She Leads Diploma of Leadership & Management

Gain a nationally-recognised qualification while completing a transformational leadership development program.

YWCA Canberra recognises that there is no one way of leading. People from diverse backgrounds lead differently, and this helps organisations grow and consider a broad spectrum of ideas, experiences, and opinions. However, too often diverse voices are left out of the conversation and their leadership potential ignored in the workplace.

Our She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) builds on a traditional Diploma of Leadership and Management by:

  • acknowledging and addressing the perspectives, challenges and opportunities for women and non-binary people in leadership
  • challenging and reframing the concept of leadership
  • including a feminist and intersectional diversity focus
  • recognising and celebrating all levels of leadership
  • emphasising self-exploration and development
  • having facilitators who are experts in their field
  • including five panels of three diverse women and non-binary leaders.

Through the course, you will have the opportunity to gain the best-practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and networks to accelerate their leadership journey, in a safe and supportive environment.

With exciting and enlightening panels and experienced facilitators, you will learn your own authentic leadership style, which will set you up for success in whatever sector or role you want to pursue.

The She Leads Diploma is delivered through 11 monthly full-day workshops facilitated by experts in their field. These workshops occur once a month, with a break in January.

The course is designed and delivered by a range of professional women and non-binary facilitators, supported by our She Leads Coordinator. Our face-to-face classes feature live panel discussions with women leaders from all sectors and leadership positions, sharing their insights, challenges and strategies for leadership and management success.

Our current facilitators include:

  • Angie Ford: High-Performance Coach and Mindset Trainer
  • Victoria Oakden: RN, MBA, JP and Founder of Oakden Enterprises
  • 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.
  • Danielle Dal Cortivo: Managing Director / Principal Consultant, Kayo Consulting
  • Luciana Todd: YWCA She Leads Coordinator and Trainer and Assessor

Kirsty’s story

Ciára’s story

Former facilitator Vanessa’s thoughts

Upon completion, participants will graduate with a Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420), recognising their competency in:

  • developing critical thinking
  • managing personal work priorities and professional development
  • developing and using emotional intelligence
  • communicating with influence
  • managing meetings
  • managing operational plans
  • managing budgets
  • managing business resources
  • leading and managing effective workplace relationships
  • leading and managing team effectiveness
  • managing people performance
  • managing diversity in the workplace
  • 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

The next She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) course starts in September 2023.

The training schedule for the next She Leads Diploma intake is available here.

Check our events page for upcoming information sessions, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at

Visit Student Information to enrol. You can register to attend the next information session, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at

The cost of the course will depend on whether it is undertaken as self-funded training, a traineeship, or with a scholarship. 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 and our schedule of fees for an outline of the fees and funding arrangements for the course. You could also contact us to discuss your options by emailing

YWCA Canberra seeks to secure scholarships for the She Leads Diploma, which ensure equal access to this leadership course. This page will be updated whenever scholarships are available. You can also subscribe to the monthly She Leads Newsletter to receive updates on She Leads events and opportunities, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at

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