourth term. She is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and previously served on the City and South Sydney councils.
 
From March 1988 Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law made it illegal for her to continue in both roles.
 
Throughout her public life, Clover has championed progressive policies. Small bars, freedom of information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant's rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the GLBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her achievements.
 
When she held the balance of power alongside other independents in NSW she delivered a charter of reform, called the most radical state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th century.
 


Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth Broderick

Principal of Elizabeth Broderick & Co.
Formerly Australia's longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, Special Adviser, Under-Secretary General, UN Women (New York), Principal of Elizabeth Broderick & Co.

Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

As Australia's longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

A key advocate for Australia's paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.

Elizabeth established and convenes the globally recognised 'Male Champions of Change' strategy, enlisting a 'who's who' of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. In 2016 Elizabeth was Senior Adviser to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change and assisted with implementing a significant cultural change project across the organisation.

She is currently working with The University of Sydney and some Residential Colleges to examine the existing culture of those Colleges and James Cook University on phase two of a project to examine the sexual harassment policies and cultural environment in which the policies are implemented.

Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact?s Women?s Empowerment Principles and a member of the International Services for Human Rights and Australian Rugby Union Boards.

In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and Deakin University.


ANNABEL CRABB

Annabel Crabb

Journalist, Commentator, Best-selling Author
Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is the host of ABC TV's enormously popular Kitchen Cabinet series, and recently wrote and presented a groundbreaking documentary series set inside Parliament, entitled "The House, with Annabel Crabb".

Annabel is the author of The Wife Drought, a best-selling account of women and work in Australia, and of Stop At Nothing, a Walleye-winning biography of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Other books include her cookbook, Special Delivery, co-written with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe.

With friend and ABC colleague Leigh Sales, Australia?s pre-eminent current affairs journalist, Annabel hosts the top-rating podcast Chat 10 Looks 3. 


Rodin Genoff

Rodin Genoff

Managing Director, Rodin Genoff & Associates, Co-author "New Men, New Women, New Economy?

Rodin is an internationally recognised and award winning innovation and industry and cluster development expert. Results of his work have been widely reported in the Australian and Danish financial press.

Author of 5 books on manufacturing, innovation and cluster development including his latest co-authored book, New Women, New Men, New Economy. Launched at the Advance Global Innovation Awards at the Sydney Opera House in September 2015, it was reprinted in 2016 after selling out.

Rodin’s current work spans Australia and Scandinavia and includes supporting the Premier of South Australia and his Commissioner for Public Sector Employment to advance a greater understanding of gender and innovation. He has also contributed to the development of multiculturalism in Australia.

Rodin has previously served as an Australian representative to the OECD’s Local Economic, Employment and Development (LEED) program in Paris. In November 2013, Rodin was named by ABC Carbon Singapore as one of the World’s Top 100 Sustainability Leaders, for his innovative cluster work in creating joint ventures between cleantech and traditional manufacturing companies. 



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CLOVER MOORE

LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY

Clover Moore is Lord Mayor of Sydney, recently re-elected for a record fourth term. She is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and previously served on the City and South Sydney councils.
 
From March 1988 Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law made it illegal for her to continue in both roles.
 
Throughout her public life, Clover has championed progressive policies. Small bars, freedom of information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant's rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the GLBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her achievements.
 
When she held the balance of power alongside other independents in NSW she delivered a charter of reform, called the most radical state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th century.
 

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ELIZABETH BRODERICK

PRINCIPAL OF ELIZABETH BRODERICK & CO.

Formerly Australia's longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, Special Adviser, Under-Secretary General, UN Women (New York), Principal of Elizabeth Broderick & Co.

Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

As Australia's longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

A key advocate for Australia's paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communities.

Elizabeth established and convenes the globally recognised 'Male Champions of Change' strategy, enlisting a 'who's who' of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.

Her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms. In 2016 Elizabeth was Senior Adviser to the Australian Federal Police Commissioner on cultural change and assisted with implementing a significant cultural change project across the organisation.

She is currently working with The University of Sydney and some Residential Colleges to examine the existing culture of those Colleges and James Cook University on phase two of a project to examine the sexual harassment policies and cultural environment in which the policies are implemented.

Elizabeth is Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement, Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact?s Women?s Empowerment Principles and a member of the International Services for Human Rights and Australian Rugby Union Boards.

In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and Deakin University.

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ANNABEL CRABB

JOURNALIST, COMMENTATOR, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is the host of ABC TV's enormously popular Kitchen Cabinet series, and recently wrote and presented a groundbreaking documentary series set inside Parliament, entitled "The House, with Annabel Crabb".

Annabel is the author of The Wife Drought, a best-selling account of women and work in Australia, and of Stop At Nothing, a Walleye-winning biography of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Other books include her cookbook, Special Delivery, co-written with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe.

With friend and ABC colleague Leigh Sales, Australia?s pre-eminent current affairs journalist, Annabel hosts the top-rating podcast Chat 10 Looks 3. 

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RODIN GENOFF

MANAGING DIRECTOR, RODIN GENOFF & ASSOCIATES, CO-AUTHOR "NEW MEN, NEW WOMEN, NEW ECONOMY?

Rodin is an internationally recognised and award winning innovation and industry and cluster development expert. Results of his work have been widely reported in the Australian and Danish financial press.

Author of 5 books on manufacturing, innovation and cluster development including his latest co-authored book, New Women, New Men, New Economy. Launched at the Advance Global Innovation Awards at the Sydney Opera House in September 2015, it was reprinted in 2016 after selling out.

Rodin’s current work spans Australia and Scandinavia and includes supporting the Premier of South Australia and his Commissioner for Public Sector Employment to advance a greater understanding of gender and innovation. He has also contributed to the development of multiculturalism in Australia.

Rodin has previously served as an Australian representative to the OECD’s Local Economic, Employment and Development (LEED) program in Paris. In November 2013, Rodin was named by ABC Carbon Singapore as one of the World’s Top 100 Sustainability Leaders, for his innovative cluster work in creating joint ventures between cleantech and traditional manufacturing companies. 

