She Leads

The She Leads program is a leadership pathway for women and non-binary people who are looking to explore and develop their leadership potential.

Through the She Leads program, the next generation of women leaders, from all sectors and industries, are being equipped with the skills and confidence they need to further their potential.

The She Leads suite includes the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management, the She Leads Conference, the She Leads High Conference (for girls in years 9 and 10), the She Leads College Conference (for girls in years 11 and 12), the She Leads In-Conversation Series, and the She Leads Workshops.

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At YWCA Canberra, we recognise that there is no one way of leading. Women, non-binary people and people from diverse backgrounds lead differently, and this helps organisations grow and consider a broad spectrum of ideas, experiences and opinions. However, too often diverse voices are left out of the conversation and their leadership potential ignored in the workplace.

The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) builds on a traditional Diploma of Leadership and Management by:

  • acknowledging and addressing the perspectives, challenges and opportunities for women and non-binary people in leadership
  • challenging and reframing the concept of leadership
  • including a feminist and intersectional diversity focus
  • recognising and celebrating all levels of leadership
  • emphasising self-exploration and development
  • having facilitators who are experts in their field
  • including five panels of three diverse women and non-binary leaders.

Through the course, you will get the opportunity to gain best-practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and networks to accelerate your leadership journey, all in a safe and supportive environment. You will participate in panel discussions with inspiring leaders who will share their personal leadership stories, perspectives, insights and strategies, and will be matched with a coach from our pool of diverse local leaders. You will learn, laugh and link with like-minded people, and form a support network that extends well beyond graduation day.

Find out more about the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management. You can also check out our course guide and fees schedule, or contact our She Leads Coordinator for a chat or more information on 02 6185 2000 or email

The She Leads Conference is held annually in Canberra, and provides emerging and established women leaders with the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge and networks to accelerate their leadership journey.

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The She Leads High Conference is an annual one-day leadership event for girls and non-binary people in years 9 and 10. It provides attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, covering topics such as social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressures, self-esteem, and body image. The event format includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and a panel of young women and non-binary people leading in a school, sport, community, or entrepreneurial environment.

Discover more about the She Leads High Conference.

The She Leads College Conference is an annual one-day leadership event for girls and non-binary people in years 11 and 12. It provides the students with a unique out-of-school opportunity to explore and hone their leadership identity and values, and reflect on their experiences, strengths, values, and goals. Featuring young, dynamic presenters and interactive workshops, the College Conference provides a safe space for attendees to be inspired by young women and non-binary leaders, and gain the confidence and practical skills to kick-start their leadership journeys.

Discover more about the She Leads College Conference.

The She Leads In-Conversation series are quarterly evening events that provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women and nonbinary leaders in a safe and conversational environment, followed by a Q&A session and networking over drinks and canapés.

Read more about the She Leads In-Conversation series.

The She Leads Workshops are short evening sessions run throughout the year that provide women and non-binary people with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence to take on leadership roles and further progress their leadership journey. Our workshops are practical, interactive and hands-on events that are run by distinguished women and non-binary leaders who excel in their chosen field.

Join one of our upcoming workshops.