Business empowerment, leadership and career advancement for aspiring and established women leaders

Conference | 2 - 3 December
Post-Conference Workshop | 4 December 

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In the last six years, the Women Leaders Institute has consistently delivered a high-impact leadership conference for emerging and established women leaders. Well-attended and well-regarded, the 7th Annual Women in Leadership Brisbane Summit will once again bring together the most influential and brightest minds to explore successful gender parity initiatives and the most effective tools and strategies to enable women leaders to take the next step in their leadership journey. 

In 2013, the Women Leaders Institute was created to inspire action and drive change for emerging and established women leaders through business empowerment, leadership and career advancement opportunities. Join the community and find out more at

Be part of the change at the 7th Annual Women in Leadership Summit Brisbane. Learn from and connect with successful and highly accomplished corporate and government speakers. Ask questions and share experiences in a collaborative and interactive setting. Discover your potential and make an impact.

Charity Partner:
*Join us at our Launch Party to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Show your support by attending the conference!

Featured Speakers

Hon Jackie Trad MP

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Queensland Government

Chris McMillan

Chief Executive Officer

Cancer Council Queensland

Dr Dimity Dornan AO

Founder and Executive Director

Hear and Say, Winner of the 2018 Queensland Senior of the Year

Suzie Lightfoot

Personal Brand Expert, Mentor

Jessica Mellor

Chief Operating Officer

The Star Gold Coast

Debra Cottrell


Carers Queensland

Annabel Crabb

Host & Journalist

Back in Time for Dinner, The House and Kitchen Cabinet (ABC)

Debbie Platz

Assistant Commissioner Crime Operations

Australian Federal Police

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Official Charity Partner

Knowledge Partners

Endorsing Partners

Media Partner

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Key Reasons to Attend!


  • Hear from some of QLD’s most inspirational leaders on their personal anecdotes to becoming a leader and learn how you can too
  • Establish effective and mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships  
  • Overcome self-doubt and imposter syndrome to be a more confident and effective leader
  • Gain practical advice on improving workplace flexibility and equality
  • Sharpen your leadership skills in resilience, stress management, negotiation, authentic leadership and leading in an ever-changing environment
  • Learn to recruit, coach and mentor the best talent for your organisation
  • Embrace feminine leadership and own the strengths women bring to male-dominated industries
  • Realise the benefits of effective collaboration between leaders of all stages and ages
  • Network with like-minded leaders to share best practice strategies in taking your career to the next level


Who Should Attend?

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the 7th Annual Women in Leadership Summit Brisbane is a valuable platform of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you. 
  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives  
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals 
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers 
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches 
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates  



Team Discounts




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Hilton Hotel 

190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000 
Conference Room: Queens Ballroom
Workshop: Samford
W: Please see the website here
T: +61 7 3234 2000 
Superbly located in the heart of the city, nestled between vibrant Queen Street Mall and the central business district, Hilton Brisbane combines ultra-flexible spaces, modern culinary expertise and exceptional service to make any event's vision a reality. 

How to get there from the Airport:  
Follow signs for Hendra and exit at Kingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton. Follow Breakfast Creek Rd, at Homemaker City North turn left to Queen St, left for Eagle St and right for Charlotte St. Turn right onto Albert St and right onto Elizabeth St. 

Attendees may choose to valet park for a flat rate of $58.00 per car and subject to availability. Alternatively, the Wintergarden, which is located within the hotel complex, has over 500 spaces and competitive pricing. Secure Parking has direct access into Hilton via levels 5 or 6. To view their rates click here
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