CORDELIA FINE

Cordelia Fine

Academic Psychologist
A professor in the History and Philosophy of Science program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University Melbourne, Cordelia is also an internationally acclaimed writer and a Fellow of the Women's Leadership Institute Australia.

Together, her three books have established her "reputation for exemplary clarity on complex topics, pleasing wit, feminist principle - and beneath it all, the animating faith that people can be improved through knowledge," as The Guardian (UK) put it.

Her second book, Delusions of Gender , was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the biannual cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013, and was a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and listed in "10 books by women that will change your life" ( Sunday Times ), "22 books women think men should read" ( Huffington Post ), "Top 10 books on women in the past 30 years" ( The Australian ) and "40 new feminist classics" ( Literary Classics ).

Cordelia's latest book is Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds , "a witty corrective" ( Nature ) and an Amazon Best Book.

Cordelia has also written for outlets including The Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Guardian.


RICHARD DENNISS

Richard Denniss

Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
Richard Denniss is the Australia Institute's chief economist. He is an economist with a particular interest in the role of regulation. Prior to taking up his current position he was an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University where he continues to hold an adjunct appointment.

Richard has also worked as Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and lectured in economics at the University of Newcastle.

Richard has published extensively in academic journals, is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and is the co-author of An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison.)


THOMAS HEDEGAARD RASMUSSEN

Thomas Hedegaard Rasmussen

General Manager People Analytics, Insights & Experience, NAB
Dr. Thomas Hedegaard Rasmussen joined NAB 2017 as General Manager People Analytics, Insights & Experience. Thomas has previously been VP HR Data & Analytics at Shell, and held various HR roles at A.P. Moller-Maersk.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he was Alum of the year 2016, still does research for fun, e.g. his papers on HR Analytics in Organizational Dynamics co-authored with Dave Ulrich (2015) and in Journal of Organizational Effectiveness co-authored with Jorrit van der Togt (2017), and his main interest is bridging management science with practical application, showing the importance of people in value chains.

Thomas believes that data and evidence should supplement business understanding, experience and intuition in decision making on people issues, and that this will enable businesses to deliver more value to customers, shareholders and employees.


STEVEN ASNICAR

Steven Asnicar

Director, Diversity Australia
Steven Asnicar is a Director with Diversity Australia and has over 25 years' experience in People and Culture and Change Management with a strategy, operations, customer service and safety focus.  Steven consults to organisations in both public and private sectors and has worked with departmental heads and CEOs across various industries, including insurance, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, transport, utilities, mining, building and construction, security and primary industry.


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CORDELIA FINE

ACADEMIC PSYCHOLOGIST

A professor in the History and Philosophy of Science program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University Melbourne, Cordelia is also an internationally acclaimed writer and a Fellow of the Women's Leadership Institute Australia.

Together, her three books have established her "reputation for exemplary clarity on complex topics, pleasing wit, feminist principle - and beneath it all, the animating faith that people can be improved through knowledge," as The Guardian (UK) put it.

Her second book, Delusions of Gender , was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the biannual cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013, and was a Guardian and London Evening Standard Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and listed in "10 books by women that will change your life" ( Sunday Times ), "22 books women think men should read" ( Huffington Post ), "Top 10 books on women in the past 30 years" ( The Australian ) and "40 new feminist classics" ( Literary Classics ).

Cordelia's latest book is Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds , "a witty corrective" ( Nature ) and an Amazon Best Book.

Cordelia has also written for outlets including The Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Guardian.

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RICHARD DENNISS

CHIEF ECONOMIST, THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE

Richard Denniss is the Australia Institute's chief economist. He is an economist with a particular interest in the role of regulation. Prior to taking up his current position he was an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University where he continues to hold an adjunct appointment.

Richard has also worked as Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and lectured in economics at the University of Newcastle.

Richard has published extensively in academic journals, is a frequent contributor to national newspapers and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and is the co-author of An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison.)

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THOMAS HEDEGAARD RASMUSSEN

GENERAL MANAGER PEOPLE ANALYTICS, INSIGHTS & EXPERIENCE, NAB

Dr. Thomas Hedegaard Rasmussen joined NAB 2017 as General Manager People Analytics, Insights & Experience. Thomas has previously been VP HR Data & Analytics at Shell, and held various HR roles at A.P. Moller-Maersk.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, where he was Alum of the year 2016, still does research for fun, e.g. his papers on HR Analytics in Organizational Dynamics co-authored with Dave Ulrich (2015) and in Journal of Organizational Effectiveness co-authored with Jorrit van der Togt (2017), and his main interest is bridging management science with practical application, showing the importance of people in value chains.

Thomas believes that data and evidence should supplement business understanding, experience and intuition in decision making on people issues, and that this will enable businesses to deliver more value to customers, shareholders and employees.

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STEVEN ASNICAR

DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

Steven Asnicar is a Director with Diversity Australia and has over 25 years' experience in People and Culture and Change Management with a strategy, operations, customer service and safety focus.  Steven consults to organisations in both public and private sectors and has worked with departmental heads and CEOs across various industries, including insurance, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, transport, utilities, mining, building and construction, security and primary industry.

ALIA GABRES

Alia Gabres

Creative Producer and Storyteller
Alia Gabres is a Melbourne based Creative Producer, Cultural Broker and Storyteller. She is a CACD practitioner with a focus on arts facilitation using storytelling as a tool for knowledge generation and cultural transmission.

In 2016 she was invited to attend the Makassar International Writers Festival in Indonesia and 2015 saw Alia awarded as one of Melbourne Writers Festivals "30 Under 30", attend the Africa Writes Festival in the UK and complete a residency at the School for Social Sciences in Eritrea.

In 2014 Alia was in residence in Indonesia with Kunci Cultural Institute delivering a project that mapped traditional stories and recipes. In the same year she was program coordinator on the Global Express program that launched "Dialect" a multi-lingual publication for emerging writers.

