THE 2024 AGENDA

This International Women’s Day week, join more than 30 extraordinary thinkers, advocates and leaders to reset. Together we’ll pause, take stock and, perhaps more than anything, learn to have some fun again. FW Leadership Summit 2024 has been carefully curated to support the next stage of your career, and to ensure you leave feeling reinvigorated, ready to take on the year ahead.

Monday, March 4, 2024
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with Deputy Managing Director, Jamila Rizvi.

Jamila Rizvi
10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

With FW's Community and Program Development Manager, Emily Lienert. 

Emily Lienert
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Grace is perhaps the most mysterious but necessary of human qualities. But we live in an era when grace is an increasingly rare currency. How can we create ways to find meaning and dignity in connecting with one another, and build on our shared humanity by being kinder, bigger and better? Delivered by award winning journalist and best-selling author Dr Julia Baird.

Dr Julia Baird
10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Dr Julia Baird takes questions from the virtual and in-room audiences.

Dr Julia Baird Deborah Knight
11:05 AM - 11:45 AM

From baby boomers to generation Z, our age and career stage shape our skills and expertise but also how we relate to one another in a professional setting. Can we acknowledge and celebrate the unique strengths and innovation each of us brings or are we doomed to fight the generation wars forever? With Sarah Derry, Hannah Diviney, Taylah Gray, Ruby Leahy Gatfield & Jacob Stanley.

Sarah Derry Hannah Diviney Taylah Gray Ruby Leahy Gatfield
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Systems abuse is pervasive but very few people are aware of it. In this session, CommBank's Head of Customer Vulnerability, Caroline Wall, speaks with Lula Dembele, an advocate and victim-survivor of family violence, unpack this form of coercive control. They’ll discuss the need for organisations to do more to tackle systems abuse, and shine a light on how the banking sector is combating one of its key components - financial abuse.

Caroline Wall Lula Dembele Deborah Knight
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

In this interactive session, renowned mindfulness practitioner, Chelsea Pottenger, takes a deep dive into breathing deeply. She’ll teach us how breathwork can boost our physical, mental and emotional state, empowering us to take charge of our wellbeing. We each take around 20,000 breaths a day - here’s your chance to make the most of them.

Chelsea Pottenger
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Served at your tables, with time and space to connect through conversation.
 
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

We all know and admire women leaders and the narratives of their career success. But what about the nuts and bolts of how they actually made it happen? Five leaders share the stories and insights behind one specific action, choice or change that turbocharged their career trajectory. With Lynda Edwards, Associate Professor Rebecca Deans, Dr Shireen Morris, Lieutenant General Natasha Fox AO and Professor Yvonne Breyer.

Associate Professor Rebecca Deans Lynda Edwards Lieutenant General Natasha Fox AO Dr Shireen Morris Professor Yvonne Breyer
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Authenticity, honesty and open communication are essential to fostering positive work environments. But bringing your whole self to work can be easier said than done, especially when you don’t feel entirely welcome or included. What are the real-world advantages of being a genuine leader and allowing our teams to become the same - and how do we get comfortable doing it? With Ruveni Kelleher, Dr Lisa Pryor, Kim Lehmann and Winnie Dunn.

Ruveni Kelleher Dr Lisa Pryor Winnie Dunn Kim Lehmann Helen McCabe
3:15 PM - 3:40 PM

It’s been another big year for FW and our members, subscribers and supporters. An informative chance to be part of the FW conversation as we open the floor, and the virtual chat, for questions. With Managing Director Helen McCabe and Deputy Managing Director Jamila Rizvi.

Helen McCabe Jamila Rizvi
3:40 PM - 3:45 PM

Reflect on what you’ve heard, learned and discussed and look forward to day two with FW Managing Director Helen McCabe.

Helen McCabe
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

With special guest, ARIA award winning musician and best-selling author, Clare Bowditch.

Clare Bowditch Jamila Rizvi
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
9:30 AM - 9:35 AM

Welcome back to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with FW's Head of Commercial, Dymphna James Scott.

Dymphna James Scott
9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

With Australian Indigenous Education Foundation's scholarship student, Jacinta Barker. 

