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AGENDA

Day 1 | Tuesday, 20 August 2024

7:50

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:30

Welcome to Country

8:40

Welcome Address from the Women Leaders Institute  

8:50

Chairperson’s Opening Address

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Jennifer Gillett, National Chairperson | National Board of Directors, The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) 

SHAPING TOMORROW’S FUTURE: ALIGNING VISION & VALUES 

9:00

State Government Spotlight: Increasing Women’s Participation to Build Tomorrow’s Future

  • Exploring the latest government initiatives and grants to boost women’s participation in construction, engineering and infrastructure 

  • Strategies for shifting public perceptions to spark greater interest in the industry 

  • Strengthening Collaboration: How can private organisations participate in these initiatives? 

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Tiffany Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Construction Training Fund 

Margot Brassil, Director Women in Construction | Director, Construction Leadership Group, Infrastructure NSW 

Rebecca Casson, Chairperson, Building Industry Consultative Council; Independent Director, Infrastructure Victoria 

9:40

Graduates and Apprentices Sharing Session

  • Reflections and lessons learned from the programs  

  • Unpacking what the industry can do to attract talent and support emerging leaders  

  • Future Focus: What are your aspirations, hopes, and visions for the industry? 

10:20

Networking Activity: Get to know your fellow attendees 

10:40

Morning Tea

BUILDING BRIDGES: FOSTERING MENTORING, SPONSORSHIP & COLLABORATION 

11:10

Golden Ticket: Stand a chance to win our mystery prizes. 

11:20

Panel Discussion: Fostering Career Pathways and Strengthening Leadership Opportunities  

  • The importance of mentoring programs and relationships in bridging generational workforce gaps/differences 

  • Nurturing leadership opportunities for the next generation: What experiences, opportunities, and support can leaders provide? 

  • Developing career and leadership pathways for women at all life stages, including career breaks, for working mothers and parents returning to work 

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Vanessa Riley, Chief People Officer, Richard Crookes Constructions 


Isabel Duffy, Principal, Northrop Consulting Engineers; Director, Tomorrow's Women in Construction 


Sarah Marshall, Executive General Manager - People, Safety, and Sustainability, Fulton Hogan 

12:00

Charity Partner Presentation: Deconstructing Success: How to Engineer Tangible and Sustainable Impacts in Aboriginal Communities 

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Kristy Masella, Managing Director, Aboriginal Employment Strategy Ltd 

12:20

Networking Lunch

CHARTING YOUR GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT  

1:20

Trivia

1:30

Introduction to Interactive Scenario-Based Breakout Sessions

1:40

Interactive Scenario-Based Breakout Sessions 

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Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two breakout sessions. Each session will run for 30 minutes. 

Leadership
A: Nurturing Self Leadership 
Gain practical insights on how to take initiative and develop your leadership skills 

Simone Weston, Chief Talent Officer, L.E.K. Consulting  
 
B: Addressing Wellness and Offering Support as a Leader  
How can leaders best prepare, understand and respond to team members experiencing personal issues or tough times? 

Angela Hucker, CEO & Founder, EPIC – Empowering People in Construction Career Advancement 


Career Advancement 
C: Self-Advocacy to Achieve your Goals 
Learn to advocate for and support yourself to advance your career and achieve milestones, such as a promotion 

Teagan Dowler, Founder and Director, The BCW 
 
D: Navigating Change Management 
Strategies for personal and organisational adaption to change, including resilience  

Brenda Denbesten, STEM Empowerment Coach – CEO and Founder, Brenda Denbesten Coaching 
 
Personal Growth
E: Leading Courageous Conversations  
Strategies for developing confidence to speak up and effectively set workplace boundaries and navigate difficult conversations. 

