Future-thinking in 2020

Leading for the Future Now Through Trust and Purpose

Dr Kirstin Ferguson Company director, author and creator of #CelebratingWomen

It is no longer sufficient to be a leader with deep technical expertise, sector knowledge or extensive qualifications: leaders of the future also require high levels of emotional intelligence to effectively build trust among those they lead. These leaders are needed now.

While we often hear about the loss of trust in our institutions, every institution is a collection of individuals. In this session, Kirstin will focus on individual leadership and the ways all leaders can help to build trust and lead with purpose.

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About Kirstin Ferguson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is one of Australia’s leading company directors, an award-winning expert on corporate culture and governance, author, creator of an international social media phenomenon and sought-after commentator on leadership, diversity and inclusion. 

After joining the military at the age of 17, Kirstin graduated as Dux of her Air Force class at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She was then posted to an F-111 Squadron, went on to study law and became admitted as a solicitor before becoming CEO of a global consulting business.

Kirstin is currently the Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and is a non-executive director on ASX-listed and private company boards including SCA Property Group Ltd, EML Payments Ltd and Hyne Pty Ltd. She is also the Chair of the People and Remuneration Committees on each of these boards.

Kirstin has contributed to the community through numerous voluntary roles including having been a board member of Layne Beachley’s Foundation, SheStarts, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Rugby Union, a mentor with Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program and she was the Chair of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

She was the creator of the Walkley Award nominated #CelebratingWomen campaign which became a viral social media movement. She is also the author of Women Kind, a book she co-wrote with Catherine Fox about unlocking the power of women supporting women.

Kirstin is an Adjunct Professor at the QUT School of Business. She has Honours degrees in Law and also History, as well as a PhD in corporate culture, leadership and governance for which she has received industry and academic awards. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of both the Company Director Course and International Company Director Course.

Kirstin is an advocate for gender diversity and equality in the workplace, she is a member of national and international women’s organisations including Chief Executive Women, Women Corporate Directors and the Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia.




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