The Australian Women’s Forum comes to town
NEW FORUM EVENT SUPPORTS FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN REMOTE AND RURAL CENTRES
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.”
Visit www.wla.edu.au/leadership forumtoowoomba for more information and book using code STYLE18 for a discount.