Jacinta Barker
9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

Dr Anne Summers AO has been a formidable force in feminism for more than 50 years. For decades, her books, journalism, policy work and public advocacy have captured women’s fight for equality, and imagined for us a way forward. In her keynote address, the Damned Whores and God’s Police author reflects on the women’s liberation movement - from its origins in the 1960s to the present day and beyond. Delivered by Dr Anne Summers AO, Professor at UTS Business School and feminist trailblazer.

Dr Anne Summers AO
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Statistically, there is no ‘good’ age to be a woman at work, with women regularly labelled ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for promotion or career advancement. And when single women over sixty are the most likely group to live in poverty and three quarters of menopausal women say they feel self-conscious about symptoms at work – something has got to give. How do we create supportive workplaces for women at every age and stage? With Bianca Spender, Susan Pearce AM, Dr Fatima Khan and Taryn Williams.

Susan Pearce AM Bianca Spender Taryn Williams Dr Fatima Khan
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel from "Breaking down age barriers and redefining success" takes questions from the virtual and in-room audiences.

Helen McCabe
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Recognising extraordinary woman or gender diverse person who has made history in their field, paving the way for others to succeed.

Chanel Contos
11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

Whether you’re striving for career success, personal fulfilment or to improve your overall wellbeing, learning to overcome self-doubt it an essential skill. But what are the steps required to achieve it? Five leaders reflect on the psychology of mindset, share their actionable insights and practical techniques to turn self-criticism into self-belief. With Akii Ngo, Brooke Boney, Shelley Laslett, Dr Laura Kirby and Josie Clarke.

Brooke Boney Akii Ngo Dr Laura Kirby Shelley Laslett Josie Clarke
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate an outstanding FW mentor for their commitment to helping others succeed.

 
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Served at your tables, with time and space to connect through conversation.
 
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

She’s well known for her food and fashion, but Melissa Leong never set out to be a star. That hasn’t stopped her from becoming a much-loved TV personality, earning her a Gold Logie nomination and the coveted judge’s job on hit show, Master Chef. In this intimate conversation with FW’s Jamila Rizvi, Melissa talks about what it’s like to be a woman of colour in the spotlight, and explains why saying ‘yes’ has been the secret to her success.

Melissa Leong
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

In 2024, workplaces look very different from what they did twenty, ten or even five years ago. Think about: the shift to hybrid environments, agile but unclear teams, training for trainings sake, systemic understaffing, operational bottlenecks and a lack of meaningful diversity and inclusion. How do leaders foster positive, productive working environments in uncertain times? With Rana Hussain, Wesley Rogers, Rearn Norman, Cliff Bingham and Russell Grady.

Rana Hussain Wesley Rogers Rearn Norman Cliff Bingham Russell Grady
2:15 PM - 2:40 PM

Huge leaps in technology have meant equally huge changes in the workplace. From ChatGPT to hybrid working, the way we work is rapidly evolving. In this timely and insightful session, we’ll hear from industry experts in artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and data science. Join FW’s Lauren Beckman as she asks our panellists what the future holds and how we should prepare for it. With Andrew Meares, Vi Nguyen and Alastair MacGibbon.

Andrew Meares Vi Nguyen Alastair MacGibbon
2:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Delivered by Assistant Commissioner of Relieving and Special References of Victoria Police, Libby Murphy.

Libby Murphy
2:50 PM - 3:15 PM

Get ready for a pep talk to remember. Have you ever considered the minutes and hours of your day that are dedicated to worrying about crises that never came to pass? What could our collective brains have achieved if we could free up that space for something more meaningful? FW Deputy Managing Director and bestselling author, Jamila Rizvi poses five questions to help define your purpose, build confidence and embark on a journey of self leadership.
Presented by Victoria Police.

Jamila Rizvi
3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Closing remarks on FW Leadership Summit 2024 with Managing Director, Helen McCabe.

Helen McCabe
Monday, March 4, 2024
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Fix yourself a cuppa, be sure to have a notebook handy and settle in.

 
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with virtual MC Alice Monfries.

Alice Monfries
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with Deputy Managing Director, Jamila Rizvi.

Jamila Rizvi
10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

With FW's Community and Program Development Manager, Emily Lienert. 

