We’re weeks away from our favourite time of the year: early October, when we run our annual Leadership lunch.
This is our only major event of the year, so we like to throw as much as we can at it, in the hope we can see as many of our readers as possible and meet some of your teams, clients and other contacts in the process.
During the lunch on the 5th October in Sydney, we’ll announce the winners of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards; shining a light on the household names of our future.
Get your tickets to the Leadership Awards lunch here.
Over a delicious two-course meal, you can meet and network with a range of inspiring women and hear some incredible stories. All guests will leave with a gift bag worth more than $300.
Our panelists include: Senator Kristina Keneally, television presenter Sandra Sully, surgeon Dr Neela Janakiramanan and former Australian Cricket captain Alex Blackwell.
You’ll also hear from the Women’s Agenda team, as well as Chair of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and Women Kind author, Dr Kirstin Ferguson.
This is a great opportunity to bring your team together to learn, laugh and connect with others and to finish up the week feeling uplifted. We have corporate tables available, including branding and team photos.
It’s also an opportunity to support everything that we do here on Women’s Agenda.
Thank you to our incredible supporters who make our Leadership Awards program possible, enabling us to make it free for nominees and finalists, and to bring all our finalists to Sydney for judging sessions and opportunities, and this Leadership lunch.
Thank you to our major support, Charles Sturt University. We’ve been running an extensive content series with CSU covering tips and advice for emerging leaders. The series covers everything from difficult conversations, to resilience, leveraging social media, goal-setting, building diverse teams and much more.
Thank you also to our category award sponsors including SEEK, Jetstar, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Accor Hotels, Cellarmasters, Outspoken Women, Hacienda, AAA Mortgages and NNT workwear uniforms.
Check out more from our key panellists below. (This event is close to selling out, so grab your tickets here.)
Senator Kristina Keneally: Senator Keneally has served as a Senator for New South Wales since February 2018, representing the Labor Party. She previously served as Premier of New South Wales from 2009 to 2011, the first woman in the role, and is a former primary school teacher, television host, CEO of Basketball Australia and board director across numerous organisations.
Sandra Sully: Sandra is a Journalist and a much-loved and well-known news reader with Channel Ten. She is a Senior Editor with Ten News, and Managing News Editor, Ten Daily. She presented Ten Late News for two decades, including memorably covering the 9/11 attacks.
Dr Neela Janakiramanan: Neela is a reconstructive plastic surgeon who spends most of her time playing with power tools to fix hands and wrists, while accidentally teaching, mentoring, writing, and fighting the patriarchy. Neela is a regular Women’s Agenda contributor who has penned some of our most talked about opinion pieces of the year.
Dr Kirstin Ferguson: Kirstin is a leading company director, Chair of the Leadership Awards Judging Panel, #CelebratingWomen founder and author of Women Kind. She is an independent, non-executive director with experience on ASX100, ASX200, private company, not-for-profit and government boards, a former CEO of Sentis, and former senior executive with the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. She began her executive career as an Administration Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force after graduating Dux of her Air Force graduating class as the Australian Defence Force Academy. You can read our recent profile on Kirstin here.
Alex Blackwell: Alex is a former Australian cricket captain who led her country to World Cup and Ashes victories. She is the first woman elected director to Cricket NSW, and head cricket coach with Lancashire in the KIA Women’s Super League. After putting aside a career as a medical doctor to pursue cricket, Alex went on to enjoy working as a genetic counsellor in the rapidly changing world of prenatal and preconception genetic testing. Alex played a pivotal role in the recent negotiations that saw cricket as a sport achieve a groundbreaking gender equitable pay model for female athletes. Alex was named an inaugural Patron of ACON’s pride inclusion initiative Pride in Sport.