16 March 2017
The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Tuesday 21 March, is a one-day event for girls in years 11 and 12, equipping participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders. This year, we have an amazing line-up of inspiring young women who will share their leadership journeys with participants. We’ll be featuring 5 quick questions with each speaker in the lead up to the Conference. Today, we chat to Madalein Tier.
A born-and-raised Canberran who still hasn’t managed to get out of the city. Works in the Australian Public Service in Indigenous Affairs. Likes to lift heavy things and cook delicious things.
What’s one thing about your life now that you never would have predicted when you were at school?
That I would actually land on my feet, in the area I wanted to work, in a job I love. I spent so much time convinced on my impending failure I never took the time to be grateful for my education and the opportunities it gave me.
What is a book or film that has influenced your leadership journey?
Lean Out by Dawn Foster is a recent read. It reminded me to focus less on my ‘success’, and that to me leadership isn’t about being the loudest or most assertive but working towards a more equal and just society with everyone, for everyone.
Why are you excited to be part of the She Leads College Conference?
Supporting young women to become leaders and influence change in their communities and the world is the reason I joined the Y. The Future is Female, and I want to do everything I can to help young women live brave lives.
What piece of advice would you most like to give to young women just starting their leadership journeys?
Doubt yourself less. It’s easier said than done, but try to find the tools that work for you to curtail negative thinking and get out there and live your best lives. Join forces with other women and lift each other up.
Find out more about our exciting program and register to attend the She Leads College Conference here.