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


For the last 9 years, the Women Leaders Institute has created a safe space for emerging and established leaders to be inspired, connect and grow.  
We are delighted to announce that the 8th Annual Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit returns to Canberra this November
Hear fresh perspectives from our diverse line-up of leaders, and proactively address the external and internal roadblocks that hinder your leadership growth by: 
  • Developing a comprehensive action plan to accelerate your career trajectory 
  • Fostering a culture of inclusivity and becoming a true ally to empower our intersectional women leaders 
  • Overcoming counterproductive perfectionism by nurturing your leadership skills through our Leadership Coaching Clinic  
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Featured Speakers

Kate Jenkins

Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Australian Human Rights Commission

Rt Hon. Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister

New Zealand Government

Hon. Anne Ruston

Minister for Women’s Safety; Families and Social Services

Parliament of Australia

Mary Wooldridge


Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Hon. Rachel Stephen-Smith

Minister for Health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs; Children, Youth and Families

ACT Government

Rina Bruinsma

First Assistant Commissioner

Australian Public Service Commission

Christine Holgate

Group Chief Executive Officer

Toll Global Express

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Key Reasons to Attend:

  • Hear from some of Australia’s most influential thought leaders on fostering gender diversity, equity and inclusion within the workforce  
  • Chart your leadership trajectory by applying the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders 
  • Learn to coach and sponsor the best leadership talent to grow your organisation 
  • Network with like-minded leaders, create meaningful connections and share best practice strategies in taking your career to the next level  
  • Engage in interactive leadership workshops and formulate a clear path of action to advance your leadership skills   
  • Curate an organisational culture founded on respect and recognition for talented employees from diverse backgrounds   
  • Employ best practice methods and procedures to attract, nurture and retain high-performing women in your workplace   
  • Establish allyship amongst your workforce to reduce toxic competition and collaborate as an organisation to achieve optimal outcomes 

Who Should Attend:

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 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   



The 8th Annual Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit will be held at:
QT Canberra
1 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601
Conference Room: QT Ballroom 2 & 3
Workshop Room: Studio Room 2 & 3
T: +61 2 6247 6244
Parking: Secure valet parking is available for $20 per day, or $30 overnight. To utilise this service, guests can stop in the loading zone at the front of the hotel, and give their keys to the valet staff at the main reception.