In 2013 Alia was invited as teaching artist with the Minor Disturbance Youth Slam team in Denver Colorado and co-produced an intergenerational narrative project in California. 2013 also saw Alia's poetry video "Cotton Summer Dresses" selected as a finalist of the National Blake Prize.

Alia has a Masters in Community and Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts and is also currently a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Creative Writing Degree at RMIT University.

She has sat on Literature, Community Arts and Cultural Development and Multi-Art Form assessment panels for Creative Victoria and the national funding body for the arts The Australia Council. 


CHRIS KELLY

Chris Kelly

VP & General Manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group Dell EMC ANZ
Chris Kelly is responsible for Sales, Strategy & Product Operations of Dell EMC ANZ's Compute, Networking & Converged Solutions as well as the associated Software & Services portfolio. With ownership of the P&L and overall Business Unit performance, he is responsible for delivering innovative, yet practical, solutions to the market that take advantage of the full breadth of Dell EMC's portfolio whilst also leveraging relationships with strategic partners.

Chris leads a team of senior industry executives that bring together deep subject matter expertise and hands on experience related to core technology trends and their application in business to deliver superior commercial outcomes.

With more than 20 years' experience in the IT industry, Chris has held senior leadership roles in large multinational organizations and managed the operations of a hyper-growth startup.Prior to rejoining Dell in February 2015, Chris held the position of chief operating officer and vice president of CloudFX, an Asia based professional services and consulting firm focused on IT transformation and Cloud enablement services. Chris was instrumental in driving successive periods of aggressive growth and geographic expansion that led to a significant Series-A investment from two of the world's largest IT corporations.

Before joining CloudFX, Chris was a director at Lenovo where he led the ANZ Channel Sales Organization, and ran the product and marketing business units. Chris also served as director of Lenovo?s Enterprise Product Group across APJ.Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Degree with majors in Finance, International Economics and Marketing.


Jackie Mcarthur

Jackie Mcarthur

Non-Executive Director, MAICD 2016 Telstra Business Women's Awards, Corporate and Private National Winner, 2016 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year Winner
Jackie has more than 20 years' experience in supply chain and logistics roles globally. Until recently she was the Managing Director ANZ for the Martin-Brower Company, a global logistics solutions provider for quick service restaurants.  Prior to that Jackie was the McDonalds Vice President Supply Chain for Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa having also had roles in McDonalds Australia as Senior Vice President Chief Restaurant Support Officer and Vice President Supply Chain Director.
 


GRAEME RUSSELL

Graeme Russell

Former Associate Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University
Dr Graeme Russell is a researcher and consultant, and was previously an Associate Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University. He is an internationally renowned researcher and industry consultant on diversity, gender equality, flexibility, organisational change and work/life.  He has a particular interest in: (i) men and fatherhood; (ii) the relationship between gender equality at work and in caregiving (iii) challenging and changing mindsets about flexibility particularly in relation to men; and (iv) job, work and career redesign.

He is the joint author of several recent DCA reports including: "Men Make a Difference: How to Engage Men on Gender Equality", "Men get Flexible" and "Mainstreaming Flexible Work in Australian Business". He is also the joint author of: "First-Time Father"

Graeme has worked extensively in a range of organisations, including Alcoa, AMP, ANZ, Australia Post, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Caltex, CBA, IAG, IBM, KPMG, Multiplex, NAB, Nestlé, Shell International, Westpac and several Law Firms. He has also worked in different countries (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, United States, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands). 


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ALIA GABRES

CREATIVE PRODUCER AND STORYTELLER

Alia Gabres is a Melbourne based Creative Producer, Cultural Broker and Storyteller. She is a CACD practitioner with a focus on arts facilitation using storytelling as a tool for knowledge generation and cultural transmission.

In 2016 she was invited to attend the Makassar International Writers Festival in Indonesia and 2015 saw Alia awarded as one of Melbourne Writers Festivals "30 Under 30", attend the Africa Writes Festival in the UK and complete a residency at the School for Social Sciences in Eritrea.

In 2014 Alia was in residence in Indonesia with Kunci Cultural Institute delivering a project that mapped traditional stories and recipes. In the same year she was program coordinator on the Global Express program that launched "Dialect" a multi-lingual publication for emerging writers.

In 2013 Alia was invited as teaching artist with the Minor Disturbance Youth Slam team in Denver Colorado and co-produced an intergenerational narrative project in California. 2013 also saw Alia's poetry video "Cotton Summer Dresses" selected as a finalist of the National Blake Prize.

Alia has a Masters in Community and Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts and is also currently a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Creative Writing Degree at RMIT University.

She has sat on Literature, Community Arts and Cultural Development and Multi-Art Form assessment panels for Creative Victoria and the national funding body for the arts The Australia Council. 

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CHRIS KELLY

VP & GENERAL MANAGER, INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS GROUP DELL EMC ANZ

Chris Kelly is responsible for Sales, Strategy & Product Operations of Dell EMC ANZ's Compute, Networking & Converged Solutions as well as the associated Software & Services portfolio. With ownership of the P&L and overall Business Unit performance, he is responsible for delivering innovative, yet practical, solutions to the market that take advantage of the full breadth of Dell EMC's portfolio whilst also leveraging relationships with strategic partners.

Chris leads a team of senior industry executives that bring together deep subject matter expertise and hands on experience related to core technology trends and their application in business to deliver superior commercial outcomes.

With more than 20 years' experience in the IT industry, Chris has held senior leadership roles in large multinational organizations and managed the operations of a hyper-growth startup.Prior to rejoining Dell in February 2015, Chris held the position of chief operating officer and vice president of CloudFX, an Asia based professional services and consulting firm focused on IT transformation and Cloud enablement services. Chris was instrumental in driving successive periods of aggressive growth and geographic expansion that led to a significant Series-A investment from two of the world's largest IT corporations.

Before joining CloudFX, Chris was a director at Lenovo where he led the ANZ Channel Sales Organization, and ran the product and marketing business units. Chris also served as director of Lenovo?s Enterprise Product Group across APJ.Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Degree with majors in Finance, International Economics and Marketing.

