Women in Public Sector Leadership

One day conference

Events - 13 Nov 2018
The need to address barriers inhibiting women's success in the workplace is widely recognised. Recent discussions have highlighted that significant cultural change is required to achieve workplace equality.

Are organisations doing as much as they can to support and promote women? Are women equipped with the tools they need to seize new career opportunities as they arise?  

IPAA WA's Women in Public Sector Leadership 2018 full day conference provided participants with an opportunity to hear from inspiring leaders and experts on how to meaningfully implement change.

The linke-up of exceptional presenters helped participants discover how to harness their abilities to succeed in the modern workplace.


Emma Hogan - NSW Public Service Commission: Strategic Directions –Towards 2025

Rebecca Cassells - The Gender Pay Gap: What it is, Why and How to Beat it

Sarah Janali - City of Stirling initiative

Jennifer Baxter - Fathers and mothers: work and care

Catherine Fletcher - Gender Pay Gap What is it, why and how to beat it


See below

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Keynote Speaker

Ms Emma Hogan 
NSW Public Service Commission
Emma joined NSW Government as the NSW Public Service Commissioner in May 2018, after an extensive c-suite career in the private sector working with iconic Australian brands across hospitality, retail, aviation and media and entertainment.    
Emma’s career spans executive leadership roles in people (HR), culture, communications, customer experience, digital, and business transformation in environments that have included start-up, growth, acquisition, disruption, maturation and divestment.  Emma has led teams of up to 5000 people both in Australia and off-shore.
Emma holds post graduate qualifications in HR & Business Management and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.  Emma is also a non-executive director on the board of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).  


Rika Asaoka
Director/Training Facilitator
Language and Culture Pty Ltd
Having lived and worked in Japan, Australia and Malaysia for over 25 years in positions of Japanese Language Trainer, Interpreter, Consultant and Senior Marketing Manager, Rika has acquired an in-depth knowledge and experience in working across different cultures.
Over the years, she has worked with a number of multi nationals across a wide range of sectors including motor, steel, manufacturing, trading, and service industries. Her clients have included National Panasonic, Toyota Motors, Hyatt, Nissan Motors, Sony, Ericsson, Proton, and KSPC.

Dr Jennifer Baxter
Senior Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Jennifer Baxter is a senior researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, with a keen interest in the way in which work and family intersect. While currently managing the evaluation of the Australian Government’s child care package, she continues to pursue research using various Australian data sources, to paint a picture of how employment fits into the lives of mothers and fathers. 

Freya Corboy
Head of Customer Care

Freya started her Bankwest journey in 2008 when she came on board to manage the ATM fleet. From there she worked across a variety of different roles with a key focus on applying her strategic thinking and leadership experience to turnaround business units and teams. Her belief in leaving things better than when she found them, delivering multiple projects, and designing and implementing change, has led to her current role as Head of Customer Care. 
Prior to Bankwest, Freya gained extensive leadership experience in both the payments and retail industries. A diverse thinker, she holds a BA in political science & history as well as an MBA. Passionate about developing future leaders she actively mentors and develops new and emerging leaders to help them understand themselves and their career options. As well as passing on her knowledge to Bankwest colleagues, she volunteers for the ABCN network and the Youth Affairs Council of WA.
Freya enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs outdoors, entertaining family and friends in her newly renovated home and has been known to partake in karaoke without too much encouragement. 

Ms Rebecca Cassells
Associate Professor
Bankwest-Curtin Economics Centre 

Rebecca is Principal Research Fellow with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. Rebecca has a diverse research portfolio that deals both with research methods and policy evaluation. Her principal areas of research include: poverty and disadvantage, social exclusion, wealth and superannuation; child and youth wellbeing; education; geographic differentials and gender divisions. She has led major commissioned research reports for government, private sector and not-for-profit organisations. Her work has been influential in driving public debates and influencing policy and legislation. Rebecca also serves Chair of the ACT Women in Economics Network. 

Ms Tania Cecconi
Executive Director
CEOs for Gender Equity
Tania currently leads a group of CEOs who want to turn the dial on gender equity in WA. WA currently lags on gender equity measures nationally. As executive director for CEOs for Gender Equity she aims to get #genderontheagenda in every boardroom and executive leadership team as a strategic priority. She does this by approaching gender equity as a leadership challenge and opportunity; facilitating meaningful peer-to-peer discussion, learning and action to achieve change.
Ms Catherine Fletcher
Acting Information Commissioner
Office of the Information Commissioner
Catherine Fletcher holds law degrees and a graduate diploma in business management from the University of Western Australia. She was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1991. For most of her career, Catherine has worked as a legal officer in the public sector at both State and Commonwealth agencies including at the (formerly named) Crown Solicitors Office, at the Commonwealth and State Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and at Legal Aid WA. 
Catherine has been a close observer of the progress of gender equity initiatives in both law and public administration.
Ms Sarah Janali
Team Leader, Cultural Diversity & Community
City of Stirling
Sarah Janali has a MA in International & Community Development. She has worked in the community development and cultural diversity space for 15 years. For the past 11 years Sarah has worked with the City of Stirling and currently leads the City’s Cultural Diversity & Community team. In 2015 she received a Churchill Fellowship to conduct overseas research (Canada, US, Europe) into the role local governments are playing in responding to migration and cultural diversity. In 2016 she was awarded the LG Professionals Community Development Network Young Leader award. 
Ms Jackie Jarvis
Chief Executive Officer 
The Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of WA 

Jackie Jarvis is the CEO of the Rural, Regional Remote Women’s Network - WA’s pre-eminent communication network for inspiring & connecting regional women; championing their role in our communities and advocating on their behalf. 

Since a high profile Sexual Harassment case involving one of the members the RRR Network hit the media, Jackie has worked hard to raise awareness of the #metoo issue, and to communicate the impact on individuals and organisations. Jackie wants to start a new conversation that will see employers take a restorative approach that values employees, creates a process to save organisations time and money but, most importantly, alleviates further trauma for those involved. 

Nathan Schmook
Managing Editor
Direct Advice for Dads

Nathan is the managing editor of Direct Advice for Dads, a website set up by health insurer HBF to support new and expecting fathers. He has a particular interest in parental leave and how Australian workplaces can support new parents share the load, publishing a list of the Top 20 Workplaces for New Dads in 2018. Nathan spent 10 years as an AFL journalist before joining HBF. 

Dr Sonia Sharp

Sonia brings 17 years of experience as a senior executive in the public sector, spanning health, human services, education and justice. 

A former Deputy Secretary in the Victorian State Government, she combines a sound appreciation of Departmental requirements with practical experience of leading sustainable change in large, complex organisations and systems. Her insights into how to deliver change and make it stick is grounded in a unique blend of research, policy and practice. She is an expert in adult learning and human capacity building and known for her engaging and impactful approach. 

Sonia has an international profile, having worked in Australia and the UK and has published widely with her writing translated into a number of languages. As an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University, she works closely with the positive psychology team to establish strategies for strengthening resilience within young people through universal services.

Currently Sonia is a Partner in EY’s People Advisory Services and continues working as a trusted partner to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.