The Aus­tralian Women’s Fo­rum comes to town


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Anew event is com­ing to Toowoomba which pro­vides women work­ing in the re­gion with a unique op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess high qual­ity lead­er­ship training, en­gage with their peers and dis­cuss gen­der equal­ity is­sues.

Tak­ing place on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, the 2018 Aus­tralian Women’s Lead­er­ship Fo­rum 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 the event.

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, be­ing ‘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 in­clude:

■ Cr Carol Tay­lor (deputy mayor, Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil)

■ Dr Tam­mie Mat­son (zo­ol­o­gist, au­thor, film pro­ducer and en­tre­pre­neur)

■ Ali Davenport (Toowoomba and Su­rat Basin En­ter­prise)

■ Cr Tracy Do­bie (mayor, South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil)

■ Jo Shep­pard (chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Toowoomba Cham­ber of Com­merce)

■ Belinda San­ders (jour­nal­ist, ABC)

■ Sara Hales (gen­eral man­ager, Toowoomba Well­camp Air­port)

■ Pru­dence Melom (chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, E-raced) The ini­tia­tive is run by ad­vo­cacy group Women & Lead­er­ship Aus­tralia (WLA), who are also pro­vid­ing a num­ber of com­pli­men­tary grants for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women to at­tend. The pur­pose of these grants is to en­sure the views of lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women are rep­re­sented at the event, and help sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of strong and effective lead­er­ship across Queens­land’s Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

WLA pro­gram direc­tor and ex­ec­u­tive Suzi Finkel­stein said one third of Aus­tralian women live in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas.

“It can be dif­fi­cult for these women to get ac­cess to the same op­por­tu­ni­ties, net­work­ing and men­tor­ing that is avail­able in the big cities,” she said. “This fo­rum will pro­vide Toowoomba with 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.”

Visit­er­ship fo­rum­toowoomba for more in­for­ma­tion and book us­ing code STYLE18 for a dis­count.

Ali Davenport

Jo Shep­pard

Tracey Spicer

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