All leaders need courage

Learn how to find and harness it to build your business and career. Attend virtually or in-person on March 9 and 10, 2021.

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The Future Women Leadership Summit will be held on March 9 and 10, 2021.

Join like-minded professionals for two days of inspiring keynote speeches and panel discussions to learn the latest insights around modern leadership and apply them to your career.

Attendees can choose to attend the Summit virtually in the comfort of their own homes or at a socially distanced event in-person at The Star, Sydney.

Virtual tickets for the Summit start from just $250 AUD (+ bf) and you can choose to attend either one or both days. 

All booking fees fund education programs for girls.

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Olivia Wirth
CEO, Qantas Loyalty

Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Chief Customer Officer, Group Executive for Brand Marketing & Corporate Affairs, and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs. She is also a member of the Qantas Group Management Committee.


Tanya Hosch
General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL 

Tanya has a long and distinguished career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. She was the first ever Indigenous person and the third woman to join the AFL's Executive ranks in 2016.


Natasha Stott Despoja AO
Founding Chair of Our Watch

Natasha is a former Senator and Leader of the Australian Democrats. She served as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls between 2013-2016 and was recently elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

As Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate’s purpose is to advance gender equality. She is a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission and leading the National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.  


Sangeeta Venkatesan
Executive Chairman, FairVine Super

Sangeeta has worked in the banking and finance sector for more than 23 years. Her experience spans several continents and includes global firms such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers/Nomura, Commonwealth Bank, Morgan Stanley and KPMG.




Fabian Dattner
CEO, Dattner Group

Fabian is one of Australia’s most respected leadership experts and the CEO of transformational leadership consultancy, Dattner Group. Through her work with Compass and Homeward Bound Fabian has worked with thousands of women to unlock their courage so they can be visible at work, home and everywhere in between.

Andre Clarke

Andrea Clarke

One of Australia’s most respected public speakers, CareerCEO founder Andrea Clarke has taught hundreds of women to communicate with authority. A former Washington D.C news correspondent, Andrea has founded one of the fastest growing executive training programs in Australia.




Nicola Wakefield Evans
Non-Executive Director

Nicola is an experienced independent non-executive director, and Chairman of the 30% Club (Australia). She’s a former M&A and equity capital markets lawyer and partner at King & Wood Mallesons. Nicola was included in the Australian Financial Review’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence in 2013.



Sue Napoli
Group Program Manager, Atlassian

Sue's 20 plus years in tech has perched her on the cusp of change from the internet evolution to the mobile revolution at companies like Cisco and Vodafone. Now at Atlassian, she is grappling with how to enable teams to build great software. Within an environment of constant change, Sue strives for balance whilst remaining outrageously curious.


Skipp Williamson
Managing Director, Partners in Performance

Skipp is the Managing Director of Partners in Performance, a management consulting firm specialising in business improvement. Skipp brings deep experience in mobilising organisations to deliver exceptional results.


Kerri Hartland
Former Secretary, Department
of Employment

Kerri was appointed Secretary at the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in September 2017. Kerri brings extensive experience, having worked at senior levels in eight different Commonwealth departments and agencies.


Carla Zampatti
Executive Chairman, Carla Zampatti

The Carla Zampatti label is renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. Carla is a former Chairman of the SBS Corporation, and former director of several boards including Westfield Holdings and McDonald's Australia.

Tracey Corbin-Matchett, CEO, Busstop Films

Tracey Corbin-Matchett
Bus Stop Films

Tracey has worked with both state and federal government agencies in policy, stakeholder relations and communications prior to becoming CEO of Bus Stop Films. She is also Director of Deaf Sports Australia and works with Women in Film TV Australia to coordinate the Raising Films Australia strategy.


Sandra Pankhurst
CEO, Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services and motivational public speaker

Sandra is CEO of one of Australia’s most successful trauma cleaning businesses. As a transgender woman, Sandra has lived many lives, rising above adversity. Her remarkable life is the subject of the multi-award winning book The Trauma Cleaner.


Libby Lyons
Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Libby oversees the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 10,000 employers, covering more than 4 million employees. She was listed in Apolitical’s 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy for both 2018 and 2019.



Amani Haydar
Award-winning artist, advocate and writer

Amani takes a multidisciplinary approach to raising awareness about gender-based violence, law, policy and the effects of structural inequality on women. In 2020 she was named Local Woman of the Year for Bankstown and a finalist for the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award. She is currently writing her debut memoir to be published in 2021.

