Wanted: An authentic, inspiring leadership development opportunity 

HerCanberra Team

When you look at the offering women’s leadership events, the choice can be dizzying. 

I often wonder, which conference is the right one for me? What skills will I learn, if any? Will this event offer me practical tools I can apply in real life? Are the speakers’ leaders, raising other women with them, or do they just have a high profile?

Then I came across a conference is filled with diverse women from all industries, some famous, some not, but all proven and dedicated leaders, with the personal and career achievements to prove it. Most importantly, they have been selected to speak because they are passionate about assisting other women to succeed. I’m talking about YWCA Canberra’s She Leads Conference.

Run by YWCA Canberra, who are about to celebrate their 90th birthday and are one of the most established women’s and community organisations in Canberra, the Conference avoids a cookie cutter conception of leadership, and instead focuses on raising all women to thrive.

As a certified Employer of Choice for gender equality, I wasn’t surprised to learn that their take on women’s leadership was authentic, diverse, and fresh.

Now in its fifth year, the She Leads Conference continues to focus on broad-based leadership. The conference’s view of leadership is a holistic one that doesn’t look to CEO’s for inspiration, but instead to women who lead by example in their homes, workplaces and communities. YWCA Canberra understands that every woman’s vision of success is as unique as she is, and this deserves to be celebrated.

The 2018 She Leads Conference is designed for every woman, from every industry, who is interested in igniting her leadership potential and exploring and expanding her personal and career influence.

Held on 1 August at the newly refurbished Canberra Rex Hotel, the Conference includes a diverse and full program of keynote speeches, seminars, and panels, and will build your capacity to rise in your community and workplace and lift other women with you.

The theme, which draws upon contemporary leadership theories of collaborative leadership and authentic leadership, is Rise: We grow powerful by lifting each other. I love this theme, because it embraces the latest leadership research and echoes one of my favourite quotes – Madeleine Albright’s iconic remark that “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

The Conference also offers a choice of three breakout seminars, targeting women at all stages of their career, with diverse interests and needs. These interactive seminars include ‘Productivity Hacks and Empowered Staff’, targeting mid and executive-level women who not only want productivity hacks, but want to learn how to delegate work to their staff in an empowering way.

‘Holistic Career Planning – How to get a Competitive Edge!’ targets aspiring and emerging leaders, empowering you to embrace this fast-paced working world and not get left behind. ‘Creating Successful Mentorships and Menteeships’, is for anyone wondering how to establish a mentor/mentee relationship in the workplace.

The speaker line-up is also impressive, offering access to guests who have proven track records of leadership and empowering other women. Top-billed speakers include MC Meshel Laurie, a radio and television broadcaster, writer and corporate speaker of over 20 years’ experience; keynote Jamila Rizvi, author, presenter, and political commentator; and keynote Nas Campanella, blind journalist and newsreader with the ABC and Triple J.

Other panellists, facilitators, and seminar hosts include Angela Priestley, the Founding Editor of Women’s Agenda; Amanda McIntyre, Partner in PwC Canberra’s Business and Performance team; Vanessa Vanderhoek, founder of Flexible Working Day and CEO of The FlexAgility Group; Michele Fonseca, the ABC’s Head of Community Engagement; Dr Jessa Rogers, Wiradjuri woman and member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Women; and Libby Lyons, Director of Workplace Gender Equality Agency – to name just a few.

YWCA Canberra is also an ethical local charity that invests in women. Any profits made from the event are invested back into women’s leadership and provide scholarships to ensure everyone has the same access to leadership opportunities. If you are interested in accessing a scholarship yourself, available to all women from marginalised groups, full-time university students, or under 30s, visit the YWCA Canberra website.

You can book your early bird ticket today. Individual prices start at just $350, and Corporate and Government rates at $500. Plus, all HerCanberra readers can access an exclusive 10% discount off using code 10OFF.

If, like me, you’re ready to elevate your potential and gain tangible skills and advice to ignite your authentic leadership journey, I look forward to seeing you at the 2018 She Leads Conference.

the essentials 

What: She Leads Conference 2018
When: Wednesday 1 August
Where: The Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon
Cost: $65-$550
Tickets and more information: ywca-canberra.org.au/event/she-leads-conference

HerCanberra is a proud sponsor of She Leads Conference 2018 

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