Women in Leadership: redefining workforce

Women in Leadership: redefining workforce

Jul 27
CEDA's Women in leadership series delivers leading thinking and thinkers, new insights and a forum for debate on a complex and critical economic development issue - equity and diversity.


Dr Catherine Ball, CEO and Founder, Remote Research Ranges and Co-Creator and Technical Convenor, World of Drones Congress
Renée Leon PSM, Secretary, Federal Department of Employment
Jan Owen AM, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians
Dr Juliet Andrews, Partner, People Advisory Services, EY

Event overview

The second event in CEDA Queensland's 2017 Women in Leadership series examines the changing nature of work; it’s causes and the positive implications for gender equity.

New technologies, automation and digital disruption are reshaping the work we do, how we do it and the structure of workforces across the globe. With new capability comes new opportunity.  The increasingly flexible nature of modern workforces is changing how we think of work and redefining workforce participation.

Australia’s future workforce will be a generation of hyper connected digital natives; of a higher ratio of entrepreneurs and non-permanent employees; and whose expectations of diversity are critical in the competition for human capital and skills. 

Join colleagues and your guests to hear from two leaders who are influencing and reinterpreting the future of work for their insights into Australia’s future workforce and what it could mean for improved gender diversity outcomes.

Meet the speakers

Dr Catherine Ball
CEO and Founder, Remote Research Ranges and Co-Creator and Technical Convenor, World of Drones Congress

A scientist, PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) Dr Ball decided not to continue her fast-tracked, technical expert, private sector career. Instead she became an entrepreneur and now works, for herself, on global robotics and new technology projects.

Renée Leon PSM
Secretary, Federal Department of Employment

Renée Leon is one of our most senior Federal public servants. She leads Australia’s employment programs and policy setting and is responsible for employment services, workplace relations, safety, equal opportunity and for the analysis of workforce cycles, trends and change.

Jan Owen AM
Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians

Author of The Future Chasers, Jan Owen is dedicated to Australian social enterprise, innovation and to maximising opportunity for young people. With the Foundation for Young Australians she has led global analysis of future jobs, skills and education.

Meet the moderator

Dr Juliet Andrews
Partner, People Advisory Services, EY

Juliet has spent over twenty years advising organisations on their most complex workforce challenges. Recently she has focused on the changing nature of work as a result of technology, demography and globalisation and how we need to respond as employers, educators, government and workers. She is a registered psychologist and has a PhD in organisation and management.

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