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WPDN Events and Activities

Gillian Triggs- Characteristics of Successful Leadership


Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University
of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a former Governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes.
Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.

Professor Triggs' is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011).

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2016

4:30pm light refreshments and networking
5:30pm - 6:30pm presentation

Location:  Napier 102
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WPDN Book Club August: Meet the Author - Amy Matthews and Cheryl Adnams

Date: Thursday 11 August 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00 PM
Location:  Ira Raymond Room, Level 3, Barr Smith Library
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2016 Launch

Inspirational Women

As the WPDN moves into its 21st year, another exciting program of events is being developed and we would love you to join us for our 2016 program launch. 

Join us for a panel discussion on the topic of Inspirational Women and hear about the women who shaped the lives and careers of some our University’s leaders.  Panellists will include: Elysia Ryan (Director, Human Resources), Deborah Turnbull (Chair in Psychology and Chairperson of the University’s Gender Equity and Diversity Committee), Michael Liebelt (Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and Jonathan Pheasant (Director, Office of Services).

The panel discussion will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for networking and further conversation!

Date: Friday 22 April 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location:  Ira Raymond Room, Level 3, Barr Smith Library
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Seats are limited so please register to assist us in preparations. 

Any staff member, regardless of gender is welcome to attend so please feel free to forward this information to other colleagues. Hope to see you there

Leadership Challenges Confronting Us with Professor Petrina Coventry cid:image001.jpg@01D0E722.F1BD8C60

Join us in welcoming Petrina Coventry, a senior executive and director for a number of ASX listed and not for profit organisations who has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe performing global leadership roles with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company and Proctor and Gamble. Most recently Petrina was Chief Human Resources Officer with Santos Ltd where she recently accepted on their behalf a number of state based and national awards for gender initiatives. 

Petrina’s PhD with Melbourne University is focussed on gender equity and she hopes to share her experience in this area as well as trends and challenges in leadership generally within the context of Leadership in the 21st century.  

Petrina has just joined our University in the role of Industry Professor, based in the Business School.


Thursday 15 October, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 APM
Location:  Napier G04, North Terrace Campus
Book here: Leadership Challenges Confronting Us
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Seats are limited so please register to assist us in preparations. 


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