Business empowerment, leadership and career advancement for aspiring and established women leaders

Explore your potential as a leader, build resilience in yourself and your team, and take away the essential tools for genuineness and authenticity in leadership.

Conference | 6th – 7th June 2018 View Full Programme
Post-Conference Workshop | 8th June 2018 View Full Programme 
While we celebrate the development and success of aspiring and established women leaders of Australia, the issues surrounding gender equity continue to linger. Are you having difficulty forwarding your ideas and opinions across the office floor? Do you wonder if work-life balance is actually possible? 
Hear from the ACT’s top public sector and corporate figures, and engage directly with the best leadership and performance coaches. 
Realise your potential to be an effective leader and take your career to the next level.

New World Leadership Workshop  


Post-Conference Workshop | 8th June 2012

Leaders of today require a new array of capabilities to be truly successful.  With leadership and the workplace changing dramatically and organisations placing increased demands on their leaders, it is essential that today’s leaders evolve to a whole new level.
Leading this year’s Women in Leadership Canberra Post-Conference Workshop on June 8th, Sarah Young is back by popular demand.
Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to pick up essential branding and networking tips for success, and gain valuable insights on how to be an assertive and effective leader. 
Key Learning Objectives:
  • Develop your personal emotional intelligence (EI) to effectively lead others

  • Learn about and start to cultivate a ‘Growth Mindset’

  • Become an inclusive and authentic leader to build a fair and value driven culture

  • Create a sound stress management plan for challenging times and find your ideal work-life integration

Women in Leadership Top Speakers

Leigh Sales

Award-Winning Journalist and Author; Host

ABC 7:30

Meegan Fitzharris

Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research; Transport Canberra and City Services; Health and Wellbeing

ACT Government

Lin Hatfield-Dodds

Deputy Secretary, Social Policy

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Kylie Bryant

First Assistant Secretary, National Security Division

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Suzanne Tunks

2018 Australian of the Year ACT Local Hero

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation

Alison Purvis

Director of Projects Governance and Support

Access Canberra

Professor Elanor Huntington

Dean of Engineering and Computer Science

Australian National University

Cherie Hughes

Chief Operating Officer of Transport Canberra and City Services

ACT Government

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Women in Leadership Partners

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Why Attend Women in Leadership? 

  • Leigh Sales
Award-winning journalist and author Leigh Sales emcees this year’s incumbent event. The highly sought-after host of ABC 7:30 brings her quick wit and in-depth knowledge of current affairs to the table, taking the conversations to new levels.
  • Ministerial Address
Meegan Fitzharris joins this year’s event to celebrate the progress of the ACT’s women in leadership. Hear the Yerrabi electorate share the value of diverse and inclusive leadership, and her message to all leaders of Australia.
  • Public vs Private Sector Leadership Panel
The country’s top women leaders from the Dep PMC, the ACT Government, IBM, Accenture and BlackRock come together to discuss the approaches and strategies for achieving organisational and personal success. Join Leigh Sales as she reveals how these trailblazers are changing the dynamics of their workplace.
  • Australian of the Year Awards ACT Local Hero Winner
Suzanne Tunks tells her extraordinary story of overcoming heartache and adversity. After spending half of her daughter’s short life in the hospital, the community champion now commits to helping families and children in similar situations.
  • Millennial Panel
Are millennials the “snowflake generation” or agents of change? Pick the brains of Australia’s future leaders and learn the approaches and strategies to bridge the intergenerational divide in this featured panel.
  • Interactive Coaching
Engage first hand with the ACT’s top leaders and performance coaches in this interactive session. Pick up essential branding and networking tips for success, and gain valuable insights on how to be an assertive and effective leader.

Who Should Attend Women in Leadership? 

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the Women in Leadership Summit Canberra is a valuable source of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you.
  • Directors, Executives and Managers across all industries
  • Human Resources and Workforce Planning
  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers
  • Women’s Leadership Program Managers
  • Established, emerging and aspiring women leaders 
  • Male leaders looking to implement change on an organisation level



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Women in Leadership Venue

This conference will be held in a hotel in Canberra's CBD. 
Venue will be confirmed 4 weeks before the event date.