Public Sector LGBTQIA+ Leadership & Allyship Summit returns to Canberra next week

The Hatchery The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Lil Gordon Georgie HarmanAfter a sold-out inaugural event in February 2023, The Hatchery will present the Public Sector LGBTQIA+ Leadership & Allyship Summit in Canberra next week.

The Summit will provide current and emerging public sector LGBTQIA+ leaders and allies an open, safe and engaging space to come together, share advice & lessons learned to ensure that the public sector of tomorrow is truly one of equity, diversity and genuine inclusion.

Gain wisdom and real-world advice from senior LGBTQIA+ leaders on how they have forged their careers. You will also gain insights into how organisations can identify and overcome the challenges and barriers facing LGBTQIA+ leaders in the public sector, whilst navigating the profound diversity and intersectionality in this community of communities.

Hear from LGBTQIA+ leaders about their learnings and advice for the next generation, and from allies on how others can support team members on the path to leadership. Speakers at the Summit will include:

  • The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG – Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Educator and Jurist
  • Lil Gordon – Ngemba Woman & First Assistant Secretary – First Nations Outcomes, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
  • Senator Scott Wiener – Chair, Housing Committee. Former Chair, Legislative LGBTQ Caucus | California State Senate [Live Streamed]
  • Anna Brown OAM – CEO, Equality Australia
  • Yenn Purkis – Author, Autism Advocate & Inclusion Officer, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Simon Cotterell PSM – First Assistant Secretary, Primary Care, Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Georgie Harman – CEO, Beyond Blue

Gain takeaway insights from organisations across the community and public sector who are leading the way in embracing inclusion, equity and diversity.

Featuring in-depth seminars, the Summit aims to provide practical toolkits to build your understanding, strengthen your allyship, and  boost your leadership to become a great mentor to future leaders within the community.

Finally, the Summit will provide opportunities to meet, network and learn from peers from across the public sector to take home inspiration and strategies to take your career to the next level.

The Public Sector LGBTQIA+ Leadership and Allyship Summit takes place in Canberra and Online: 13 – 14 March 2024. For more information and to book your place, visit: for details.

Image: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Lil Gordon and Georgie Harman – courtesy of The Hatchery