Public Sector Women in Leadership Agenda

WOMEN WITH PURPOSE: LEADING BOLDLY AND WITH AUTHENTICITY 

  
Leading boldly is not a problem for a lot of women. Leading with purpose, boldly and with authenticity is sometimes difficult to achieve, especially in male-dominated professions and workplaces.  Obstacles still often include systemic discrimination, cultural barriers, and patronising and sexist attitudes, all of which make it harder for us to achieve our full potential. Sometimes, complex and challenging environments cause us to use tactics such as being ‘beige’ to blend in or hiding our womanhood behind power suits.  Why are we afraid to ‘lead like a woman’? In this workshop you will learn how to step up, own your space, use your voice, and be heard. The workshop is interactive, providing opportunities for self-reflection, exploring strategies to ‘be what you can’t see’, and developing your own game-plan to leading authentically.  Importantly, this workshop will give you the opportunity to reclaim yourself and have confidence in your leadership style, ability and impact. 
  

KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

  
  • Identifying your current leadership style.  Is it working? What is your vision? 
  • Understanding the key qualities and characteristics of authentic leaders – what makes them stand out and what is holding you back? 
  • Introduction to the ‘Be what you can’t see’ model – the framework and five key strategies for discovering and leveraging authentic female leadership 
  • Learn how to embrace opportunities, encouraging a growth mindset and building resilience 
  • Defining your purpose and aligning your leadership style 
  • Taking action - creating your own game-plan for developing and sustaining your authenticity in leadership 
  

WORKSHOP LEADER 

  
 

Jen Wittwer, CSM 
International Consultant, Mentor, Coach, Author and Founder of 
Steorra Consulting 

  
Jen is a retired military officer, with experience in maritime logistics and strategic human resource, in particular, leading people through organisational change, large-scale cultural and workplace reform, and implementing contemporary and gender-sensitive policies and initiatives. Over the past fifteen years she has developed and implemented workplace behaviour education programs, women’s leadership, mentoring and network programs, and national and international commitments on the role of women’s participation, representation and leadership in peace and security efforts. 
 
Jen has worked with government, non-government and international organisations, academics, think-tanks, armed forces and police services to mainstream gender into security sector polices, processes, systems, and education and training. She has personally coached and mentored women in this sector to lead more effectively and confidently. She has been recognized in this capacity as the 2018 Canberra Business in Women Mentor of the Year, as well as a finalist in the 2014 and 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence, and 2011 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Jen brings her own leadership experiences to all aspects of her work, and is an internationally recognised expert, author and speak on gender issues. She is a non-executive director on the board of the International Women’s Development Agency, an Ambassador for Women in Business Awards of Australia, and published her first book, Against the Wind, in March 2020. 
 
Jen has Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Leadership, and Resource Management, and Graduate Certificates in Management Studies, Administration, and Gender, Peace and Security. In 2020, she is enrolled in a Master of International Development at University of Canberra. She is also a Credentialed Practitioner of Coaching. 
WORKSHOP AGENDA 
 
SESSION 1 
09:00 – 10:00                 Empowering women leaders – what is your leadership style and is it working for you? 
  
SESSION 2 
10:00 – 11:00                 Authentic leadership – the importance of purpose, self-awareness, growth mindset and resilience. Explore what it means to you 
  
11:00 – 11:30                 Morning Tea 
  
SESSION 3 
11:30 – 12:30                 The ‘Be What You Can’t See’ model – discovering and leveraging unique authentic leadership style 
  
12:30 – 13:30                 Networking Lunch 
  
SESSION 4 
13:30 – 15:00                Key tools: Self-promotion, personal branding, networking and mentoring. Why do these matter? 
  
15:00 – 15:30                Afternoon Tea  
  
SESSION 5
15:30 – 17:00                 Create your game-plan to be the change you want to see 

EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE  

09:00

09:10

  • Understanding that feminism focused on women in a position of privilege ignores many women in Australia and beyond, and a result loses its power  
  • Addressing the impact that the intersections of race, sexuality, religion, culture can have on women progressing into more senior roles 
  • Recognising that privilege can be utilised by allies to support marginalised people, can help women of colour to advance their causes in a meaningful way, and truly empower all women and create lasting change 

09:50

  • Using uncertainty as an opportunity for reinvention
  • Unlock your teams’ creativity, encourage a growth mindset and fresh ways of thinking  
  • Tactics to flourish as a resilient, innovative leader

10:20

  • Developing an APS Digital Professional Stream to attract, build and retain digital skills for the future  
  • Mapping the digital skills required for different APS digital roles through a ‘Career Pathways Tool’  
  • Delivering programs that support women to become digital leaders 

