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Creating Pathways for Women in Project Delivery Series

At Seven we take advantage of the significant opportunities presented by having a diverse workforce and have continued to strive to reflect and embed this in our growing business.

One key focus has been gender diversity and we now have a number of initiatives in place. Including review of salary packages to ensure equality by role and a paid internship program where we have three of the Matildas (Australia’s National Women’s Football team) now studying project management with us.

But at the end of the day, there does appear to be an under-representation of women in Program Delivery across the marketplace as a whole. This appears even more pronounced in senior Program Director roles. It’s fine to some extent to say we reflect the market, but the better question is how can we change the market?

With this in mind, Seven has developed the Pathways Series, which provides an opportunity for women to connect with peers and discuss insights into their careers, their organisations and challenges they have encountered along the way. Pathways covers a diverse range of topics such as change management, agile delivery, dealing with difficult stakeholders, power and influence and career development. The series encourages networking, the sharing of ideas and the promotion of inclusivity and equality.

If you are interested in attending the Pathways Series or for further information, please provide your details here:

Upcoming Session:

More sessions to be announced in 2022. Watch this space.

Past Sessions:

We would like to acknowledge the support of our guest speakers whom all ensured to facilitate vibrant, dynamic and engaging sessions

How to work more effectively with your project sponsor

Working in partnership with the project manager, the Project Sponsor owns the delivery of business change outcomes, and so it is critical to a project’s success that this relationship is based on trust, openness, honesty and transparency. So, what makes a sponsor great? & what should you do if your sponsor is not great, or not delivering on their commitments to the project?

Our panellists for this event, Lisa Fraser and  Kimberlea Dudley have experience dealing with, and being project sponsors, as well as Seven Consulting’s Thought Leader & author of “The Sponsor’s Guide” Rob Thomsett,  will share their stories around the sponsor’s role in a project’s success (or otherwise) and provide guidance and insights about how to work more effectively with your Project Sponsor.


Lisa Fraser, CFO – Banking and Financial Services business group, Macquarie Bank
Kimberlea Dudley, Head of Quality of Assurance – Delivery, Indue
Rob Thomsett, Thought Leader, Seven Consulting
MC: Louise Ford, Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

The Power of No: The importance of setting boundaries & realistic goals

Resolving to set boundaries between family, friends, or co-workers can not only fortify existing relationships; it can also be the biggest act of self-care you can do for yourself. But having the confidence to say no and implement boundaries can be difficult. Defining what your boundaries are, why they are important to you and how you are going to implement them will put you in control. At this Pathways event, our panel of experienced leaders will provide their insights into the power of saying no and the benefits of setting boundaries to help you achieve your goals.


Gail Pemberton AO FAICD, Chair and Non-Executive Director, Eclipx (ASX:ECX)
Melanie Kansil, Start-up Founder and CEO, Serena App
MC: Louise Ford, Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

Changing expectations around Project Delivery

In an environment of constant change, successful organisations must be able to adapt and implement quickly, demanding more of their Project Delivery Teams than ever before. To be successful PM’s need to be change agents & communication experts, able to respond to uncertainty, handle complexity and work more closely with business leaders to rapidly and incrementally deploy benefits to support the overall business strategy, rather than being process driven and purely focussed on delivering project outputs.

Please join us to hear from a panel of senior leaders in Business Change on their insights into the changing expectations around project delivery & discuss what Project Management & the PMO might look like in the future.


Margaret Wilde, Executive Execution and Enablement at NAB
Tanya Graham, Executive General Manager, Strategic Programs at Healthscope
MC: Louise Ford, Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

Resolving Team Conflicts

No matter what the reason is for a team’s existence; teams involve people & people bring different experiences, attitudes, behaviours, and approaches which, along with the work environment, all have an impact on the overall team performance.

Please join our panel of experienced female leaders to discuss their insights around effective team management and provide guidance and lessons learnt on resolving team conflicts and related issues such as holding people accountable, dominant personalities in teams and strategies for dealing with dismissals.


Sheila O’Reilly – Head of Delivery – Service, Operations and Infrastructure at Woolworths Group
Jane Harford – Digital Development Manager at Melbourne Girls Grammar
Louise White – PMO Director at Seven Consulting
MC: Louise Ford – Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

Benefits Management

Back on popular demand, a second session on Benefits Management by Rob Thomsett. Seven Consulting’s Thought Leader will provide useful insights and tools for managing benefits end to end.


Rob Thomsett – Seven Consulting Thought Leader
MC: Louise Ford – Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

Why Women Make Great Project Managers

There are certain fundamentals to managing or leading projects that will determine your success (or failure) regardless of what industry or environment you find yourself in. Please join our panel of female leaders who are experienced in project delivery to discuss their stories & insights into what are the natural talents that women often possess that make them successful project managers and differentiate them from their male counterparts.


Jacqueline Ross
Caroline Stainkamph
Cathy Baldwin – Seven Consulting Program Manager and Delivery QA lead
MC: Louise Ford – Seven Consulting PMO Practice Lead

Agile vs. Traditional Delivery

In this session, Gareth James, Seven Consulting’s Managing Director, will look at both Agile and Traditional delivery to provide a broad understanding of the delivery spectrum.

