Leadership and Resilience with Heidi Prowse

23 February 2021

Rae Knopik

Rae is the Events and Marketing Officer at YWCA Canberra

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In anticipation for our upcoming Workshop, the She Leads team sat down with CEO of MIEACT Heidi Prowse, who will lead a session on Resilience and Mental Agility in the Time of COVID-19.

Even before Heidi took on the role of CEO, she has been a well-known Canberra changemaker, community leader and carer, who has built a reputation for transforming not-for-profits over the last decade. Heidi’s career started with Camp Quality in 2008. Since then, she has worked in various cause-driven organisations across rural NSW, Sydney and Canberra.

Heidi’s leadership as CEO has allowed MIEACT to double in size, supporting over 30,000 Canberran annually. MIEACT’s programs achieve incredible results, including Canberra youth reporting they are 96 per cent more likely to seek help, should they need it. 

In our Workshop on 2 March, Heidi will cover topics from resilience and managing burnout to practical tools to manage and respond to stress more effectively. For Heidi, a leader’s ability to lead depends on how well she takes care of herself. To learn a bit more about Heidi and why she does what she does, we sat down and asked her five quick questions: 

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.

I am driven by making a difference in the lives of others. When I am not working you will find me at netball. I don’t like inefficiency or mushrooms.

What can people expect to take away from your workshop, Resilience and mental agility in the time of COVID-19?

My hope for this session is that participants will walk away feeling confident to implement positive mental health strategies in their own lives and those around them.

What are the questions you’re tired of about gender equality or women in leadership?

Can a women do that? Why not.

What is a personal challenge you have had to overcome for your leadership goals?

My openness and willingness to learn has shaped who I am as a leader. This isn’t just technically. I was privileged that early in my career I learnt more about myself. I had received challenging feedback that I didn’t fully understand. I spoke with mentors and accessed training so that I could learn. Having a better understanding of myself has helped me to thrive knowing how to motivate, cope and adjust to the variety of audiences I engage with. I will never stop learning and always hear the experiences of others.

Imagine yourself in your 80’s. What leadership advice would your 80-year-old self-give to you right now?

You’re living your best life right now. Soak everything up and tell your husband you love him one more time.


Looking to enhance your skills in resilience with Heidi Prowse? Join us this March as we present our She Leads workshop on Resilience and Mental Agility in the Time of COVID-19.

For more information and to register, please visit our event page.  

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