Day One Tuesday 10 May

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Katische Vinning
Chief Information Officer
Defence Housing Australia

The future for women in tech leadership

Beyond the glass ceiling: What’s next for the current tranche of women leading tech?
  • Strengthening the future outlook with a quick analysis of how we got here
  • Looking at the lessons from the unbeatable leaders who cleared the way for today and tomorrow’s leaders
  • Employing our unique power to further enhance and develop the role of women leaders in the tech space

Amanda Fleming
Chief People and Technology Officer
Viva Energy

Panel Discussion: Discussing proven strategies to nurture confidence, resilience, and tenacity in those we lead
  • What are the best practice strategies leaders can implement to teach their team members resilience?
  • How can we empower our team to not fear making mistakes when they show initiative?
  • How can we protect our team members from snapping under the burden of imposter syndrome?


Mary-Beth Hosking
Chief Information Officer


Miranda Ratajski
Chief Information Officer – Group Business Units

Tracey Evans
Chief Information Officer

Heidi Holmes
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Ellul
Chief Information Officer – General Manager, Digital and Technology
Calibre Group

Partner Session
Morning Tea and Networking
Attracting, developing and retaining female leaders

Creating a staff attraction and recruitment campaign designed to position your organisation as an employer candidates want to work with
  • Uncovering what it takes to be an organisation where female leaders want to work
  • Highlighting the top 5 best practice strategies to create a flexible, nurturing, and progressive work culture
  • Empowering your existing female talent by creating a workplace culture where they can see there is a real possibility of advancement

Louise Baxter
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia

How changing someone’s future can change your own: The magic of being a mentor
  • Mentoring 101: How you can use your skills to help someone else get ahead of the game
  • Examining how using your knowledge to mentor someone can develop, enhance, and refine your own leadership skills
  • Mentoring is a two-way street: the importance of exchanging ideas and gaining a fresh perspective

Agata Jarbin
Chief Executive Officer

Lunch and networking
Men and their role in equality

Panel Discussion: What men need to bring to the table to help even out the playing field
  • What are some proven strategies that can bring leaders together to create a workplace culture offering all staff an opportunity to thrive?
  • How can men play an equal role in promoting workplace equality?
  • What are some of the ways male supporters of equality can help to transform existing power dynamics to better support current, and future, female leaders?


Sara Henshall
Head of Technology Services


Linda Craven
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Defence Bank

Russell Morris
Chief Information Officer

Suzanne Aitken
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Digital Victoria

Simon Reiter
Chief Information Officer
Aware Super


Engaging men to support and develop lasting change in the workplace culture
  • Highlighting why it’s important to have equal representation at the table when setting equality targets and policies
  • Understanding what motivates men to contribute to the creation of true workplace equality and tackle the already entrenched power channels
  • Setting targets to increase the numbers of in-house champions of change in your workplace to ensure equality is given its rightful place in the workplace

Simona Dimovski
Head of Security and Technology
Genworth Financial

My Leadership journey: One-on-One with Rita Arrigo

Rita Arrigo is a renowned digital strategist with a reputation for her ability to lead digital transformation projects in the public and private sector. As well as her deep technical skills, her digital insights and communication skills have made her a sought-after digital speaker, commentator, broadcaster, and mentor across the IT sector and into the broader leadership community.

Special Guest:

Rita Arrigo
Deputy Director CIAIRI – Centre for Industrial AI Research and Innovation
RMIT University

Afternoon tea and networking

Interactive Champagne Roundtables

Interactive champagne roundtables provide attendees with the opportunity to divide into groups and discuss niche ideas, gain practical tips, and work through challenges faced by other executives from multiple industries.

Topics to choose from include:

Enhancing your knowledge of intersectionality best practice

Kasey Zun
Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging

Looking under the hood of a successful AI pilot program

Rik Johnson
Head of Intelligent Contact Solutions
Curious Thing AI

How to use remote work and technology to increase flexible work arrangements

Rebecca Quinn
Director – People and Culture
Parks Victoria

Blockchain for beginners; what you need to know to get started in blockchain

Lindy Chen
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Strategies and techniques to sharpen your emotional intelligence

Jennifer Tod
Head of People and Culture

How the Internet of Things will disrupt the way Australian organisations do business

Noha Isa
Chanel Manager – IoT and M2M

Improving leadership and innovation through lessons learnt from fast-growth startups and scale-ups

Sara Zabukovec
Senior Director – Cloud Operations

Closing remarks from the Chair
Networking Drinks
Event dinner