SHE Leads

2018 SHE Leads Conference

‘Learning from Difference to Harvest the Collective” 

Friday 7th September 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre

South Australia’s premier women’s leadership conference, SHE Leads is a full day of inspiration and invigoration aimed at defining and debating women’s leadership and empowering the next generation of female leaders. With high profile keynote speakers, skills-building breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, the SHE Leads Conference is an event not to miss.

Held annually, 2018 will see the YWCA Adelaide host it’s seventh SHE Leads Conference. The SHE Leads Conference is now a highlight on South Australia’s women’s leadership calendar!

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SHE Leads Conference Non-Member $325
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SHE Leads Conference Member $220
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SHE Leads Conference Corporate Supporter Table of 8 $2,500
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Sponsorship Opportunities to showcase your business to Women leading Change are available.

Click here to download the Sponsorship Opportunities or contact us discuss your sponsorship options.

Become a Corporate Supporter: 

  • Table of eight with company branding on table
  • Priority seating at conference
  • Recognition as a SHE Leads Conference Supporter
  • Acknowledgment of Company by MC
  • Listing of Company as Corporate Supporter in Conference Program Guide

To contact us call 8203 9400, or email


2018 Keynote Speakers

Sanja Jovanovic (MC)

Sanja is an experienced and engaging communicator with a rich background in performing arts and theatre. From her ballet experience to m

usical theatre, she has spent over 20 years on stage in some theatrical capacity. More recently, her qualifications in business management, as well as a wide range of entrepreneurial courses and mentor programs, has been the launchpad for her venture, Talent Academy. Sanja delivers a public speaking program to equip individuals with the skills to communicate more effectively and engage audiences. Whether it’s a stage anxiety or simply that the message isn’t cutting through, effective communication is a vital skill for any business professional. Her company, Talent Academy, brings a 10 module coaching program to various groups across Adelaide in a meaningful and engaging way. She brings extensive stage and theatre experience to her craft as she has improved the communication skills of senior engineers at ASC through to investors in China and more recently she has joined the team at TEDx Adelaide as the Speaker Coach.



JoAnna Ferrari

JoAnna is The Transition Specialist. Joanna has transitioned and reinvented herself over 21 times during her life. She has transitioned from child to entrepreneur at 15, from sciences to entertainment and model at 21, from sales to executive at 34, from executive to international speaker/author at 38, moving her life from Chicago to Australia culminating in her most significant transition in 2013 from male to female. It was during this transition JoAnna had to draw on all her… courage, beliefs, survival instincts and fortitude as she went from broke and depressed back to trusted executive coach, author and speaker.

JoAnna is not only savvy about transitions and performance coaching, she is a wickedly sassy storyteller. Her stories are funny, bold inspiring adventures of personal experiences that are provocative and memorable. More importantly, they move an audience to feel and embrace, not just hear her message. She calls this “The JoAnna Ferrari Experience”.

JoAnna lives by an idea that many people only give lip service to “You can be, do and have anything you wholeheartedly put your attention to”. But to truly live this way, you must be willing to explore, experiment and express yourself in brave new ways. This single idea has been the key in her reinventing herself and in transforming businesses, teams and individual clients.


Senator Penny Wong

Penny Wong was born in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Her family moved to Australia in 1976, when she was eight years old, and settled in Adelaide. Penny studied law and arts at the University of Adelaide, graduating with honours in 1992. After university she worked for the trade union covering furniture industry employees, taking part in campaigns to improve pay and conditions for the union’s members, including poorly-paid female migrants working in upholstery workshops. Penny moved to Sydney in 1995 to work as a Ministerial adviser to the then NSW Labor Government where she helped develop forests policy. She returned to Adelaide in 1997, was elected to the Senate for the Australian Labor Party in 2001 and has been re-elected twice, in 2007 and 2013.

Penny has held the positions of Minister for Climate Change and Water in the Rudd Government, Minister for Finance and Deregulation & Leader of Government in the Senate in the Gillard Government. She is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Labor’s Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. Notably she was the first women to hold the position of Leader of Government & Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

Her policy interests include economics, environmental issues, gender equality, and international relations. She speaks out against prejudice and campaigns for equality for women, LGBTI rights and a multicultural Australia.



For more information about the SHE Leads Conference contact
Simone Punshon 
on 8203 9400


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