Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has launched its Leadership Forum, providing women working in regional Australia with a unique opportunity to access high quality leadership training, engage with their peers and discuss gender equality issues, taking place at Burke & Wills on Thursday 18 October. They will also be providing full-attendance grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The purpose of the scholarships is to ensure the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are represented at the events and help support the development of strong and effective leadership across Australia’s Indigenous communities.

The 2018 Australian Women’s Leadership Forum agenda is ideal for women who are looking for increased awareness of their leadership style and competencies, as well as practical strategies to help them overcome challenges within their work and personal life.  Tracey Spicer AM will give a keynote address at each event.

Program Director and Executive at WLA Suzi Finkelstein said, “We know that one third of Australian women live in rural and regional areas, and we are very excited to engage them in leadership development experiences, and networking opportunities. The forum provides a tremendously exciting opportunity for local female leaders to share their expertise and advice with women in their own community. It’s a fantastic initiative which will have tangible grass-roots impact. It can be difficult for women living in rural and regional Australia to access opportunities, networking and mentoring that are available in the big cities.”

The content and flow of the program is carefully designed to immerse participants in the subject matter and create valuable insights informed by collective experience. The day will consist of three practical development sessions for delegates including A Mindful and Resilient Leader, Building Career Changing Connections and Networking Strategically and Be Brave, Adaptive and Experimental.

Attendees will also be addressed by local business and career leaders and will have the opportunity to mingle and network at the end of the day. Local female leaders who will be addressing delegates in Toowoomba including Deputy Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council Cr Carol Taylor, Zoologist, Author, Film Producer and Entrepreneur Dr Tammie Matson, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise‘s Ali Davenport, Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Cr Tracy Dobie, CEO of Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Jo Sheppard, ABC Journalist Belinda Sanders, and Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport General Manager Sara Hales.

The forums will be held in Bendigo, Coffs Harbour, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Alice Springs and Albury Wodonga during October and November.

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