Georgia Ellis, Leadership Coach, Mentor, and Educator, Blue Chip Minds  
 
F: Overcoming Imposterism 
Discover empowerment strategies and create an action plan to overcome imposterism  

Louise Azzopardi, Tradeswomen Empowerment Coach, Speaker and Director, Louise
Azzopardi Training and Development Solutions 

2:50

Afternoon Tea

EMBRACING COMPLEXITY & DRIVING CHANGE  

3:20

Keynote: Making Your Leadership Mark

  • Defining and establishing authentic leadership in a male-dominated industry 

  • Gaining visibility and recognition: Strategies to stand out and progress 

  • Decisive decision-making: Navigating and effectively communicating difficult decisions as a leader 

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Bardie Somerville, Site Manager, SMD Projects; Brand Ambassador, Bisley Workwear; Brand Ambassador, imar 

3:50

Chairperson’s Closing Address

4:00

Cocktail Party and End of Summit Day One

Day 2 | Wednesday, 21 August 2024

8:30

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:40

Welcome Address from the Women Leaders Institute  

9:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

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Amy Lezala, Chief Engineer – Rail, Department of Transport and Planning; Victorian Division Committee, Engineers Australia  

CULTIVATING AN INCLUSIVE & RESPECTABLE WORKPLACE CULTURE  

9:10

CEO Panel: Fostering an Inclusive and Respectful Culture

  • What are the biggest lessons, experiences, and challenges you faced in building a respectful and inclusive culture?  

  • Aligning cultures from the boardroom to the frontlines: How to ensure work dynamics and culture are consistent across your organisation, including subcontractors 

  •  Managing and leading a diverse, multi-generational workforce

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Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, Systra ANZ 


Joe Barr, Chief Executive Officer, John Holland  


Denita Wawn, Chief Executive Officer, Master Builders Australia 


Lionel Dukakis, Co-Founder and Managing Director, First Nations Traffic Management  

10:10

Interactive Session: Allyship in Action

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  • Addressing unconscious bias by asking questions and raising awareness when issues arise, including stereotypes 

  • Navigating conversations to build understanding: How can men approach DEI conversations, and how can women include and explain their challenges to men? 

  • Creating safe, supportive environments where everyone is empowered to thrive  

Fiona Krautil, Founder, Diversity KnowHow 

10:40

Lightning Address 

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Christine Khor, CEO and Founder, Peeplcoach

10:50

Morning Tea

AUTHENTICITY & RESILIENCE 

11:20

Interactive Activity

11:30

Interactive Mini Workshop: Finding Your Leadership Edge  

  • The power of leading with authenticity and courage 

  •  Adapting your leadership style to changing circumstances 

  • Building a team environment that is fit for the future of work 

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Michelle Gibbings, Workplace Expert and Author 

12:30

Networking Lunch

1:30

In Conversation Keynote: Overcoming Adversity to Drive Change in Male-Dominated Industries

  • Reflections and lessons learned on overcoming adversity, building resilience and embracing complexity 

  • Stepping outside leadership moulds and celebrating your value 

  • The importance of reaching out to and leaning on your support network during difficult times 

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Representative, The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) 

Courtney Ugle, VFLW player, Spokesperson for Domestic Violence, and Community Worker for Djirra

2:10

Comfort Break 

NURTURING PRODUCTIVE & FLEXIBLE WORKPLACES

2:15

Panel Discussion: The Next Steps to Achieving Workplace Flexibility

  • Implementing flexible workplace practices that are inclusive and set teams up for success 

  • Strategies for effectively managing teams with diverse needs 

  • Trials and Success Stories: How is your organisation improving workplace flexibility for both white-collar and blue-collar roles? 

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Moderator: Ben Crough, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Manager, John Holland  

Pilar Gómez
, Head of Organisation, Talent and Wellbeing, Acciona; Board Member, Australian Constructors Association 


Benita Husband, Engineering Director, CPB Contractors 

Cheryl Koch,
Board Member & Secretary, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand

2:55

Afternoon Tea

DEFINING YOUR PURPOSE & TAKING INTENTIONAL ACTION  

3:25

Interactive Mini Workshop: Forging Leadership Building Blocks to Chart the Journey Ahead 

  • Defining your unique purpose, values, and passions as a leader 

  • The importance of recognizing your leadership strengths and celebrating milestones 

  • Empowerment through Intention: Mapping out your goals for continued growth

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Shelley Flett, Leadership & Team, Performance Trainer, Shelley Flett Pty Ltd 

4:15

Delegate Spotlight: What key takeaways will you bring back to your organisation to build tomorrow’s future? 

4:20

Chairperson’s Closing Address 

4:30

End of Summit

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