Full Program: 2017

Friday, October 27

8am: Friday Registration

It’s conference time. Head to the Basil Sellers Theatre at Bond University.

This map will help you find your way.

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8:30am Official Opening

Acknowledge Traditional Owners.

Official Opening: Caroline Jones AO is a respected ABC journalist and presenter, and Women in Media Australia patron.

Caroline Jones launches Women in Media Queensland.
9am: Wonder Women

Some of the nation’s most successful women in media tell how they made it to the top and share their advice for other women who want to crash through the glass ceiling.

Christine Middap: Editor, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Sandra Sully: Presenter, Channel 10 News, Sydney
Karina Carvalho: Presenter, ABC News, Brisbane
Claire Bradley: Associate Publisher Homes – NewsLifeMedia
Anita Jacoby: Broadcast Executive


10.30am: Networking Break
11am: Men in Media

Some of the nation’s top MIM (men in media) share their strategies on how to boost gender equality in the workforce. They’re armed with personal anecdotes and ideas on how best to break down the barriers for women in the workplace.

Peter Tonagh: CEO, Foxtel
Joe Hildebrand: Studio 10 and news.com.au
Michael Ebeid: CEO, SBS


Noon: Fun Factor

Welcome to Bond University by Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford.

Enjoy lunch and a glass of bubbles with Sunrise star Edwina Bartholomew, in conversation with our very own Kay McGrath.


2.15pm: #womeninmediaonline

Digital doesn’t have to mean disruption, it can also spell opportunity. The rise of social media has turned the media industry upside down, but how can you best embrace it and use it to your – and your employer’s advantage.

Kim Porteous: Content strategy, ABC
Sandy Bresic: Creative Director, The Weekend Australian Magazine
Rachel Hancock: Deputy Editor, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail.


2.15pm: Concurrent Workshop

Instead of the #womeninmediaonline session, delegates can opt for Text on Video training. This small workshop will be run by Bond University’s senior teaching fellow Rob Layton who will introduce participants to best practice workflows and recommended apps for capturing, editing and distributing content with smartphones. Numbers are limited so registration is essential via a form which will be sent to all delegates in the week leading up to the conference.


3.30pm: Special Performance
Sarah Connor and Lushess

Since Sarah Connor burst onto her local hip hop scene four years ago, she has built up a solid repertoire of hard-hitting and energetic live shows having opened for Common, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Talib Kweli, Akala, Thundamentals, Come Together Festival 2015, Bigsound 2016, The Plot Festival 2016, Sydney Festival 2017.

Winning the Briggs Sheplife King of the Town competition in October 2014, Sarah took the spotlight, showing that to compete in a heavily male-dominated industry there can be no excuses, only track after track of lyrical genius and dynamite flow. Her first single KILLBILL erupted online and made its way into regular rotation on Triple J Unearthed and Triple J and again her second track Coma State Feat. Price Johnson, Prod. Kid Pharaoh, was picked up by Triple J within 13 hours of its release online and made the High Five, top five songs of the week on Home and Hosed.

As dynamic as she is daring, Sarah has recently joined forces with veteran performer, hip hop artist and rave DJ MC Losty and fresh from the UK, Bigredcap. Together this group has produced quality singles and rocked live shows leaving audiences tantalised and wanting more. Sarah has also developed her own live show with best friend and singer Lushess, rocking The Plot Festival 2016 and Sydney Festival 2017 as well as supporting Brother Ali and Atmosphere.

Lushess is a musical entrepreneur, a burst of freshness on the live music scene. Soulful and seductive, she harvests a rich and meltingly smooth voice.

Whether running RnB on her decks or boasting a bossy set of songs in live repertoire, audiences can expect to be entertained and inspired to move.

Having studied opera at UNSW and attained a Bachelor’s Degree in classical performance, Lushess sampled the traditional Chinese music scene. After a student exchange stint to Yunnan province, she challenged herself to investigate something different and intriguing in music.

Lushess currently performs in Australia and China. She has been described as “alluring and dangerously sweet … the Venus flytrap of her genre”.

3.30pm: Future Proofing Your Career

In a volatile media industry, it is more important than ever to future proof your career. How do you plan a long-term career path? Can you move between journalism and PR/Communications? And what’s the best way to ask for a pay rise? All the practical questions answered on transitioning through the media and being more confident in the workplace.

Virginia Trioli: Presenter, News Breakfast ABC.
Nassim Khadem: Business journalist, Fairfax
Alison Monroe: Sageco, career transition specialists


3.30pm: Concurrent Workshop

Smartphone Photography: this small workshop run by Bond University’s senior teaching fellow Rob Layton will focus on how to make the most of your smartphone to enhance your storytelling. You’ll learn how to take a great photo as well as tips on how to get the most out of your device, with features you didn’t even know exist. Numbers are limited so registration is essential via a form which will be sent to all delegates in the week leading up to the conference.


4.30pm-6pm: Networking Drinks

Move to Bond University’s amphitheatre for drinks and a special performance.

Glynis Traill-Nash has established herself as one of Australia’s most highly regarded fashion writers and commentators. She is currently the Fashion Editor of The Australian, where she writes across all sections of the paper, including the monthly luxury glossy Wish and The Weekend Australian Magazine.

For well over a decade, she has become a front-row fixture at Australian fashion shows and events and her engaging, informative—and opinionated—writing has endeared her to readers of a number of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun-Herald, Vogue Australia, Vogue China, Qantas, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and In Style.

Glynis Traill-Nash

In addition, she has been performing as a jazz singer for more than 20 years, from her hometown of Perth to London – where she went from guest artist at Ronnie Scott’s to headlining Pizza on the Park – and Sydney. She launched her debut album After Blue (available on iTunes!) in 2013 and is overdue on a follow-up…

Saturday, October 28

8am: Saturday Registration

Return to the Basil Sellers Theatre at Bond University to register for day two of the conference.

8.30am: Tracey Spicer Address

WIM NSW convenor and co-founder of Outspoken Women Tracey Spicer on how to ensure you are pitch perfect the next time you have to present, interview for a dream job or win a contract. You’ll learn why first impressions on your body language, voice and messaging can be a deal maker or breaker.

The cover of Tracey Spicer’s book The Good Girl Stripped Bare.
9am: Legals and Liabilities

From maternity leave and legal loopholes in contracts to superannuation must-dos and how to protect yourself as a freelancer, this is the toolkit you’ll need to make sure you’re covered financially and legally.

John Laxon: Media Lawyer, Laxon Lex
Jennifer McSpadden: Media Super
Steven Morris: Special Counsel, Smith Leonard Fahey Lawyers


10.15am: Networking Break
10.35am: The Hurdles

A top panel of female talent discusses the major obstacles women still need to overcome, including equal pay, the need for more women in senior roles and how to manage the work/life juggle.

Tracey Vieira: CEO, Screen Queensland
Leila Gurruwiwi: Presenter, Marngrook Footy Show
Michelle Tapper: Producer, 60 Minutes
Kathy Lipari: Executive Editor, News360


11.50am: Buses Depart for The Star Gold Coast
From Noon: Star-studded lunch at The Star Gold Coast

It’s time to make your way to The Star Gold Coast.

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Award-winning investigative journalist and ABC Four Corners host Sarah Ferguson talks candidly about her wide-ranging media career – from her book on the Rudd-Gillard years to her landmark television series on domestic violence. Enjoy a three-course meal at The Star Gold Coast, with raffles, prizes and lots of laughs over a long lunch. It’s the ideal networking opportunity.


Sarah Ferguson

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