Day one - Wednesday 22 July


Official opening and welcome
Ready reset go! - tuning into a new reality

12pm - 1pm
Keynote Address - Leading beyond

Rachael Robertson
2020 has required leaders to make decisions under exceptional conditions!  We can learn a lot from the youngest leader, and only second woman to have led an expedition in Antarctica under the mantra of “respect trumps harmony”.

Since returning from Antarctica, Rachael has completed her MBA, written two best-selling books, Leading on the Edge and Respect Trumps Harmony and has presented at over 1600 events around the world.

Rachael will talk about leading beyond the immediate challenging environment, how you look for opportunities and how you prepare to harness your energy to lead ourselves, our families and our teams into the future. 

1.05pm - 2.30pm
Women leading communities

New Zealand and Australia have endured unprecedented events during the past 12 months. In this session we will hear about the learnings and successes, and the importance of collaborative leadership during a time of crisis.

Leading Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, Victoria Police
Leading Senior Constable Maha Sukkar is Multicultural Liaison Officer with Victoria Police, where she promotes cross-cultural understanding to better serve the needs of the Victorian community. In her 15 year career, Maha has taken a lead role in promoting social cohesion, breaking cross-cultural barriers, and encouraging diversity within the police. Her commitment and dedication is changing the way newly-arrived communities see the police and how police think about communities.

Karen Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, SOLGM
In the lead up to Aotearoa/New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown, a response unit was convened in partnership with SOLGM, central government, local government and civil defence representatives. The COVID-19 Local Government Response Unit provided critical support to councils to continue to function effectively during the crisis including ensuring they made necessary decisions and met their legislative and regulatory requirements to carry out essential services operations during the COVID-19 response period.

4pm - 5pm
Young Professionals take your next step - We are the future leaders: Series 1

Stereotypes; Barrier or Opportunity?

Guest speaker: Rachelle Quattrocchi, Director City Services, Manningham City Council

Working within a predominately male dominated industry has certainly had its challenges, Rachelle will join us to shine the light on her experiences, stories, achievements and career successes.
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We are currently working on the program for the next Women's Professional Development Forum, stay tuned!