The She Leads College Conference features inspiring talks and interactive workshops to equip young women, including female-identifying and non-binary people, in years 11 and 12 with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders. Participants also have the opportunity to connect with inspiring women who share their leadership journeys throughout the day.
The She Leads College Conference was developed in response to demand from educators following the success of our She Leads Conference and the results of the 2014 YWCA She Speaks survey. This survey of 1600 young women, aged 15-30, found that while 70 per cent of participants want to be leaders in the future, they also say that negative gender-based stereotypes damage their working lives, their sense of self, their safety in relationships, and their leadership capacity.
The theme, Trailblazer, drives the design and outcomes of the event, with students being exposed to a deeper understanding of leadership that extends to the change leaders have the potential to make in their homes, schools, communities, and workplaces.
Students will leave with a greater understanding of leadership, how to effect change, how to identify positive and negative situations in their homes and communities, and gain new skills and tools to manage the myriad of issues that they face each day. Students will also be exposed to a range of post-school career options, providing them with an opportunity to explore their future options, and define their interests and aspirations.
The event will include interactive workshops, keynote speeches, a panel, and speed networking with young women who are leading in their communities.
By encouraging young women’s attendance, you will provide them with the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, and increase their capacity to take on leadership roles within their school environment and beyond.
The registration deadline is Thursday 1 March 2018.
The She Leads College Conference will provide the following key outcomes:
It is suggested that teachers attend the event and provide appropriate supervision and care, and ensure that each student arrives and departs safely. YWCA Canberra staff will not provide supervision of students, and will not be responsible for the arrival or departure of students, or for their behaviour on the day.
Schools should treat this event as an excursion, and will need to independently organise all necessary permission slips and transportation.
Schools are responsible for managing the allocation of places to interested students; there are 12 available places for each school. It is important that all students want to be there. The day will feature a full program of speakers, workshops, a panel, and individual and group discussion and reflection. Students will get the most value from the day when they come prepared to engage with the topics, speakers, and fellow students.
For each registered student, a photography consent form will need to be completed and returned to the She Leads team. This is not the permission slip that should be used by teachers to gain guardian permission to take students to the event. Teachers should have access to their own school-specific permission slips and use those to gain guardian permission.
If you are a young woman interested in attending the She Leads College Conference, you will need to let your teacher or principal know that you want to come along to the event as soon as you can. Your school may be sending other students too, or they may not yet know about this event.
You will need to treat this event like any other school excursion, which means having your guardians sign your school permission slip, and organising transportation to and from the event through your school.
You and your guardian will also need to complete the photography consent form, which needs to be returned to the She Leads team prior to the event. Please give the photography consent form to your teacher, who will then provide the forms to us.
If a student wishes to attend but feels as though the price may be a barrier, please advise the She Leads team at email@example.com. We have allocated a small pool of scholarships that we may be able to allocate to eligible students. We are committed to assisting as many young women as possible attend this event.
For further details relating to the event, or for any queries please contact the She Leads team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call YWCA Canberra on (02) 6175 9900.
The event was designed to provide a safe space for girls in year 11 and 12 to be inspired by young women leaders and gain the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to kick-start their leadership journeys.
As well as providing an engaging, interesting experience, our objectives were that as a result of the Conference, young women would walk away with:
Building on the success of the 2016 program, our program for 2017 included plenary sessions (including keynote presentation), two workshops, and an afternoon networking session. The Conference was emceed by yLead’s Bel Yorston, was opened by Madalein Tier, and included a keynote presentation by Sarah Moran. The networking session included eight young inspiring women from a range of sectors that discussed their leadership journey with attendees, and included Sarah Moran, Alice Workman, Alex Schumann-Gillet, Ciara Duggan, Codie Bell, Elise Pirotta, Sally Moylan, Cathy Pecotz, and Esther Suh. Workshops were facilitated by Bel Yorston and Esther Suh, and focused on leadership, confidence, and communication skills.
Feedback about the Conference was overwhelmingly positive, with 98 per cent strongly agreeing or agreeing that they would recommend the Conference to other young women, and 98 per cent of respondents rating the College Conference as excellent or good.
Of the Conference, attendees stated:
To learn more about the 2017 She Leads College Conference, see the following:
The 2016 Conference was built around dismantling the traditional definition of leadership, which is one that has seeped into our collective consciousness, and contributes in making the identity of a ‘leader’ inaccessible to many young people – especially young women. To combat this idea of traditional and inaccessible leadership, the Conference included a wealth of young women leaders to discuss their leadership journey and offer advice to the next generation of young women.
The event was emceed by yLead’s Bel Yorston, opening remarks were delivered by Caitlin Sandercock, and the Keynote speaker was Amelia Telford. The networking session allowed participants the opportunity to learn the value of networking while interacting with young women from the Canberra community who are leading and creating change. The networking sessions speakers included Farz Edraki, Caitlin Figueiredo, Erica Hediger, Emma Pocock, Ange Reakes, Rachael Stevens, Annabel Szekely, and Hannah Wandel, and workshops were facilitated by Bel Yorston, Annabel Szekely, Esther Suh, Kylie McGuinness, and Kirsty Bird.
Event feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 94 per cent agreeing that as a result of attending the She Leads College Conference they now have a greater understanding of leadership, 95 per cent agreeing that the Conference provided them with practical tools that they will be able to apply, and 100 per cent rating the Conference as excellent or good overall.
Of the Conference, attendees stated:
To learn more about the 2016 She Leads College Conference, see the following:
The theme for the 2015 Conference was – Discover. Connect. Ignite. The event was designed to provide a safe space for girls in year 11 and 12 to be inspired by young women leaders, and gain the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to kick-start their leadership journeys.
The overarching theme of the Conference covered topics such as leadership myths and realities – what does is really mean to be a leader?, awareness of gender stereotypes, supporting positive body image, self-confidence, unconventional leadership/career paths, and learning to deal with failure and building resilience.
The Conference was emceed by Zoya Patel, and saw speakers and panellists from various industries including Carly Findlay, Sally Moylan, Ashleigh Grogan, Haylee Collins, Annabel Szekely, and Meredith. Workshops were run by Heather Dawson and independent magazine Young Vegabond, and focused on finding a leadership identity and identifying that there are many types of successful leadership styles, and engaging attendees to think critically about how constructs of gender affect their lives.
Of the Conference, attendees stated:
To learn more about the 2015 She Leads College Conference, see the following: