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.

“I found all the presenters to be motivating, experienced, approachable and supportive during our learning journey. The best part for me was meeting, networking and sharing with other students. Enrol in the course. It will be a decision that you will never regret and will come out at the other end with a renewed vision and sense of purpose in the workplace.” – Sonia Di Mezza, CEO Domestic Violence Crisis Service

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 April 2020.

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.

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