8:00 am

Registration opens


Opening remarks from the Chair

Sylvia Quang – President, NSW Committee of Young Insurance Professionals


PANEL: Flexible work models that empower women 

In order to advance gender equality in the workplace, we need to embrace flexible work practices that support parents throughout their careers. This interactive panel will discuss:

  • How to evolve the 9-5 work model and what has worked
  • Professional development that empowers women after maternity leave
  • Tips for advancing your career while raising a family
  • How can senior-level executives support parents with young children?
  • What can companies do to make flexible work models more effective?


Sylvia Quang – President, NSW Committee of Young Insurance Professionals


Deanne Bradley – Executive General Manager – People and Culture, Gallagher Bassett

Louise Dwyer – Executive General Manager, Channel Optimisation and Major Programs, Suncorp

Richard Enthoven – Founder and CEO, Hollard Insurance

Kristy Pownall – Head of HR, CHU Underwriting Agencies

Kate Svoboda – Chief Human Resources Officer, Genworth Mortgage Insurance


SUCCESS STORY: Career advice from an insurance trailblazer

Hear from a respected industry leader as she reflects upon key victories in her journey to the top, secrets learned along the way and the courageous strength that moved her forward. In this session Linda will share how she navigated her way to the top of her career.

  • Advice for achieving balance between professional and family life
  • Successful strategies to build your credibility
  • How to use your position to influence change
  • Opportunities and setbacks: what would you do differently?

Linda Ellis – Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel, Steadfast Group Limited


Morning tea refreshments


IN-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Practical strategies for leading with confidence

There are only a few female CEOs in agribusiness insurance and Emma Thomas is one of them. Emma is a passionate advocate for gender equality and empowering female leaders to be successful. In this session she will share:

  • How to overcome unconscious bias and adversity
  • Practical tips for displaying self-confidence
  • Strategies for promoting yourself as a future leader
  • The steps you can take today to reach your goals and advance your career

Emma Thomas – Chief Executive Officer, Achmea Australia


SUCCESS STORY: How to be an authentic and resilient leader

Resilience is a critical trait for all successful professionals, regardless of gender. In this inspiring session, Geniere will share her advice on strategies for overcoming setbacks and developing authentic leadership.

  • Developing a personal leadership style: unique skills and characteristics that will help drive success
  • What is the mindset required to rise to the top of your industry?
  • How to overcome adversities in your pathway to success
  • Approaching difficult conversations with confidence

Geniere Aplin – Group Executive Personal Injury EML and Chair. EMLife


Networking lunch


Effective male champions of change

Engagement and support from company leadership is critical in achieving true diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector. What role do male business leaders play in achieving gender balance within the organisation? What can male allies do to sponsor women? Hear from a leading male champion of change on the steps taken to overcome barriers.

  • Taking practical actions to increase the representation of women in leadership positions
  • Reflecting on your own leadership and unconscious bias
  • How can male champions inspire and encourage their male colleagues to do the same
  • Engaging men in the equality debate

Matthew Curll – Insurance Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Rachael Arnold – Insurance Partner, Hall & Wilcox


PANEL: Mentoring for success

Mentors are critical to your career success. Mentors act as a sounding board to enable you to develop a structured approach to achieving your career goals. In this session, you will learn:

  • How mentors can accelerate your rise to the top and where to find one
  • How to build valuable networking skills to advance your career
  • Getting the most out of your mentoring relationship
  • Best practices for mentoring, reverse mentoring and sponsorship


Sylvia Quang – President, NSW Committee of Young Insurance Professionals


Catherine Carlyon – Head of Claims Asia Pacific, AXA XL

Susan Karson – Chief People Officer, MLC Life Insurance

Mimi Shepherd – General Manager Actuarial and Analytics, Allianz Australia

Lisa Sweeney – Chief Executive Officer, Business in Heels


Afternoon tea


PANEL: Developing and retaining future leaders in the industry

What actions need to be taken to strengthen the talent pipeline and develop and diversify the workforce? What should we be doing today to ensure the future achievements of women in insurance?

  • Making insurance sexy: how do you promote and educate potential talent about the opportunities within the insurance industry
  • Developing an inclusive recruitment process
  • Explore the most effective strategies to attract, engage and retain women in the industry
  • Leadership development programs that support women


Sylvia Quang – President, NSW Committee of Young Insurance Professionals


Hilary Bates – Chief Claims and Operations Officer, Zurich Financial Services Australia

Gillian Davidson – Partner, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Simone Dossetor – Chief Operating Officer, Munich Re

Lauren Spies – Talent, Learning & Inclusion Leader – Pacific, Marsh Pty Ltd


Conference concludes