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JACKIE MCARTHUR

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAICD 2016 TELSTRA BUSINESS WOMEN'S AWARDS, CORPORATE AND PRIVATE NATIONAL WINNER, 2016 TELSTRA NSW BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR WINNER

Jackie has more than 20 years' experience in supply chain and logistics roles globally. Until recently she was the Managing Director ANZ for the Martin-Brower Company, a global logistics solutions provider for quick service restaurants.  Prior to that Jackie was the McDonalds Vice President Supply Chain for Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa having also had roles in McDonalds Australia as Senior Vice President Chief Restaurant Support Officer and Vice President Supply Chain Director.
 

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GRAEME RUSSELL

FORMER ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN PSYCHOLOGY AT MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

Dr Graeme Russell is a researcher and consultant, and was previously an Associate Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University. He is an internationally renowned researcher and industry consultant on diversity, gender equality, flexibility, organisational change and work/life.  He has a particular interest in: (i) men and fatherhood; (ii) the relationship between gender equality at work and in caregiving (iii) challenging and changing mindsets about flexibility particularly in relation to men; and (iv) job, work and career redesign.

He is the joint author of several recent DCA reports including: "Men Make a Difference: How to Engage Men on Gender Equality", "Men get Flexible" and "Mainstreaming Flexible Work in Australian Business". He is also the joint author of: "First-Time Father"

Graeme has worked extensively in a range of organisations, including Alcoa, AMP, ANZ, Australia Post, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Caltex, CBA, IAG, IBM, KPMG, Multiplex, NAB, Nestlé, Shell International, Westpac and several Law Firms. He has also worked in different countries (e.g. Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, United States, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, The Netherlands). 

JULIET BOURKE

Juliet Bourke

Human Capital Partner, Deloitte
Juliet leads Deloitte Australia's Diversity and Inclusion Consulting practice and co-leads the Leadership practice.  She has over 25 years' experience in human capital, management and law. Juliet works with Executives and global organisations to improve workplace performance through cultural change, focussing on D&I, leadership and culture.

Her latest book, the 2016 bestseller entitled "Which two heads are better than one?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions", helps leaders understand how to systematically create diverse thinking and take team performance to the next level.

Juliet is a member of the Australian firm's Diversity Council, and sits on a number of boards and award panels, such as the Telstra Business Awards, the Harvard's Women's Leadership Board, the Reserve Bank of Australia's Diversity Council and the Deloitte University Press Editorial Review Board. Juliet's own awards include Women Lawyers Association of NSW (Achievement Award), University of NSW (Alumni Award) and Centre for Leadership for Women.

A highly engaging public speaker, Juliet has keynoted at hundreds of global conferences, including TEDx.


SADHANA SMILES

Sadhana Smiles

Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Group Victoria
Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of People Power did you have them @ hello.

In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman. In 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.  In 2012 she bought Walk a Mile to her organisation which is now a national event raising funds for White Ribbon and making a statement that violence against women is not OK.

She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced. She sees herself as a corporate activist, a change maker who makes things happen.

Sadhana's goal is to have an impact on ensuring that the colour and gender of leadership and of our workplaces reflects the communities we live in.


HEDY CRAY

Hedy Cray

Partner - Brisbane Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety
Hedy Cray is Partner, Workplace Relations Employment and Safety, Brisbane of Clayton Utz and is considered one of Queensland's pre-eminent workplace relations lawyers and trainers.

She has over 20 years' experience in industrial relations, employment law, equal opportunity, workers compensation and work health and safety.  Hedy is the "go to" person on strategy and for the hard, complex and sensitive matters, big and small. She leads a team of specialist practitioners providing multi-disciplined options for the resolution of difficult matters and streamlines advice.

Hedy is also a sought after speaker, trainer, investigator and negotiator. She is recognised in leading legal directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her expertise in employment and industrial relations.


Krish Raja

Krish Raja

Head of Data & Programmatic Product Sales, Nine Entertainment Co; Award winner – Strategy; B&T 30 under 30
Krish Raja is a tech enthusiast, loyalist, relationship builder and sales leader. He is fascinated by by how digital technology can automate tasks and improve lives.
For the past eight years, Krish has worked with back-end platform, analytics, campaign management, product specialist and front-end sales roles across the entire digital spectrum (paid search/video/display). Krish's current focus is to blend his technical capabilities with a strong commercial lens to drive the development of automated & data driven marketing.


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JULIET BOURKE

HUMAN CAPITAL PARTNER, DELOITTE

Juliet leads Deloitte Australia's Diversity and Inclusion Consulting practice and co-leads the Leadership practice.  She has over 25 years' experience in human capital, management and law. Juliet works with Executives and global organisations to improve workplace performance through cultural change, focussing on D&I, leadership and culture.

Her latest book, the 2016 bestseller entitled "Which two heads are better than one?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions", helps leaders understand how to systematically create diverse thinking and take team performance to the next level.

Juliet is a member of the Australian firm's Diversity Council, and sits on a number of boards and award panels, such as the Telstra Business Awards, the Harvard's Women's Leadership Board, the Reserve Bank of Australia's Diversity Council and the Deloitte University Press Editorial Review Board. Juliet's own awards include Women Lawyers Association of NSW (Achievement Award), University of NSW (Alumni Award) and Centre for Leadership for Women.

A highly engaging public speaker, Juliet has keynoted at hundreds of global conferences, including TEDx.

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SADHANA SMILES

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HARCOURTS GROUP VICTORIA

Sadhana Smiles is the CEO of Harcourts Group Victoria, the fastest growing real estate group. She started her career as a receptionist, is an accomplished keynote speaker, a well-known industry commentator and author of People Power did you have them @ hello.

In 2013 she was named the Victorian Telstra Business Woman. In 2016 she was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.  In 2012 she bought Walk a Mile to her organisation which is now a national event raising funds for White Ribbon and making a statement that violence against women is not OK.

