She Leads

The She Leads program is a leadership pathway for women, including female-identifying and non-binary people, who are looking to explore and develop their leadership potential.

Through the She Leads program, the next generation of women leaders, from all sectors and industries, are being equipped with the skills and confidence they need to further their potential.

The She Leads suite includes the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management, the She Leads Conference, the She Leads In-Conversation Series, the She Leads College Conference (for girls in years 11 and 12), the She Leads High Conference (for girls in years 9 and 10), and the She Leads Workshops.

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At YWCA Canberra, we recognise that there is no one way of leading. Female-identifying people, non-binary people, and people from diverse backgrounds lead differently, and this helps organisations grow and consider a broad spectrum of ideas, experiences and opinions. However, too often diverse voices are left out of the conversation and their leadership potential ignored in the workplace.

The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) considers intersectional issues and a range of leadership styles.

Through the course, you will get the opportunity to gain best-practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and networks to accelerate your leadership journey, all in a safe and supportive environment. You will participate in panel discussions with inspiring leaders who will share their personal leadership stories, perspectives, insights and strategies, and will be matched with a coach from our pool of diverse local leaders. You will learn, laugh and link with likeminded people, and form a support network that extends well beyond graduation day.

Find out more about the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management. You can also check out our course guide and fees schedule, or contact our She Leads Coordinator for a chat or more information on 02 6185 2000 or email

The She Leads Conference is held annually in Canberra, and provides emerging and established women leaders with the opportunity to develop the practical skills, knowledge and networks to accelerate their leadership journey.

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The She Leads In-Conversation series of quarterly evening events provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders in a safe and conversational environment, followed by a live Q&A session, and networking opportunity.

Read more about the She Leads In-Conversation series.

The She Leads College Conference is an annual leadership conference for girls, including female-identifying and non-binary peoples,  in years 11 and 12. It provides the students with a unique out-of-school opportunity to explore and hone their leadership identity and values, and reflect on their experiences, strengths, values, and goals. Featuring young, dynamic presenters and interactive workshops, the College Conference provides a safe space for attendees to be inspired by young women leaders, and gain the confidence and practical skills to kick-start their leadership journeys.

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The She Leads High Conference is an annual leadership conference for girls, including female-identifying and non-binary peoples, in years 9 and 10. The 2020 edition of She Leads High Conference took place on 30 October 2020 and brought together 100 students from various schools across Canberra.

The She Leads High Conference provides attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, covering topics such as social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressures, self-esteem, and body image. The event format includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and a panel of young women leading in a school, sport, community, or entrepreneurial environment.

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She Leads Workshops are designed to develop women’s practical skills, confidence, and professional networks. Held bi-monthly, these interactive, hands-on workshops build the capacity and confidence of emerging and established women leaders.

Join one of our upcoming workshops.