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Public Sector Women In Leadership Summit


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The Women Leaders Institute is delighted to announce our 7th Annual Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit returns to Canberra this November – with a renewed focus on bold leadership and resilience
2020 has been the biggest leadership test for many of us. As restrictions ease but the pandemic continues, how prepared are you to lead in this new normal? 
Join us this November at the Public Sector Women in Leadership Summit, where we bring together exceptional leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions to: 
  • Explore the most effective leadership tools, tips and techniques you need to inspire, support and motivate your teams through these uncertain times 
  • Navigate with confidence to take the next step in your leadership journey 
  • Share and celebrate your wins with like-minded leaders as we reaffirm our commitment to diversity in leadership even during the most challenging of times!  
With our additional virtual platform, speakers and delegates can join us from across Australia, enabling our community to keep learning and building new and lasting relationships. You can either join us in-person or from the comfort of your home or office. Whichever option you choose, you will have the opportunity to participate in outcome-focused workshops, engage with our speakers in real-time, and even take part in networking games – making it a highly interactive, truly unique and valuable experience for you to gain the essential leadership insights you need today. 
For the last eight years, the Women Leaders Institute has consistently delivered a high-impact leadership conference for emerging and established women leaders to be inspired, connect and grow in a safe space. Join the community and find out more at
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Featured Speakers

Helen Watchirs

President and Human Right Commissioner

ACT Human Rights Commission

Cindy Reese Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

The Mill House Ventures, Winner, ACT Woman of the Year

Julie-Anne Guivarra

Ambassador for Gender Equality

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Vanessa Roarty

Head of Capability

Digital Transformation Agency

Yaso Arumugam

Chief Information Officer

National Archives Australia

Heidi Prowse

Chief Executive Officer

Mental Illness Education ACT, Winner, 2020 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the year

Ritu Clementi


The Girls Leadership Network

Jen Wittwer CSM

International Consultant, Mentor, Coach, Author and Founder

Steorra Consulting

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Knowledge Partner

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Why Attend

  • Hear from some of Australia’s most influential public sector leaders on leadership in today’s uncertain climate – lessons learnt from the crisis 
  • Success stories, leadership tips and personal anecdotes on progressive leadership from successful male and female leaders
  • Take away strategies for mastering adaptability during turbulent times 
  • Learn to implement and maintain effective flexible initiatives in a post COVID-19 environment to create more opportunities for women to thrive in your workplace 
  • Position yourself and your organisation to thrive, bounce back, and grow from adversity 
  • Sharpen your leadership skills in resilience, stress management, and negotiation to lead effectively in an everchanging environment 
  • Learn to coach and sponsor the best leadership talent for your organisation  
  • Realise the benefits of implementing effective mental health and wellbeing strategies in your organisation 
  • Network with like-minded leaders, create meaningful connections, and share best practice strategies in taking your career to the next level 
  • Benchmark your D&I strategy and initiatives to drive business performance and unlock greater productivity 

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 Conference 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

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Public Sector Women in Leadership Venue

The Public Sector Women In Leadership Summit will be taking place from 24-26 November 2020 at:
QT Canberra
1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601
Conference Room: Ballroom 3
T: +61 2 6247 6244
Set along the London Circuit road, this chic upscale hotel is 1.6 km from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, and a 12-minute walk from the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Polished, design-focused rooms come with balconies, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as minibars and desks. Some offer lake views, and suites add living rooms. Room service is available. There's an Italian-inspired bar and grill, an invitation-only lounge and a speakeasy-style bar, plus a barber shop.
Parking: Parking is available for a fee.