Emily Lienert
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Grace is perhaps the most mysterious but necessary of human qualities. But we live in an era when grace is an increasingly rare currency. How can we create ways to find meaning and dignity in connecting with one another, and build on our shared humanity by being kinder, bigger and better? Delivered by award winning journalist and best-selling author Dr Julia Baird.

Dr Julia Baird
10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Dr Julia Baird takes questions from the virtual and in-room audiences.

Dr Julia Baird Deborah Knight
11:05 AM - 11:45 AM

From baby boomers to generation Z, our age and career stage shape our skills and expertise but also how we relate to one another in a professional setting. Can we acknowledge and celebrate the unique strengths and innovation each of us brings or are we doomed to fight the generation wars forever? With Sarah Derry, Hannah Diviney, Taylah Gray, Ruby Leahy Gatfield & Jacob Stanley.

Sarah Derry Hannah Diviney Taylah Gray Ruby Leahy Gatfield
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Systems abuse is pervasive but very few people are aware of it. In this session, CommBank's Head of Customer Vulnerability, Caroline Wall, speaks with Lula Dembele, an advocate and victim-survivor of family violence, unpack this form of coercive control. They’ll discuss the need for organisations to do more to tackle systems abuse, and shine a light on how the banking sector is combating one of its key components - financial abuse.

Caroline Wall Lula Dembele Deborah Knight
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

In this interactive session, renowned mindfulness practitioner, Chelsea Pottenger, takes a deep dive into breathing deeply. She’ll teach us how breathwork can boost our physical, mental and emotional state, empowering us to take charge of our wellbeing. We each take around 20,000 breaths a day - here’s your chance to make the most of them.

Chelsea Pottenger
12:30 PM - 12:40 PM

With Commbank Head of Customer Vulnerability, Caroline Wall.

Caroline Wall
12:40 PM - 1:45 PM
Make yourself a sandwich, top up your glass of water and join a virtual networking breakout room during lunch. Networking opportunities are made available via Zoom. Please see the FAQs to test your device set up in advance.
 
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

We all know and admire women leaders and the narratives of their career success. But what about the nuts and bolts of how they actually made it happen? Five leaders share the stories and insights behind one specific action, choice or change that turbocharged their career trajectory. With Lynda Edwards, Associate Professor Rebecca Deans, Dr Shireen Morris, Lieutenant General Natasha Fox AO and Professor Yvonne Breyer.

Associate Professor Rebecca Deans Lynda Edwards Lieutenant General Natasha Fox AO Dr Shireen Morris Professor Yvonne Breyer
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Authenticity, honesty and open communication are essential to fostering positive work environments. But bringing your whole self to work can be easier said than done, especially when you don’t feel entirely welcome or included. What are the real-world advantages of being a genuine leader and allowing our teams to become the same - and how do we get comfortable doing it? With Ruveni Kelleher, Dr Lisa Pryor, Kim Lehmann and Winnie Dunn.

Ruveni Kelleher Dr Lisa Pryor Winnie Dunn Kim Lehmann Helen McCabe
3:15 PM - 3:40 PM

It’s been another big year for FW and our members, subscribers and supporters. An informative chance to be part of the FW conversation as we open the floor, and the virtual chat, for questions. With Managing Director Helen McCabe and Deputy Managing Director Jamila Rizvi.

Helen McCabe Jamila Rizvi
3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Reflect on what you’ve heard, learned, and discussed and look forward to day two with virtual MC Alice Monfries.

 
3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

Meet someone new before the day is finished and join a virtual networking breakout room. Networking opportunities are made available via Zoom. Please see the FAQs to test your device set up in advance.

 
Tuesday, March 5, 2024
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Locate yesterday’s notebook and let’s get ready to go again.

 
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome back to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with virtual MC Alice Monfries.

Alice Monfries
9:30 AM - 9:35 AM

Welcome back to the FW Leadership Summit 2024 with FW's Head of Commercial, Dymphna James Scott.

Dymphna James Scott
9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

With Australian Indigenous Education Foundation's scholarship student, Jacinta Barker. 

