She Leads – YWCA Canberra’s women’s leadership pathway

Igniting your leadership journey

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At YWCA Canberra we know that developing women’s, including female-identifying and non-binary people’s, leadership is fundamental to advancing gender equality.

Our vision is ‘Women shaping our communities’ – we believe that women’s unique perspectives and experiences must be heard, and that our community will benefit from women’s contribution to leadership.

The She Leads program is YWCA Canberra’s leadership pathway for women, including female-identifying and non-binary people, who are looking to explore and develop their leadership potential, and includes the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management, the She Leads Conference, the She Leads In-Conversation Series, the She Leads College Conference (for girls in years 11 and 12), the upcoming She Leads High Conference (for girls in years 9 and 10), and the She Leads Workshops.

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.

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The She Leads program is dedicated to providing safe spaces for attendees to discuss issues related to women in leadership. We invite you to help us make our events is welcoming and respectful to all delegates. Find our participation policy here.

If you find yourself unable to attend a She Leads event, please let us know by contacting Full refunds are available for cancellations received at least seven days prior to the workshop. Find our refund policy here.

The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management

The She Leads Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification delivered through YWCA Canberra’s Registered Training Organisation. The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management was launched by former Sex Discrimination Minister, Elizabeth Broderick, and World YWCA Vice President, Susan Brennan, in 2013. The course offers a gendered analysis of leadership and management, and provides a customised curriculum addressing the specific needs of women in the early stages of their career.

Learn more here.

She Leads Conference

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 past She Leads Conferences here.

She Leads In-Conversation Series

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.

She Leads College Conference

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.

View previous She Leads College Conferences here.

She Leads High Conference

The She Leads High Conference is the newest addition to the She Leads program. This event provides girls in years 9 and 10 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. Upon completion, attendees will leave with the inspiration and tools to start defining and developing their leadership pathway. The event format includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and speed networking with young women who are leading in a school, sport, community, or entrepreneurial environment.

This years inaugural She Leads High Conference will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2017. Discover more about the event here.

She Leads Workshops

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.