Women's PD Forum: Moving Forward
Date: Thursday 25 November
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont

The 2021 Women’s Professional Development Forum is back face to face!

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.

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 made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as Music Director for Local Radio. She is the current presenter of Afternoons on ABC Radio. 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. 

Catherine Fox

Catherine is a journalist, author and one of Australia’s leading workplace and leadership commentators.  She 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” examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement.

She was recently named in the Financial Review/Qantas 100 Women of Influence list for 2018.

Concurrent sessions

There will be a number of concurrent sessions focusing on professional development for women at all levels in the sector including:

  • Making flexible work structure work for you – what are your rights/opportunities for a flexible work environment?
  • Dealing with barriers and setbacks – career, personal life – what are the strategies to deal with setbacks?
  • External Boards and committees – how do I get on a Board? What are the benefits for my career/personal growth? What skills do I need? How do I go about it?
  • Recognise and effectively deal with self-doubt and imposter syndrome
(Further details available shortly)

Panel discussion – You CAN ask that!

Title: Female councillors – insights and perspectives of leadership and serving the community.
What are the drivers to be a councillor? Who is the person behind the councillor? What do they need from council officers? What don’t they need from council officers? This facilitated discussion will allow participants to learn more in this honest account of the challenges, barriers and successes from some current and retired female councillors.



- LGPro Fellow, Professional & Young Professional Members $400
- Non-Members & WebinarHQ Members $550
- Forum plus Professional Membership $850


- LGPro Fellow, Professional & Young Professional Members $550
- Non-Members & WebinarHQ Members $730
- Forum, Dinner plus Professional Membership $1,000

Start benefiting from membership rates today! All memberships are valid for 12 months. Professional membership includes discounts, access to resources, free webinars and networking events. Read full benefits.

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When: November 25, 2021

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Don’t want the day to end? The Women’s Network Dinner commences at 6.30pm and a $20 discount is available to those attending both events.