The Australian Higher education Women’s Leadership Summit​

friday 15th june 2018


Early Bird

Single Delegate

3 + Delegates
8 + Delegates





$995 pp 
$895 pp


$1,395 pp

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

12:30 - 13:20


15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon Tea

16:40 - 17:00 Review and closing comments

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and Opening comments

Overcoming barriers and
establishing enablers

Leaders of higher education institutions play a crucial role in developing their countries and shaping future generations. Yet, in a system primarily built and represented by men, women continue to encounter barriers that hold them back from influential and senior leadership positions. Research has found that 56 per cent of students at Australian universities are female, however this number declines rapidly thereafter when we look at women’s careers within academia. Why is there an under-representation of women in the senior ranks of university management and governance? How do women overcome the barriers, both structural and psychological, to advance as leaders within their faculties and across their education institutions? What are the best strategies and practices to enable more female leaders to serve in positions of influence across all areas of higher education?

11:00 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote Address

Professor Caroline McMillen

Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle

Professor Caroline McMillen joined the University of Newcastle as Vice-Chancellor and President in October 2011. She has previously served in academic leadership positions at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She has held national and international roles in medical and health research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development. Professor McMillen is a Director of the Board of Universities Australia, the Australian Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), and the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Professor McMillen is also a Business Events Sydney Ambassador. She has served on a range of international disciplinary bodies and industry groups as well as government leadership groups focused on innovation, defence and manufacturing.

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote address

Professor Jill Blackmore AM

Alfred Deakin Professor of Education, Deakin University

Professor Jill Blackmore AM is Alfred Deakin Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, former Director of the Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia. Her research interests, from a feminist perspective and all with a focus on equity, include: globalisation; education policy and governance; international and intercultural education; educational restructuring, leadership and organisational change; spatial redesign and innovative pedagogies; and teachers’ and academics’ work. Recent higher education research has focused on disengagement with and lack of diversity in leadership, international education and graduate employability. Her research has focused on particular on the re/constitution of the social relations of gender in the early 21st century.

10:10 - 10:40

Keynote address

Professor Marcia Devlin

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President, Victoria University

Professor Marcia Devlin is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President at Victoria University in Melbourne. Previous roles include Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at RMIT, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at Federation University Australia and Executive Director at Open Universities Australia. With colleagues, she has won almost $6 million in external competitive research, project and other funds. In 2016, she won the National Women’s Agenda Leadership Award and was the Australian Institute of Management Victorian Leader/Manager of the Year and was honoured as a state finalist for Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

14:00 - 15:00

Development Session

Be Brave, Adaptive and Experimental

As leaders we are constantly asked to consider the concept of the ‘authentic leader’. In practice, however, authenticity can sometimes become a leadership trap that makes you feel like a fake or locks you into ‘an old self’ and an already strong comfort zone. At times, what is needed is an ability to identify a ‘new self’ and the capacity to be brave, adaptive, experimental and something of a chameleon. This high impact, interactive workshop will help you unlock a new sense of your identity by inviting you to ‘steal like an artist’, aim to learn, continually refine your style, and avoid sticking to one narrow story about what makes you effective and authentic.

16:00 - 16:40

Keynote Address

Professor Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of South Australia 

Professor Tanya Monro took up the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation in November 2014. The ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia, Professor Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014. Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres. Professor Monro is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), and a Board Member of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the South Australian Defence Advisory Board, and the South Australian Economic Development Board.



$1,095 pp

$995 pp

$895 pp


$1,395 pp


Single Delegate

3  Delegates

3 Delegates





Professor Prem Ramburuth

President of the Academic Board; Professor, International Business, University of New South Wales

Prem Ramburuth is Professor in International Business in the Business School, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney). She has held several leadership positions at UNSW including immediate past President of the Academic Board, Associate Dean Education, Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs, Head of School (Management), and Foundation Director of the Business School Education Development Centre. Prem researches and teaches in Cross-Cultural and Diversity Management in Business and Higher Education, including issues of gender diversity and intersectionality. She is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal for Multicultural Education, International Journal of Emerging Markets and Chinese Management Studies.  

Professor Brian Schmidt AC

Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University

Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor. Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master's degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Dr Dee Gibbon

Associate Director, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion, UQ

Dr Deanne (Dee) Gibbon CSC is the Associate Director of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Queensland (UQ). She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Her doctoral research focused on finding practical, evidence-based ways of increasing women’s representation in non-traditional occupations. She is currently applying this research to the problem of women’s under-representation in senior academic roles in the STEMM disciplines. Before joining UQ, Deanne was a senior Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Her last Defence role was in Afghanistan as NATO’s Senior Gender Advisor to the Resolute Support Mission. There she assisted the Afghan Ministers of Interior and Defence to increase women’s representation in their National Army and Police Force.

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea

Executive Director, Industry Mentoring Network in STEM

Dr Evans-Galea is a scientist, researcher, speaker, author and entrepreneur. She has led translational medical research programs in cell and gene therapy at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia. Her research and leadership have been internationally recognised with numerous awards. Dr Evans-Galea is currently Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, co-founder of Women in STEMM Australia, and an honorary investigator at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and the Scienceworks Museum, and serves on the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Expert Advisory Group and the Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality in Victoria.

15:20 - 16:00

Keynote Address

Professor Dawn Freshwater 

Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Dawn became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in January 2017 having previously served for three years as UWA’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (SDVC) and Registrar, and as Acting Vice-Chancellor in late 2016.  She has led UWA through its most significant transformation in over two decades, with the aim of optimising world class research, and further cultivating its exceptional educational outcomes and student experience. As Professor of Mental Health, and an academic of international repute in her own field of mental health, Dawn was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds. A strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and a values-led leader, Dawn has supported a number of initiatives in this area and continues to champion a culture of equal opportunity in her current role.

13:20 - 14:00

In Conversation

Leigh Sales

Journalist, ABC

Leigh Sales is one of the most respected journalists in Australia. She presents ABC’s national flagship current affairs program 7.30 nightly and has two Walkley awards, Australia’s highest journalist honour. She is also the anchor of the ABC’s federal election and budget night broadcasts and has interviewed innumerable world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, Aung San Su Kyi, the Dalai Lama, Leonardo Di Caprio, Harrison Ford and Patti Smith.Her first book, Detainee 002: the Case of David Hicks, was published in 2007 to widespread critical acclaim. Her second book, On Doubt, was published in 2009 and a second edition was released in 2017 with an updated section about the Trump post-truth era. Her third book will be published in 2018.