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

Two-Day Conference: Adelaide | 30th – 31st October 2018      
Workshop: Adelaide | 1 November 2018 
While we celebrate the development and success of aspiring and established women leaders of Australia, the issues surrounding gender equity undoubtedly continue to linger.  Are you having difficulty forwarding your ideas and opinions across the office floor? Do you wonder if work-life balance is possible?  How do you realise conscious leadership in an increasingly complex and interconnected world?   
The 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Summit Adelaide strives to empower women leaders across SA’s public and private sectors.  Learn and be inspired by leading corporate and government figures and engage directly with top leadership and performance coaches in focused interactive sessions as you take your career to the next level and realise your potential as a more effective leader.   
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Post-Conference Workshop: Building Resilience To Promote Personal Agility 

VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) is now commonplace in many organisations. This fast-paced and dynamic environment is becoming the “new normal” and if individuals and teams are to thrive in this environment they need to be able to develop the resilience and mental toughness to reframe change and challenges as opportunities rather than as threats. 
Building and developing mental toughness and resilience is especially important to those experiencing stress or challenges in the workplace, or those wishing to improve performance or well-being while working within an environment which is challenging or where there is rapid change experienced. 
This dynamic, energetic, engaging workshop challenges participants to unleash their full potential to reach peak performance in their personal and professional life and develop the agility required to thrive within a VUCA environment. The sessions explore the term Mental Toughness, the 4 C’s framework together with practical exercises that develop and introduce strategies and techniques to building resilience and enhance agility.  
Key Learning Objectives 
  • Enable the opportunity to address personal mindset and consider the strategies to thrive within a potentially stressful or dynamic fast-paced work environment 
  • Be equipped with models and strategies to increase resilience and mental toughness to better deal with setbacks and stressors 
  • Understanding that a positive mindset is a key to achieving peak performance and success and managing VUCA successfully 
  • Gain the ability to bounce back and see challenges as opportunities 
  • Increase interpersonal confidence and confidence in own abilities 

Women in Leadership Adelaide Speakers

Shannon Jurkovic

Director of Technology Advisory

KPMG Australia

Malcolm Jackman

Chief Executive Officer


Kathryn Jones

Motivational Speaker, Author and Social Entrepreneur

Jane Pickering

Chief Executive Officer


Roch Cheroux

Chief Executive Officer

SA Water

Enza Ferraro

Regional Executive


Professor Lynne Cobiac

Deputy Director and Science Director

CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

Sandra Vallance

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Connecting Up

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Media Partner

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Why Attend Women in Leadership 

  • Senatorial Address: Sarah Hanson-Young opens this year’s event to celebrate the progress of Australian women in leadership. Hear the Senator for South Australia share the value of diverse and inclusive leadership, and her message to all leaders of Adelaide and beyond.
  • Breaking Barriers in S.T.E.M: Professor Lynne Cobiac discusses challenges and how she has overcome them to become one of the most influential thought leaders in Science. She joins us to talk about inclusive leadership and how to inspire young leaders looking to thrive in S.T.E.M related disciplines. 
  • CALD Women in Leadership Focus: Kathryn Jones is a European Australian and a Muslim woman. She is here to share her experience of being on both sides of the coin – a part of the majority as well as the minority. She tells her story, busts some of the unconscious societal stereotypes, and shares the value of conscious leadership. 
  • Millennial Panel: Are millennials the “snowflake generation” or agents of change? How do they define effective leadership? Pick the brains of Australia’s future leaders and understand how to bridge the intergenerational divide from this panel.
  • Future Leadership Hypothetical: The rapid advancement of technology means that humans’ relationship with machines is becoming more nuanced, fluid and personalised. Your organisation may soon be populated by robotic peers and managed by holographic leaders. This session explores the likely prospect of leadership in the future. What will your role look like in 2030?
  • Interactive Coaching: Engage first hand with SA’s top leaders and performance coaches in this interactive session. Delegates will have the opportunity to pick up essential branding and networking tips for success, whilst gaining 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 Adelaide is a valuable source of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you.
  • Directors, Executives and Managers across all departments, agencies and councils
  • Human Resources and Workforce Planning
  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers
  • Women’s Leadership Program Managers
  • Established, emerging and aspiring women leaders in the public sector
  • Male leaders looking to implement change on an organisation level


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Stamford Plaza Adelaide
Address: 150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Conference Room: Crystal Room
Workshop Room: Clare Room
T: (08) 8461 1111
Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel Accommodation is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. Only 10 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Adelaide's premier beachside suburb, Glenelg. The hotel is conveniently located opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Casino and Parliament House, and within walking distance to Adelaide Oval, the Festival Centre, River Torrens, Adelaide's historic parklands, cinemas and boutique shopping.