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

Conference | 3rd - 4th December View Full Program 
Workshop | 5th December View Full Program




Melinda Gates said “Strong women empower other women”
While significant progress has been made towards gender equality in Australia, there is still much work to be done to ensure workplaces offer the same opportunities and rewards for men and women alike.

Women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions and board roles. The gender pay gap in Queensland is among the highest in the country, at 18 per-cent. And yet, gender equality will benefit everyone. This is a joint effort that transcends gender and industry and will drastically improve the social and economic future of Queenslanders.

So let’s empower one another at the 6th Annual Women in Leadership Summit Brisbane.

Are you having difficulty getting your voice heard as the only woman in the room? Do you want to become more aware of strategies for eliminating unconscious bias? How can you be an assertive and effective female leader?

Hear from Queensland’s leading public and private sector figures. Soak up the wisdom of those who have gone before you, share and learn from their experiences. Attend this conference and realise your potential. 

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We know that equality matters. We’re confident that the number of women in leadership positions needs to increase. But how do we turn these truths into a reality? What are the next steps? In this workshop you will be provided with practical strategies for how to transform into a stronger leader that can change your organisation from within. 
There will be opportunities for self-reflection, goal setting and strategy-development so that you will walk away from this workshop with the confidence and the skills to further establish yourself as a leader, or better support emerging leaders.  


Key learning objectives: 

  • Identifying self-leadership style – learning to embrace feminine leadership styles  
  • Identify and establish personal brand, enabling individuals to create their elevator pitch  
  • Learn how to identify different styles of people and how to leverage this style difference for the best possible outcomes (commercial and interpersonal).  
  • Understand the elements of becoming an inclusive and authentic leader, and what’s needed to shift the culture more broadly.  
  • Identify what each individual can do to champion the inclusion agenda within their sphere of influence to impact an inclusive culture.  
  • Understanding the work vs. life balance and developing strategies to better leverage their time. 
  • Create a goal’s based action plan to implement learnings and work towards achieving their broader personal and professional goals.  


Featured Speakers

Hon Anna Bligh

Former Premier of Queensland & CEO

Australian Banking Association

Pip Russell

2018 Queensland Local Hero & Founder

Juiced TV

Cr Amanda Cooper


Brisbane City Council

Cheryl Vardon

Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner

Queensland Family and Child Commission

Katarina Carroll


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Megan Barry

Acting Deputy Commissioner

Queensland Public Service Commission

Irene Violet

Assistant Director-General, Responsive Government

Department of Housing and Public Works

Sandra McLean

Director People and Engagement

Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

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Session highlights:

  • Former Premier Anna Bligh 
The Honourable Anna Bligh has broken glass ceilings wherever she has gone and continues to advocate for women’s rights. She will share her journey of becoming Queensland’s first female premier, and her leadership of the ABA during a time of change and reform. 
  • Australian of the Year Awards QLD Local Hero 
Pip Russell tells her story of moving from television fame to launching Juiced TV, an initiative that changes how sick kids experience hospital. Be inspired by her vision to find meaning and purpose in work. 
  • Millennial Panel 
How can you pave the way for the next generation of female leaders? Hear directly from millennials on how to best leverage their unique abilities and experiences. Pick the brains of Brisbane’s emerging leader. 
  • Future Leadership Hypothetical 
What will leadership look like in 2030? Technology is already transforming the way we work, but what is on the horizon? This session explores the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on corporate strategy. 
  • Interactive Coaching 
Engage with Brisbane’s leading professional coaches in this interactive session, which offers the opportunity to gain insights and ask questions. Come away with practical tips on how to lead with authenticity and power. 

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 Women in Leadership Summit Brisbane is a valuable source of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you.
  • Directors, Executives and Managers across all departments, agencies and councils

  • Human Resources and Workforce Planning

  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers

  • Women’s Leadership Program Managers

  • Established, emerging and aspiring women leaders in the public sector

  • Male leaders looking to implement change on an organisation level 


Team Discounts




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Pullman Brisbane King George Square

Address: Corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane 4000 
Conference Room: Kennedy
Workshop Room: King George