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  • 11 May 2021: It’s not you, it’s the system: Toxic workplace cultures with Yumiko Kadota and Rasi Gupta

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    She Leads In-Conversation events connect Canberrans with inspiring and diverse leaders, sharing their leadership journey, insights and advice for emerging leaders.    Facilitated by Rasi Gupta, the May She Leads In–Conversation featured Yumiko Kadota, a medical doctor from Sydney, who recently released her memoir Emotional Female. The new memoir details gripping anecdotes about Yumiko’s journey as an Asian-Australian woman working towards her dream of becoming a plastic surgeon in the Australian medical system, which eventually led to her resignation after months of burnout.  Job […]

  • 1 April 2021: 5 Quick Questions with Rasi Gupta

      In anticipation for our upcoming In Conversation with author Yumiko Kadota, the She Leads team sat down with Rasi Gupta, doctor-turned Public Servant and lifestyle blogger to chat about career changes, toxic workplaces, and pursuing her dreams.  Rasi was on track for a successful career as a medical doctor, but after years of workplace discrimination, stressful colleagues, and long hours that tangoed with […]

  • 10 March 2021: Leadership from self-care with Heidi Prowse

    On 2 March 2021, local emerging and established women leaders gathered to attend YWCA Canberra’s first She Leads Workshop of 2021: Resilience and Mental Agility in the time of COVID-19 with Heidi Prowse. The session began with a story of resilience, preservation, and stress: Heidi’s own story about how her husband was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, […]

  • 2 March 2021: Five quick questions with Isabel Mudford

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    In anticipation for our upcoming In Conversation with Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo, the She Leads team sat down with PhD candidate and queer policy specialist Isabel Mudford, who has a breadth of experiences, ranging from work in social research to law reform in the ACT, including now advising the ACT Greens in social inclusion […]

  • 26 February 2021: Five quick questions with Jakida Smith

    The She Leads College Conference taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young-woman, non-binary and female students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders in their community.   This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is all about harnessing personal adversity and using […]

  • 24 February 2021: Five quick questions with Bec McConnell

    The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young-women, non-binary and female students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders in their community.  This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is about how young people […]

  • 23 February 2021: Five quick questions with Leah House

    The She Leads College Conference taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young women and non-binary students in years 11 and 12. This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is about harnessing personal adversity and using it to thrive as leaders in our personal and professional capacities.   We caught up with our panel facilitator and Ngambri woman, Leah House, to discuss her leadership […]

  • 23 February 2021: Leadership and Resilience with Heidi Prowse

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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 […]

  • 18 February 2021: Five quick questions with April Hélène-Horton

    The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young women and non-binary students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to go on to become confident leaders in their community.   This year’s theme ‘Wild’, […]

  • 17 February 2021: Five quick questions with Karina Judd

    The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young women and non-binary student in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders in their community. This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is about how […]

  • 16 February 2021: Five quick questions with Krishaa Tulsiani

    The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young women and non-binary students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to go on to become confident leaders in their community. This year’s theme ‘Wild’, […]

  • 10 February 2021: Five quick questions with Jenessa O’Connell

    The She Leads College Conference, taking place on Friday 26 March, is a one-day leadership event for young women and non-binary students in years 11 and 12. It is designed to equip participants with the practical skills and knowledge they need to become confident leaders in their community.   This year’s theme ‘Wild’, is all about harnessing personal adversity […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Angie Ford

    We sat down with Angie Ford, a mindset coach driven by a love of working with people. Her client list includes world no.1 athletes, CEOs, Entrepreneurs of the year, national best selling real estate agents, and AFI award nominee actors. Angie loves working with individuals, teams and leaders who believe in growth and learning. She is passionate about helping […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Kat Reed

    We sat down with Kat Reed, a passionate queer rights activist, avid intersectional feminist, and political performance artist based in Canberra. Since beginning with environmental activism in school, they have advocated for the rights of people of colour, queer youth and people with disabilities. Kat has made appearances on ABC Radio, Canberra Times and Win News speaking about survivor rights […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Tikarra Looke

    We sat down with Tikarra Looke, a Cultural Integrity Coordinator. Tikarra Looke is a proud Darug and Wiradjuri woman currently living on Ngunnawal country. She describes herself as, “the embarrassing and proud big sister who cries at every event of three amazing sisters and one incredible brother”. Tikarra is a passionate educator inspired every day by her community, her students, […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Kasey Dragisic

    We sat down with Kasey Dragisic, a firefighter with ACT Fire & Rescue and a former rugby star. Kasey comes from a culturally diverse background. Her mum is part Aboriginal part Kiwi. Her dad is part Serbian, part German. Each of her grandparents were born in their respective countries. She has always been proud of her rich heritage; […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Taylor Fitzgerald

    We sat down with Taylor Fitzgerald, 2018 NAIDOC Trainee of the year. Taylor is a 21-year-old Aboriginal Kamilaroi woman who stands proud with the greatest of qualities handed down to her from her long line of Elders. She is an activist and survivor. Taylor’s interest and focus has always been within the power between cultures and education. This love and interest […]

  • 22 October 2020: Take 5 with Maddie Diamond

    We sat down with Maddie Diamond, the 2020 Young Australian of the Year who founded Trash Gather, a youth-led volunteer group that organise regular rubbish clean ups in Canberra. She is also the Executive Officer of SEE-Change, a volunteer-based community organisation that aims to make Canberra more sustainable through community connection. Maddie will be the Keynote speaker for She Leads High […]