Women's Network Forum: Positioning Yourself for You

  • 16 Mar 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Stretton Centre, 307 Peachy Road, Munno Para


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Join us as we welcome Nicole Marshall, Whendee Young, Paula Paterson, Teresa Nilsson and Lauren Marshall as guest speakers for the first Women's Network Forum of 2023 - Positioning Yourself for You. 

This Forum will be held in person and via Zoom on Thursday 16 March 2023 from 9:30AM - 12:15PM.

Discover You
Nicole Marshall
Senior Consultant, Perks People Solutions

Nicole Marshall is a Senior Consultant with Perks People Solutions, specialising in Executive recruitment for the local government and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about connecting candidates with opportunities that can help them realise their career aspirations and providing her clients with access to great talent to enable their organisation to grow. Nicole has a particular interest in helping Councils to understand their unique value propositions and working with them to develop their offering to assist with talent attraction and staff retention. 

Building on last year’s “Sell Yourself” session, “Discover You” will explore two different leadership styles and which type is most effective for career progression. Whether you are positioning yourself for a change in role or seeking to grow your leadership experience, this presentation will help you identify what leadership style will ultimately work best for you and your career aspirations within local government. 

My Story
Whendee Young
Executive Manager Infrastructure and Operations,
Town of Gawler

With more than 20 years of experience in private and public complex engineering, construction, engagement, and policy projects Whendee found herself well-equipped to take on the role of Executive Manager of Infrastructure and Operations when she joined the local government in late 2019. 

Whendee finds importance in mindful leadership, strong relationships and collaboration and demonstrates these consistently as she plans for the successful delivery of infrastructure and operations services to her community. Each challenge brings about new professional and personal discoveries which she tries to accept with grace. Whendee has endless gratitude for the teams that make the work all possible. 

In this session, Whendee will share her career journey so far, and how she has overcome barriers in a male-dominated field and made the most of opportunities throughout her career progression. 

Pitching to Succeed Panel 

Join us as we hear from three inspirational local government people and cultural professionals as they share their perspectives on helping women pursue their career passion.      

Meet the Panellists:

Teresa Nilsson
Manager People and Culture, City of Unley

With more than 20 years of experience, Teresa has worked in human resources roles across local government, Engineering, and the Energy sector. 

After starting her working life in finance roles, Teresa found her passion in developing others and building organisational capability. Teresa is a respected mentor and coach and thrives on motivating others to understand their worth and achieve their career goals. She now spends her time assisting in organisational change, leading her team, problem-solving, business planning, and helping other leaders get the best from their people.  

Teresa believes that local government provides opportunities for women to make a real difference in the communities where they live and work and, with inclusive practices, it is an outstanding sector for fulfilling and meaningful careers. She is passionate about encouraging women to have confidence, back themselves, and take the occasional calculated risk. There is great potential in local government, and in particular, in women who support each other to step up into the spotlight. 

Lauren Marshall
Manger Organisational Culture and People, The Barossa Council

Lauren Marshall is the Manager of Organisational Culture and People at the Barossa Council. Beginning her journey in agency recruitment, Lauren’s lifelong passion for supporting people to succeed grew to where it is today. This world opened her eyes to the transformational impact of self-belief, coupled with the right people in the right roles can have on the success of an organisation.

Over the years, Lauren has expanded into the field of generalist human resources and ignited an unwavering commitment to leadership practices that channel human-centricity, emotional intelligence, and intuition; and uplift individuals to find their inner belief systems. Lauren’s accolades span heavily across the enhancement of organisational culture and the evolution of leadership practices, with success largely due to her willingness to be courageous in transformation and bold in redefining practices in a local government setting. 

Paula Paterson
Senior Manager – Organisational Development, City of Playford

With 24 years of experience in Local Government Paula started her career working in early childhood. Passionate about delivering a positive customer experience, she moved into a Customer Service Call Centre environment, giving her the exposure to the amazing diversity of services that can be provided to the community. Throughout her career journey, she has undertaken a variety of roles across all levels of the organisation. In recent years Paula moved into a leadership role as HR Services Manager which led to her current role as Senior Manager of Organisational Development, which incorporates the HR, Risk, and WHS functions. 

Paula’s vast experience and journey through her professional career have contributed to her growth as a leader and encouraged her to always learn something new about herself personally and professionally, and the organisation and our community.

Registrations for this forum are open to Local Government Professionals Australia, SA members, council employees, employees of regional subsidiaries and Local Government Professionals Australia, SA invited guests.

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