Breaking Barriers, Building Legacies

Join the WOMEN LEADERS INSTITUTE COMMUNITY at our upcoming summits, workshops and retreats! ​



I am truly thrilled to be joining you all at the Women in Leadership Summit in November and I look forward to meeting many of you there. 
Events like these are such wonderful opportunities to connect with incredible and inspiring women and hear more about their experiences - but importantly it’s also an opportunity for ALL us to learn more about the challenges that many of us are facing and in turn the ways that many of you are pushing through those challenges and breaking down the barriers you face in the world. 
I love the idea that this summit will also celebrate the legacies that are being built by brilliant woman. It’s an important thing to remember – often we can get caught up focusing on the challenges, forgetting to take the time and marvel at some of the achievements of those before and around us. 
Unfortunately, we know that at times women need to be reminded of the value that they bring at work, in their community and at home – to unlock that value, we need access to more opportunity as well as inclusive, safe and collaborative workplaces. I’m interested to see the insights from some of the speakers and hear how we can all build more inclusive and safe workspaces. 
UN Women Australia are proud to been given the opportunity to partner with the Women in Leadership Summit and we are pleased to announce that 10 per cent of all ticket sales will be going towards UN Women programs and initiatives around the world – working to advance gender equality for women and girls everywhere. 
This is wonderful opportunity to come together and explore some of the complex issues that are facing women in leadership – I hope you will you join me there. 
Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia 


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Connecting Cities, Connecting Leaders

In line with our vision of connecting leadership communities, tune in to select sessions from key speakers live-streamed from locations across Australia, as they share personal anecdotes and career advice for the path to progressive leadership.

The November Women in Leadership series will be delivered in 5 different locations across Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.


Take a look at what happened at our previous Women in Leadership Summit

Scholarship Opportunities


Featured Speakers

Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher

Minister for Finance, Minister for Women, Minister for the Public Service

Parliament of Australia (Virtual)

Leigh Sales AM

Australian Journalist and Author (Virtual)

Annabel Crabb

Author and Journalist (Virtual)

Hon. Linda Burney MP

Minister for Indigenous Australians (Virtual)

Catherine Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Paralympics Australia

Carol Taylor

Award Winning Lawyer, World's First Quadraplegic Fashion Designer, Disability Advocate, Non-Executive Director

Spinal Life Australia

Alice Barbery

Chief Executive Officer

Universal Store

Richard Barrett

Chief Executive - Australia New Zealand


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Official Charity Partner

Official Endorsing Partners

Media Partner

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Key Reasons To Attend 

  • Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games 
  • Be inspired by our CEO Panel: Hear how National Retail Association, Paralympics Australia, Universal Store, AECOM, Super Retail Group are leading through building trust and accountability    
  • Hear from Michelle Tuahine, First Nations Media Veteran, Member, National NAIDOC Committee on how we can uplift and advance First Nations women into senior leadership roles 
  • Engage in interactive leadership workshops and formulate a clear path of action to advance your leadership skills   
  • Find out what it takes to embrace a safe, diverse and intersectional leadership environment for all to thrive with Queensland Police, Asian Food and Film, LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation, Department of Transport and Main Roads 
  • Navigate how to step into your own power as a leader and practice purposeful leadership during times of uncertainty at our mini-masterclass sessions. Apply the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders 
  • Hear from New and Emerging Leaders on how to embrace different leadership journeys: Learn how to attract, nurture and retain high-performing women in your workplace    


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 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   
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs   
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates



190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Meeting Room: Grand Ballroom

T: +61 7 3234 2000
Parking: 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 to Hilton via levels 5 or 6. View their rates here.
Accommodation: Hilton Brisbane is offering discounted accommodation rates to attendees. You may book by clicking the links below; please adjust the check-in and check-out dates to receive the correct rates.