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

Women in Leadership Summit Melbourne 

The Women Leaders Institute is delighted to announce the return of the 7th Annual Women in Leadership Summit, taking place in Melbourne from 16-18 March 2021. 
A new era of leadership has dawned since the COVID-19 pandemic as we now face a new kind of pressure to lead effectively through rapid change and uncertainty. While this pandemic has reshaped the notions of female leadership, highlighting empathy and compassion as critical leadership skills, this crisis has also widened the gender equity gap
Now in its 7th year, we have once again brought together some of Australia’s most inspiring and successful leaders to share their leadership experiences at our annual Women in Leadership Summit. Leading organisations including Salesforce, Victoria Police, Aurecon, Optus, NBN and many more...
Since 2012, 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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Pre Conference Workshop

Cultivate Your Emotional Awareness to Access Your Best Self 

Redefine how you Lead in an ever-changing world 

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Melbourne CBD 

Facilitated by:  Georgia Ellis, Founder, Blue Chip Minds 
Agenda Overview: 
Session 1: The Science of Self  
Session 2:  Empowered to Lead 
Session 3: Setting Boundaries to Thrive in Work & Life  
Session 4: Magnifying Empathy to solve wicked problems 
Book your workshop place as part of your conference package.  

Featured Speakers

Dr Niki Vincent

Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner

Lisa Alexander

Former Head Coach

Australian Diamonds National Women’s Netball Team

Sue Morphet

Non-Executive Director

The Arnott’s Group, Mosaic Brands and Asaleo Care

Dr Ian Watt AC


International Centre for Democratic Partnerships; ADC Advisory Council; Australian Governance and Et

Pip Marlow

Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand


Martine Letts

Chief Executive Officer

Committee for Melbourne

Tania de Jong AM

Chief Executive Officer

Creative Universe, Member of 100 Women of Influence, Member of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Entr

Andrew Crisp APM

Emergency Management Commissioner

Emergency Management Victoria

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Women in Leadership Partners



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Reasons to Attend

  • Hear from Victoria’s first Gender Equality Commissioner on the government’s commitment to advancing gender equity and empowering the next generation of female leaders. 
  • Be inspired by the leadership journeys of high-performing CEOs and gain practical advice and tips to advance in your career. 
  • Take part in our high-impact leadership workshops – whether you are an emerging leader looking to become a more effective manager or an established leader hoping to progress to the C-Suite, we have tailored these workshops to your leadership experience. 
  • Network and connect with like-minded leaders at an in-person event – after months of lockdown! 
  • NEW FOR 2021: Bring along a male ally (at no extra cost!) to our Stronger Together: Allyships & Partnerships sessions on the morning of Day Two. Let’s break out of our echo chambers and work together to build a stronger business case to redesign organisational DNA.  
  • Learn to bridge the gender gap in your C-suite and boardrooms with The Kraft Heinz Company, Link Group ADC Advisory Council and NBN Co – one of our 50/50 gender balanced panels. 
  • Engage in our interactive roundtable discussions, and receive immediate, constructive feedback on how to progress your leadership development
  • Learn how your organisation can accelerate leadership opportunities for women in minority groups from our outstanding diverse line-up of D&I experts from Fitted for Work, ACON, Victoria Police, AGL Energy and Cricket Australia. 

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 


Group Discounts




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The Women in Leadership Summit Melbourne will be held on 16-18 March 2021 at:
The Events Centre at Collins Square
Level 5, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3008
Conference: Assembly 1-2
WorkShop: Assembly 4-5
T: +61 3 9252 7670
How to get there: To get information about the routes and navigation please click here.
Parking: To know the parking information please click here.