Breaking Barriers, Building Legacies


I am truly thrilled to be joining you all at the Women in Leadership Summit in November and I look forward to meeting many of you there.  
Events like these are such wonderful opportunities to connect with incredible and inspiring women and hear more about their experiences - but importantly it’s also an opportunity for ALL us to learn more about the challenges that many of us are facing and in turn the ways that many of you are pushing through those challenges and breaking down the barriers you face in the world.  
I love the idea that this summit will also celebrate the legacies that are being built by brilliant woman. It’s an important thing to remember – often we can get caught up focusing on the challenges, forgetting to take the time and marvel at some of the achievements of those before and around us.  
Unfortunately, we know that at times women need to be reminded of the value that they bring at work, in their community and at home – to unlock that value, we need access to more opportunity as well as inclusive, safe and collaborative workplaces. I’m interested to see the insights from some of the speakers and hear how we can all build more inclusive and safe workspaces.  
UN Women Australia are proud to been given the opportunity to partner with the Women in Leadership Summit and we are pleased to announce that 10 per cent of all ticket sales will be going towards UN Women programs and initiatives around the world – working to advance gender equality for women and girls everywhere.  
This is wonderful opportunity to come together and explore some of the complex issues that are facing women in leadership – I hope you will you join me there. 

Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia 


Connecting Cities, Connecting Leaders

In line with our vision of connecting leadership communities, tune in to select sessions from key speakers live-streamed from locations across Australia, as they share personal anecdotes and career advice for the undefined path to progressive leadership.
  • Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia
  • Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher, Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service, Parliament of Australia
  • Leigh Sales AM, Australian Journalist and Author
The November Women in Leadership series will be delivered in 5 different locations across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Take a look at what happened at our previous Women in Leadership Summit

Scholarship Opportunities


Featured Speakers

Simone Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

UN Women Australia

Senator The Hon Katy Gallagher

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

Parliament of Australia

Tricia Malowney OAM

Chief Accessibility Advocate

Department of Transport

Sandra Hills AOM

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

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Women in Leadership Partners

Official Charity Partner

Endorsing Partners

Media Partner

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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 
  • Bring along a male ally (at no extra cost!) for our ‘Lessons from Leaders’ block of sessions. It is time to build spaces where women and leaders can succeed, and we want it to include men  
  • 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



Crown Events and Conferences (access from Crown Promenade Hotel) 
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006 
Conference Room: Promenade, Level 1 
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.