Women Breaking Through The Barriers – Masterclass

NSW Parliament House – 11 August, 8:30am – 5:00pm

A Masterclass for women wanting to make a difference. With a keynote address from Kristina Keneally, and direct engagement with MPs from all political parties, this special event is a chance to network with like-minded people and learn the tips and tricks to building your brand, managing media relationships and campaigning with confidence.

  • Learn from Kristina Keneally’s experience and journey
  • Have candid conversations with women MPs from all parties
  • Gain insights and tools for managing the media
  • Hear real case studies from a panel of Campaign Managers
  • Build a plan for creating your authentic personal brand
  • Make powerful connections

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Jennifer Aitchison MLA – Maitland

Jodie Harrison MLA – Charlestown

Jenny Leong MLA – Newtown

Tamara Smith MLA – Ballina

The Hon Natasha Maclaren Jones MLC

The Hon Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC

Penny Sharpe MLC

The Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC

Ms Dawn Walker MLC

Speakers and Presenters

The Hon. Kristina Keneally – Keynote

Kristina Keneally was the first female Premier of New South Wales, servingin the NSW Parliament as the Member for Heffron from 2003-2012. She is a columnist for The Guardian, writing on feminism, politics and religion – and sometimes on basketball. She also speaks frequently on leadership, gender inclusion, family, policy and politics.

Narelle Hooper – Moderator

Narelle Hooper is one of Australia’s most respected journalists and communicators. A finance correspondent for ABC Radio, co-anchor of The Business Show on SBS and former editor of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine

Virginia Haussegger AM– Speaker

Virginia Haussegger is an award winning journalist, author and social commentator. With more than 25 years in news broadcasting, her work has taken her around the globe – from the Middle East, Iraq, Europe, Afghanistan and Washington – reporting for Australia’s leading current affairs programs on Channel 9, the 7 Network and the ABC.

Jenny Morris – Speaker
Founder & Chair Women for Election Australia. In 2014, she was recognised by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in creating a bolder and more diverse future for Australians

Joanne Yates – Moderator
Vice President Women for Election Australia.

Joanne has a diverse and strong background in policy development, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement and a deep knowledge of government and parliamentary processes, combined with significant experience working with boards and committees and operating in high volume, time restricted, complex environments

Heather Forton – Speaker
Leadership Coach and Consultant.

With extensive global, public sector and corporate experience, Heather provides coaching and facilitation in areas of strategic communications, presentation skills, negotiations, stakeholder management, advocacy, leadership and change management

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More about Women for Election Australia

We are driven by our belief that enriching the diversity of voices in our politics will lead to more robust decisions, and help create a fairer, more inclusive and dynamic society, better equipped to tackle future challenges.


  • Aim is to strengthen our democracy by changing the way politics is done in Australia
  • Vision is to ensure gender balance in our politic al representatives – to increase the number, influence and diversity of women in politics in Australia.
  • Mission is to provide the very best training and support in Australia for women to run for office or to move up the ladder to higher elective office.
  • Unique curriculum is designed by, and for, women and addresses the particular cultural challenges faced by women in politics in Australia.
  • Focus is non-partisan, based on our common needs and experiences as political women, not our differences as political partisans.