Chair Opening Remarks Annabel Hodges
8.25 - 8.30Main Room
Diversity in leadership & the impact it has on emerging talentLottie Laws
8.30 - 9.00Main Room
A look into how diversity at executive leadership level influences tomorrow's leaders, and why it's essential for companies to embrace. Why it's important for aspiring career women to surround themselves with not only a diverse support ecosystem, but also to have positive role models.
Purpose to Profit: The new business paradigmSusie Bayes
9.00 - 9.30Main Room
We’re in the midst of a business revolution where there’s increasing demand from consumers, employees and investors for brands to stand for something more than just profit - and this demand is proven to translate into driving actual business results. But much of the time this shift doesn’t seem to align to the work we’re doing in digital. How can women of the web bring purpose to life in their everyday work and be taken seriously. How can you be an intrapreneur who helps drives the conversation around purposeful profit?
Career Changes: Writing your own script Adeline Tan
9.30 - 10.00Main Room
Careers in digital are fluid and progression is often not linear. Adeline will share her professional journey and three key pivots she’s made from tech to marketing, marketing to digital and financial services to e-Commerce with some key challenges and lessons learnt along the way.
Break Day 110.00 - 10.20Main Room
Why representation matters & how to do it better Melanie Mahony
10.20 - 10.50Main Room
Online media and advertising plays a huge role in shaping how people see the world, what they think matters and what's considered ‘normal’. Therefore as creators, curators and gatekeepers of the web it's our responsibility to be conscious of how we cover and capture the world. This talk will cover how and why we need to take action towards better diversity and representation in who we choose to create, host or feature in news, content or advertising.
Workshop: The Future is Feminine led by Taminda Pollé & Kathryn Alexander Kathryn Alexander
Taminda Pollé
10.50 - 11.05Main Room
This unique and highly controversial subject will be used as a backdrop to illustrate how to measure and validate the impact of applying feminine attributes within the architecture of next-generation digital technologies and transformation programs.
Panel Session: Content Is QueenSarah Liu
Jess Blanch
Jocelin Abbey
Angela Blackman
11.05 - 12.05Main Room
As content continues to diffuse & the lines between platform & publisher continue to blur, how do digital media companies stay relevant? What other new (or old) areas of content are brands investing in? How do networks, studios, digital publishers, etc. collaborate to build meaningful partnerships that reach new audiences in today’s world? What are the biggest challenges/obstacles you face in your day-to-day job as it relates to distributed storytelling? The challenges & ethics around data and how one uses data to craft digital & media strategies, including content production, audience growth & competitor benchmarking. How are you shaping your digital offerings & driving new customer experiences?
LunchDay 112.05 - 13.00Main Room
Owning the changeCarla Webb-Sear
13.00 - 13.30Main Room
Change is a constant. That’s nothing new, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy. Carla’s been in the industry for more than 20 years. She’s seen a bit of change and learnt a lot along the way. She’ll speak about how to set yourself up for constant change as a leader, how to drive change yourself and how to work with those around you to empower change.
Is having it all a myth?Gemma Howells
13.30 - 14.00Main Room
This generation of women have more opportunities and choices than ever before and were brought up to believe they could 'have it all'. However, sometimes it feels like ‘having it all’ is a myth. Gemma shares her experience as a Mum and breadwinner, explores some of the trade-offs faced by working parents and how embracing flexible working can help get us closer to this goal.
Group Surgery: Empower & Lead Day 114.00 - 14.10Main Room
In this session, the 'patient' will share the biggest leadership related pain they are experiencing at work. 'Surgeons', aka the person sitting next to them, will diagnose the problem and treat the issue.
Panel Session: Normalising the Conversation: Discussing Diversity, Gender Pay Gap & Sexual HarassmentZoe Dattner
Michelle Tucker
Rookaya Saleem-Fernandez
Ella Chapman
Tarla Lambert
14.10 - 15.10Main Room
Being a Boss: The obstacles, challenges & stereotyping you have encountered. Diversity & Inclusion: How inclusion differs from diversity; How to create a culture of inclusiveness & promote diversity. Tackling & Unpacking Unconscious Bias (in the workplace). Sexual Harassment: Have you ever encountered any? How did you deal with it? What stops employees from raising issues internally? Gender Pay Gap & Parental Leave: How to bridge the gap & who's responsible - men or women? Defying entrenched & outdated stereotypes that surround ‘Caregiving’ & ‘Caregivers’.
BreakDay 115.10 - 15.25Main Room
Five leadership lessons I learned the hard waySusannah George
15.25 - 15.55Main Room
You only need one person to believe in you to succeed. And it’s a whole lot easier if that person is you. Having the confidence to back your idea is a challenge for all of us. But believing in your dream while flying solo requires an extra layer of leadership. From finding the confidence to launch a business from her bedroom in 2011, through crises when she nearly lost it all; Susannah will share the top five learnings that have seen her build Australia’s largest and most-influential youth media company today.
Taking charge of your career growth: A data engineer’s perspectiveHarini Janakiraman
15.55 - 16.25Main Room
Harini will share the lessons she has learned along the way to becoming an Engineering Leader, managing multiple teams and data engineering projects. She will discuss some of the challenges and roadblocks she has faced and provide tips on navigating your career path as a woman in a large corporate environment.
Being a boss in digitalKirsty MacCulloch
16.25- 16.55Main Room
Kirsty will chart her career evolution; from her initial focus supporting mums returning to work, to her current goal - enabling a more flexible workforce and team. She will delve into her experiences and workplace policies referencing real life examples of ‘winning’ and ‘challenges’.
Chair Closing Remarks Annabel Hodges
16.55 - 17.00Main Room
Drinks HourDay 117.00 - 18.00Foyer

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