Women and Leadership series: the big issues

Women and Leadership series: the big issues

Aug 27
Please contact the Adelaide office on 08 8211 7222 if you would like to register

CEDA together with sponsors Finlaysons, NAB and the University of South Australia continues the highly successful Women and Leadership Series, with a panel of leading SA business women to discuss the big issues facing women in the workplace.


Miriam Silva, Acting CEO, TAFE SA
Andrea Melillo, Partner, Finlaysons
Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor ( Business & Law), UniSA Business School
Niki Vincent, Chief Executive Officer, Leaders Institute of SA

Event overview

There are still many workplace obstacles facing women today:

  • Why do females still earn less than males holding down the same job?
  • How can a balance between work and family be achieved?  
  • How can workplace flexibility be increased? 
  • What can be done to ensure women have the same opportunities as their male colleagues?
Please join Miriam Silva, Acting CEO, TafeSA, Professor Marie Wilson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, UniSA Business School,  Andrea Melillo, Partner, Finlaysons and Niki Vincent, CEO, Leaders Institute of SA to hear about their experiences and what their organisations are doing to increase the opportunities for their female employees & solve some of the challenges they face in the workplace.

Meet the speakers

Miriam Silva

Miriam is currently Acting CEO of TAFE South Australia. Prior to this, Miriam was Chief Operating Officer for FleetPartners a leading leasing and fleet management company across Australia and New Zealand. Miriam has more than 20 years’ experience across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture as well as diverse board experience.

Miriam was previously the General Manager Commercial Operations at Elders Ltd responsible for operations on a national level and prior to that held a number of roles with ANZ Banking Group Limited.

Miriam is a member of the TAFE SA Board, University of SA Council, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SA) and Premier’s Council for Women (SA). She volunteers with a number of organisations including the Muslim Women’s Association of SA Inc., International Women’s Day Committee (SA) Inc. and Rotary International.

Andrea Melillo
Partner, Finlaysons

Andrea joined Finlaysons in 2012 and brings over Andrea has over 15 years of expertise in tax and commercial law. She specialises in tax planning and structuring advice, including income tax, trusts, capital gains tax (CGT) and state taxes. 

Andrea also has signficant expertise in business succession planning, estate planning, asset protection and superannuation, particularly for high net worth individuals. 

Andrea is the Chair of the Commercial Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia, a member of the ATO Legal Practitioners Forum and a member the Capital Gains Tax Consultative Committee of the Tax Institute.

Professor Marie Wilson
Pro Vice Chancellor ( Business & Law), UniSA Business School

Marie has over twenty years of University leadership experience, including senior roles at Griffith University and The University of Auckland. She is the former managing director of a multinational medical relief agency, and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies, She also has extensive experience in start-up and high technology ventures. Professor Wilson holds a JD in contract and employment law, and a PhD in management of higher education, as well as other postgraduate degrees in science and rehabilitation. Her speciality areas in research, teaching and practice are the management of performance, with a focus on professionals and knowledge work.

Meet the facilitator

Niki Vincent
Chief Executive Officer, Leaders Institute of SA

Niki has led the Leaders Institute and its renowned programs for over 10 years. She has a background in psychology, public health and leadership development, including studies at Harvard University and the Integral Institute in Colorado. She has received many prestigious awards in her career (including Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist (2005) and an Australian Leadership Award (2007)) and is currently undertaking a PhD in adult consciousness and leadership development.

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