Keynote presenters

Dr Jenny Gray
As Chief Executive Officer of Zoos Victoria, Dr Jenny Gray is responsible for the running of Melbourne's three major zoos - the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Her passion for animals and the environment led to the transformation of Zoos Victoria into a Zoo Based Conservation Organisation. As President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, she is committed to improving the standards and regulations of zoos and aquariums across the world. Prior to moving into the zoo industry, Jenny held roles in both the public and private sector while working in transportation, airlines and banking.

Katie Brennan
Football player Katie Brennan will help lead the Richmond Football Club into its first season in the AFWL competition in 2020. Katie's professional football career started three years ago when she was signed as a marquee player for the Western Bulldogs ahead of the inaugural AFLW season in 2016. She went on to captain the Bulldogs for the first three seasons of the competition but at the end of 2019 decided to take up an offer to transfer to the Richmond Football Club. Outside of football, Katie owns a performance gym which has a vision to empower, educate and inspire women to lead a healthy, active and authentic life.

Tasneem Chopra
Cross-cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra speaks across the private and public sector on leadership, diversity, cultural competence and intersectional discrimination. Tasneem has recently been appointed an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is also a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), NOW Australia and Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. Previously, she was named as one of 50 Women You Need to Know in the 2017 Herald Sun International Women’s Day count, listed in Latte Magazine’s 2016 Women to Watch, The Age Magazine’s Top 100 most influential ‘Movers and Shakers in Melbourne’ and The Australian Magazine‘s Leader series of Top 10 Thinkers.

Workshop presenters

Stewart Gilles
Stewart is an efficiency and effectiveness fanatic and brings those values to everything he does. He has been with the Red Sky leadership and development consultancy since 2007 and works with companies and individuals to improve performance in the areas of leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, and influence. Stewart enjoys travelling to all regions of the world, however recently put those endeavours on hold to enjoy time parenting his two young daughters.

Helga Svendsen
Helga is passionate about empowerment and revels in assisting individuals and organisations to make the world a better place. She specialises in strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement, governance and leadership development. Building on her extensive leadership roles in government, not-for-profit and membership organisations, Helga is a Co Chair of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and Board member of the Royal Women’s Hospital.

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