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10:40am – 11:00am​

11:00am – 12:30am

9:00am – 9:10am

12:30pm – 01:30pm

1:30pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm – 3:20pm

3:20pm – 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:20pm

Session 2

Session 1

Session 3

Session 4

Agenda for

the Brisbane


Friday 6 October 2017​

River Room, Customs House

Friday 6 October 2017​

River Room, Customs House


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Catherine clark

​Chief Executive Officer, Netball Queensland

Catherine is an experienced Board Director, CEO and Senior Executive with a background in government, the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Her background in sport as an athlete and coach has translated into a passion and track record for achieving results by building effective high performing teams and organisations in her many leaderships roles. Catherine’s career includes senior roles in Sport and Recreation New Zealand, CEO roles at GymSports New Zealand and Gymnastics Australia through the Beijing, London Olympic and Delhi Commonwealth Games Cycles. In 2015 Catherine left a strategic HR role with the Queensland Government’s Department of Education and Training to take up the CEO post at
Netball Queensland.​​




Personal and professional resilience is not only about strength through adversity but the ability to grow and adapt as a result of disruption. In this way we learn to move forward stronger than before. Participants are asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic level and through their leadership build resilience in their teams and manage challenging situations more effectively.​

Anna Marsden

​Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Anna has worked extensively across the Queensland creative and not for profit industries in managerial, marketing and business development roles for nearly two decades. Before taking up the role of Managing Director in 2016, Anna was CEO of Queensland Ballet where she led a major change program resulting in enormous growth. She previously held roles as General Manager – Creative at Rowland, Australia’s leading corporate communications agency, Development Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA, and General Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. Anna holds board positions with Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Circa.​​




Through the Managing Your Career Path session, we will consider where we are now and where we would like to be, and what we need to do to get there.  We will also explore some less obvious ways of approaching career transitions, how to build and establish networks for satisfaction and success, and how to develop a focused career action plan that makes the most of your attributes.

Rowena Richardson

​Director of Standards, Best Practice and Evaluation, Queensland Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management

Rowena is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation for the Emergency Management Assurance Framework, including the Standard for Disaster Management in Queensland. She also leads the Emergency Management Assurance and Excellence program, a tiered approach to evaluation and assessment activities, to review and assess the effectiveness of Queensland's disaster management arrangements. Targeted reviews and system analysis identify risks, gaps and prioritise improvements for community outcomes. These activities provide confidence in emergency management arrangements in Queensland. Rowena’s role builds on lessons identified and good practice initiatives to drive a culture of emergency management excellence.​​




In today’s fast paced environment, change is something we all have to face. As leaders it is imperative that we understand the effects of change, how to engage people in change and how to support others through the change process. Change can be anything from minor alterations to workflow systems to major organisational restructures and downsizing. Many change efforts fail because the people leading them are not equipped with the skills to manage them successfully. If handled badly change can lead to negative outcomes such as confusion and wasted effort, low morale and decreases in productivity – handled well it can lead to lasting gains and increased job satisfaction. During the session, participants are asked to consider change at both a personal and strategic level and go on to learn how to enable those around them to embrace the change process and manage challenging situations more effectively.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Founder, Youth Without Borders

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social justice advocate, writer and petrol head. Debut author at 24 with the coming-of-age-memoir, Yassmin's Story, the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.


Director, Women & Leadership Australia

Kelly was born and raised in Napier, Aotearoa, and the majority of her higher education was gained at Waikato and Massey University’s. Having worked for a few years with a research organisation focusing on qualitative workplace culture, and then with the Electoral Commission, Kelly then set out to gain international experience working and living in Europe, Australia and the USA. Kelly is a registered Psychologist with extensive knowledge and experience in culture change, leadership development, human behaviour and scientific research adaptation. Kelly has diverse experience leading teams across a wide variety of industries including mining, utilities, environmental services, banking and finance and health and education. Through her role as WLA’s Head of School, Kelly has become intimately aware of the unique challenges and opportunities women face on the international stage. She is deeply committed to creating a dedicated women & leadership Initiative in New Zealand and ensuring the country’s female leaders have access to the very best developmental opportunities.




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