She Leads Diploma of Leadership & Management

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.

The course is specifically designed for women who are interested in formalising and consolidating their leadership and management skills and knowledge.

Note: all YWCA Canberra training courses are currently going ahead as planned. Social distancing and infection control measures will be in place.


The She Leads Diploma is delivered over ten dynamic full-day classes which include: live panel discussions and Q&A sessions with women leaders from all sectors, practical exercises with case studies and role plays, personal development sessions, and peer coaching.
The course is designed and delivered by a range of professional women facilitators, supported by our She Leads Trainer and Assessor. Our face-to-face classes feature live panel discussions with women leaders from all sectors, sharing their insights, challenges and strategies for leadership and management success.

Our current facilitators include:

  • Vanessa Vanderhoek: CEO of The FlexAgility Group and Career Inside Track, Founder of Flexible Working Day
  • Victoria Oakden: RN, MBA, JP and Founder of Oakden Enterprises
  • Betty Ferguson: Life member of YWCA Canberra, YWCA Canberra Board Member (2016-2019) and Board member from 2008-2014
  • Katie Whitehead: Has over 20 years’ experience in industry groups, member organisations and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Jane Diedricks: Through her business, Crafted Consulting, Jane delivers advisory, facilitation, training, meditation and coaching services across the spectrum of HR and business planning issues.
  • Lisa Levine: Has been a senior executive in the Australian Public Service and held senior positions within International Private Enterprises such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Kirsty’s story

Ciára’s story

Facilitator Vanessa’s thoughts

Upon completion, participants will graduate with a Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918), recognising their competency in:

  • managing personal work priorities and professional development
  • managing operational plans, budgets and financial plans
  • communicating with influence
  • using emotional intelligence
  • managing meetings
  • managing people performance & ensuring team effectiveness
  • supporting the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • managing diversity
  • facilitating continuous improvement.

Check out our course guide or contact our She Leads Coordinator for a chat or for more information on 02 6185 2000 or email training@ywca-canberra.org.au.

The next course intake for the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) is in March 2021.

Visit Student Information to enrol. You can register to attend the next information session, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at training@ywca-canberra.org.au

There are several ways you can enrol and undertake the course, depending on whether you or your employer are paying. If you are paying for the course, we are happy to arrange a monthly payment plan for you. If you are undertaking the course as a trainee through your workplace, government funding may be available.

Visit Student Information for an outline of the fees and funding arrangements for the course.

She Leads has secured a number of full scholarships for the She Leads Diploma, which ensure equal access to this leadership course. With the generosity of philanthropic and Government grants, women, including female-identifying people, and non-binary people can apply for the below scholarships.

She Leads Scholarship Program

Thanks to the Snow Foundation, there are two scholarships available for women who don’t have access to, or who have limited professional development opportunities through their employer by supporting them to complete the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management. Participants will gain a nationally accredited qualification, leading to increased opportunities to take on leadership roles.

In addition to the scholarship, YWCA Canberra will provide participants with necessary supports as required:

  • additional support and assistance with LLN (language, literacy and numeracy) skills
  • one-on-one support from our She Leads Trainer and Assessor via phone, email and face-to-face by appointment, to assist participants with completing their assessments
  • confidential outreach counselling services to participants if required
  • referral pathways for additional needs, including the Lanyon Food Hub, Youth Engagement programs, Next Door program for older women, and financial counselling.

She Leads Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

Thanks to the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate, there are two scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, to provide them with the opportunity to develop their leadership capability, knowledge and skills by undertaking the nationally accredited She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918). This is designed to empower the scholarship recipients to not only advance their own leadership journey, but also share and implement these skills within their workplace, families and the wider Canberra community.

In addition to the scholarship, YWCA Canberra will provide participants with necessary supports as required:

  • additional support and assistance with LLN (language, literacy and numeracy) skills
  • one-on-one support from our She Leads Trainer and Assessor via phone, email and face-to-face by appointment, to assist participants with completing their assessments
  • confidential outreach counselling services to participants if required
  • referral pathways for additional needs, including the Lanyon Food Hub, Youth Engagement programs, Next Door program for older women, and financial counselling.

Assessment guidelines

She Leads Scholarship Program

Applications are due on 30 September 2020.

Assessments will be made on a merit basis.

Applicants must:

  • be a woman (includes female-identifying) or non-binary person
  • live or work in the Canberra region
  • demonstrate capacity and willingness to complete the Diploma
  • demonstrate that they don’t have access to, or who have limited professional development opportunities through their employer
  • demonstrate that they do not have employer financial support to complete the Diploma
  • demonstrate that they have two years minimum work experience
  • demonstrate that they are approaching management, have recently gained a management role, or are working as a manager/leader
  • satisfy a language, literacy and numeracy test or already hold tertiary qualifications
  • commit to providing a report on your progress at regular intervals during the Diploma.

Where there are more applicants than scholarships, priority will be given to:

  • young women (under 30)
  • older women (over 50)
  • women with a disability
  • women from a culturally and linguistically-diverse background
  • LGBTQIA* women.

Apply now for the She Leads scholarship program.

 

Email training@ywca-canberra.org.au if you need more information.

 

She Leads Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

Applications are due on 30 September 2020.

Assessments will be made on a merit basis.

Applicants must:

  • be a woman (includes female-identifying) or non-binary person
  • be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • live or work in the Canberra region
  • demonstrate capacity and willingness to complete the Diploma
  • demonstrate that they are approaching management, have recently gained a management role, or are working as a manager/leader
  • satisfy a language, literacy and numeracy test or already hold tertiary qualifications
  • commit to providing a report on your progress at regular intervals during the Diploma.

Where there are more applicants than scholarships, priority will be given to:

  • young women (under 30)
  • older women (over 50)
  • women with a disability
  • women from a culturally and linguistically-diverse background
  • LGBTQIA* women.

Apply now for the She Leads Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships.

 

Email training@ywca-canberra.org.au if you need more information.

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