Celebrate International Women’s Day 2022
with the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)


Tuesday 8 March 2022
Virtual Event
4:00pm – 5:30pm AEDT

Event Cost

(including GST)
Non Member - $50
ACEL Member - FREE

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Group Rates (3+)

(including GST)
$25 per person
*Cost will be waived if signing up for ACEL membership during registration

Come and join all our ACEL community throughout Australia and beyond for a celebration of diversity, empowerment and equality.

This year’s International Women’s Day 2022 (IWD 2022) theme is #BreakTheBias, one which resonates deeply with many across the globe. The theme underpins our carefully curated program which will inspire participants to reflect individually and collectively on the role all genders play in breaking the bias in our learning organisations and social contexts. Together, we can make a difference.

We are in a critical moment for women across the globe. Gender representation in leadership across our society is changing, but slowly.

“Gender equality transforms economies and is a human right. In the shadow of the impact of the pandemic, active and sustained leadership on gender equality is more important than ever.”
Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Women

We have moments to celebrate

World leadership is turning with greater diversity and inclusion at the decision-making table.

We’ve had ground-breaking moments that keep our optimism alive about the future. Madeline Hislop brings us this reflection in celebrating the stories that defined 2021.

2022 starts with eight countries having elected or sworn in their first female head of government or state in the past 12 months.

So come and join us, learn from each other, celebrate your impact and influence…and, be inspired.


ACEL Book Shop - IWD Spotlight Titles

View the selection of International Women's Day titles available at the ACEL Book shop



Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country

4.00pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
3.30pm [SA]
3.00pm [QLD]
2.30pm [NT]
1.00pm [WA]
6.00pm [New Zealand]

Dr Barbara Watterston, CEO, ACEL

Nicole Wade, Executive Principal, Curran Public School

Keynote Session: Rosemary Kariuki

4.05pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
3.35pm [SA]
3.05pm [QLD]
2.35pm [NT]
1.05pm [WA]
6.05pm [New Zealand]

Be inspired by Rosemary Kariuki, whose advocacy work for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women’s social and economic empowerment has been widely recognised through awards such as the Australia’s Local Hero (2021), Community Fellow - Western Sydney University (2021), Civilian Employee of the Year – Parramatta Rotary Club (2016) and Parramatta Citizen of the Year (2012).

Q&A with Keynote Speaker – Rosemary Kariuki

4.35pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
4.05pm [SA]
3.35pm [QLD]
3.05pm [NT]
1.35pm [WA]
6.35pm [New Zealand]

Have a burning question for Rosemary? Take this invaluable opportunity to connect with her through this dynamic and interactive session.

#BreakTheBias Panel Session

4.45pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
4.15pm [SA]
3.45pm [QLD]
3.15pm [NT]
1.45pm [WA]
6.45pm [New Zealand]

*5.30pm - Event Closes

Gather at this engaging “fireside chat” session with our panellists to explore the #BreakTheBias theme, share leadership lessons and celebrate educators and educational leaders. Featuring:

Prof Jane Wilkinson (Facilitator)

Kristen Douglas, National Manager & Head of Headspace Schools
– Social Emotional Relational Leadership

Tracey Ezard, Keynote speaker, author, educator and consultant
– Ferocious Warmth Strength and Shadows

Dr Deborah Netolicky, Head of Teaching and Learning, St Mark’s Anglican Community School
– Future Alternatives for Educational Leadership

Nicole Wade, Executive Principal, Curran Public School
- Schools are a place of healing