We are pleased to release the program for this year’s WAI Conference.
This year’s theme, Empowerment and Resilience, will see the program deliver a diverse platform that will inspire, inform and educate attendees about the various careers available in the aviation and aerospace industries.
Don’t miss out, book your ticket now!
THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
12:00 – Registration and networking lunch
14:00 – Welcome address – Lea Vesic, President WAI Australia & MC Amanda Rose
14:15 – Presentation – Julia Kenney, Commercial Pilot & WAI Scholarship Winner
15:00 – Presentation – Danni Maynard, Deputy Director Aviation Safety Promotions, DASA
16:00 – Panel Session 1: Theme EMPOWERMENT
- Dr Racquel Salmeron (Airservices Australia)
- Captain Anna Wakelin (Tiger Airways)
- Captain Adrian Young (QantasLink)
- Scott Mitchell (Airservices Australia)
- Shannon O’Hara (QBE Aviation)
17:30 – Conference concludes for the day
17:30 – 21:30 – Conference Networking Dinner Park Hyatt Hotel (on Site)
SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER
Mentoring / Open Panel / Workshops
09:00 – Day 2 Opening Address
09:10 – Keynote: Group Captain Angela Castner (RAAF)
10:00 – Presentation – Bianca Capra Science Technology Australian Superstar of STEM
10:45 – Morning Tea
11:20 – Panel Session 2: Theme RESILIENCE
- Carly Scott (EQL Australia)
- Rob Porter (Airservices Australia)
- Sasha Robinson (Flight Deck Recruiting)
- Andrea Roberts (CAE Oxford)
- Maddy Johnson (Moorabbin Flying Services)
12:45 – Lunch
13:30 – Workshop 1: Damien Hughes – Leadership in Aviation
15:30 – Address by the Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Michael McCormack MP
15:45 – Workshop 2: Kirsty Ferguson – ‘It’s Not Just a Resume’
16:45 – Presentation – Stephanie Russell Farnham, CEO EmpowerMe
17:30 – Day 2 wrap up – Lea Vesic
18:30 – Pizza Trivia Night – McCracken Restaurant Park Hyatt Hotel
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Conference and Tours
08:30 – Workshop 3: Tam Camilleri – ‘Overcoming Imposter Syndrome’
10:00 – Presentation – Lea Vesic and Marilyn Andre
10:45 – Morning Tea
11:15 – Off-site tours:
- Melbourne Airport (Airservices ATC Tour)
14:30 – Return to venue
14:45 – BBQ Lunch
15:30 – Closing address – Lea Vesic, President WAI Australia
15:45 – Conference close
Developing Leadership Skills – Damien Hughes – Workshop
The prospect of advancing to the top of one’s field is what makes it possible for many people to keep plugging away at their jobs, honing their skills, and taking on new projects. But after a certain point, career development depends on more than technical skills and a willingness to work hard. You also need a few soft skills, not the least of which is the ability to take on a leadership role.
Some people are natural leaders, but anyone can develop the skill set needed with education, mentoring support and some practice. As you hone your effectiveness as a leader in your own life – whether that’s in a professional or personal capacity – you will gain confidence in your own abilities, you will strengthen relationships with peers and co-workers, and increase the efforts you put into your own personal or professional life goals.
It’s Not Just a Resume – it’s YOUR Self Brand! – Kirsty Ferguson Pinstripe Solutions – Workshop
Without a favorable initial impression, a prospective employer is likely to stop considering you as a suitable candidate for the job on offer and move on to other candidates who have provided better resumes.
Think of a resume as a tool for marketing yourself. It’s more than just a document: It outlines your background, your skills, and your education so that a potential employer is quickly and easily able to see how your individual experiences can contribute to a company’s success.
If you’ve never written a resume, there are many key aspects to creating the perfect resume to ensure that you stand out as the most qualified applicant for the role.
Self Empowerment – Stephanie Russell Farnham – Workshop
Stevie’s EmpowerME workshop explores the importance of self empowerment, identifies different stages of the empowerment cycle and teaches practical skills that can be implemented immediately to achieve emotional, social, physical and fiscal empowerment. Stevie shares her self empowerment journey, discusses the strategies she used to successfully overcome specific challenges and why she encourages other women and girls to live bold, free, happy lives and “Dream, Dare, Do!” This workshop is engaging, interactive and inclusive of all women and girls with opportunities for personal reflection, group discussion and Q&A.
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome – Tam Camilleri – Workshop
Have you ever felt as though, no matter how much progress you make or success you achieve, you don’t truly deserve your accomplishments? Feeling like a fraud is a phenomenon that plagues many successful people. This unwarranted sense of insecurity is known as imposter syndrome. It leaves many of us feelings as though we haven’t earned our success, or that our thoughts aren’t worthy of attention. In some cases, it can even prevent people from achieving goals or promotions.
Overcoming Impostor syndrome, like most fear, is simply False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). You are not alone, these feelings are perfectly normal. It typically shows up when you have been given an opportunity, such as being put in charge or promoted to a new position you don’t feel you’re ready for just yet.
Imposter Syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved, they incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be.
** Please note program is subject to change
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in November!