The Women Leaders Institute runs annual summits, workshops and retreats across Australia and New Zealand to inspire and empower women across all industries. Join our community of leaders at the next event.

Message from Simone Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, UN Women Australia 

It was an absolute pleasure being part of the Women in Leadership Summit in November, 2022. 

Personally, I loved the opportunity to make new connections and hear stories of resilience and shared experience. It highlighted the importance of mentoring and championing the next generation of young women and girls. Thank you to all those who attended and supported UN Women Australia. Your contributions, via ticket sales, will support UN Women’s programs and initiatives, changing the lives women and girls around the world.  
We invite you to continue to be part of change. Join us on Friday 3 March 2023 to celebrate International Women’s Day. UN Women Australia holds the pre-eminent IWD events around the country and virtually. It is a day of celebration and action as we recognise the achievements of women everywhere and highlight the work that still needs to be done. The IWD 2023 theme is Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future. To buy tickets and for more information visit International Women’s Day | Get Involved | UN Women Australia
We all have the power to play an important part in advancing gender equality for women and girls everywhere.

Connecting Cities, Connecting Leaders

The Women Leaders Institute strives to provide platforms and opportunities for emerging and established leaders to be inspired and empowered to  take the next step in their career, and become influential, visionary and forward-thinking leaders for communities and businesses. 
In line with our vision of connecting leadership communities, select sessions from key speakers were live-streamed from 5 different locations across Australia - Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Featured Speakers in 2022

The Hon. Natalie Ward

Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Women's Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence

NSW Government

Annabel Crabb

Author and Journalist

Lisa Annese

Chief Executive Officer

Diversity Council Australia

Jo-Anne Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Achieve Australia

Sarah Derry

Chief Executive Officer Pacific


Bobbi Mahlab

Founder & Chair, Co-Founder, Member of the NSW Council for Women's Economic Development

Mahlab, Mentor Walks, Women NSW

Will Wright

Managing Director

Douglas Partners

William Cox

Chief Executive Officer


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Official Charity Partner

Official Endorsing Partners

Media Partner

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2022 program highlights 

  • Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games 
  • Be inspired by our CEO Panel: Hear how Achieve Australia, EY Oceania, Allianz Australia and Aurecon are leading through building trust and accountability    
  • Leading by example to create equal opportunity: Hear from Jodie Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Supply Nation on how we can uplift and advance First Nations women into senior leadership roles 
  • Find out what it takes to embrace a safe, diverse and intersectional leadership environment for all to thrive with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Accor, Uniting Church and PwC 
  • Navigate team burnout and stress and how to master the power of ‘no’ within the workplace at our mini-masterclass sessions. Apply the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders 
  • Hear from New and Emerging Leaders on how to embrace different leadership journeys: Learn how to attract, nurture and retain high-performing women in your workplace  
  • Discuss core leadership skills in our high-impact leadership coaching clinics designed to address the common challenges experienced in your hybrid workplace


Who Attends

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the Women in Leadership Summit is a valuable platform of information, insights, and networking opportunities.       

  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives   
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals    
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers   
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches    
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates   
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs   
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates