Blog: Professional Development

Why we need women’s leadership programs
7 June 2016

Did you know that at the current rate of change, we will have to wait until 2050 to see some broad form of gender equality in Australia? Leadership is just one site of gender inequality where we’re not seeing change come fast enough. Women are hugely underrepresented in formal leadership positions worldwide. Here are some of […]

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Strategic and Business Planning Bootcamp: What’s it all about?
6 June 2016

On Friday 8 July, For Purpose will hold a Strategic and Business Planning Bootcamp for not-for-profit professionals here at YWCA Canberra. We caught up with Tim Arnold, facilitator and business coach, to find out what it’s all about, and why you should attend. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a career administrator in the sports […]

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2016 She Leads Conference: Tales of transformation and leadership
25 May 2016

YWCA Canberra’s She Leads program is designed to give women practical skills and tools to explore and develop their leadership potential. Through the program, we aim to support women’s leadership with the overarching goal of achieving gender equality. A highlight of the program is the annual She Leads Conference – held this year on 17 […]

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Blood, Sweat and Fears: Why I Travelled to Peru, and What It Taught Me
10 August 2015

One of the great secrets to not being disappointed with something is to have no expectations. I can’t say I ever dreamed of visiting Peru, or that Machu Picchu was on my bucket list; the South American continent has always been somewhere I hadn’t thought to visit. If you had told 17-year-old Rosie that in […]

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Making choices for me
18 June 2015

Keah Woodgate delivered this speech on Tuesday 16 June 2015 as part of the She Leads Diploma of Management graduating class. I decided to take the Diploma of Management in 2014, when I attended YWCA Canberra’s She Leads Conference. I went by myself (one of the first solo life-changing decisions I’ve made in the past […]

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Diploma graduate is paying it forward
17 June 2015

Melissa Page delivered this speech on Tuesday 16 June 2015 as part of the She Leads Diploma of Management graduating class. After travelling and living overseas and working most of my 20s and early 30s, meeting my husband and having a baby in my late 30s, I decided at the young age of 40, it […]

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Working For Purpose
20 March 2015

The following is an abridged version of a speech given by Caterina to the Women in Information and Communication Breakfast Series in Canberra last week. I have to start by letting you all know that I’m not presenting to you on my own today. I am actually joined by ‘Blue’ who is all of 20-and-a-half-weeks […]

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