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Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders

Our high level leadership program Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders is a powerful and unique offering that will challenge, inspire, engage and stretch you to achieve influential and strategic leadership and board roles, now and in the future.

"True leadership is about making other people better as a result of your presence - and making sure your impact endures in your absence.” Harvard Business School; Leadership definition. 

The purpose of the 'Next Gen' program is to increase the visibility of high potential women within their organisations and industries and provide them with the confidence and capacity to successfully engage with senior leadership and boards. Specific objectives are to enable participants to achieve an executive or C-Suite role; gain a seat at the board table, now or as part of a future career plan; to be successful and have impact once they are in a leadership role.  

Watch these short videos to learn more about the program from graduates of our program.


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Program outline

The program runs in Sydney annually from March to September with a maximum of 40 participants as follows:

  • 30 by application and competitive selection (including places reserved for women at the earlier stage of their career who have been identified as high potential)

  • 2 scholarships places

  • 5 CBA employees

Two scholarship places are offered for women at management level or above employed by a Local, State or Federal Government Department and a Not-For-Profit. Preference is given to women residing in non-metropolitan areas and women with cultural diversity.  Strict selection criteria applies for scholarship applications - click here for details.

The program is hosted by Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney and managed by Women on Boards with the support of experienced directors, executives and external expert presenters.

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Program Benefits

  • Improve confidence, presence, visibility, resilience and sense of belonging

  • Increase your chances of success when presenting to boards and senior leaders within your organisation or externally

  • Become more effective as a leader in your workplace

  • Develop an understanding of how to manage gender issues in your career

  • Increase collegiality with decision makers and key company personnel

  • Know how to approach potential advocates, mentor and sponsors

  • Challenge yourself

Three coaching sessions per participant are embedded within the program to reinforce and support learning and actions. Our certified coaches will offer the first session between workshops 1-2, the second session between workshops 2-3 and the final session at the end of the program. We ask participants to make scheduling these valuable coaching sessions an absolute priority.

Time Commitment

It is important that you understand the time commitment when applying. 

Aside from the six workshop days, participants need to commit between 50 and 80 hours to working on a project that runs for the duration of the program. The project is a group (syndicate) based activity. The majority of the planning and interviews for the project are conducted out of session with the support of an external syndicate advisor (mentor) who is appointed to assist each syndicate.


Key Dates for 2018 (to be confirmed)

​Session 1:  Thursday 1st March & Friday 2nd March
Session 2:  Thursday 21st June & Friday 22nd June
Session 3:   Thursday 6th September & Friday 7th September



  • $6,600 (tbc January 2018) for six days including all course elements, networking events, three individual coaching sessions and dinner in Sydney during the March and September sessions. To be paid in two installments ($3,300 by February 2018 and $3,300 by July 2018.)  

The 2018 program applications open on Monday 23rd October, 2017 and close Wednesday 31st January, 2018.



“The course provided extensive exposure to leadership theory, the opportunity to hear from leaders across a range of industries and opened many doors to thought leaders across the broader business community which we interviewed as part of the syndicate project work. The combination of the course work, one-on-one coaching sessions, plus the insights gained from the leaders I interviewed and guest speakers who spoke during the program, enabled me to reflect on my own leadership journey to date and the type of leader I want to be. I have used these insights to focus on my strengths and build a roadmap for the next chapter of my career.” - Jacinta Barnes, Strategy Manager, Castrol Australia Pty Ltd

“‘Next Gen’ has kick started a career repositioning process and much more for me. The WOB combination of powerful workshop sessions coupled with the opportunity to access some amazing senior leaders for interview and fact finding has been extraordinary. The group work was highly challenging, these sessions provided opportunities to argue ideas, share the latest theories and opinions.
I was challenged from the outset and have left inspired and with the access to great career coaches and the wider network, this inspiration is fast turning into action. ‘Next Gen’ has been amazing, exhausting and a real opportunity for career and personal growth!” - Di Beauchamp, Chair of the Governance & Risk committee of our board (Good Grief), Non-Executive Director Good Grief Pty Ltd, Marketing and Management Consultant

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