The Women Leaders Institute runs annual summits, workshops and retreats across Australia and New Zealand to inspire and empower women across all industries. Join our community of leaders at the next event.

Message from Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia 

It was an absolute pleasure being part of the Women in Leadership Summit in November, 2022. 

Personally, I loved the opportunity to make new connections and hear stories of resilience and shared experience. It highlighted the importance of mentoring and championing the next generation of young women and girls. Thank you to all those who attended and supported UN Women Australia. Your contributions, via ticket sales, will support UN Women’s programs and initiatives, changing the lives women and girls around the world.  
We invite you to continue to be part of change. Join us on Friday 3 March 2023 to celebrate International Women’s Day. UN Women Australia holds the pre-eminent IWD events around the country and virtually. It is a day of celebration and action as we recognise the achievements of women everywhere and highlight the work that still needs to be done. The IWD 2023 theme is Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future. To buy tickets and for more information visit International Women’s Day | Get Involved | UN Women Australia
We all have the power to play an important part in advancing gender equality for women and girls everywhere.

Connecting Cities, Connecting Leaders

The Women Leaders Institute strives to provide platforms and opportunities for emerging and established leaders to be inspired and empowered to  take the next step in their career, and become influential, visionary and forward-thinking leaders for communities and businesses. 
In line with our vision of connecting leadership communities, select sessions from key speakers were live-streamed from 5 different locations across Australia - Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Featured Speakers in 2022

Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher

Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

Parliament of Australia

Annabel Crabb

Author and Journalist

Peter Woolcott AO

Australian Public Service Commissioner

Australian Public Service Commission

Jody Broun

Chief Executive Officer

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Mary Wooldridge


Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Jim Betts


Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Elizabeth Lee

Member of Parliament

ACT Legislative Assembly

Lorraine Finlay

Human Rights Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission

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Charity Partner

Endorsing Partner

Bursary Partner

Media Partner

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2022 program highlights

  • Construct your own beehive: Queen bees need others to survive and succeed. Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games  
  • Throw down the rope: Learn how to best support women who are still in the pipeline and create mutually benefiting mentoring relationships  
  • The Power of No: Learn how to protect your personal and professional boundaries in the workplace during our Mini Masterclass on Day One
  • Being CEO Material: Hear senior leaders share the mindsets and practices to thrive in an isolated, all-encompassing and constant role
  • Build on the success of others: Chart your leadership trajectory by applying the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders during our interactive sessions  
  • Champion for greater diversity in leadership: Be inspired by an array of different journeys and embrace the unique perspectives you hold 
  • Connect your professional goals with your purpose: Our Emerging Leaders Panel to candidly speak on the challenges and opportunities when transitioning from a peer to a leader  


Who Attends

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit is a valuable platform of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you.       

  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives   
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals    
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers   
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches    
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates   
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs   
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates