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Aspiring Women Leaders' Summit

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Each year Queensland Health recognises International Women’s Day and Queensland Women’s Week with a full day summit designed to empower women to reach their full career potential. In its fifth year, the 2019 Aspiring Women Leaders’ (AWL) Summit focused on “powerful partnerships, powerful conversations” and how gender balance can be achieved through productive conversations between men and women.

The AWL Summit is open to aspiring leaders from across Queensland Health and other Queensland Government agencies—both men and women, where attendees can expect to:

  • gain inspiration and insight from a range of dynamic leaders
  • interact with presenters and other attendees, both face-to-face and digitally
  • find out how to actively support gender equality, regardless of individual gender identity or leadership status
  • expand and build professional networks.

Audio and video recordings

In 2019 the AWL Summit was live audio streamed free of charge (via Pop Up Radio), allowing anyone from anywhere the opportunity to listen in. The podcasts feature keynote addresses from the event, as well as exclusive interviews with presenters and exhibitors.

Summit welcome

Barbara Phillips, Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services Division, Queensland Health

Opening address

The Hon Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services

In conversation with…

Annabel Crabb, ABC political journalist and author of The Wife Drought with interviewer Kay McGrath, award-winning journalist and news presenter

At the speaker's request, this content was not recorded.

Keynote Craig Foster

Former Socceroo, Chief Football Analyst and champion for women

Keynote Simone Jackson

Executive Director, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Keynote Suzie Lightfoot

Personal brand expert

Finance session

Effie Zahos, Editor, Money Magazine

Keynote Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Director of Medical Services, Greenslopes Private Hospital

Closing address

The Hon Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minster for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

One on one interviews with attendees

Simone Jackson

Executive Director, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Dr Jane Brazier

BreastScreen Queensland

Barbara Phillips

Deputy Director-General, Corporate Services, Queensland Health

Kylie Ramsden and Simone Ryder

Business Partnerships and Improvement Branch, Corporate Services Division, Queensland Health

Travis Burge

Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

Natasha Olsson-Seeto

Chief Executive, OnTalent

Natalie Davidson

Fundraising Manager, Women's Legal Service Queensland

Feedback from summit delegates

Last updated: 21 May 2019