Dr Tanya Pelly

Dr Tanya Pelly
Health Care Leadership And Change Agent

Tanya is a medical doctor dedicated to supporting the role of consumers, carers and front-line clinicians in the leadership of positive culture change across the health care system. She has over 23 years’ experience in networked leadership and change agency and is a deep expert in the design of positive workplace environments.


Nareen Young
Industry Professor, Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research, UTS

Nareen is a leader in diversity thinking and practice. She has spent over twenty years developing her standing as one of Australia’s most respected employment diversity practitioners, leading NSW Working Women’s Centre and Diversity Council Australia to enormous impact and success.

Cathy Ngo

Cathy Ngo
Founder, Keynoteworthy

Cathy is an entrepreneur, writer, presenter and speaker who thrives at the intersection of tech, comedy and activism. She’s the founder of Keynoteworthy, a challenger speaker agency and has spent more than ten years working for some of Australia's top listed companies before hitting the 'bamboo ceiling' several times.


Shelley Laslett
CEO and Co-Founder of Vitae.Coach

Shelley is a Social Scientist and is currently completing her MSc in Applied Neuroscience. Using the latest neuroscience, Vitae helps businesses improve performance by empowering people, teams and leaders with practical neurological knowledge, tailored learning programs, brain based coaching and advisory services.



Majella Knobel
Director, Accessibility & Inclusion, Westpac

Majella has been a passionate advocate of access and inclusion for over 20 years. She has successfully delivered multimillion-dollar technology projects and is the former manager of Westpac Digital, and Chair of Westpac's ABLE Employee Action Group.


Christopher Marr, DSM, Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Sonder

Chris is a former special forces officer of 18 years; and more recently, an award-winning entrepreneur. In 2017, Chris co-founded Sonder with a vision to connect those who need help with those who can help - by building a global responder network that gets help by a person’s side within 20 minutes.


Grazia Pecoraro
Diversity and Inclusion consultant, Diversity Partners

Prior to her consulting career, Grazia spent 6+ years leading various diversity practices for Westpac of which a number were recognised as leading practice by the Human Rights Awards, HR Awards and Government Disability Awards.



Anna Brown OAM
CEO, Equality Australia

Anna is a human rights lawyer and founding CEO of Equality Australia. Her fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years including playing a crucial role in achieving marriage equality as Co-Chair of the YES campaign.


Vanessa Morley
Director of People and Culture, Nine

Vanessa is a highly experienced HR leader working across all aspects of HR strategy in senior roles with leading brands such as Qantas, Samsung and Insurance Australia Group. Immediately before joining Nine, she was the Group Head of Talent for Coca-Cola Amatil.


Councillor Jess Miller
City of Sydney

Councillor Jess Miller was first elected to Council in 2016, and is one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney. She served as Deputy Lord Mayor from 2017-2018 and is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee. She also sits on the Cycling Advisory Committee and Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel.


Ainslie van Onselen
Chair & Non-Executive Director, Kambala Girls School

Ainslie van Onselen spent 20 years as a litigation lawyer before moving to financial services six years ago, running a number of divisions for the Westpac Group. Ainslie is a director of the Legal Aid Commission NSW, the Automic Group, and Chair of Kambala Girls School.


Allan Sparkes

Allan is one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens, being one of five Australians to be awarded the Cross of Valour in recent years. Allan is a passionate advocate for psychological health and former Deputy Commissioner with the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales.



"The summit was an outstanding opportunity to hear from a wide array of talented and experienced women leaders with useful insights and perspectives." — Cassandra Scott, Founder and Managing Director, Contextual Communications



Helen McCabe
Founder and Managing
Director, Future Women

Prior to founding Future Women, Helen was the Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly, Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and spent more than a decade working in television. She is on the board of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and an ambassador for Adopt Change.



Brooke Boney
Journalist, Today Show

Brooke is a Gamilaroi woman who grew up in Muswellbrook in New South Wales. Brooke has worked as a political reporter for NITV and SBS, and as a newsreader on the ABC's radio network Triple J. She is currently the Entertainment reporter on Today and host of Future Women's Next Generation Innovators podcast.


Jamila Rizvi
Future Women

Jamila Rizvi is a sought after speaker, commentator and author. As a political staffer in her 20s she has become one of the most influential leaders of her generation. An accomplished host and commentator, she appears regularly on The Project, The Drum and ABC Radio.




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