She is the founder of not for profit Links Fiji taking health care to rural areas of Fiji ensuring that the incidence of cervical cancer is reduced. She sees herself as a corporate activist, a change maker who makes things happen.

Sadhana's goal is to have an impact on ensuring that the colour and gender of leadership and of our workplaces reflects the communities we live in.

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HEDY CRAY

PARTNER - BRISBANE WORKPLACE RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT AND SAFETY

Hedy Cray is Partner, Workplace Relations Employment and Safety, Brisbane of Clayton Utz and is considered one of Queensland's pre-eminent workplace relations lawyers and trainers.

She has over 20 years' experience in industrial relations, employment law, equal opportunity, workers compensation and work health and safety.  Hedy is the "go to" person on strategy and for the hard, complex and sensitive matters, big and small. She leads a team of specialist practitioners providing multi-disciplined options for the resolution of difficult matters and streamlines advice.

Hedy is also a sought after speaker, trainer, investigator and negotiator. She is recognised in leading legal directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Legal 500 for her expertise in employment and industrial relations.

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KRISH RAJA

HEAD OF DATA & PROGRAMMATIC PRODUCT SALES, NINE ENTERTAINMENT CO; AWARD WINNER € STRATEGY; B&T 30 UNDER 30

Krish Raja is a tech enthusiast, loyalist, relationship builder and sales leader. He is fascinated by by how digital technology can automate tasks and improve lives.
For the past eight years, Krish has worked with back-end platform, analytics, campaign management, product specialist and front-end sales roles across the entire digital spectrum (paid search/video/display). Krish's current focus is to blend his technical capabilities with a strong commercial lens to drive the development of automated & data driven marketing.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson

Kirstin Ferguson

Professional Company Director; ABC, SCA Property, Layne Beachley Foundation, Hyne

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a leading businesswoman and company director, international authority in health and safety leadership and corporate governance, and sought after commentator on gender diversity. Dr Ferguson is also the creator of the widely acclaimed global #CelebratingWomen campaign.

An experienced company director and Chairman, Dr Ferguson has experience on ASX100 and ASX200 boards, private company, government-owned corporations and not-for-profit boards. She also sits on the Advisory Panel of a tech start-up incubator, and is the Chairman of the judging panel for a prestigious women's leadership award.

Dr Ferguson began her career after joining the military aged 17 and went on to become the Dux of her Air Force graduating class at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After being posted to an F-111 Squadron, she studied law and spent almost a decade in leadership roles in a corporate law firm. Dr Ferguson then went on to become CEO of a global consulting organisation providing health and safety services in the mining and resources industry before commencing her professional company director career.

Dr Ferguson is one of the world's foremost experts in safety governance and leadership, having completed a PhD in the field for which she has received numerous awards. As well as a PhD in leadership and governance, Kirstin also has Honours degrees in both Law as well as History. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of both the Company Director Course and International Company Director Course. Dr Ferguson was also admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and New South Wales.

Dr Ferguson created the viral, global campaign called #CelebratingWomen in 2017. Using social media platforms to see more celebration and less denigration online, Dr Ferguson committed to celebrating two women, from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, every single day in 2017. The response to the campaign was overwhelming with women from more than 25 countries around the world participating in the project. The #CelebratingWomen campaign has been widely recognised for demonstrating the positive power of social media while making visible women as role models who may not otherwise have been seen.

An advocate for gender diversity and equality in the workplace, Dr Ferguson is a member of national and international women's organisations including Chief Executive Women, Women Corporate Directors and the Women's Leadership Institute of Australia. 



Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop

Writer, academic and best-selling author of Why The Future Is Workless
Tim Dunlop is a writer, academic and best-selling author. He teaches new media at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been involved in a number of new media startups, and has a background in business. He has been a columnist for the ABC, as well for News Ltd. He writes on the future of work for The Guardian and speaks regularly in public and professional forums about how technology is likely to change the work we do. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, is, in the words of George Megalongenis, "a powerful contribution to one of the defining debates of the 21st Century."
 


Troy Roderick

Troy Roderick

Strategic Advisor Male Champions of Change

Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for around 20 years. In his work with the Male Champions of Change, Troy advises MCC program directors on key insights and trends in gender equality, shaping the agenda for bold initiatives to create more gender balance in business. As Catalyst Australia’s Executive Ambassador, Troy provides leadership and support to Catalyst supporter companies in Australia committed to more inclusive cultures.

Most recently, Troy served for 10 years leading Telstra’s global Diversity & Inclusion function, with reach into customer, community and HR practice, which included ground-breaking initiatives on flexible working, inclusive leadership, gender equality, Indigenous employment, and workplace responses to domestic and family violence.

In 2015 and 2016, Troy was recognised in the “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry” in the Global Diversity List, supported by “The Economist”. 



JEMIMAH ASHLEIGH

Jemimah Ashleigh

Creative Director of Tangs Design and Founder of Epic Social
This enforcement intelligence officer come jeweller and comedian is passionate about breaking through the many myths and misconceptions about being an entrepreneur.

Jemimah worked for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for over a decade as a criminal intelligence analyst all over the world. In 2015, Jemimah experienced her first encounter with anxiety. Her first panic attack was an experience that sent her into depression with a challenging journey back to good health. The experience equipped Jemimah with coping skills that she incorporates into her busy life, including a major focus on self-care.

After leaving the force, Jemimah threw herself into her business full time. Her dedication has helped her to build a global brand spanning 50 countries and saw her named in the "Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs of 2017" by My Entrepreneur Magazine.


 


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KIRSTIN FERGUSON

PROFESSIONAL COMPANY DIRECTOR; ABC, SCA PROPERTY, LAYNE BEACHLEY FOUNDATION, HYNE

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a leading businesswoman and company director, international authority in health and safety leadership and corporate governance, and sought after commentator on gender diversity. Dr Ferguson is also the creator of the widely acclaimed global #CelebratingWomen campaign.

