Leading from trials to triumph: connect with the best leaders around the country

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When the going gets tough, great leaders get going. Our ever-popular Women in Tax series of events is back, kicking off with Leading from trials to triumph sessions held in each capital city around Australia.

The fundamental skills of leadership such as resilience, a strong sense of self and adaptability are vital for success in your career – whether you’re leading teams, your own practice, or taking the lead on your own career development. And according to Harvard Business School, women in leadership positions were considered more effective than their counterparts in 84% of frequently measured leadership competencies. They excel at skills including:

  • taking initiative
  • acting with resilience
  • practicing self-development
  • driving for results
  • and displaying high integrity and honesty

In this series of keynotes, lunches and networking experiences, you’ll connect with the leading ladies of the tax profession and beyond – leaders who have embraced the skills of authentic leadership to be where they are today.

Registration is open to everyone – regardless of gender. Will we see you there?


ACT & NSW – Women in Tax - Seizing opportunities and taking risks


When: Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:00-2:00pm AEST

Where: Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton, ACT Australia


When: Thursday, 29 April 2021, 12:00–2:00pm AEST

Where: Ivy Ballroom Level 1, 320 George Street, Sydney

Kirsten Fish, CTA, Chief Tax Counsel, Australian Taxation Office and Karen Payne, CTA, Inspector-General of Taxation & Taxation Ombudsman share their career journey and experiences at this leading event. Come along to chat with colleagues about the opportunities to learn, develop and challenge ourselves presented by the tax profession.

Find out more (Canberra)                     Find out more (Sydney)


South Australia – Brave the storm and reach your summit with Jenny Williams

2-Mar-31-2021-06-10-02-65-AMWhen: Friday, 16 April 2021, 8.00–9.30am

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre

From the "Build it and they will come" world of the AFLW to the phenomenon of the glass cliff, Jenny Williams, Organisational Psychologist at Best on Ground Performance and Author, will share personal and professional insights into the challenges we face in our current environments, the challenge of creating change and some solutions that we can adopt. Bonus - see how close your personality is to a Good Psychopath!

“This presentation is designed to make people think. It will challenge much of what we believe we will do versus what actually happens. The examples and stories will be based on scientific principles of great minds and people who forged new knowledge,” Jenny said.

Reaching the summit with Jenny Williams

Learn about:

    1. Understanding yourself and inner challenges
    2. Gaining knowledge of those who surround you and the effect that they can have on your confidence & performance
    3. Social psychology, bullying and the challenge of the “I will say something” mantra.

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Western Australia – Building your resilience muscles - choose your way to adapt

4-Mar-31-2021-06-10-02-54-AMWhen: Thursday, 22 April 2021, 12.00–2.00pm AWST

Where: QT Perth, 133 Murray Street, Perth

Join Karen Livey, who has spent the last 30 years immersed in leadership, as she unpacks ways you can build your resilience muscles and rewire your thinking patterns in tough times. Karen will look at emotional triggers from a neuroscience perspective and help you develop the ability to recognise their impact on your career.

"People are made to be resilient. Some people manage better than others, particularly during times of high levels of uncertainty. Being able to understand why uncertainty brings on angst will make it easier to ‘tame’ the emotions and be more resilient," Karen said.

Key takeaways for delegates will include insights on how to:

  • Manage uncertainty to diminish its impact
  • Use all emotions to gain positive traction
  • Recognise the power of quiet
  • Choose your mindset
  • Know how to rewire your thinking patterns
Karen's cognitive approach to stress

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Queensland – Journey to Leadership


When: Thursday, 29 April 2021, 12:00–2.00pm AEST

Where: Stamford Plaza, Cnr Edward Street & Margaret Street, Brisbane

Hear from Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director of Springfield City Group, the development group behind award-winning satellite city, Greater Springfield about her leadership experiences, the importance of resilience and what drives her to excel in an industry that is changing to embrace diversity.

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Tasmania – Inspiring Women in Business Networking Breakfast

2-Speakers (2)When: Thursday, 29 April 2021, 7.30–8.30am

Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston

Meet and network with peers and colleagues from all walks of life over breakfast and insights from two expert guest speakers, Ella Dixon, CEO, Migrant Resource Centre and Bianca Welsh, Restaurateur and Mental Health Advocate.

“The delegates will hopefully relate to some of my experiences particularly career lessons, life stage issues and loss of loved ones. The takeaway: the importance of family and leading a productive and meaningful life,” Ella told us.

Bianca said she’ll be sharing, “My career to date, how I got here, what challenges I faced to get here, how I found what I love by doing what I didn’t like first.”

Keys to success



  1. Resilience
  2. Stickability
  3. Staying true to your morals
  4. A good network of people to vent to and be a sounding board
  5. Knowing your capacity and how you can get some mental space.
  1. Define and understand the challenge
  2. Don’t rush into big decisions
  3. Resilience, belief in self, and instinct
  4. Use all the experiences, training, advice of reliable mentors, and information available to you to make the best possible decision
  5. Take calculated risks


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Victoria – The Tax Queen’s Gambit – risk and reward in your tax career


When: Friday, 7 May 2021, 12:30–2.00pm AEST

Where: Level 2, RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Network with colleagues, reflect on shared experiences across the profession and re-envision the future of women in tax, at this inspiring lunch. Plus, Jennifer Batrouney AM Q.C., one of Australia’s pre-eminent tax lawyers, will share her career experiences and give insights into how to thrive as a woman in the challenging and rewarding field of tax.

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