Women in Leadership Agenda

08:30

08:50

THE PURSUIT OF SUCCESS FOR WOMEN LEADERS IN AUSTRALIA 

09:00

  • The journey to becoming a woman leader 
  • Creating opportunities – and not just waiting for them 
  • Practical advice for aspiring women leaders 

09:30

  • Developing a better understanding of diversity in leadership  
  • Bold leadership: If we want change to happen, we have to make it happen  

10:00

  • Why we’re solving for the wrong problem when it comes to bias 
  • How to overcome the double binds of regular career advice for women 
  • The real reason men aren’t more involved – it’s not what you think! 

10:30

10:50

CHANGING THE FACE OF GENDER DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE 

11:10

  • Approaches and strategies to defeat feelings of inadequacy and being ‘lucky’ 
  • Tips on overcoming stereotypes 
  • Levelling the playing field 

11:40

  • Distinguishing inherent gender differences from implicit gender stereotypes 
  • Approaches and strategies to eliminating (unconscious) gender bias in the workplace 
  • Proactivity and accountability: Exploiting peer pressure to achieve gender diversity and equality 

12:30

12:40

01:40

Roundtable sessions allows for extended discussion among a small group and are excellent for giving and receiving targeted feedback and engaging in in-depth discussions.  
 
How it works:  
There are 5 roundtable sessions, each 30 minutes in length and each focusing on a different topic. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in 2 roundtable sessions. Each session begins with a 5 minutes introduction on the chosen topic, followed by 20 minutes of discussion and feedback. The session ends with 5 minutes of “wrap-up” on the discussion.  
 
Getting heard, getting credit, and making a difference at work  
Georgie Taylor, Divisional Head, People & Culture, Cbus Super Fund 
 
Tackling gender bias to improve organisational performance 
Georgia Ellis, Mindset Specialist, Leadership Strategy & Cultural Change Consultant, Blue Chip Minds 
 
Workplace flexibility for both men and women  
Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne 
 
Managing conflict with authenticity, courage and transparency 
Julian Clarke, Executive Director, Talent and Organisational Effectiveness, Telstra  
 
Becoming an influential leader: Living and leading with courage and conviction 
Ruth McGowan, Board Member, Victorian Women’s Trust 

02:40

PERSONAL VALUE SYSTEMS AND BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS 

03:10

  • Grappling with unconscious bias 
  • An employment lawyer’s perspective on the art of ‘leaning in’ 
  • I’m feminine because I’m feminist 

03:40

  • Establishing a personal brand based on merits instead of stereotypes 
  • Being different: The cardinal rule of personal branding 
  • Overcoming the “likeability conundrum” 

04:10

  • Facing the consequences: Social implications 
  • Overcoming assumptions and social stigma 
  • Creating a supportive working environment 

05:00

05:10

05:20

08:30

09:00

THE FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP IN AUSTRALIA 

09:10

  • Developing an appetite for change – shifting prevailing mind-sets, attitudes and behaviours to foster a gender-inclusive workplace
  • Beyond climbing the ladder of success – practical steps women can take to redefine success
  • Over the horizon: Having a vision for current and future women leaders of Australia

09:40

  • Formulating a unified diversity and inclusion strategy: What will your workplace look like in ten years? 
  • Developing and empowering future leaders 
  • Charting the path to leadership: Strategies for success 

10:10

10:20

ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS 

10:40

  • Identifying and preparing for challenges 
  • Forming practical strategies to move past traditional assumptions 
  • Managing pressures and maintaining confidence 

11:10

  • Understanding the value of mentoring for mentors and mentees 
  • Is there a difference between the ways in which men and women experience mentoring relationships? 
  • Reverse mentoring and its advantages 

12:00

  • To my younger self – the best piece of advice I did and didn’t have 
  • The road to success: Aligning your passion, determination and hard work 
  • Managing change with resilience and growing through different phases of your career 

