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Join Woman Rising And Tracey Spicer AM at the Women's Leadership Forum

Join Woman Rising And Tracey Spicer AM at the Women's Leadership Forum

by Sian Yewdall

February 19, 2019


Latest News & Interviews

Join Woman Rising And Tracey Spicer AM at the Women's Leadership Forum

by Sian Yewdall

February 19, 2019


Join Woman Rising And Tracey Spicer AM at the Women's Leadership Forum

The Australian Women’s Leadership Forum, presented by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) and supported by Woman Rising, provides women working in regional Australia with a unique opportunity to access high quality leadership training, engage with their peers, and discuss how women can support each other and break down barriers in the workplace.

In 2019, the forum is coming to Townsville on Thursday 11 April 2019.

The agenda is ideal for women who are looking for increased awareness of their leadership style and competencies, as well as practical strategies to help them overcome challenges within their work and personal life. Tracey Spicer AM will give keynote addresses at the event.

The content and flow of the program is carefully designed to immerse participants in the subject matter and create valuable insights informed by collective experience. The day will also consist of three practical development sessions for delegates:

1. A Mindful and Resilient Leader
2. Building Career Changing Connections and Networking Strategically Be Brave,
  3. Adaptive and Experimental

Attendees will also be addressed by local business and career leaders, and will have the opportunity to mingle and network at the end of the day. Local business leaders who will be addressing delegates in Townsville include: Cr Jenny Hill (Mayor, City of Townsville), Professor Gracelyn Smallwood AO (Professor Nursing-Midwifery, Central Queensland University), Patricia O’Callaghan (CEO, Townsville Enterprise), Cr Liz Schmidt (Mayor, Charters Towers Regional Council), Ranee Crosby (CEO, Port of Townsville), Anita Creenaune (Football Commercial Manager, North Queensland Cowboys) and Senior Constable Cherie Banks (Drug Detection Dog Handler, Queensland Police.)

Alongside Townsville, the forums will also be held in Ballarat, Cairns, and Launceston.

Suzi Finkelstein, Director of Leadership and Advocacy at WLA, said: “One third of Australian women live in rural and regional areas, and we are very excited to introduce these hardworking women to new and engaging leadership development experiences and networking opportunities.

“The forum provides a tremendously exciting opportunity for local female leaders in Townsville and surrounding areas to share their expertise and advice with women in their own community. It’s a fantastic initiative which will have tangible grass-roots impact.”

Tracey Spicer AM said of the forums: “One of the biggest challenges for women living in rural and regional Australia is that it can be difficult for them to access opportunities that are available in the big cities.

“Given that the gender pay gap is worse in rural and regional areas in Australia, I want the participants to feel they have the skills to take on a leadership position, support their fellow women in the workplace and confidently negotiate their salary packages.”

Woman Rising readers can secure tickets at the discounted rate of $230 pp. (Standard rate is $395 pp.)

Book your ticket here. Use discount code WLFWRN

Register to Woman Rising Weekly (our newsletter) to learn how you could win two free tickets to attend.

1 comment


  • I would like to learn more about being a leader in the community. Also want to understand the balance of being a businesswoman in 2018.

    Ashleigh on

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