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Next Generation of Female Leaders

A tried and tested 'leadership program with a difference' delivering real and tangible outcomes to an all-female cohort for the past seven years. Next Generation of Female Leaders is a powerful and unique program that will challenge, inspire, engage and stretch you to achieve influential and strategic leadership roles, now and in the future. 

The overarching purpose of the program is to increase the capacity of women within their organisations and industries and provide them with the confidence and visibility to successfully engage with senior leadership and boards. Specific objectives are to enable participants to achieve key leadership roles - now or in the future - and to be successful and have impact once they are there.

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Who Should Attend

  • Women in management and senior roles seeking to be challenged, inspired, engaged and stretched to achieve influential and strategic leadership roles, now and in the future.
  • Women seeking to reposition themselves within their career and looking for ’the next big thing’
  • Women seeking professional growth and a fresh perspective 

What will the program deliver?

Career Repositioning and Growth

  • Powerful workshop sessions coupled with the opportunity to interview amazing senior leaders
  • Challenging group work with opportunities to argue ideas, share the latest theories and opinions.
  • Deep and transformational learnings

Peer to Peer Learning Network

  • Interaction and opportunity to build relationships with a cohort of intelligent women with compelling ideas, opinions, experience and knowledge to challenge and inspire.
  • Connections across multiple sectors – corporate, government, SME and NFP - some of which may be outside your usual networks.
  • Capacity to learn from people from a wide range of diverse organisations.

High Quality Outcomes

Closing the gap between theoretical and practical leadership to enable women to step into the discomfort and uneasiness of leadership through a series of carefully structured program days and interviews.

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

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

  • An understanding of how to manage gender issues in your career

  • Increased collegiality with decision makers and key company personnel

  • How to approach potential advocates, mentor and sponsors

  • A network of peers, chairs, directors, CEOs and C-Suite leaders across a range of sectors.

Loved this program, would recommend it highly to women that wish to improve their leadership skills. I cannot speak highly enough of this program and what I have taken away from it.” 2016 participant

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:

  • 33 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 from our corporate host partner

Two scholarship places are offered for women working in management or senior roles (or equivalent) in a Rural or Regional area OR employed in management or senior roles for a Not-for-Profit enterprise.   Strict selection criteria applies for scholarship applications - click here for details.


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

​Session 1:  Thursday 15th March & Friday 16th March
Session 2:  Thursday 14th June & Friday 15th June
Session 3:   Thursday 13th September & Friday 14th September



  • $6,600 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 Friday 19 January, 2018.

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“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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