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WPDN Events and Activities


  • Mentoring: Special Guest Panel Event22 November 2017

    The Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) is excited to announce a special guest panel mentoring event where you will have to opportunity to learn from a panel of experienced mentors.

    The panellists include senior leaders from varying backgrounds working in different areas of the university. Collectively they bring a diverse range of skills and expertise to the panel. They will share their personal mentoring experiences, advice and knowledge gained through their career.


    • Bruce Lines,
      Chief Operating Officer, Services and Resources at University of Adelaide
    • Professor Eileen Scott
      Deputy Head of School, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    • Catherine Cherry
      Customer Experience Manager, Student Recruitment and Admissions Services
    • Moira Laird
      Student and Learning Services Manager, Faculty of the Professions

    Date:  Wednesday 22 November, 10:30am -12:00pm
    Venue:  Hub Mezzanine, Level 5 Hub Central
    RSVP:  Registration required
    Reserve your spot now, this event has booked out in previous years.

    We invite you to submit questions or topics to be discussed by the panel. These will be asked anonymously on the day. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel during the session if you prefer.

    Discussion will be driven by the audience’s preselected questions as well as topics such as: career progression, building leadership capabilities, networking, managing up, building confidence, managing change, public speaking, good management skills and dealing with conflict in the workplace. If any of these topics are of particular interest to you please let us know so we can prioritise based on interest. We want you to get the most out of the session.

    Submit questions to WPDN committee member Katie Lightowler by midday, Monday 20 November.

  • Stepping Up Into Conflict: with Elizabeth Williamson20 November 2017

    Want to act more confidently in conflict situations rather than react or retreat?   

    This presentation by Elizabeth Williamson introduces practical strategies so you can:

    • Remain calm in situations when emotions run high
    • Deal more effectively with demanding, difficult people
    • Avoid the 4 common traps that derail communication
    • Diffuse defensiveness and end blame games
    • Communicate clearly about what you want
    • Increase your influence skills
    • Manage stress through strategic mindfulness when things are tense

    When:  Monday 20th Nov
    Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm
    Where:  Ingkarni Wardli,  Level 7 Conference Room
    RSVP:  Book Now! Seats are limited.

  • WPDN Committee Planning Day14 November 2017

    Committee members old and new shared abouttheir past and passions. Then we reviewed our 2017 events, of which there were 18 across mentoring, leadership, wellbeing, bookclub and more. Plans already underway for the 2018 events calendar, so watch your WPDN newsletters each month for opportunities.


  • Characteristics of Successful Leadership: with Gillian Triggs1 November 2016

    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
    Book here: Gillian Triggs
    Please note:

    Seats are limited so please register 

  • WPDN Book Club: Meet the Author: with Amy Matthews and Cheryl Adnams11 August 2016

    Date: Thursday 11 August 2016
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00 PM
    Location:  Ira Raymond Room, Level 3, Barr Smith Library
    Book here: Book Club
    Please note:

    Seats are limited so please register 

  • 2016 Launch22 April 2016

    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
    Book here: WPDN Launch
    Please note:

    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 Coventry15 October 2015

    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
    Please note:

    Seats are limited so please register to assist us in preparations. 


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