Concurrent Workshops

Thursday 23 July
9.15am - 10.15am
Delegates can choose one workshop on the day to attend live and watch the other back later!


Workshop A
Unlocking you and your creativity to facilitate change 
Facilitator: Dr Heather Round, Senior Lecturer Department of Management, Deakin Business School

This interactive workshop is focused on the mechanisms and skills required to unlock your creativity and drive new ways in your team leadership and decision making.

Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their own creative skills and their preferences with regard to acting innovately, as well as considering what might be blocking them from connecting with creativity. The session will include recent cases and relevant examples to illustrate the research findings and insights which are shared in the session.

Heather Round is a creativist, pracademic and an optimist who is a senior lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at Deakin Business School, Melbourne. She has an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town and a PhD in creativity from Melbourne University. Heather’s research interests lie in the area of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Prior to becoming an academic Heather worked on large scale, technology-intensive, organisational change projects within public and private corporations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. She is passionate about connecting individuals and teams with their creative spark!

Workshop B
Preparing for a Gender Impact Assessment in your Council - practical steps and tips
Facilitator: Kerry Stubbings,
Consultant and Leadership Coach and Facilitator

This workshop is a must for all Councils!

This workshop will focus on what councils can do to prepare for undertaking Gender Impact Assessments across all areas in Councils under the new Victorian Gender Equality Act 2020, which will come into effect for all Councils in March 2021.

Kerry is currently the lead consultant for the Local Government Gender Equality Bill Pilot Project coordinated by the MAV and funded by the Victorian Government’s Office for Women. Kerry is a consultant, leadership coach and facilitator specialising in local government.  With extensive experience in senior roles in local government, State Government and the not-for profit sector, Kerry has specific expertise in managing diverse community services, strategic planning, leadership and team development, leading change and stakeholder engagement. 

Workshop C
Your next step - progressing to leadership roles
Facilitator: Nick Kelly, 
Executive Search and Selection Manager, McArthur

Thinking of taking the next step to senior leadership – this workshop is for you!

Some of you may know of Nick, but at McArthur he recruits over 100 senior executives a year to Local Government and he has extensive knowledge and understanding of what skills and experience senior leaders need for the Council sector.  You want to know what employers are looking for – here’s your chance to ask!

For 50 years McArthur has provided multi-specialist recruitment services that deliver exceptional career outcomes for candidates and outstanding business results for clients and today McArthur continue to contribute to the professionalism of the Victorian Local Government sector.  Nick has over 17 years' of recruiting experience in both Australia and the UK. 

Workshop D
Connecting with our land and communities
Facilitator: Diana David, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Victoria

Reconciliation Victoria is the state-wide body promoting reconciliation across Victoria. This means that they promote deeper understanding, respect and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In this workshop, CEO Diana David will facilitate a discussion with you to develop a shared understanding of reconciliation and tips and ideas about how to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve greater outcomes in communities.
Diana is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from the Southern Kaanju Nation Central Cape York Peninsula and Kulkagau Ya Iama (Yam Is) Western Torres Strait Islands. Diana has been the CEO of Reconciliation Victoria since 2018; the first Indigenous person to hold the role. Diana has a broad range of academic and professional credentials, including working with the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and a participant of the Cape York Leadership Academy.  She also has extensive Government sector experience, working in the past with both Aboriginal Victoria and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission.

Workshop E
We are the future leaders: Series 2 - Young Professionals Development 
In the Hot Seat - Stereotyping non-traditional roles
Facilitator: Maureen Kyne,
Workplace Crisis Strategist and Educator

Maureen started her career in health, then construction to running her own business.  

She knows first-hand what it like to counteract stereotypes in the workplace and her workshop will give you a chance to talk about stereotyping and tips for managing and responding to it.

The workshop is centered around personal development where each person learns more about themselves and why they may react or not react to certain situations. 

Since 2003, Maureen transformed her career from an extensive, corporate experience into the hugely successful and widely popular facilitator and business motivator that she is today. 

With extensive experience driving behavioural and cultural change, Maureen’s focus is ensuring your most important asset - your ‘people’ – and you - don’t end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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