Agenda

WOMEN IN INSURANCE SUMMIT AUSTRALIA | 5 AUGUST 2021

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the chairperson

Sylvia Quang

Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and President, NSW, YIPs

9:10 am

KEYNOTE: Courage under fire

Rabia shares her courageous story of strength and how her commitment to truth, justice, diversity and authenticity sets her apart as a leader.  Having battled abuse, discrimination, chronic health problems and trauma, Rabia is more than just a survivor. She is a fighter, a trail blazer, change maker and an eternal optimist. In this powerful keynote, hear how you can enable yourself to harness the courage under fire you will need to weather the storms and become the best version of yourself. 

Rabia Siddique

International Humanitarian Lawyer

9:55 am

WORKSHOP: Networking strategies to build your network

From initiating conversations to finding new ways to create connections in a post-Covid era, this workshop will cover practical tips and advice on networking.  

Amanda McKernan

CEO, ALUCA

10:55 am

PANEL: Reshaping diversity, inclusion, and equity strategies

Organisations have learned to pivot in many aspects of the business but the past year has also called many to rethink how we approach diversity and inclusion. With changing work arrangements, increased business demands, and juggling personal responsibilities, how are organisations adapting to support their workforce to succeed in the new normal?    

  • Redesigning flexible work arrangements  
  • How to build resilience across teams 
  • Sustaining the support of female leaders into executive roles 
  • Developing an inclusive recruitment process 
  • Ensuring inclusion when managing hybrid teams 
  • How to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity remain a business priority 

Moderator:

Sylvia Quang

Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and President, NSW, YIPs

Panellists:

Cara Morton

Group CEO, Cover-More Group

Gillian Davidson

Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Jenny O’Neill

Chief Governance, Legal, Culture and Corporate Affairs Officer, Hollard Insurance

Catherine Carlyon

Country Manager, AXA XL

11:45 am
11:50 am

Challenging gender stereotypes and biases

Successful leaders embrace different perspectives, and often this uniqueness is what allows individuals to naturally thrive. How do gender stereotypes play a role in achieving your potential as a leader in the workplace? How can rising and established leaders confidently and authentically address gender biases? In this session, Belinda will share real examples of achieving incredible goals without sacrificing her values.

Belinda Speirs

Group General Counsel, Suncorp

12:20 pm
1:00 pm

PANEL: Effective mental health strategies 

Mental health issues have been on the rise since the start of COVID-19 and as we continue to experience changing conditions at home and at work, many organisations are prioritising the mental wellbeing of their employees. This session will discuss best practices for creating a positive work environment that truly supports your team. 

  • Developing initiatives to manage mental health and stress for a remote workforce   
  • Establishing a culture of support within teams  
  • Mindfulness, social groups, and other tools to promote self-care 
  • Promoting and supporting mental health discussions in the workplace 
  • How to be an empathetic leader while balancing business priorities  

Moderator:

Sylvia Quang

Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and President, NSW, YIPs

Panellists:

Emma Thomas

CEO, Achmea

Paola Molino

General Manager, People and Culture, TAL

Rob Kosova

General Manager People Risk, QBE

Charu Stevenson

Partner, Wotton + Kearney

1:55 pm

Defining your own career path

Career advancement can look different for everyone but how exactly do you step out of your comfort zone and find new opportunities to develop your career? In this session, Suzi shares her career journey and the importance of being open and bold in accepting opportunities to find personal success.  

  • How to continuously build and develop your skills 
  • Finding a balance between personal and professional goals 
  • Defining success at different career stages 
  • Identifying the next steps once you reach your career goal 
Suzi Leung

Chief Operations Officer, Zurich Financial Services

2:45 pm

How to develop and strengthen your resilience

Resilience is one of most important traits of a successful leader and having the ability to adapt and overcome challenges is key in this unpredictable business environment. In this session, Amanda will share significant moments in their life that required resilience and how they overcame obstacles. 

  • What is resilience and how can you assess your own level of resilience? 
  • What essential techniques can you use for resilience training?
  • Self-awareness, mental agility, optimism, and other traits to focus on 
  • Tips for how to cope with stress and to improve performance  
Amanda Morris

Managing Director, ARMA Insurance Brokers

3:20 pm

PANEL: Innovation: Evolving in a digital market

2020 was a year of accelerated digital transformation and innovation remains necessary to stay relevant and competitive amidst rapidly changing markets. How can companies create a culture of innovation and skillfully lead? Hear from key leaders as they share how the industry has progressed and where we are heading. 

  • Understanding the role of innovation in the business and leadership principles 
  • Finding client success in a remote world 
  • Virtual leadership: successfully managing a hybrid workforce 
  • Creating learning opportunities for skill development 
  • How does diversity contribute to innovation? 
  • What’s next – emerging technology trends in 2022 and beyond 

Moderator:

Sylvia Quang

Special Counsel, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and President, NSW, YIPs

Panellists:

Luiza Gusmão

VP, Customer, Cover Genius

Tony Wheatley

CEO, Berkley Insurance Australia

Quanchai Burns

General Manager, Enterprise Optimisation | Strategy & Transformation and AI Council Chair, Allianz

Drew Schnehage

Managing Director, Innovation Group

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