WA Leaders Conference 2019 - Sustainable Leadership

Designed for leaders and managers in engineering and related professions, the 2019 WA Leader's Conference will look at sustainable leadership.
WA Leaders Conference 2019 - Sustainable Leadership


We are at the edge of a new frontier and its “a future heading into the unknown.” Abraham Lincoln said that the best way to predict the future is to create it.

Designed for leaders and managers in engineering and related professions, the 2019 WA Leaders Conference will look at sustainable leadership with the future in mind.

The world as we know it has changed. 2019 is Engineers Australia’s centenary year and the past 100 years has seen society move exponentially through a series of industrial revolutions, with us now in in the fourth revolution, Industry 4.0. 

Being able to confidently take on these megatrends and adapt to a constantly changing environment requires leaders at all levels to step into the next wave and create an amazing future for themselves, their organisations and the communities they serve, or risk getting left behind.

Engineers require the adaptive leadership skills necessary to lead their organisations, communities, industries and governments towards shaping a ‘sustainable world’ and be ready to respond to future challenges as they emerge.

Hosted again at the beautiful Beaumonde on the Point, this full-day professional development event will include a conference keynote by Pat Reed, Silicon Valley Executive and Transformation Professor at Berkley on what it means to be a brave engineering leader in an era of ongoing disruption and how to avoid the gravitational pull of old ways of leading and working that block your success.

There will be two sessions incorporating panel discussions and audience Q&As and, new to the format, a Design the Future of Engineering workshop with Pat Reed.

Sustainable leadership will take a detailed look at three key themes:

  • Ways of Working for the Future – the changing nature of work environments that set organisations up for the future. How do you work in new sustainable ways to support evolving operating contexts, changing external market conditions and evolving customer needs with the future in mind?
  • Self – as a leader - and for the leaders and managers in your teams, how are you disrupting yourself to ensure you are evolving yourself and the business you serve to be future ready?
  • Business – developing hyperawareness of key external trends impacting sustainable business performance is critical to long-term survival – it’s those organisations that continue to reinvent themselves and keep one step ahead of the game that stay in the race.

The day will culminate with a sundowner in the bar, allowing time to reflect on the day’s learnings and network with the speakers and delegates in a relaxed environment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from senior engineering and market sector leaders, collaborate across sectors, diversify their perspectives to expand their thinking and understand the required capabilities of tomorrow’s workforce.  This is the opportunity to create your own future. 

Pat Reed is a thought leader and transformational catalyst who has been leveraging Lean and Agile methods to solve technology problems, design and deliver cutting edge solutions, develop leaders and drive transformational change for over 40 years across many organizations and industries. Her accomplishments include developing a framework to accelerate organization’s successful transformation to Business Agility (SEE-IT); Adaptive Leadership programs, an Agile Executive Forum,  Agile Portfolio Management capability, an Agile Accounting model, Adaptive Career and Performance Management framework and designing, developing and teaching in an Agile Management Certification Program for UC Berkeley.
Read more about Pat in her chat with Create Digital here.

Who should attend the conference?

The WA Leaders Conference is suitable for existing or aspiring leaders looking to enhance and sustain their leadership skills to better deal with the day-to-day challenges whilst working on the longer-term outlook to ensure business sustainability.

Discounted tickets available!

Discounted conference tickets are also available to those who have purchased/purchase a ticket to the World Engineers Convention prior to 30 June 2019 – a discount of $100 for Engineers Australia members, or a $50 discount to non-members. To redeem this offer, please contact [email protected]

Purchase a WA Leaders Conference ticket to receive an exclusive discounted ticket ($390 inc. GST) for a younger team member, just select 'Emerging Leader' when you have completed your original order.


Conference speakers

Opening address:

Presented by the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science. 

Keynote address:

Presented by Pat Reed, iHoriz.

Session 1: Sustainable Operating Model for Ways of Working

Panel session moderated by Vanessa Vershaw, CEO Reinvention Consulting. Our speakers include:

  • Julia Richardson - Curtin University
  • Mark Payne - Bankwest
  • James Hood - Defence
  • Conrad Liveris - Corporate Advisor 

Session 2: Design and Sustain Your Future

This session will be a two-hour workshop with Pat Reed:

  • Pat Reed - iHoriz
  • Vanessa Vershaw - Reinvention Consulting

Session 3: Sustaining Business in a Global Market

Panel session moderated by Paula Rogers, State Director CEDA. Our speakers include:

  • Branden Dekenah - Interfuze
  • Anne Hellstedt - ANTSO
  • Walt Wykoff - Hypermaster Hyperloop
  • Pat Reed - iHoriz

College of Leadership and Management

The College of Leadership and Management is the 'professional home for life' for all engineers whose careers encompass broader disciplines and responsibilities, and who take management and leading roles in business and government.

Are you interested in joining CLM?

Engineers Australia members interested in joining the CLM, please complete following expression of interest form.

Further information on how non Engineers Australia members can join CLM, as well as applying for Chartered in the College of Leadership and Management are available here.


28 / 05 / 2019 - 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
Registration Closes
23 / 05 / 2019 05:00 pm
Beaumonde on the Point
306 Riverside Drive
East Perth
  • Members:
    $660 (Inc. GST)
  • Non Members:
    $850 (Inc. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Pat Reed
College of Leadership & Management
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email: