The Women Leaders Institute runs annual summits, workshops and retreats across Australia and New Zealand to inspire and empower women across all industries. Join our community of leaders at the next event.

Message from Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia 

It was an absolute pleasure being part of the Women in Leadership Summit in November, 2022. 

Personally, I loved the opportunity to make new connections and hear stories of resilience and shared experience. It highlighted the importance of mentoring and championing the next generation of young women and girls. Thank you to all those who attended and supported UN Women Australia. Your contributions, via ticket sales, will support UN Women’s programs and initiatives, changing the lives women and girls around the world.  
We invite you to continue to be part of change. Join us on Friday 3 March 2023 to celebrate International Women’s Day. UN Women Australia holds the pre-eminent IWD events around the country and virtually. It is a day of celebration and action as we recognise the achievements of women everywhere and highlight the work that still needs to be done. The IWD 2023 theme is Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future. To buy tickets and for more information visit International Women’s Day | Get Involved | UN Women Australia
We all have the power to play an important part in advancing gender equality for women and girls everywhere.

Connecting Cities, Connecting Leaders

The Women Leaders Institute strives to provide platforms and opportunities for emerging and established leaders to be inspired and empowered to  take the next step in their career, and become influential, visionary and forward-thinking leaders for communities and businesses. 
In line with our vision of connecting leadership communities, select sessions from key speakers were live-streamed from 5 different locations across Australia - Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. 

Featured Speakers

Senator The Hon Katy Gallagher

Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

Parliament of Australia (Virtual)

Annabel Crabb

Author and Journalist (Virtual)

Tricia Malowney OAM

Chief Accessibility Advocate

Department of Transport

Sandra Hills OAM

Chief Executive Officer


Tanya Hosch

Executive General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy


Graeme Beardsell

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific (APAC)


Adam Fennessy PSM

Chief Executive Officer and Dean


Effie Gorringe

Chief Operations Officer

L'Oreal Australia and New Zealand

View all speakers

Women in Leadership Partners

Official Charity Partner

Endorsing Partners

Media Partner

View all Partners

Key Reasons To Attend 

  • Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games  
  • Be inspired by our C-Suite Panel: Hear how Benetas, Victoria Public Sector Commission and L’Oreal Australia and New Zealand managed the demands and changes of a senior executive leader 
  • Ensure you are curating a space for innovation and creativity within your teams with our ‘Lessons from Leaders’ block of sessions 
  • Navigate team burnout and stress and how to master the power of ‘no’ within the workplace at our mini-masterclass sessions. Apply the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders  
  • Pave a pathway for future leaders by implementing bold and deliberate decisions as a leader that enable a greater pipeline of diversity
  • Develop and cultivate your leadership skills in the interactive coaching clinic, learn how to excel in a male dominated industry, become an exemplar mentor and more 
  • Break down what success means to you and incorporate this into devising an effective career development strategy  
  • Become board ready and learn how to position yourself as a valuable addition within a non-executive director role    


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



Crown Conference Centre
(main entrance is at the corner of Whiteman Street and Kings Way, also accessible from Crown Promenade Hotel) 
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006 
Conference Room: Crown Conference Hall, Level 2 
Parking: For more information please click here.
Location: Use the Crown Melbourne maps to find the Conference Centre. 
Accommodation: To receive 15% off the best available rate of the day, attendees may join Crown Direct at Crown Hotels Crown Direct. Attendees will then have the option to book the room type of their choice with any of the 3 hotels within the complex.