She Leads Diploma of Leadership & Management

The She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management provides female-identifying and non-binary people with the opportunity to gain the best-practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and networks to accelerate their leadership journey.

The course is specifically designed with a feminist and international diversity focus for professionals who are interested in formalising and consolidating their leadership and management skills and knowledge.

Note: all YWCA Canberra training courses are currently going ahead as planned. Social distancing and infection control measures will be in place.

The She Leads Diploma is delivered over ten dynamic full-day classes which include: live panel discussions and Q&A sessions with women leaders from all sectors, practical exercises with case studies and role-plays, personal development sessions, and peer coaching. These workshops occur once a month, with a break over December and January.

The course is designed and delivered by a range of professional female-identifying facilitators, supported by our She Leads Coordinator. Our face-to-face classes feature live panel discussions with women leaders from all sectors and leadership positions, sharing their insights, challenges and strategies for leadership and management success.

Our current facilitators include:

  • Angie Ford: High-Performance Coach and Mindset Trainer
  • Victoria Oakden: RN, MBA, JP and Founder of Oakden Enterprises
  • Betty Ferguson: Life member of YWCA Canberra, YWCA Canberra Board Member (2016-2019) and Board member from 2008-2014
  • Katie Whitehead: Has over 20 years’ experience in industry groups, member organisations and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Jane Diedricks: Through her business, Crafted Consulting, Jane delivers advisory, facilitation, training, meditation and coaching services across the spectrum of HR and business planning issues.
  • Lisa Levine: Has been a senior executive in the Australian Public Service and held senior positions within International Private Enterprises such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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Upon completion, participants will graduate with a Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918), recognising their competency in:

  • managing personal work priorities and professional development
  • managing operational plans, budgets and financial plans
  • communicating with influence
  • using emotional intelligence
  • managing meetings
  • managing people performance & ensuring team effectiveness
  • supporting the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • managing diversity
  • facilitating continuous improvement.

Check out our course guide or contact our She Leads Coordinator for a chat or for more information on 02 6185 2000 or email

The next course intake for the She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51918) is in March 2021.

Other 2021 intakes are anticipated to commence in August and October.

Visit Student Information to enrol. You can register to attend the next information session, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at

The cost of the course will depend on whether it is undertaken as self-funded training, a traineeship, or with a scholarship. If you are paying for the course, we are happy to arrange a monthly payment plan for you. If you are undertaking the course as a trainee through your workplace, government funding may be available.

Visit Student Information and our schedule of fees for an outline of the fees and funding arrangements for the course. You could also contact us to discuss your options by emailing

YWCA Canberra seeks to secure scholarships for the She Leads Diploma, which ensure equal access to this leadership course. This page will be updated whenever scholarships are available. You can also subscribe to the monthly She Leads Newsletter to receive updates on She Leads events and opportunities, or contact the She Leads Diploma Coordinator at

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