Jacinta Barker
9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

Dr Anne Summers AO has been a formidable force in feminism for more than 50 years. For decades, her books, journalism, policy work and public advocacy have captured women’s fight for equality, and imagined for us a way forward. In her keynote address, the Damned Whores and God’s Police author reflects on the women’s liberation movement - from its origins in the 1960s to the present day and beyond. Delivered by Dr Anne Summers AO, Professor at UTS Business School and feminist trailblazer.

Dr Anne Summers AO
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Statistically, there is no ‘good’ age to be a woman at work, with women regularly labelled ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for promotion or career advancement. And when single women over sixty are the most likely group to live in poverty and three quarters of menopausal women say they feel self-conscious about symptoms at work – something has got to give. How do we create supportive workplaces for women at every age and stage? With Bianca Spender, Susan Pearce AM, Dr Fatima Khan and Taryn Williams.

Susan Pearce AM Bianca Spender Taryn Williams Dr Fatima Khan
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel from "Breaking down age barriers and redefining success" takes questions from the virtual and in-room audiences.

Helen McCabe
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Recognising extraordinary woman or gender diverse person who has made history in their field, paving the way for others to succeed.

Chanel Contos
11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

Whether you’re striving for career success, personal fulfilment or to improve your overall wellbeing, learning to overcome self-doubt it an essential skill. But what are the steps required to achieve it? Five leaders reflect on the psychology of mindset, share their actionable insights and practical techniques to turn self-criticism into self-belief. With Akii Ngo, Brooke Boney, Shelley Laslett, Dr Laura Kirby and Josie Clarke.

Brooke Boney Akii Ngo Dr Laura Kirby Shelley Laslett Josie Clarke
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate an outstanding FW mentor for their commitment to helping others succeed.

 
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Introducing the virtual networking breakout room function with virtual MC Alice Monfries.

Alice Monfries
12:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Make yourself a sandwich, top up your glass of water and join a virtual networking breakout room during lunch. Networking opportunities are made available via Zoom. Please see the FAQs to test your device set up in advance.

 
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

She’s well known for her food and fashion, but Melissa Leong never set out to be a star. That hasn’t stopped her from becoming a much-loved TV personality, earning her a Gold Logie nomination and the coveted judge’s job on hit show, Master Chef. In this intimate conversation with FW’s Jamila Rizvi, Melissa talks about what it’s like to be a woman of colour in the spotlight, and explains why saying ‘yes’ has been the secret to her success.

Melissa Leong
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

In 2024, workplaces look very different from what they did twenty, ten or even five years ago. Think about: the shift to hybrid environments, agile but unclear teams, training for trainings sake, systemic understaffing, operational bottlenecks and a lack of meaningful diversity and inclusion. How do leaders foster positive, productive working environments in uncertain times? With Rana Hussain, Wesley Rogers, Rearn Norman, Cliff Bingham and Russell Grady.

Rana Hussain Wesley Rogers Rearn Norman Cliff Bingham Russell Grady
2:15 PM - 2:40 PM

Huge leaps in technology have meant equally huge changes in the workplace. From ChatGPT to hybrid working, the way we work is rapidly evolving. In this timely and insightful session, we’ll hear from industry experts in artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and data science. Join FW’s Lauren Beckman as she asks our panellists what the future holds and how we should prepare for it. With Andrew Meares, Vi Nguyen and Alastair MacGibbon.

Andrew Meares Vi Nguyen Alastair MacGibbon
2:40 PM - 2:50 PM

Delivered by Assistant Commissioner of Relieving and Special References of Victoria Police, Libby Murphy.

Libby Murphy
2:50 PM - 3:15 PM

Get ready for a pep talk to remember. Have you ever considered the minutes and hours of your day that are dedicated to worrying about crises that never came to pass? What could our collective brains have achieved if we could free up that space for something more meaningful? FW Deputy Managing Director and bestselling author, Jamila Rizvi poses five questions to help define your purpose, build confidence and embark on a journey of self leadership.
Presented by Victoria Police.

Jamila Rizvi
3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Reflect on what you’ve heard, learned, and discussed with virtual MC Alice Monfries.

Alice Monfries

Closing remarks on FW Leadership Summit 2024 with Managing Director, Helen McCabe.

Helen McCabe

Subject to change. Further speakers to be announced shortly.