Sunday 1 December

From 4:00pmRegistration
6:00pmWelcome Drinks
7:00pmBarbecue Dinner
Introducing WATTLE – The Passion Project of Four Women 
Dr Dianne McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM, Former Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand and co-founder of the New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme 
Professor Birgit Loch, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Quality & Innovation, La Trobe University 
Professor Helana Scheepers, Academic Director Research Training, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology 
Professor Rosemary Stockdale, Head of Department, Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith University 
Professor Virginia Kilborn, Dean, School of Science, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

DAY ONE: Monday 2 December

Setting the Leadership Context

8:50amAcknowledgement of Country
9:00amWelcome and Introductions
Associate Professor Fiona Bird, Associate Head, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries, Organisational Consultant, Gender Researcher and Strategist 
9:30amOptimising this Leadership Experience
Associate Professor Fiona Bird 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
10:30amMorning Tea
11:00amNew Zealand Universities Women in Leadership 
Dr Dianne McCarthy CRSNZ CNZM 
12:00pmStrategic Leadership in Academia – The Context 
Professor Liz Johnson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Deakin University 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
1:00pmLunch
2:00pmThe Power of Understanding Gender in Higher Education 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
3:00pmAfternoon Tea
3:30pmStrategic Leadership in Academia – The Roles 
A Day in the Life of a Senior Leader 
Professor Karen Farquharson, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences and Professor of Sociology, University of Melbourne 
4:30pmReflection and Review: Learnings to Date 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
5:00pmProgram Break
6:00pmDrinks and Dinner
Influential Leadership
Special Guests
Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government 

DAY TWO: Tuesday 3 December

Leadership and Career Development

8:50amWelcome and Overview
9:00amLead Like a Samurai: What Can We Learn from the Values of Bushido? 
Professor Elaine Saunders, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, and Chair, Swinburne Innovation Precinct Advisory Board, Swinburne University of Technology 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
11:00amMorning Tea
11:30amPanel Discussion – Leadership Diversity – Leading in Different Ways 
Ms Chloe Hall, Manager, Culture, Leadership and Capability, La Trobe University 
Professor Jo Barraket, Director of the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, Swinburne University of Technology (HS) 
Ms Rana Hussain, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Richmond Football Clu 
Professor Yin Paradies, Chair in Race Relations and Indigenous Knowledges and Culture Coordinator, Deakin University 
1:00pmLunch
2:00pmSponsorship: Critical to Women’s Career Development and Success 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
3:00pmAfternoon Tea
3:30pmLeaders as Developers of Others: Mentoring and Sponsorship 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
4:30pmReflection and Review
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
5:00pmProgram Break
6:00pmDrinks and Dinner

DAY THREE: Wednesday 4 December

Leading and Managing Change

8:50amWelcome and Overview
9:00amLeadership, Visibility and Influence: A Practical Approach 
Ms Sam Hannah-Rankin, Executive Director, Public Sector Reform, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Government 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
11:00amMorning Tea
11:30amLeading Through Change 
Professor Marcia Devlin, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Learning Enhancement, Victoria University 
12:30pmLunch
1:30pmTempered Radicals – Leaders as Change Agents 
Professor Karen Hapgood, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
3:00pmProgram Break
A mid-program opportunity to relax and rejuvenate 
7:00pmDrinks and Dinner
Max on Hardware 
54-58 Hardware Lane
Melbourne

DAY FOUR: Thursday 5 December

Research and Communication Strategies

8:50amWelcome and Overview
9:00amMid-Program Check-In and Review 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
9:30amResearch Leadership 
Professor Miranda Rose, Principal Research Fellow and Director of the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation, La Trobe University 
10:30amMorning Tea
11:00amDisseminating Your Research to the Public 
Ms Lisa Watts, CEO and Executive Director, The Conversation 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
12:00pmResearch Leadership 
Professor Rachel Caruso, Director, Enabling Capability Platform for Advanced Materials, and Professor of Chemistry, RMIT University 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries
1:00pmLunch
2:00pmReview and Reflection – My Research Strategy 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries
3:00pmAfternoon Tea
3:30pmValues and Authenticity in Leadership 
Ms Carolyn De Gois, Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services, Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria 
4:45pmProgram Break
6:00pmClosing Dinner
A Headhunter’s View on How Women Can Advance their Careers 
Ms Sonia Pechner, Executive Director, Academic Search International 

DAY FIVE: Friday 6 December

Leadership in Action

8:50amWelcome and Overview
9:00amExercising Leadership 
Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President, Federation University 
10:30amMorning Tea
11:00amWhere to From Here? What Will I Do Differently? 
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
12:00pmProgram Review and Farewell
Program Facilitator, Dr Jennifer de Vries 
1:00pmLunch
2:00pmProgram Close