Women in the commercial seafood industry – Part 1

The commercial fishing industry has been part of the Australian story for generations and was built on the ingenuity and hard work of commercial fishing families. Australia’s fisheries are built on the work of family run, micro and small businesses. This article is part of series of interviews with leaders in seafood.

Author: Eric Perez

Dare to bare!

Sadhana Smiles, WLA Expert Advisor and a regular speaker at the Women's Leadership Symposiums, explores how strength and vulnerability are really two sides of the same coin.

Author: Sadhana Smiles

Do you have these 4 leadership weaknesses?

You are likely to have an idea of your leadership strengths, but have you ever considered what your leadership weakness traits are? These may be stopping you for being more successful in your career. Learn about four common leadership weaknesses and get practical tips on how to deal with them, especially useful for women in male-dominated industries.

Author: Melita Ferguson – Research Manager, WLA

What are the biggest career challenges women face today?

What skills do female leaders need most in the workforce? Can women really have it all? We wanted to speak with someone who was at the forefront of all things women in leadership, so we talked to Kelly, Head of School/Director at Women & Leadership Australia to find out her views on these questions.

What does your communication window look like?

Think back over the last half dozen or so meetings you've had at work. For each of them, ask yourself whether you were:

  • An Oyster
  • An Interviewer
  • A Lecturer
  • A Full Engager

Each of these communication styles or modes is potentially completely appropriate and valid, depending on the situation - they each carry certain advantages in the pursuit of particular outcomes.

Author: Jason Renshaw - Chief Learning Innovation Officer, ASAM

The unique challenges of women working in the construction industry

We know that gender diversity (let alone diversity in general) makes good business sense – huge bodies of evidence exist demonstrating that when we have more women in workplaces, organisations have greater economic growth and improved organisational, financial and market performance. Yet we are also told by the World Economic Forum that it will be a very long 117 years before we achieve true gender equality.

Author: Kelly Rothwell - Head of School, WLA

Supporting women in horticulture through new scholarships

The women of contemporary Australian horticulture have spoken. They want affordable access to women’s-only development programs, to expand their professional networks and to boost their theoretical education.

In response to their calls, the research and development corporation Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is working with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to roll out 20 targeted industry scholarships per year...

The hard metrics and the soft influence

Laura Tyler is Chief of Staff to the CEO, Head of Geoscience at BHP Billiton as well as a graduate of WLA’s Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). Below is an abridged version of the speech entitled ‘The hard metrics and the soft influence’ that she gave at our recent 2016 Australian Women’s Leadership Gala Dinner.

Do women need to be good networkers to lead?

The simple answer to this is: yes. A critical capacity of all effective leaders is their ability to build and utilise useful networks at personal, operational and strategic levels.

Author: Jason Renshaw

Thoughts on the 2016 Women’s Leadership Symposium

My interest in attending this year’s Women’s Leadership Symposium was for both personal and professional reasons; as the mother of a six-year-old, Principal Solicitor at my own immigration law firm and the Managing Director of my own company, I was keen to learn new tips for finding the holy-grail that is the elusive work-life balance.

Author: Rita Chowdhury

Five Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Being a Leader

“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, and use yourself completely-all your gifts, skills, and energies-to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.”

Author: Lucy McCarthy

Leadership Stories That Moved Us

‘I didn’t think I had anything interesting to say’.

The setting was the 2016 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium in Perth. In a day full of inspiring stories from wonderful leaders such as Linda Wayman, Avril Fahey and Jessica Smith, the spotlight turned from the stage to the women in attendance as they were invited to tell their own story.

Author: Dr Karen Morley

Five Minutes with Julie McCormack


Julie McCormack has steadfastly built her career from an ability to handle complex challenges and a keen focus on what she believes in. Since 2012, Julie has been the Manager of the Clinical Training Unit at the Victorian branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA); she is also currently an active board member at Merri Community Health Services (MCHS) and a member of the Victorian Women’s Trust.  Previously she was the General Manager of Education at the Law Institute of Victoria and a lecturer in education at Melbourne University.

117 years to equality? Let's close the gap sooner


What commitments will you make to achieve gender balance? And what might you do to accelerate its achievement in fewer than 117 years, the current prediction from the World Economic Forum?

Author: Dr Karen Morley

The Courage to Expand


Essaayist Anais Nin famously once said “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Recently I was in Canberra working with a group of women leaders from the Department of Defence to support their Pathway to Change strategy.  It was an ambitious agenda for two days, and I was so struck by the work this group achieved that I wanted to capture the essence of what had made it possible.

Author: Lisa Geerlings

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