Leading with Authenticity: Reflections from women across the health and medical research ecosystem

 

When it comes to leadership, many of us feel we need to conform to a certain style of leadership that feels at odds with our authentic selves. However, over the last few years there is growing evidence (and the emergence of fabulous role models) demonstrating that authenticity in the workplace brings greater job satisfaction, happier teams, and increased productivity.

For this event, we want to challenge old-school stereotypes around the qualities required to be an effective leader and showcase women at different career stages and roles in our sector who are leading their way and thriving.

So, we are excited to welcome Prof. Frances Kay-Lambkin, Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute as our guest speaker. After being told she was ‘too flamingo‘ to be taken seriously, Frances conformed to the stereotypes around what a leader should be like but lost her spark along the way. She now gives herself permission to be her true self and is a more effective leader because of it.

Frances will then sit down with a panel of amazing women representing different roles, organisations and career levels for a conversation facilitated by Prof Chris Wallace from Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society. Together they will reflect on what the idea of authentic leadership means to them, strategies they have employed to bring this to life (despite the barriers) and the positive outcomes this has in the workplace.

No matter if you are starting off on your career or in a leadership role, we hope you can join us for an evening of new inspiration and insights, as well as an opportunity to connect with other women over some delicious food and drinks – all included!

9th May 2024

From  5:30pm  -  8:00pm

QT Canberra

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Tickets

Registration for this event closes at 23:59 on Friday 3rd May 2024.

In Person

Your ticket includes food and drinks!

Ticket pricing

  • Members: $35.00
  • Non-member: $59.00

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Our Guest Speakers

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KEYNOTE: Prof Frances Kay-Lambkin

Director Hunter Medical Research Institute

Frances is the CEO and Institute Director of Hunter Medical Research Institute. She is also an NHMRC Investigator Fellow, Director of Translation at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, and Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health. She leads an international team of researchers, clinicians and industry partners in the innovative development and translation of evidence-based treatments for comorbid mental and physical disorders.

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PANELLIST: Dr Marrwah Ahmadzsi

Doctor and diversity advocate  

Marrwah is an obstetrics and gynaecology doctor. She is also an advocate for anti-racist medicine, women’s health and health leadership. Her writing has appeared in the SBS, Guardian and the ABC and she is a speaker who has made appearances on the national and international stage including a TEDx talk on the power of storytelling in breaking down barriers 

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PANELLIST: Prof Michelle Lincoln

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, University of Canberra  

Michelle leads the university’s academic portfolio including the five faculties, education delivery, design and quality, student experience and well being and future student recruitment. Prior to this she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, where she engaged in all aspects of the leadership of the Faculty including promoting the role and impact of health and sport professionals on the lives of clients, patients and communities, as well as preparation of the future allied health workforce. Michelle’s research focuses on areas of allied health service delivery and workforce particularly in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.  

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PANELLIST: Hope Peisley

Assistant Secretary, Commonwealth State Relations Branch Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  

Hope is a senior leader within the Australian public service with a passion for nurturing and mentoring others to succeed. Hope has a background in public policy, most notably in a variety of public health roles within the Department of Health and Aged Care, including in the delivery of large scale immunisation programs. Hope currently leads the work of the Commonwealth State Relations Branch in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she has been able to bring her own style of leadership to the delivery of a range of work which intersects across the Commonwealth, States and Territories. 

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FACILITATED BY: Prof Chris Wallace

Professor at Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society and Academic director of UC’s Centre For A Better Canberra 

Chris works in modern and contemporary political history and public policy with special reference to leadership, gender, transnational lives, and transformational change and the information strategies underlying it. Chris is also the academic director of UC’s Centre For A Better Canberra (FAB CBR). 

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