10:50

WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY 

11:30

  • Removing the stigma and concerns around flexible working  
  • Using a mutually beneficial arrangement to increase trust, confidence and creativity  
  • Negotiating a post COVID flexible arrangement with your manager

12:00

  • Tackling the challenges that arise with remote and virtual teams   
  • How to drive your team’s motivation and wellbeing to increase efficiency and productivity  
  • Learning to select and prioritise the most valuable tasks to achieve organisational goals 

12:30

INTERACTIVE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS 

01:30

Roundtable Table I:Developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in the Workplace     
Ann Zhang, Senior Manager, Deloitte Asia Pacific 
   
Round Table II: Change Management Leadership   
Alicia Lillington, Change & Communications Lead, Australian Federal Government    
  
Round Table III: Perform with Confidence and Strive for Success 
Christine Marr, Chief Executive Officer, Bookssorted, Winner, Canberra Business Woman of the Year 2019   
  
Round Table IV: Developing Authentic Leadership 
Jane Marburg, Managing Director, Define Potential
 
Virtual Roundtable 1: 
Identity awareness and Privilege  
Dr Bree Gorman, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, BG Consulting 

Virtual Roundtable 2: 
Developing authentic leadership 
Dr Rachelle Bonner, Director, Department of Defence 
 

03:00

FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP 

03:30

  • Assessing how women have pivoted during the pandemic whilst managing work and care responsibilities 
  • Increase & complexity of family violence and mental health issues 
  • Gendered impact of epidemic on care and other industries eg child care, aged care, health care, hospitality & tourism etc 
  • Realising the importance of action for the sake of the women now and for the generations of women to come 

04:00

In this session, our expert leaders will share best practice on how to effectively lead your team post the COVID-19 disruption for outlining the most crucial priorities for an organisation moving forward and realising the opportunity to build team cohesion and to innovate in the face of adversity.

04:50

05:05

05:15

5:15 Networking Drinks and End of Day One

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY 

08:50

09:00

  • Becoming the first state workforce to implement whole-of-government gender equality reform  
  • Implementing tools that promote diversity, create systemic change, and track progress in the area of gender equality  
  • Setting, meeting, and exceeding targets and quotas established to encourage gender equality in the public sector

09:30

  • How can organisations utilise diversity targets to best meet workforce business needs?
  • The benefits to workforce capability of increasing diversity representation in terms of diversity of experience, skills, and thinking
  • How can leaders drive a more inclusive culture through the strategic development and implementation of I&D initiatives? 

10:00

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

10:40

Over the coming months, organisations and industries must remain united during these unprecedented times. In this session, learn how to play a crucial role in reducing anxiety and fear within your team, and drive mental health and wellbeing initiatives. 

11:10

In this session, hear how to translate intention into action and learn strategies on how to replenish your determination to keep going despite setbacks. 

11:40

In this session, explore how to have a collaborative, supportive conversation between employer and employee that enables employees to remain productive whilst meeting their care giving obligations. Learn how to seize the current opportunity to transform workplace culture around caregiving and promote gender equality in the workplace. 

12:10

INCLUSIVE AND THRIVING WORKPLACES

01:10

Research on thriving in the workplace offers new ways of understanding and addressing important workplace concerns such as preventing stress, enhancing productivity and learning.  
 

02:00

  • Assessing what can be learnt from this pandemic to shift inequitable norms moving forward 
  • Strategies for identifying and increasing gender equality advocates in the workplace   
  • Disrupting traditional beliefs and practices around masculinity and femininity

02:50

ADVANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL 

03:10

A. New Leaders    
Strategies for new and aspiring leaders to excel in their first managerial role and tips for first-time leaders. Recognising that all leaders started somewhere, what helpful tips and strategies can new leaders learn to get a head start and transition successfully into their new role.     
Jen Rufati, General Manager, Smart Centres Operations, Services Australia 
  
B. Middle to Senior Management   
Sharing solutions to overcome common leadership challenges faced across middle and senior management. Share best practice strategies on how you can best support your managers to progress to the next level.    
Sheena Ireland, Managing Director, Specialists in Communication, Winner, Canberra Women in Business Mentor of the Year 2019, Board Member, Women’s Centre For Health Matters  
 
C. Top Level Management    
How to progress to senior-level positions, looking beyond existing networks and actively creating opportunities for women, women of colour, young leaders, and other under-represented groups to drive diversity. Establish clear and transparent training pathways to C-Suite and boards.    
Ritu Clementi, Founder, The Girls Leadership Network, Chairperson, Brand Canberra Strategic Advisory Board, Senior Client Manager, American Express    

04:00

04:20

04:30