8th Women in Emergency Services, Enforcement & Defence Leadership Summit

 March 30th - April 3rd, 2020
Location: Melbourne

Women remain remarkably underrepresented in senior leadership positions despite tackling some of Australia’s national security, public safety and emergency challenges.

In Defence, there are no women ranked as three-star officers. Women make up approximately 21.5% of talent in the Royal Australian Navy, 14.3% in the Australian Army, and 22.1% in the Royal Australian Air Force. 33.6% of sworn and unsworn police personnel were women in 2017-18, up marginally from 32.2% in 2012-13.

While most states have increased the number of women in their ranks in recent years, New South Wales and the Northern Territory have been trending in the opposite direction over the past 12 months.

These heroic women provide critical diversity of thought to drive innovation and efficiency within their respective organisations. So how can we ensure these endeavours are recognised and rewarded accordingly?

Gain an insight into the inspirational journeys of our speakers as they discuss the qualities that make an effective leader, gain practical skills to support your leadership campaign, and receive guidance on how you can overcome challenges on your leadership journey.


  • Balancing compassion and authority in your leadership style
  • Leading your team in emergency scenarios and high-stress environments
  • Building confidence and courage to secure your command
  • Managing and overcoming ego clashes and credibility bias

Featured Speakers include:

  • CAPT Marc Pavillard, Chief of Staff, Information Warfare Division - Royal Australian Navy
  • MAJ Lyndsay Freeman, Portfolio Manager, Army Sustainment, Australian Army
  • AIRCDRE Barbara Courtney, Commander, Surveillance & Response Group - Royal Australian Air Force
  • Bianca Russell, Chief Executive Officer - St John Ambulance ACT

View the full speaker line up and program here!

Book Now with priority code QA3 for a 10% discount!

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