Specifically, we will look at:

  • The strengths and limitations of both Traditional and Agile approaches
  • The project and organisational characteristics when deciding on methodologies and governance.
  • How reporting should change to align to the delivery approach chosen.


Gareth James – Seven Consulting, Managing Director
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

The impact of Coronavirus on our Working Practices.

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us as indivisuals, as a societs and as a workforce. When restrictions finally ease some things will go back to the way they were, but there will be lasting changes, which will alter the way we think about about and behave at work. In April we looked at how we can be most effective whilst working from home. Our next Pathways panel of felame leaders will focus on what changes to working practices have been brought by Covid-19 such as how we interact, learn, behave & even dress for work & provide insights into the pros and cons and whether these are temporary or a more permanent change.


Michelle Bendschenider – Executive General Manager, Privacy and Cyber Technology – Commonwealth Bank
Anni Minassian – IT Director – Corporate Systems & Program Management – Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Barbara Read – Program Manager – Seven Consulting
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

How to Grow Your Influence

When working in any role within a project or program effective communication is a core skill; not only to achieve your goals but also to build relationships and grow your influence. In this pathway session our panel of senior executives will share their experience & insights on effective communication styles to different audiences, speak with confidence and increase your success rate of being heard and understood, particularly in a male environment.


Anne Garlick – Group Lead, Technology Governance and Control – Westpac
Noelene De Villiers – Head of Planning & Business Improvement – Big W
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Powerful Presentations

Presenting new ideas, proposals and plans successfully to a diverse group of people is an essential skill for any successful project manager. In this Pathways session, Rob will give you some simple, proven and engaging ideas on how to design, tailor and present you and your ideas aligned to your message and audience.


Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Working from Home – The New Normal

How do we most effectively do our jobs from home and stand out in these trying times? Our panel of experienced executives give insights and tips into how you can best work from home, keep your boss, customers and team happy and keep your sanity.


Margaret – Wild Programme Director Consumer – NAB
Fiona Porter – Head of PMO – Linfox
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Change Management

Successful transformations are entirely dependent on effective change management. With organisations needing to evolve rapidly and embrace evolving technologies such as AI and new automation methods, the impact of change on people and processes is significant. We have two of the leaders of this change management capability to present their approach, insights and take your questions.


Jackie Ross – Retail Change Lead – Alinta Energy
Tanya Chesher – Organisational Change Manager – CBA
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Benefits Management

In this provocative and challenging session Rob Thomsett will provide insights and tools for managing benefits end to end


Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting
MC: Nadja Schulze – PMO Manager – Seven Consulting

Building A Great Team

Kylie, Connie and Louise will provide insights into their careers, building great team cultures​ in their organisations and the challenges they have encountered along the way.


Connie McKeage – OneVue
Kylie De Courtney – NSW Telco Authority
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Leaning In

Panelist will provide insight into their journey into leadership positions & offer advice & encouragement to “lean in”.


Jacqui Visch – AMP
Kathleen McKay – Revenue NSW
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Power and Influence

Rob Thomsett will introduce you to two simple models of power and influence, the session will change you to contemplate how you can more effectively use power and influence to help achieve your goals.


Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting
MC: Caroline Kerridge – PMO Director – Seven Consulting

Stakeholder Management


Hanlie Botha – Ausgrid
MC: Caroline Kerridge – PMO Director – Seven Consulting

Scaling Agile

Two of Seven Consulting most senior agile leaders, will present on how to apply agile practices to large programs.


Rinku Razdan – Program Director – Seven Consulting
Ankur Agrawal – Program Director – Seven Consulting

Building a Career Plan Panel Discussion


Hugh Harley- Strategic Advisor – Seven Consulting
Jenni Smith
MC: Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Lunchtime Learning – Project Management session with the Matildas

At Seven, we have been focused on looking at ways to address the balance of representation for women in IT.  We have set up a number of pathways sessions for any women who want to start or develop their career in project delivery.  As part of our Matildas Sponsorship, Seven Consulting is supporting a number of the Matildas squad with a paid internship in Seven Consulting.  Learn from the Matildas what it Is like to start a new career in project management over an informal lunch discussion.


Elise Kellond- Knight  – Matildas
Tameka Butt – Matildas

Seven Secrets of Project Management

Declan will explore some of the less common techniques that have helped Seven Consulting attain over 99% customer satisfaction while delivering over $3bn of programs annually


Declan Boylan – Founder – Seven Consulting

Discrimination in the Workplace and How to Deal With It


Alicia Aitken – Head of Investment Management and Delivery – ANZ
Tanya Graham – Enterprise Program Director – Alinta Energy
Margaret Gilbert – Program Director – Seven Consulting
MC: Barb Read – PMO Manager – Seven Consulting

How to Have a Career and a Family Panel Discussion

How did other women navigate through the work environment minefield to become more senior representative? ​What choices did they make / not make?​ What would they do differently if they had the chance to do it over again?


Debbie Taylor – Executive General Manager for Technology Design & Delivery – NBN
Lee Ward – Senior Executive / VP for – Unisys, EDS, IBM
Jody Weir – Head of Agility – The Iconic
MC: Rinku Razdan – Program Manager – Seven Consulting

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