The New South Wales
Young Leaders Conference

Agenda Sydney - Thursday 19th April, 2018

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote Address 

Samantha Liston joined the ABC as Director of ABC People in March 2013. Sam has extensive experience in human resources and employee relations roles in the media sector. Prior to joining the ABC she was Group General Manager of Human Resources at Seven West Media and has also worked in human resources and employee relations roles at Fairfax and News Limited.

Samantha Liston

Director, Engagement, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

09:40 - 10:30

Development Session 

How you see yourself is linked to your identity, but how others see you is more closely aligned to your reputation.  There are always subtle differences between how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. However, if there is a significant lack of awareness or misalignment between the two then you could be doing yourself a disservice. The first session of the conference explores the concept of self-identity before turning towards professional reputation.

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome and Opening Comments 

Antony Maxwell

Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM

 10:30 – 10:50      Morning Tea

10:50- 11:20

Keynote Address 

Commissioner Smethurst joined the Army in January 1982 and is an Infantry graduate from the Royal Military College – Duntroon. He served in a variety of command and staff appointments over 35 years. Of note he served with the Special Air Service Regiment for seven years, and commanded both the Special Forces Training Centre and the Australian Regular Commando Battalion.

On the 27th February 2017, Mark was appointed Commissioner, NSW State Emergency Service. Mark heads the combat agency with legislated responsibility for storms, floods and tsunamis. It is also the largest volunteer provider of rescue services in New South Wales.     

Commissioner Mark Smethurst DSC, AM

Commissioner, NSW State Emergency Service

11:20 - 12:20

Development Session 

Values based leadership considers the notion that both personal values and organisational values align. However, in reality this is rarely 100% accurate. During challenging times or in highly pressurised environments values can act as a powerful anchor allowing us to remain confident and decisive. This development session explores the concept of values based leadership and how as leaders we must find a path that aligns our needs with that of our organisations. Moreover, it peels back the layers of occupational ‘need’ to identify how values can play out in the workplace.

 12:20 – 13:00      lunch

13:00 - 13:30

Keynote Address 

Deidre has worked in frontline roles in child protection and juvenile justice, managed regional operations across human services and lead state wide reform initiatives for the Queensland government. Between 2004 and 2016, she worked in a number of executive roles in statutory child protection, juvenile justice and public housing in both operational and program development roles in Queensland and New South Wales.

In her current role, Deidre is responsible for ensuring that client outcomes and the use of robust evidence and data drives the decisions about how services are delivered, monitored and improved.

Deidre Mulkerin

Deputy Secretary, Commissioning, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

13:30 - 14:30

Development Session 

Leading with mindfulness and presence explores the importance and impact of emotional health. Indeed, when we are ‘operating’ at our best we find that we build strong relationships across the organisation, have a comprehensive overview of the work, tasks and projects are completed and there is a true sense of excitement and achievement. This development session will explore the framework of vertical levels of development and the impact of emotional health.

 14:30 – 14:50      Afternoon Tea

16:20 - 16:50

Keynote Address: My Leadership Journey

Born in the Iranian fishing village of Sari to an Azeri father and Iranian mother, Sam arrived in Australia aged five years. His parents were student activists in the 1979 Iranian revolution. He has worked with Hawker Britton and has also served as General Secretary of New South Wales Labor. He is a strong advocate for Labor values and joined the party when he was only 16 years old. On 21st August 2013, Sam was appointed to the Senate and is passionate about representing New South Wales. He lives in Sydney's inner west with his wife and two daughters.

Senator Sam Dastyari

Senator for NSW

16:50 - 17:00

closing Comments 

Antony Maxwell

Senior Facilitator & Director of Learning and Development, ASAM

14:50 - 15:20

Keynote Address 

Ryan Park has been the Member for Keira since March 2011. In December 2013 he became the Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Illawarra.  In March 2015 Ryan was then promoted to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and maintained his Shadow Minister for the Illawarra portfolio.  In March 2016, Ryan was promoted to Shadow Treasurer and again maintained his Shadow Minister for the Illawarra portfolio. Ryan currently serves on the Transport and Infrastructure Committee. Ryan has served on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission. He has also been a Member of the Staysafe joint standing committee on Road Safety.
 

Ryan Park MP 

Member for Keira, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Illawarra

15:20 - 16:20

Development Session 

An ability to redefine our value and take ownership of our role, whatever our current level, is a critical skill in the modern working world. Indeed, if we are not making decisions ourselves, then somebody else is surely making them for us. The final development session explores our own career direction and how the decisions we make enable us to follow our chosen pathway. It considers how we can develop a ‘stepping up’ mindset, actively develop advantageous relationships and prioritise brave, adaptive thoughts and action.

SESSION 4: ELEVATE YOUR CAREER: IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF, THEN SOMEONE ELSE IS DOING IT FOR YOU​

SESSION 3: LEADING WITH MINDFULNESS AND PRESENCE: SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL HEALTH​

SESSION 2: VALUES BASED LEADERSHIP: STANDING FIRM ON ROCKY GROUND​

SESSION 1: LEADERSHIP IDENTITY: HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF AND HOW OTHERS SEE YOU​

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