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$4,000 AUD (excl.GST)




Various (see below for more information)


5 September 2023 - 6 September 2023


ANZSOG’s CEO Forums are a unique opportunity for heads of government agencies and departments from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Australian Commonwealth, states, and territories to come together for 24 hours to discuss issues that are critical to chief executives and their organisations. Limited to ~20 places to ensure maximum opportunity for building networks and frank discussions, the chief executives will hear from a range of experts in public administration including leaders of current and former public institutions.

Discussions at the Forum will be co-shaped by what the chief executives bring to the table and there will be time and space for reflection within a format that is structured yet flexible. Importantly, the Forums are held under the Chatham House Rule and are completely confidential. 

4.8/5 - Average response of CEOs on how likely they would recommend the CEO forum to their colleagues
4.9/5 - Average response of CEOs on how likely they would recommend the CEO Forum to their colleagues (participants of first 2023 ANZSOG CEO Forum)

2023 Forum 3: Leading organisations authentically

Date: Evening of Tuesday 5 September 2023 (6.30pm – 9.30pm AEST) – Wednesday 6 September 2023 (9.00am – 5.00pm AEST)

Location: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Authentic leaders generate trust and confidence. They attract and inspire followers in their own unique, beautifully idiosyncratic way. The best leaders go beyond management and technical expertise and bring their authentic selves into their leadership. The challenging environment that public sector leaders operate in can pressure leaders to hold themselves back and focus on addressing their weaknesses. But by drawing on their strengths and taking appropriate risks, they can coalesce their teams around a bold purpose, engage more effectively with their people and communities, and make the challenge of leadership more sustainable. 

 This forum will allow CEOs to explore: 

  • their individual strengths and they can be deployed to attract and inspire followers 
  • the challenges of leading public sector organisations authentically 
  • how to shift their leadership focus from ‘I’ to ‘we’ and empower others  
  • where to prioritise their leadership action and energy 

Forum co-facilitators: 

Dr. Dana H. Born is the Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government, having previously served as the Co-Director for the HKS’s Center for Public Leadership. She is a retired Brigadier General with thirty years of service in the United States Air Force having served as a military commander in times of peace, conflict and crises. Prior to Harvard she served eleven years at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) as the Dean of the Faculty and Department Chair for the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. 

Mike Kaiser is Director-General of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning. He leads the department which oversees the Queensland Government’s agenda to drive economic growth and enhance the state’s lifestyle through good infrastructure and planning outcomes. He brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role, having built a successful career in private and public sector leadership and consultancy. Most recently, Mike was Director-General of the Department of Resources. Other public sector experiences include working as chief of staff to premiers in both Queensland and New South Wales. In the private sector, Mike was a partner at KPMG and contributed to the Queensland COVID-19 Taskforce Economic Recovery Plan in that capacity. 

Welcome dinner speaker:

Victor Dominello is a former senior NSW Government minister. In July 2022 he was recognised by The Australian newspaper as one of the country’s top 100 innovators. In 2019 Victor was appointed the world’s first Customer Service Minister. During his 12 year cabinet career he held a range of other portfolios including, Digital Government, Innovation, Finance and Aboriginal Affairs. He was part of the leadership group that led the state through Covid and he drove digital solutions such as QR check-ins, vaccine certificates and dine and discover vouchers via the ServiceNSW app. Victor is recognised globally for the role he played in transforming public service delivery in NSW through initiatives such as the Department of Customer Service, Service NSW and the Digital Restart Fund.

Nominate (Forum 3)

Past forums

This forum ran on 25-26 May 2023.

Location: Canberra 

Chief executives are emerging out of a high-paced, chaotic and exhausting three years caused primarily by the COVID-19 pandemic and its shadow. They now face the leadership challenge of shifting their organisations and systems towards planning and delivering long-term reform, while still navigating acute crises and balancing their own self-care and the wellbeing and recovery of their employees and systems.    

This forum will enable CEOs to examine:   

  • how they and their organisations can shift from an operating cadence where ‘everything is urgent’ to adopting a more sustainable pace for reform which requires longer-term time horizons;   
  • how to build and maintain organisational and system capacity for juggling urgent demands and acute crises, which will still continue to arise; and   
  • how to ensure leadership sustainability by balancing self-care and system stewardship with the short-term demands and expectations of stakeholders and staff.  

The welcome dinner will include a fireside chat with Dr Gordon de Brouwer PSM Secretary, APS Reform and Suzie Riddell, Chief Executive Officer, Social Ventures Australia. 

Forum co-facilitators: 

Robbie Macpherson has extensive experience developing senior public sector leaders as well as executives in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Robbie teaches ANZSOG’s long-standing Towards Strategic Leadership program and directs the National Leadership Program for CEOs of For-Purpose Organisations with Social Impact Leadership Australia. He has worked in Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, the US and South Africa.    

Dr. Jill Charker  has held senior executive leadership positions (including CEO and Deputy Secretary) in a diverse range of portfolios within the state and federal public sector. Jill has previously been a member of ANZSOG’s Alumni Advisory Council and Convenor of the Canberra Alumni Group. 

Locations: Melbourne 

CEOs face significant adaptive pressures in working to attain gender equality in their organisations and across the broader system they operate in. In this environment, the practice of leadership of critical to facilitate the adaption attitudes, behaviours and broader systems. This forum will bring together heads of departments and agencies to not only discuss the organisational changes that can support efforts to deliver gender equality, but the practice and challenges of leading that work.  

 In this forum, CEOs will explore: 

  • Applying the adaptive leadership model and toolkit to gender equality reforms 
  • Practical strategies for leading change on gender equality  
  • How CEOs can support themselves and others in their organisation when leading change 

Forum co-facilitators: 

Farayi Chipungu is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and teaches courses at Harvard Law School. Her focus is on leadership, change management, and innovation. She is the faculty chair for the Adaptive Leadership: Lawyers Driving Change program at Harvard Law School and for the Women and Power program at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government, while also teaches the famed course Exercising Leadership: the Politics of Change. Prior to joining Harvard, Farayi spent over fifteen years practicing law and as a management consultant in Australia, England and the United States. 

Dr Niki Vincent was appointed as Victoria’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner in September 2020. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the nation-leading Gender Equality Act 2020 and plays a key leadership role in promoting gender equality in the Victorian community and workplaces. Niki has a wealth of experience in gender equality and organisational leadership. This includes serving as the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity from 2016-2020. Prior to that, Niki held the position of CEO of the Leaders Institute of South Australia as well as a concurrent appointment as a member of the Remuneration Tribunal of South Australia. She has also led major programs of academic research in previous roles and has established and run two successful not-for-profit organisations. She holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in UniSA’s Business School and serves on the boards of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and The Brave Foundation (supporting pregnant and parenting teenagers). Niki’s award-winning PhD research examined the promotion of consciousness-development/adaptive capacity in leaders. 

CEO Forum Cohort and Price

Our objective for the CEO Forum is to convene intimate learning experiences comprising delegates from all jurisdictions in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, so places will be limited and based on a relative jurisdictional scale. 

Price: $4,000 AUD, excl GST 

Note that all travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses related to the CEO Forum are the responsibility of the participant.