An experienced company director and Chairman, Dr Ferguson has experience on ASX100 and ASX200 boards, private company, government-owned corporations and not-for-profit boards. She also sits on the Advisory Panel of a tech start-up incubator, and is the Chairman of the judging panel for a prestigious women's leadership award.

Dr Ferguson began her career after joining the military aged 17 and went on to become the Dux of her Air Force graduating class at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After being posted to an F-111 Squadron, she studied law and spent almost a decade in leadership roles in a corporate law firm. Dr Ferguson then went on to become CEO of a global consulting organisation providing health and safety services in the mining and resources industry before commencing her professional company director career.

Dr Ferguson is one of the world's foremost experts in safety governance and leadership, having completed a PhD in the field for which she has received numerous awards. As well as a PhD in leadership and governance, Kirstin also has Honours degrees in both Law as well as History. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of both the Company Director Course and International Company Director Course. Dr Ferguson was also admitted as a solicitor in Queensland and New South Wales.

Dr Ferguson created the viral, global campaign called #CelebratingWomen in 2017. Using social media platforms to see more celebration and less denigration online, Dr Ferguson committed to celebrating two women, from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, every single day in 2017. The response to the campaign was overwhelming with women from more than 25 countries around the world participating in the project. The #CelebratingWomen campaign has been widely recognised for demonstrating the positive power of social media while making visible women as role models who may not otherwise have been seen.

An advocate for gender diversity and equality in the workplace, Dr Ferguson is a member of national and international women's organisations including Chief Executive Women, Women Corporate Directors and the Women's Leadership Institute of Australia. 

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TIM DUNLOP

WRITER, ACADEMIC AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF WHY THE FUTURE IS WORKLESS

Tim Dunlop is a writer, academic and best-selling author. He teaches new media at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been involved in a number of new media startups, and has a background in business. He has been a columnist for the ABC, as well for News Ltd. He writes on the future of work for The Guardian and speaks regularly in public and professional forums about how technology is likely to change the work we do. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, is, in the words of George Megalongenis, "a powerful contribution to one of the defining debates of the 21st Century."
 

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TROY RODERICK

STRATEGIC ADVISOR MALE CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Troy Roderick has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion for around 20 years. In his work with the Male Champions of Change, Troy advises MCC program directors on key insights and trends in gender equality, shaping the agenda for bold initiatives to create more gender balance in business. As Catalyst Australia’s Executive Ambassador, Troy provides leadership and support to Catalyst supporter companies in Australia committed to more inclusive cultures.

Most recently, Troy served for 10 years leading Telstra’s global Diversity & Inclusion function, with reach into customer, community and HR practice, which included ground-breaking initiatives on flexible working, inclusive leadership, gender equality, Indigenous employment, and workplace responses to domestic and family violence.

In 2015 and 2016, Troy was recognised in the “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry” in the Global Diversity List, supported by “The Economist”. 

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JEMIMAH ASHLEIGH

CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF TANGS DESIGN AND FOUNDER OF EPIC SOCIAL

This enforcement intelligence officer come jeweller and comedian is passionate about breaking through the many myths and misconceptions about being an entrepreneur.

Jemimah worked for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for over a decade as a criminal intelligence analyst all over the world. In 2015, Jemimah experienced her first encounter with anxiety. Her first panic attack was an experience that sent her into depression with a challenging journey back to good health. The experience equipped Jemimah with coping skills that she incorporates into her busy life, including a major focus on self-care.

After leaving the force, Jemimah threw herself into her business full time. Her dedication has helped her to build a global brand spanning 50 countries and saw her named in the "Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs of 2017" by My Entrepreneur Magazine.


 

SHEVONNE JOYCE

Shevonne Joyce

Business mentor and an accomplished business speaker

Shevonne is passionate about helping women to grow successful and sustainable businesses and has established herself as a trusted thought leader who refreshingly gets real about business.

Prior to leaping into the world of entrepreneurship, Shevonne spent 12 years in the corporate world working for a range of organisations, from start-ups to global enterprises on developing their human capital, including people leaders. She took the leap into entrepreneurship after recognising the significant problems women face in business and has built her business getting real results for clients.

Shevonne’s ability to innovate and think big has helped her to build a powerful global brand spanning 50 countries. She’s been named in the "Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs of 2017" by My Entrepreneur Magazine and appointed as a judge for both the Telstra Business and Women’s Business awards for 2017.



David Reynolds

David Reynolds

Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia

 


Benson Saulo

Benson Saulo

Head of Community Strategy, Australian Unity; Finalist, Young Australian of the Year, 2014
Benson Saulo (29) is descendant of the Wemba Wemba and Gundjitmara Australian Aboriginal nations of western Victoria and the New Ireland Provence of Papua New Guinea. Benson began his working career as a bank teller before progressed his career as an International Officer, Business Banking Manager and Business Analysis at the age of 22.

In 2011, Benson was appointed Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Benson undertook a national engagement tour in which he engaged over 25,000 people face-to-face, through online tools and social media. Benson represented Australian Youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, based in New York as an accredited member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2012, Benson became the Founding Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engaged Indigenous young people to lead youth-led social action initiatives. NIYLA has engaged over 450 Indigenous young people to launch 10 youth-led social action campaigns on climate change, mental health, GBLTI young people and suicide prevention.

Currently, Benson is Head of Community Strategy at Australian Unity. Benson leads the implementation of programs relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives, financial inclusion, disability and Australian Unity’s Foundation.

Benson’s work and leadership has been acknowledged as a finalist of Young Australian of the Year, Human Rights Medal for Youth (Finalist) and Cleo Magazine’s 30 under 30 ‘Australians killing it at life’.
 


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SHEVONNE JOYCE

BUSINESS MENTOR AND AN ACCOMPLISHED BUSINESS SPEAKER

Shevonne is passionate about helping women to grow successful and sustainable businesses and has established herself as a trusted thought leader who refreshingly gets real about business.

Prior to leaping into the world of entrepreneurship, Shevonne spent 12 years in the corporate world working for a range of organisations, from start-ups to global enterprises on developing their human capital, including people leaders. She took the leap into entrepreneurship after recognising the significant problems women face in business and has built her business getting real results for clients.

