It’s time to invest in your leadership journey at the seventh She Leads Conference – back and better than ever to convene Australia’s most compelling women leaders.

This premier event for women at all stages of their career will be held at Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU on Friday 23 July 2021, and is set to attract a diverse range of women leaders, including non-binary people, from every industry and vocation in the Canberra region and beyond. It will inspire and equip you to build your leadership skills, share stories, and will grow your capacity to thrive in your community or workplace while supporting other women.

This year’s theme is Power – and what it’s like to have it, own it, and challenge it. Through a packed program of keynote speeches, panels, seminars and networking sessions, we will explore Power as the capacity to transform and empower oneself and others. You will learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct notions of power and gain an understanding of how power influences our systems and structures, and how you can use it to the benefit of yourself and those you lead.

The complete program, speaker line-up and scholarship availability will be released soon. In the meantime, we can tell you that television presenter and personality Jan Fran will be joining us again this year as MC!

You will also hear from Walkley-award-winning journalist, author, speaker, and creator of the #LetHerSpeak campaign, Nina Funnell, as well as Gamilaroi woman, writer and academic, Amy Thunig. More to be released soon.

Want to be the first to know when our program drops? Sign up for our She Leads Newsletter or email us to register your interest.

You can learn more about our previous She Leads Conferences.

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Networking event

On Thursday 22 July, the night prior to the Conference, you’re invited to join us for an evening of networking over drinks and canapes. With a highly limited number of tickets, this special event provides attendees with the exclusive opportunity to meet like-minded people prior to attending the Conference.

The Networking event includes complimentary drinks and canapes, as well as entertainment and games. Watch this space for more details!

Who should attend?

The 2021 She Leads Conference is for you if you:

  • want to acquire the tools to reignite your leadership journey
  • are at the start of your leadership journey, and want to learn from incredible role models from across public, private and community sectors, and media and entertainment industries
  • manage a team, and want to bring them to the next level in their leadership journeys
  • want to connect with like-minded women from across Australia
  • would like to explore the notions of power in our workplaces and our society
  • want a gendered approach to your leadership growth

Speakers

Our incredible line-up of diverse and dynamic women speakers will be announced soon. For now, we’re excited to confirm that television presenter and personality, Jan Fran will be joining us again this year! You will also have the opportunity to hear from Walkley-award winning journalist, author, speaker, and creator of #LetHerSpeak Nina Funnell, as well as Gamilaroi woman, writer and academic, Amy Thunig.

Watch this space for more details to be released soon!

Want to be the first to know when our program drops? Sign up to our She Leads Newsletter or email us to register your interest.

Program

Our engaging full-day program from 9am to 5pm will be announced soon. Watch this space for more details!

Want to be the first to know when our program launches? Sign up to our She Leads Newsletter or email us to register your interest.

Boys’ clubs, we all know them, don’t we?

Whether it’s a male-dominated industry, board room, sporting arena, or even a social circle, there are spaces in our lives that are still created for, and dominated by men, so how do we break in and break them up to find our individual power?

This panel, led by renowned political reporter, Karen Middleton, will explore the gendered expectations, challenges and perceptions that women still face when entering these industries, from within the industries themselves, in the media or in the eyes of the public.

Presenting four women from different backgrounds who are not only working in these industries but are thriving in them, this conversation will also offer solutions and opportunities for women in overcoming these barriers to develop their own power in these spaces.

How many times have you been told to ‘let it go’?

As a leader, there are times where ‘letting it go’ is the difference between achieving a goal or not – maybe it’s even the ability to move in a different direction than what you were wanting for the greater good.

Being able to let go of control is a skill but how exactly is it done?

This panel, led by Women’s Agenda Editor and digital strategy guru, Tarla Lambert, will explore exactly that: how we let go of things that are outside of our control for better outcomes.

This panel is for you if you find yourself in an environment that is constantly changing.

Power! When it’s equitable it’s a glorious thing but what happens when power is unbalanced? How do we start to shift it to a more equitable space, so everyone’s stories and experiences are heard?

This discussion with four changemakers, who will provide their knowledge on how we can start to tip power imbalances with small shifts in our thinking and actions, will demonstrate how we each have the power to create meaningful change for others.

This conversation will focus on tangible things that we can all do to move the power balance to a more equitable space.

Having difficult conversations is, well… difficult, but they are an unavoidable part of any leadership position. This seminar will give you strategies that you can implement in your day-to-day life to make having these conversations more bearable, productive and efficient, so that everyone involved is heard.

Communication is the cornerstone of leadership and the foundation of a high-functioning and productive team. In this seminar, you will learn techniques in effective communication that you can take back to your workplace to help you and your team’s productivity.
What is inclusive leadership, and what does it really mean to lead authentically? This seminar will explore the importance of self-reflection, and will help you identify strategies that you can use to build an inclusive and purposeful environment for yourself and your team.

What’s included in your ticket

This is our entry level ticket. As the name suggests, it gives you access to the base She Leads Conference programming only, which includes:

  • four keynote sessions
  • your choice of panel session
  • your choice of seminar
  • morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

For those who want a little bit extra and enjoy their professional development with a side of celebration, this ticket option is for you. It gives you access to the base She Leads Conference programming, which includes:

  • four keynote sessions
  • your choice of panel session
  • your choice of seminar
  • morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

plus

  • the exclusive opportunity to meet like-minded people prior to attending the conference.

The Networking Drinks includes complimentary drinks and canapes, as well as entertainment and games. Watch this space for more details!