12:30

12:40

MAKING GENDER EQUALITY MORE THAN A VALUE STATEMENT OF THE ORGANISATION 

01:40

02:10

  • Building and developing strategies to improve diversity in the workplace  
  • Having a plan: what do you want to achieve?  
  • The importance of being held accountable for change  

03:00

03:10

BUILDING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW 

03:30

  • Recognising the best opportunities to advance your career  
  • Men are real, women are (not) made up: Dealing with the beauty paradox 
  • How to be an assertive yet effective leader 

04:10

  • The ‘snowflake generation’ or agents of change?  
  • Building the leaders of tomorrow  
  • The Millennial perspective: What they have to offer 

04:50

05:00

05:10

STEP IN. SPEAK UP. STAND OUT.
 

Workshop Overview  
  
Is this you?  
  • Uncomfortable tooting your own horn? 
  • Working in a male dominated environment? 
  • Your next career step requires a more strategic and tailored approach? 
  • You have a view but don't feel heard? 
  • Sometimes lack confidence and second-guess your contributions? 
  • Working hard and not feeling recognised or rewarded adequately? 
  • Lacking leadership visibility and impact? 
 
Being great at your job is not always enough to move your career forward. Research shows that women face greater barriers to advancement and a harder path to senior leadership, but it doesn't have to be this way.  
  
With access to the unwritten rules of a male dominated environment, we can strategically manage our careers and leadership brands in a way that works for us. 
  
This is not about turning you into someone you’re not; it’s about simple yet powerful techniques for navigating your career, finding your voice and taking your place at the table.  It’s about building presence, improving visibility and strategically managing the right professional impact.  
  
“This masterclass gives women the confidence, communication strategies and cultural understanding to actively manage their leadership careers.”  
  
 
 
Key Learning Objectives 
 
  • Understand the impact of confidence on risk taking, self-promotion, reputation and results  
  • Explore personal and positional power and how that impacts confidence, visibility and results  
  • Learn the communication habits that kill leadership credibility  
  • Apply key behaviours to be heard, seen and to make an impact in meetings and presentations  
  • Develop strategies for support through sponsorship and mentoring  
  
Agenda
  
8:45 Registration and Welcome Coffee  
  
9:00 Introduction and Context  
  • The invisible rules of the corporate game and why women are the last to learn them  
  • The current state of play for women at work and how this affects you 
  • Getting clear on what success looks like for you  
  
10:30 Morning Tea 
  
11:00 Confidence  
  • Nature or nurture? The truth behind low confidence for women at work 
  • The upside of low confidence 
  • Cracking your personal confidence code  
  
12:30 Networking Lunch 
  
1:15 Communication  
  • Why women are not heard 
  • The double bind of just speaking up 
  • The communication styles that kill credibility and what to do instead  
  
2:45 Afternoon Tea 
  
3:00 Clout  
  • The trap of positional power – dealing with big egos and power players  
  • The key to empowerment beyond capability 
  • Powering up without putting people off  
  
4:30 End of Workshop  
  
Workshop Leader
  
Anneli Blundell, Speaker, Author, Influence, Leadership, Engagement, Interpersonal Skills & Communication Expert, www.anneliblundell.com 
  
Anneli Blundell is an author, speaker and communication expert (a.k.a professional People Whisperer), who helps her clients improve their communication, influence and engagement. She coaches senior women to increase their visibility, confidence and personal power for greater professional impact 
  
Her latest book, of Developing Direct Reports: Taking the guesswork out of leading leaders, is a reference guide for developing leadership performance on the job. Her next book in the pipeline, ‘Decoding Resistance: The real reason people won’t do what you want’, is a practical guide for increasing buy-in, reducing push back and navigating the daily communication barriers that impact influence, engagement and change. 
  
Oh and she’s a nifty parallel parker, a keen runner and a salsa dancing addict who has been featured as an expert across multi media publications including Foxtel's Sky News-Business Success program, The Australian - Business Review, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, The Courier Mail, HuffPost, 3AW, and Modern Business Magazine, to name a few.