Shevonne’s ability to innovate and think big has helped her to build a powerful global brand spanning 50 countries. She’s been named in the "Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs of 2017" by My Entrepreneur Magazine and appointed as a judge for both the Telstra Business and Women’s Business awards for 2017.

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DAVID REYNOLDS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA


 

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BENSON SAULO

HEAD OF COMMUNITY STRATEGY, AUSTRALIAN UNITY; FINALIST, YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR, 2014

Benson Saulo (29) is descendant of the Wemba Wemba and Gundjitmara Australian Aboriginal nations of western Victoria and the New Ireland Provence of Papua New Guinea. Benson began his working career as a bank teller before progressed his career as an International Officer, Business Banking Manager and Business Analysis at the age of 22.

In 2011, Benson was appointed Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Benson undertook a national engagement tour in which he engaged over 25,000 people face-to-face, through online tools and social media. Benson represented Australian Youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, based in New York as an accredited member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2012, Benson became the Founding Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engaged Indigenous young people to lead youth-led social action initiatives. NIYLA has engaged over 450 Indigenous young people to launch 10 youth-led social action campaigns on climate change, mental health, GBLTI young people and suicide prevention.

Currently, Benson is Head of Community Strategy at Australian Unity. Benson leads the implementation of programs relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives, financial inclusion, disability and Australian Unity’s Foundation.

Benson’s work and leadership has been acknowledged as a finalist of Young Australian of the Year, Human Rights Medal for Youth (Finalist) and Cleo Magazine’s 30 under 30 ‘Australians killing it at life’.
 

Day 1

08:20 - 08:30
MC Address

Speaker: Annabel Crabb

ANNABEL CRABB

08:30 - 08:45
Opening Address: "Rewriting Our Future: Sustainable, Profitable and Equal"

Melbourne:
Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme UN Women

Sydney:
Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore

08:45 - 09:30
Building The 21st Century Organisation: Why Diversity is Top Priority for Progressive Leaders

Speaker: Elizabeth Broderick, Formerly Australia?s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, Special Adviser, Under-Secretary General, UN Women (New York), Principal of Elizabeth Broderick & Co.

Elizabeth Broderick

In this keynote speech, Elizabeth Broderick AO, formerly Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 2007 to 2015, will discuss why driving gender diversity should be a critical business issue for all CEO’s and suggest strategies to drive cultural change; including the importance of courageous leadership, engaging of middle management and disrupting the status quo. Drawing on her extensive experience in Australia and in gender equality, diversity and cultural renewal across numerous sectors, Elizabeth shares her insights and observations stepping up beside courageous leaders as they build the talent they need for the future.

Elizabeth is the founder and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ and is Special Advisor to the Under-Secretary General of UN Women on Private Sector Engagement (New York), Global Co-Chair of UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (New York) and a member of the International Services for Human Rights (Geneva).

09:30 - 10:10
The Economic Imperatives for Equity and the Need for Women in the Innovation Process

Speaker: Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO Innovation Norway

ANITA KROHN TRAASETH

"Women are half the world’s working-age population but generate only 37% of GDP. If women do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.” McKinsey, 2015

The statistics behind gender parity alone tell us that empowerment of women is an economic no-brainer. The 2015 McKinsey report “the power of parity” quantified it as follows - “if all countries were to match the progress toward gender parity of the best performer in their region, it could produce a boost to annual global GDP of as much as $12 trillion in 2025.”

Europe has some experience with this, with several recent studies indicating that a reduction in the employment gender gap has been an important driver of European economic growth over the past decade, and has the potential to unleash even further growth. The Nordic countries continue to dominate the WEF's Global Gender Gap Report.

Norway, at 3rd, has closed around 84% of its overall gender gap largely due to strong emphasis on an equal society, a cross-sectorial political will and progressive policies to set the connections between working, family, welfare, and gender equality. With a Norwegian economy in transformation and the increase of innovation to develop a more diversified economy, this session looks at the drivers of these changes, the role of women @work in Norway and what challenges remain in Norway’s future.

10:10 - 10:40
Leading the Workforce of the Future - Agile, Innovative, Diverse (Panel Discussion)

How do Australian businesses increase relevance in a global economy? Drawing on their varying commercial backgrounds, key Australian leaders discuss how to attract and retain top talent and capitalise on the economic opportunities equality offers to increase competitiveness, and deliver more value to customers, shareholders and employees.

Melbourne Panelists: 

  • Sadhana Smiles, CEO - Harcourts Group Victoria,
  • Hedy Cray, Partner in Charge - Brisbane Workplace Relations  - Clayton Utz
  • Dr. Thomas Hedegaard Rasmussen, General Manager People Analytics, Insights & Experience - NAB

 

Sydney Panelists: 

  • Steven Asnicar, CEO - Diversity Australia
  • Juliet Bourke, Human Capital Partner – Deloitte
  • Dr Kirstin Ferguson, Professional Company Director; ABC, SCA Property, Layne Beachley Foundation, Hyne
  • Jackie McArthur, Non-Executive Director, MAICD 2016 Telstra Business Women's Awards, Corporate and Private National Winner, 2016 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year Winner

10:40 - 11:10
Morning Tea
11:10 - 11:50
The Loudest Duck: Beyond the Business Case for Diversity

Speaker: Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders, Former Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs

LAURA LISWOOD

"Companies are ultimately looking for increased creativity, better ideas, and multiple perspectives, they will benefit from diversity.” Laura A. Liswood

In this session we look at:

  • The macro and micro economics of a changing and diverse world                                               
  • Knowing the challenges and opportunities for ensuring women's full engagement in the workplace
  • Cultural diversity and its ilk - the shift required to achieve the true value of diversity            
  • Bold actions needed for real change to move beyond 'ticking the box'

11:50 - 12:30
Re-imagining Leadership: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds

Speaker: Cordelia Fine, Academic Psychologist, University of Melbourne Author, Delusions of Gender; Testosterone Rex

CORDELIA FINE

"So, what do we want? Do we want a society that genuinely values equal opportunity for development, employment, economic security, safety, and respect, regardless of sex?"  Cordelia Fine

In this session, bestselling author and academic psychologist, Cordelia Fine provides an overview of the similarities and differences between women and men – the view from behavioural science – and the need to go beyond ‘the business case’ in thinking about the value of gender balance in leadership.

