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


In conversation with Lee Lin Chin, the iconic former SBS news reader. Talented presenter and journalist, Lee Lin Chin has been described as one of the greatest in the history of Australian broadcasting. She will be doing an exclusive leadership interview at the Launch Party on Day 1.

Lee Lin is best known as a newsreader on SBS, a role she held for over 30 years. She began her career at the channel as a translator, but then progressed to become one of the news show’s most loved presenters. Lee Lin's wry, caustic tweets have won her cult status on social media – just ask any of her 251,000 followers. Unearth unique leadership gems from one of Australia’s most recognisable and respected newsreaders at the Women Leaders Institute’s Launch Party on the evening of Day One of the conference. 
Do you want to grow in confidence to become a courageous and game-changing leader? Does it feel like you’re coming up against invisible barriers and you want steps to overcome them? We all want the same thing – more women equipped for leadership. So how do we get there? 

For 6 successful years the Women Leaders Institute has provided a platform for inspiration, empowerment, and a safe place to connect and grow. With that in mind, we have created the Women in Leadership Summit, to bring together a community of like-minded women and men who are championing the advancement of women in leadership.

Be part of the mission and attend Women in Leadership Melbourne. Learn from and connect with successful and highly accomplished corporate and government speakers. Ask questions and share experiences in a collaborative and interactive setting. Discover your potential and make an impact.

Charity Partner:
 *Join us at our Launch Party to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Show your support by attending the conference!
See what others had to say: 
 “A truly inspirational conference.” – Project Manager, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 
Excellent mix of inspirational speakers & practical strategies. Two days well spent!” – Director, Governance & Strategic Engagement, Edmund Rice Education Australia 
A fantastic opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds & work environments who provided alternative leadership approaches to consider. It was also so inspiring to have so many incredible people in one place.” – Obstetrician and Research Fellow, Monash Health/Monash University  
All the speakers were open, intelligent and real. Fantastic content and practical steps addressing issues. Superb energy in the room!” – Marketing Manager, BSA Australia  
An incredibly motivating speaker line up that will leave you inspired and invigorated to take that uncomfortable leap of faith, and master it.” – Extension Leader, Birchip Cropping Group Inc

Women in Leadership Speakers

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

City of Melbourne

Kristen Hilton

Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner and Human Rights Commissioner

Claire Rogers


World Vision

Lisa Hardeman

Acting Assistant Commissioner

Victoria Police

Kendra Banks

Managing Director


Luke Agati



Sadhana Smiles


Harcourts Group Victoria

Melissa Hunter

Executive General Manager, People, Technology and Operations

Technology and Operations, NAB

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Women in Leadership Partners

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Why Attend

  • Hear from more than 40 leading speakers from a wide range of industries 
  • Network and connect with like-minded aspiring or established leaders  
  • Learn from trail-blazers and CEOs on how they got there and how you can too 
  • Grow in confidence to become a courageous, bold and game-changing leader 
  • Take practical steps to see more women in leadership positions 
  • Identify your own leadership style and embrace feminine leadership strengths 
  • Find out how you can start a successful mentoring partnership 
  • Overcome self-doubt and imposter syndrome 

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 


Group Discounts




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The event will be held in a premium hotel in Melbourne's CBD and attendees will be notified about the confirmed venue 4 weeks prior to the event.