The ultimate She Leads Conference experience. With a highly limited number of tickets, this ticket option (only 50 available) is for you if you need a little bit more tailored help with your leadership journey, maybe you have specific questions, or maybe you just want to soak up every bit of She Leads Conference inspiration that you can.

Our VIP package gives you an all-access pass to the She Leads Conference. With this ticket you will get access to the base She Leads Conference programming, which includes:

  • four keynote sessions
  • your choice of panel session
  • your choice of seminar
  • morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea

plus

  • the exclusive opportunity to meet like-minded people prior to attending the conference

The Networking Drinks includes complimentary drinks and canapes, as well as entertainment and games. Watch this space for more details!

plus

  • a ticket to the VIP only Power Play session over the lunch break.

In Power Play, you’re invited to join leaders from the Canberra community who are leading in a wide variety of fields. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and get inspired.

In this speed networking and mentoring style session, you will be broken up into small groups and paired with an expert in a relevant field, allowing you to add contacts to your little black book over a catered lunch.

Power Play is designed for attendees in the private and public sectors and for those who own their own businesses. Spaces are limited.

Just want to come to the party and meet some like-minded women? No worries, we’ve got you covered. With our Networking event only ticket, you’ll have access to Networking drinks on Thursday 22 July, the night prior to the Conference. This networking event provides attendees with the exclusive opportunity to meet like-minded people prior to attending the Conference.

The Networking event includes complimentary drinks and canapes, as well as entertainment and games. Watch this space for more details!

Scholarships

She Leads is working to secure a number of full scholarships for this year’s Conference, which ensure equal access to this one-of-a-kind leadership event. With the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are hoping to have a wide variety of scholarship options to suit their personal circumstances. They will be announced as they are secured. Want to be the first to know about these opportunities? Sign up for our She Leads Newsletter, or email us to register your interest.

To apply for one of the Jacq Burridge scholarships, applicants should:

  • be a woman (includes non-binary people)
  • be a current full-time university student*
  • be a young woman (30 years and under)
  • commit to attending the event
  • write a 500-word article (by 16 August 2021) describing how attending the Conference has enriched your life
  • be a student at one of the following Canberra universities: University of Canberra, Australian National University, and Australian Catholic University.

Interested in providing a scholarship opportunity to women? Get in touch with Zoya Patel or call 02 6185 2000.

Partners

 

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Rubik3

Principal partner

 

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Capital Chemist

Conference friend

 

 

Want to partner with us? Email Zoya Patel or call 0455 655 330 to find out more!

Other details

Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153), University Ave, Acton ACT 2601

Kambri is the living heart of the Australian National University, located in the centre of the Acton campus.

There are several hotels within walking distance to Kambri. We recommend:

  • Novotel: Canberra’s premium hotel offering Canberra accommodation in the heart of the nation’s capital.
  • QT Canberra: boutique Canberra accommodation boasts designer rooms, free WiFi, and the world-class Capitol Bar & Grill.
  • Ovolo Nishi: an artistic hotel offering the perfect launchpad to experience the cultural highlights of Australia’s capital city.

Walking: Kambri was conceived and developed with a people-first approach, which is reflected in the well-lit and pleasant pedestrian routes that connect with the surrounding communities and facilitate active transport opportunities.

Public transport: The ANU campus is served by Transport Canberra’s high-frequency ‘Rapid’ bus services. For more information on these, check out Transport Canberra’s Journey Planner.

Bicycle: Kambri is extremely bike-friendly – in fact, the Acton campus has over forty enclosures with enough storage for more than 2,000 bikes. The best way to find out about bicycle shelters on campus is to look under ‘outdoor facilities’ on ANU maps.

Taxi: The taxi and Uber rank is conveniently located directly outside the Cultural Centre, giving easy access to all visitors coming and going.

Parking: The car park is located at the corner of Kingsley Street and Tangney Road, Acton and offers affordable, secure underground parking, utilising the latest ticketless parking system technology.

There is 15-minutes-free access to the car park for drop-offs and pick-ups, with hourly, early bird, after 5pm, weekend, event and competitive monthly rates also available.

More info and questions
If you have further questions about accommodation and transit, please email us or call 02 6185 2000.

Auslan

If required, there will be two Auslan interpreters at the event who will interpret the entire Conference and Networking Function. If you will require translators for personal conversations, please let us know.

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Wheelchair access

The venue is completely wheelchair accessible. The Conference takes place in the fully accessible Cultural Centre, Kambri. Each space is equipped with wheelchair seating accessible by ramp. Fully accessible restrooms are located in a central location.

Prayer

If you need to pray anytime throughout the day, you can access one of the breakout rooms, located within the building. Please note that the breakout rooms will not be accessible while the breakout sessions are on, from 10.45 to 11.45am, and from 2.45 to 4pm. During these times, you may access the venue’s Greenroom If you require a different arrangement, please let us know so that we can work with the venue to organise something appropriate.

Breastfeeding

The 2021 She Leads Conference is a breastfeeding-friendly event. We welcome mums and bubs to attend the event. We want this event to welcome and include every woman. Therefore, consideration to others is paramount, and children are welcome so long as all attendees are able to enjoy the event with limited distraction and interruption to others.

The venue provides a private comfortable space to breastfeed or express during the day. Please email us or call 02 6185 2000 if you have further inquiries about bringing children.

Other

If there is another accessibility inclusion not listed here that you require access to, please email us or call 02 6185 2000.

Still need help?

Reach out to our friendly She Leads Team by emailing us or calling 02 6185 2000.