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Charity Partner

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13 - 14 MARCH 2024



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Associate Professor Cleola Anderiesz
Chief Executive Officer
National Breast Cancer Foundation

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Women Leaders Institute for a second year in a row as we celebrate the remarkable work of women in STEMM. Last year’s Summit was an incredibly empowering and inspiring gathering filled with valuable insights from visionary leaders who are working towards a more equitable and diverse future for all.


This year’s Summit is shaping up to be another fantastic opportunity to connect, collaborate and hear from a strong line up of trailblazing speakers who are Empowering Change to Break the Bias.


Our careers to date are the product of opportunities we have embraced and challenges we have overcome, and as the current and next generation of female leaders in STEMM, it is incumbent upon us to continue empowering change and help dismantle bias.


It is a great privilege for me to lead such a highly regarded organisation as the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), which funds world-class breast cancer research and support many exceptional women in STEMM to progress and excel in their careers.

NBCF are proud to partner with the Women in STEMM Leadership Summit for a second year and are grateful to receive 10% of all ticket sales as a donation. Your attendance at the Summit and support of NBCF will allow us to continue funding exceptional research across Australia to bring us closer to our vision of Zero Deaths from breast cancer.


I look forward to re-connecting with those of you whom I met last year and warmly welcoming those of you attending for the first time.



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what's different in 2024

Expert Q&A Panel: Hear a fantastic line up of expert speakers discuss their career journeys and provide practical advice on enhancing your visibility and making an impact.

Onsite Coaching: Receive personalised career advice and guidance during our onsite coaching sessions to advance your leadership journey. These sessions will run concurrently with the Summit sessions and will also be available during breaks.

More Interactive Discussions:

Nurture your core professional and personal skills in our Interactive Scenario-Based Breakout Sessions and enhance your leadership skills to turbo-charge your career in our Emerging and Established Leaders Mini Workshops.

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Build your network

Surround yourself with a community of like-minded, empowering, and supportive women in STEMM. 

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Bring along an ally*

Invite a male or non-binary ally from your organisation on Day Two, fostering authentic discussions on supporting underrepresented employees and accelerating change.

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Find confidence and the GRIT to fight systemic bias

Discover actionable strategies on building resilience and making an impact in traditionally male-dominated industries. 

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Nurture your core professional and personal skills

Take your career to the next level and engage in transformative discussions in our scenario-based breakout sessions. 

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Chart your career trajectory

Create a clear pathway to success and fine-tune your leadership skills to drive lasting impact in our established and emerging leaders workshops. 

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Rewrite the narrative

Realise your power to shift the narrative and encourage underrepresented and culturally diverse groups to pursue STEMM careers. 

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Build a legacy for the next generation

Unlock the power of mentorship to improve the chronic under-representation of women in STEMM

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Embrace your intersectionality

Hear from a diverse range of speakers from over 20 leading organisations across STEMM industries.

*Bring along your ally during the morning plenary sessions on Day Two of the Summit up until morning tea). Send across the details of your ally to at least 6 weeks before the event.


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

Attendees come from a wide range of STEMM industries including, but not limited to:

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Rae Johnston

Award Winning STEM Journalist

Hichame Assi

Chief Executive Officer


Lisa Harvey-Smith

Women in STEM Ambassador

Australian Government

Jackie Fairley

Ex-CEO; Non-Executive Director

Starpharma; Mirrabooka Investments

Elizabeth Gaines

Non-Executive Director & Global Green Ambassador | Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair | Non-Executive Director

Fortescue Metals Group | Greatland Gold PLC (GGP) | Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Ally Watson

Founder & CEO | Non-Executive Director

Code Like a Girl | Telstra Foundation

‘This Summit was an opportunity for me to meet many professional women in the fields that I have dedicated my life to for over 3 decades. It was rewarding for me to listen to their experiences, understanding of the subject matters, as well as how lessons from their experiences were actioned to ensure there was a better workplace, the community in which we live and ensuring we make a better life for our family and future generations.’

Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Aid Australia


Q Events

Address: 123 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Conference Room: Room 1 and 2

Location and How to get there:
For parking and public transport information, please visit here 

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