The LGPro Women’s Professional Development Forum addresses the issues, opportunities and challenges facing women working in the sector. It supports career development and provides personal growth strategies and shared approaches to addressing these issues.

About the Event

The 2022 Women's Professional Development Forum was held on 9 November in East Melbourne.  

Returning in-person for the first time since 2019, the program included choices between multiple concurrent sessions which addressed issues, opportunities and challenges for women in the sector at both the personal and professional levels. Delegates were able to participate, ask questions and have the opportunity to actively contribute to the conversations and the issues being discussed in what was an unmissable event for women in local government (and male allies across the sector).

2022's keynote presenters

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta began her radio-life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago, where she coordinated live music broadcasts and hosted several shows including Detour and Breakfasters. She made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as Music Director for Local Radio. As well as presenting The New Music Show on ABC Radio, she has produced and presented a number of national broadcast events. Jacinta has lived with Crohn’s Disease for over 20 years and is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association and speaks and writes about the impact of living with chronic illness. She is also an active member of the arts and music community and is a board member for Melbourne disability theatre company, Rollercoaster.

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a journalist, author and one of Australia’s leading workplace and leadership commentators. During a long career with the Australian Financial Review she wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column and was deputy editor of Boss magazine before leaving in 2012 to set up her own advisory business. Catherine has written several books, including “Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces Is Everybody’s Business” which was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her latest book “Women Kind” (with Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement. She was named in the Financial Review/Qantas 100 Women of Influence list for 2018 and is a gender equality adviser to the Australian Defence Force, sits on the Australians Investing in Women board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

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