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Realise your leadership aspirations in 2021

Develop your â€‹communication, influencing and problem-solving skills; build your capability beyond technical knowledge; and learn critical personal career management skills in this exciting new leadership program offered by Women on Boards in 2021.

The nine-week Virtual  Women in Leadership Program will refresh you for the decade ahead and give you the capability and capacity to lead into our uncertain future. This highly practical program contains tools and approaches that can be applied immediately in the workplace and is targeted to:

  • mid to senior level managers who need a more strategic approach to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into executive roles; and
  • early-stage / future leaders needing to build their toolkit for success.

By way of background

The Next Generation of Female Leaders Program was a flagship for WOB from 2011 - 2019. It graduated 278 women across the nine years - many of whom are now in C Suite roles or have gone onto a full-time portfolio or board career. Many are still members of and strongly connected with WOB. The program comprised 3 x 2-day sessions, three coaching sessions and an external project linking participants with close to 1,000 leaders from all sectors of the economy and society. Due to COVID we have been required to review the program and are now ready to offer something even more exciting and rewarding.

Program Outline

The Virtual Women in Leadership program comprises nine (9) modules of 90 minutes per module PLUS one personal mentoring session with a highly experienced and qualified mentor / coach.

All modules are delivered via ZOOM and are highly interactive, well-facilitated and supported by regular communication, homework activities, an online library / community communications platform. The personal mentoring session is also virtual.

The program is capped to a maximum of 30 participants to facilitate interaction and creation of a supportive cohort.

*Please note: to register for the WIL Program you must be a WOB Full member to be able to access course materials. Not a WOB Full member? Click here to join.

Key Dates

Women in Leadership Program Information Session: The information session was held 11 February. You can watch the recording here.

Program 1 - March 2021 Cohort

Tuesday 16 March 2021 - Module 1: Welcome & Introduction
Tuesday 23 March 2021 - Module 2: Key elements of career management 
Tuesday 20 April 2021 - Module 3: Harnessing the power of connected communication 
Tuesday 27 April 2021 - Module 4: Understanding the difference between being strategic and operational
Tuesday 04 May 2021 - Module 5: Building your toolkit for the boardroom
Tuesday 11 May 2021 - Module 6: Performance management and the value of coaches, mentors and sponsors
Tuesday 18 May 2021 - Module 7: Pitch Day
Tuesday 25 May 2021 - Module 8: Your 'One Piece of Paper'
Tuesday 01 June 2021 - Module 9: Bringing it all together

Modules 1 - 3 will be held from 11.00 am - 12.30 pm AEDT  (NSW time)
Modules 4 - 9 will be held from 11.00 am - 12.30 pm AEST  (NSW time)

Program 2 - October 2021 Cohort

Module 1 - Thursday 7 October 2021
Module 2 - Thursday 14 October 2021
Module 3 - Thursday 21 October 2021
Module 4 - Thursday 28 October 2021
Module 5 - Thursday 4 November 2021
Module 6 - Thursday 11 November 2021
Module 7 - Thursday 18 November 2021
Module 8 - Thursday 25 November 2021
Module 9 - Thursday 2 December 2021

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Program Fee

The full program fee is $2,250* plus GST for nine virtual modules, 1 virtual mentoring session and all materials. To enrol click the Register button below.

Looking to send more than one (1) team member? Interested in bringing a colleague along? Learning is always better when done in teams (and your company gains more value too!) Take advantage of our group discounts: Email for information.

NB: CPA members please note that CPA Australia will be holding this program for its members in Q2 and Q4 2021.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are significant and include:

  1. Awareness of how to employ ‘critical career thinking’.
  2. Enhanced communication, influencing and negotiating skills, including relationship and stakeholder engagement.
  3. Improved presentation skills – in a variety of situations.
  4. Greater self-awareness and understanding of what drives you to achieve / succeed.
  5. A deeper understanding of how to think and act strategically.
  6. A clearer understanding of your leadership related competencies and the value you bring to an organisation.
  7. Greater confidence in your capability.
  8. Ownership of your own career narrative via the ‘My One Piece of Paper' tool.
  9. How to broaden yourself out of your profession to various industry sectors and leadership roles.
  10. How to manage-up to report to / engage with leadership and boards.
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From the 2020 Women in Leadership pilot program which was held with CPA Australia.

