She Leads

At YWCA Canberra, we recognise that women, including female-identifying people, and non-binary people lead differently. That’s why we run the She Leads suite of programs and events.

The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management provides female-identifying and non-binary people with the opportunity to gain the best-practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and networks to accelerate their leadership journey.

Check out our course guide and fees schedule, or contact our She Leads Coordinator for a chat or for more information on 02 6185 2000 or email

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

Read more about the She Leads Conferences here.

The She Leads In-Conversation series was introduced into the She Leads program in February 2017. These quarterly evening events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders in a safe and conversational environment, followed by a live Q&A session, and networking opportunity.

Read more about She Leads In-Conversation events here.

The She Leads College Conference provides year 11 and 12 girls 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 leaders, and gain the confidence and practical skills to kick-start their leadership journeys.

Discover more about She Leads College Conference here.

The She Leads High Conference is the newest addition to the She Leads program, with the inaugural Conference held on November 2017, hosting more than 80 girls and female identifying peoples in years 9 and 10. Due to it’s success, the event was held again on 1 November 2018, this time opening it’s doors to rural schools outside of the Canberra region. The 2018 event brought around 118 students to the event from 13 different schools, including 2 rural schools.

The She Leads High Conference 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 included interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and speed networking with young women who are leading in a school, sport, community, or entrepreneurial environment.

Discover more information about the She Leads High Conference here.

She Leads Workshops are designed to develop women’s practical skills, confidence, and professional networks. Held bi-monthly, these interactive, hands-on workshops build the capacity and confidence of emerging and established women leaders.

See upcoming Workshops here.