Women in Leadership

4th May, 2022 @ 9:00 am


04/05/2022 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Why a focus on Women?

“The unique context in education, of a lack of female leaders, in a predominantly female workforce, requires exploration. This needs to be undertaken urgently, as Australia faces a major challenge in identifying and developing the next generation of school leaders” (Barbara Watterston).

This program aims to support a greater number of talented women in the sector to consider leadership positions, actively seek leadership opportunities, to build motivation and confidence to tackle leadership complexities and overcome gender barriers.

Anecdotally, there is a sense that in our sector, lack of leadership aspiration or ambition is indeed an issue, and the program would seek to ignite aspiration.

The program would provide an opportunity for aspirants to connect with and learn from other successful women, from both inside and outside of education, to share effective practices and lessons learned and to explore strategies for encouraging other women into leadership.

It will also provide the opportunity for participants to engage in a sustained work shadowing experience with an established Principal in order to fully explore and perhaps demystify the role.

“Women in leadership have shared their frustration of being in a role without trusted colleagues to mentor them, without effective orientation to the job, without resources or release to leave school to access professional learning.” … “autonomy and freedom that came with the role was overshadowed by feeling as though she had to ‘muddle your way through’”. (Netolicky, et al.,2018, p. 217)

Session 1 – Why a focus on Women in Leadership?

Women in School Leadership: If not now when?

  • Exploring the school leadership context – research and trends
  • Why me? Why be a leader? – impact and influence

Sometimes we need to get out of our own way: turning challenges into opportunities

  • Exploring gender construction – impact of stereotyping and unconscious bias
  • Gender and leadership –stepping up and thriving as a leader

Leadership, wellbeing and sustainability

  • Live well, lead well – the paradox of importance
  • Energy renewal – enriching your wellbeing

Session 2 – Crafting leadership identity – Who am I as a leader?

Your leadership identity – being the leader you want to be

  • Multiple faces of leadership
  • Exploring leadership styles

The work shadowing experience

  • Work shadowing experiences occur between days 2 and 3.

Session 3 – Sharing the work shadowing experience

  • Winning the position you deserve
  • Step into your power – what’s next?

Dr Barbara Watterston (EdD) is the CEO of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL) and is a respected Australian author, leadership researcher and professional learning facilitator.

Schools are invited to apply for this opportunity by completing an Expression of Interest. Expressions of Interest are due at COB 27 April 2022.

2022 dates:

4 May, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm
20 June, 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
19 September, 8.30 am – 3.30 pm

Target audience – current and aspiring women leaders

Delivery mode – face to face

Presenters – Dr Barbara Watterston, CEO ACEL, Desiree Gilbert, Senior Educational Consultant AISSA, Mary Hudson, Director Leadership Institute and Senior Educational Consultant AISSA


For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.

There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.