"What a fantastic 10 weeks it has been participating in The CPA Australia/ Women on Boards – Women in Leadership (Finance) program. I have left this program with enhanced communication skills, a deeper understanding of strategic planning, methods to enhance team collaboration and performance, as well as increased confidence!"

"The whole program has opened my eyes to the possibilities that are in front of me. I have realized that my skills gained over many years are completely transferable to a board role that I aspire to develop towards over the next period. Thank you to all!"

"Thank you very much for the Women in Leadership course, it came at the perfect time for me and allowed me to reflect on my own career to date and think about what I want moving into the future. I learnt new concepts that I’d never heard of, was pushed out of my comfort zone (where the learning happens!) and met some inspiring women. 


Two scholarship places are offered to the program. One place is for a culturally diverse woman and another for a woman employed in a Not-for-Profit enterprise. All applicants must be:

  • mid to senior level managers who need a more strategic approach to overcome speed humps that have slowed their progress into executive roles; OR
  • early-stage / future leaders needing to build their toolkit for success.

*NFP Scholarship applicants please note: Serving on the board of a Not-for-Profit does not make you eligible to apply for a scholarship. You must be in a management role in the organisation.

To apply for a scholarship please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your interest to the Angela Bowen below by February 28. 


Claire Braund
Non-Executive-Director, WOB Pty Ltd 
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia 
Vice-Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium

Claire is a former journalist and public relations manager who used her high level advocacy skills to co-found Women on Boards in Australia. She is a highly respected speaker on gender balance and related business issues, Claire an informed and entertaining presenter, a renowned networker and skilled at building relationships for common benefit. She became a Churchill Fellow in 2011 for her research into the effect of gender quotas on public listed company boards in Norway, the UK and France which led to the establishment of Women on Boards in the UK in 2012. Claire is a director of the Central Coast Conservatorium (of Music), a past director of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and The Women's Club and a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program.

Ruth Medd FCPA
Chair, WOB Pty Ltd
Chair, Women on Boards Australia 
Chair, Health and Sciences Institute Pty Ltd
Chair, Australian Chocolate Pty Ltd
Trustee, NSW Historic Houses Trust
Board Member, National Foundation for Australian Women

Ruth is a Certified Practising Accountant and former IT professional who has been pursuing a career as a Non-Executive-Director since 2000. She was the founding chair of Women on Boards and in this capacity has been instrumental in the growth of the business and supported many thousands of women to become board members. She maintains wide interests outside of WOB, including in the start-up sector and angel investing as well as her other board and committee roles. Ruth was previously the chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation, a member of the NSW Casino Control Authority and a director of the Infants Home at Ashfield. Prior executive roles include executive director of the Australian Association of National Advertisers and senior positions with Telstra, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the Federal Government.

Sheena Wilson
Deputy Chair, Herron Todd White
Founding Director, Parents on Leave
Nominations Committee, Basketball Australia

Sheena is a highly accomplished business leader, talent executive and accredited career coach, with multi-disciplinary experience on a global scale. She is also a professional Non-Executive Director and Foundation Trustee, and Director and Co-Founder of Parents on Leave Pty Ltd. Sheena is Deputy Chair of a large professional services firm, and Chairs the Board’s People, Performance, Nominations and Governance Committee. She is a Mentor and Leadership Consultant for Women on Boards Australia; a member of the Nominations Committee for Basketball Australia; and coaches Board members and executives from multiple sectors in Australia and internationally. Sheena’s international business career included many years working overseas at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) where she was a member of the firm’s global Operating Committee. She was BNY Mellon’s Head of HR - International for five years; CEO of BNY Mellon India for three years; and Global Head of Talent Strategy for five years. She is an international award-winning expert in Inclusion & Diversity; and has worked on the ‘people aspects’ of many M&A deals globally. Sheena has lived and worked extensively in Australia, New Zealand, India, the USA and Europe in a range of sectors: Banking & Finance; Management Consulting; Engineering; Social Enterprises and Higher Education among others.

Mariette Rups-Donnelly

Mariette has had a career as a leading actor/singer in major theatrical productions and as a teacher in some of Australia’s foremost acting institutions including NIDA, WAAPA, Uni of Western Sydney and The Actor’s Centre.  She has combined this with an astute business understanding to create programs that go to the core of presence, presentation skills and business performance.


For enquiries about the program or to book two or more people on the Women in Leadership Program please contact Angela Bowen on 02 4321 0100 or click here to send an email.