Women in Public Sector Leadership

One day conference

This Conference is sold out.

As we plan for the 2019 conference we need to know if we have missed anybody, do we need a bigger venue? Please join the waitlist by emailing events@ipaawa.org.au.
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 presents Women in Public Sector Leadership 2018, a full day conference that will provide you with an opportunity to hear from inspiring leaders and experts on how to meaningfully implement change.

Our line-up of exceptional presenters will help you discover how to harness your abilities to succeed in the modern workplace.

Draft program now available - Click here to download

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).  

Presenters (more to come)

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. 

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. 
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.