Women's Leadership Program 2017

What:           Women’s Leadership Program 2017, three-day residential

When:          Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 May 2017

Where:         Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley

Investment:  From $3,500 +GST (early-bird)


Price includes three-day facilitated leadership intensive, accommodation at Chateau Yering, psychometric profile and debrief and a one-on-one coaching session.


Recent studies show that organisations with women executives at the helm generally thrive and drive more returns than those led solely by men.

Over a three-day intensive, inspirational female leaders will come together to share their leadership experiences, their personal and professional stories and empower you to reach your full leadership potential.

Using the three components of self-awarenessempowerment and activation, the program will focus on aiding participants to recognise their strengths, build an ongoing support network of peers from a range of industries and sectors, and develop the skills and confidence to achieve their leadership potential. You will make progress in the face of barriers you haven’t even seen yet.

Join this intimate group of female leaders at the iconic Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, for three days of powerful self-reflection, leadership development and peer networking.

This program is suitable for:

C-Suite Executives, Board Directors, Senior Managers and emerging leaders. This program is ideal for developing experienced managers who are showing characteristics of the next generation of leaders, or who are in roles that require them to go beyond traditional management competencies to achieve organisational objectives.

Program Highlights:

  • High-profile speakers
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Psychometric assessment and debriefing
  • Harvard peer consultation method, focused on individual workplace challenges
  • Improvisation exercises and hands-on, scenario-based learning activities
  • Deep-dive into complex leadership issues
  • Focus on gender
  • Building networks with peers across sectors

What you will learn:

Using the three components of self-awareness, empowerment and activation, the program will focus on aiding participants to recognise their strengths, build an ongoing support network of peers from a range of industries and sectors, and develop the skills and confidence to achieve their leadership potential.

In this three-day residential intensive you will draw on the experience of our expert facilitators, dynamic guest speakers and a diverse group of peers in the room, to explore:

  • Self-Awareness: developed through a range of experiential learning activities, psychometric profiling, feedback and coaching, you will develop an understanding of values, motivation and ethics; authentic leadership and identifying the authentic self; personal branding and building a courageous sense of self
  • Empowerment: develop skills in influencing, negotiating remuneration or flexible work arrangements,  effective communication, assertiveness and stepping up, and resilience 
  • Activation: the activation phase of the program enables you to build your capability in strategy, networking and connectedness, utilise the power of collaboration and design your individual activation pathway
  • Profiling Tool: FIRO B profiling tool and group debrief
  • Networks: Understand the value of building a professional support network; build a peer support group which will endure beyond the program


Carmel Arthur, Victoria Police, Victorian Parole Board

Carmel Arthur tells a powerful story of leadership and resilience:  her seven year journey with the criminal justice system during the trial of her husband’s murderer, ultimately leading to her current role with the Victorian Police and positions on the Adult Parole Board of Victoria and Sentencing Advisory Council.

Jacqui Cooper, Olympic Aerial Skier

Jacqui’s inspirational example shows the importance of setting a personal vision.

Expert Panel on Women and Negotiating Renumeration:

Heather Carmody:  Principal and Senior Advisor – The Nous Group.  Previously Executive Director for Equal Opportunity - Business Council of Australia   

Eva Brookes: Director of Recruitment, Asia Pacific Region, Ernst and Young

Chris Kotur: Leadership Victoria’s Leader in Residence and expert on strategy and improving organizational capability

Presentation Skills Coaching:

Kim Krejus:  Voice Coach and Director of 16th Street Acting Studios

“Kim’s session was a highlight – where everyone opened up and truthfully engaged with others by being themselves“.

“Kim is full of energy, very inspiring to see what she does.”


Carla Kurzbock, Senior Facilitator, Leadership Programs - Leadership Victoria

Carla is a Leadership Development specialist who enjoys partnering with organisations to build leadership capability and drive organisational change. An engaging coach and facilitator, she works collaboratively with leaders to help them realise their potential, and create the kind of culture that drives engaged teams and a high performing organisation.    

Carla has 15 years’ experience in managing end to end Organisational Development and Learning projects, including international roles as a Senior Manager - Organisational Development within Ernst and Young (in Europe and Australia) from 2000 to 2011.   

Oenone Serle, Senior Facilitator, Leadership Programs - Leadership Victoria 

Oenone is a learning designer and facilitator. She has delivered leadership and learning programs for more than twenty years in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Her drive is to support individuals and organisations to achieve their potential, to celebrate diversity, and to focus on the deep and lasting positive social and business impact that can be created.

Oenone brings curiosity and enthusiam to facilitation. She is a keen lifelong learner, and loves the connection and network-building that emerge from development programs.


2 x part-scholarships are available for this program. Scholarship recipients are required to pay an individual contribution of $2,500 +GST. Learn more about our scholarship terms and how to apply.

Scholarship close date: Monday 10 April 2017


Above: Women's Leadership Program 2016

"I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the inaugural Leadership Victoria Women’s Leadership program in 2015 and am looking forward to it again in 2016. I am a great believer in the need for women and men to work together to bring a shift in gender equity. I also strongly recommend building networks and encourage women to take advantage of this program to develop their leadership skills and stretch themselves to advance their careers."

- Kate Jenkins, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

Above: Women's Leadership Program 2015

Program Graduates Say:

"Leadership Victoria’s Women’s Leadership program was a great experience that has stayed with me ever since attending. The intensive three days was inspiring and fun, with some great speakers and excellent companions to discuss the course with. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to remind themselves of the benefits and challenges of leadership and find out ways to maximise and identify career opportunities. Who wouldn't be inspired after three days in the Yarra Valley with a group of amazing women?"

- Megan Breen, Communications Manager, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

 "This program presented the perfect opportunity to develop my leadership skills and identify areas of development - with the added value of being focussed on women's leadership, which provided me with unique insights and perspectives."

- Rebecca Stenhouse, General Manager, Continuous Improvement and Development - Corporate, Toll Group

"An exceptional opportunity to reflect on leadership from a range of perspectives and to learn from outstanding presenters, facilitators an inspiring group of women. I highly recommend the program to women seeking to build their personal leadership."

- Penny Lovett, HR Professional. Former Executive General Manager Human Resources, Dulux Group.

For more information, contact us:; P: (03) 96516590

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The Women’s Leadership Program delivered by Leadership Victoria is presented in three modules:
Module 1 (Day 1) – Self-Awareness
ï‚· Understanding Self ï‚· Values, Motivations, Ethics ï‚· Psychometric profiling ï‚· Case discussion ï‚· Workplace challenge
Module 2 (Day 2) – Empowerment
ï‚· Empowerment partnering ï‚· Bouncing Forward ï‚· Real Play ï‚· Power of Intentional Impact
Module 3 (Day 3) – Activation
ï‚· Provocation ï‚· Women’s Leadership and the Big Issues ï‚· Workplace challenge ï‚· Personal Branding ï‚· Activation Pathways