Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - Women in Project Management

Between "burning our bras" and mummy blogging, are women any better off than they were 30 years ago, in terms of influence and economy?  Coinciding with International Women’s Day, a panel of Adelaide journalists, entrepreneurs and social commentators will discuss "The Gender Agenda: A modern progressive world needs equality" at a Women in Project Management luncheon on Thursday 13th March.

The theme of the 2014 International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change” and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere and in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

Join us as we hear from a panel of speakers who have overcome many challenges in their successful careers, and be inspired by their stories.

About the Speakers:

Leila Henderson

Named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by ZONTA International in 2012, Leila is one of a handful of female technology business founders in Australia. Leila is well known as a coach of both startup and established businesses; a mentor at the New Venture Institute at Flinders University; founder of the LinkedIn group Social Media Australia and an established business author of more than a dozen health and business books. As a journalist for over three decades, she has working in senior editorial roles in Canada, the UK and Australia - including The Australian, Australian Women's Weekly and Reader's Digest.  Leila is also the winner of a Yellow Pages Business Ideas Award, a Tomorrow IP Grant and a Commercialising Emerging Techhnologies Grant. She is the State President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), and a council member of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) and The Adelaide Network.

Lisa Twyford

Lisa Twyford is a highly motivated professional with extensive business improvement and project management experience. As Managing Director and founder of clear decisionsTM, Lisa delivers business services across a wide range of industries to clients such as Elders, Minter Ellison Lawyers, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), SA Water, University of South Australia, SA Power Networks and Zoos SA.

Lisa's foresight and commitment to continual improvement inspires her clients to challenge the business status quo and achieve their goals. As a result, she has been recognised with many national and international awards for leadership, excellence and professionalism throughout her career, including a Bronze Stevie Award (international award) for Women in Business and most recently a nomination for Telstra Business Women's Awards. 

Lisa's clients describe her as professional, focused and results driven a trusted advisor to management and confidant to work colleagues. Her leadership, patience and persistence while working on complex change initiatives would be valued by any business. Lisa provides clarity, certainty and will work with you to achieveyour goals no matter
how challenging. Lisa helps businesses to get things done, work smarter and reach their full potential.

Sarah Mullins

Sarah has extensive project management experience, working in both design and construction coordination, specialising in retail project management for over the last 10 years.

She has worked on and led such high profile projects as the Burnside Village development, of an additional 35 high end fashion stores incorporated into the centre as well as an additional 430 car parks. The project was designed to achieve 4 star Green Star Building Council of Australia requirements. Sarah has also recently completed the cosmetic upgrade to the Myer Centre Adelaide, with all works being undertaken within an existing centre environment. Sarah is currently leading her team on the construction of the new Churchill Centre which is located at the old Islington Rail Yards. This development will consist of 2 major retailers, 1 mini major and 50 specialty tenancies. Sarah is a Project Management Leader for SA/NT Division at Mott MacDonald Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wollongong, and currently completing a Certificate IV in Project Management through Swinburne University in Victoria.

Sharon Ferrier

Sharon Ferrier will MC the event and facilitates the panel session. Sharon is the Director of Persuasive Presentations, a company dedicated to helping you and your team become persuasive and influential communicators. Sharon has a knack of making the complex simple. She believes that “passionate people persuade” and that to make your message stick, you need to balance information with delivery style.

Her passion for persuading others, combined with a self-acknowledged competitive streak, has come to the fore in her membership of the international speaking group, Toastmasters. She has won numerous public speaking awards, represented South Australia in three national speech contests and is a past Division Governor of the South Australian chapter.

WIPM SA events in 2014 are proudly supported by SA Water, Nova Systems & Clear Decisions.

Contact Profile

Leila Henderson

P: 0414 69 70 71


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