  • Making the case for women's leadership
  • The overlooked value of gender diversity
  • Countering the rationalisations of the status quo: evidence and strategies

12:30 - 13:00
New Roles in a New Era: The Men Stepping Up for Change

“The economic potential available if the global gender gap were to be closed - based on a full-potential scenario in which women play an identical role in labour markets to men’s, as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent - could be added to global annual GDP in 2025.”  McKinsey, 2015

We are seeing a subtle but certain shift in domestic and workforce trends – with an increasing number of men more actively participating in this change in social attitudes to boost real gender parity at work and at home.
As we progress toward changing a system that excludes women from leadership within the paid labour market, while at the same time they do most of the unpaid work in the home, this same system keeps men locked into inflexible paid work and largely absent in domestic settings. We need to reimagine our gender roles not only as parents but also in our working system and society. Forward thinking organisations are quick to seize this shift in workforce dynamics as a tool to boost employee engagement, drive work-life balance and promote healthier and better workplaces.

Melbourne Panelists:

  • Dr Graeme Russell, Internationlly renowned researcher and consultant          
  • Chris Kelly, Vice President & General Manager - Infrastructure Solutions Group - Dell EMC
  • Troy Roderick, former head of Diversity and Inclusion – Telstra, Strategic Advisor Male Champions of Change 
     
 
      Sydney Panelists:
      • Rodin Genoff, Managing Director, Rodin Genoff & Associates, Co-author “New Men, New Women, New Economy”
      • Troy Roderick, former head of Diversity and Inclusion – Telstra, Strategic Advisor, Male Champions Of Change
      • David Reynolds, Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australia

      13:00 - 14:00
      Lunch
      14:00 - 15:00
      The Politics of Equal Representation

      Speaker: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

      Valerie Jarrett

      “Economic growth doesn't mean anything unless it is inclusive growth." Valerie Jarrett

      In the United States, women are graduating from college at higher rates than men, and 40 percent of working mothers are the sole or primary bread winners. However, women still earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, while a woman’s contribution to the family income is more important than ever.

      In this session, we look at why equal pay, workplace flexibility, paid leave, paid sick days, affordable child care, and a decent minimum wage are not only good for working families, they are imperative for strong businesses, and a healthy economy. 

      15:00 - 15:50
      Challenging the Status Quo

      Speaker: Richard Denniss, Chief Economist The Australia Institute

      RICHARD DENNISS

      “Tackling gender inequality isn’t a women’s problem, it’s an Australian opportunity.” Richard Dennis.

      Power and elitism are social constructs but for those who are losing out from the changes underway, fear is an understandable response. 

      In this session, we unpack the impact of power, race and privilege and its implications on agility, innovation and progress.

      • The rich and the rest: power, politics and social inequality
      • The three big lies holding women back
      • Not so super: the weighty tax of being female
      • Power and elitism: the boys club is not just about the boys

      15:40 - 16:10
      Afternoon Tea
      16:15 - 16:45
      Millennial Ambition - Harnessing It For Growth

      Conventional wisdom holds that Millennials are the ‘me’ generation; entitled, easily distracted, looking for purpose instead of getting on with the job. Companies of all kinds are obsessed with understanding them better given this hyper-connected, tech savvy generation will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030.

      Melbourne:
      Alia Gabres, Creative Producer and Storyteller
      Jemimah Ashleigh, Entrepreneur, Social Media Practitioner, Tang’s Design
      Benson Saulo Head of Community Strategy Australian Unity; Finalist, Young Australian of the Year, 2014 

      Sydney:
      Alia Gabres, Creative Producer and Storyteller
      Shevonne Joyce, Business Mentor
      Krish Raja, Head of Data & Programmatic Product Sales, Nine Entertainment Co; Award winner – Strategy; B&T 30 under 30 

      16:45 - 17:30
      The Future Of Work

      Speaker: Tim Dunlop, Tim Dunlop is a writer, academic and best-selling author. He teaches new media at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been involved in a number of new media startups, and has a background in business. He has been a columnist for the ABC, as well for News Ltd. 
      Tim writes on the future of work for The Guardian and speaks regularly in public and professional forums about how technology is likely to change the work we do. His latest book, Why The Future Is Workless, is, in the words of George Megalongenis, "a powerful contribution to one of the defining debates of the 21st Century."

       

      The emergence of a skills revolution is a defining challenge of our time and the rapid rate of technological advancements will be felt more acutely by half the workforce. By focusing however on great equalizers such as learnability, agility and adaptability, we can better prepare for the changes ahead.

      This session looks at investing in employees’ skills to increase the relevance and resilience of our people and organisations, regardless of gender or social background; and how businesses embracing technology itself is key to ensuring organisation and employee relevance and resilience.

      17:30 - 17:45
      Event Wrap Up

      Advisory

      AMY MULLINS

      Amy Mullins

      CATE BORNESS

      Cate Borness

      DANIELLE KELLY

      Danielle Kelly

      DOMINIQUE LAMB

      Dominique Lamb


      FRANCINE BINNS

      Francine Binns

      HEDY CRAY

      Hedy Cray

      JACQUI BRAUMAN

      Jacqui Brauman

      JAHNA CEDAR

      Jahna Cedar


      JANET BROWN

      Janet Brown

      JULIET BOURKE

      Juliet Bourke

      KELLY STICKEL

      Kelly Stickel

      NICHOLAS BARNETT

      Nicholas Barnett


      SADHANA SMILES

      Sadhana Smiles

      STEVEN ASNICAR

      Steven Asnicar

      TORY SOMERS

      Tory Somers

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