New & Emerging Communities - Women's Leadership Program

17 November 2015 By Neeti Aryal Khanal

It was an amazing experience for me today to be amidst 28 women community leaders. Each of them have their own share of challenges and success stories. During this amazing New and Emerging Communties Leadership Women’s Program, we will be attending six days of intensive workshops over the period of three weeks.

Reflecting on the first day itself, I see this experience will be a very important part of our life experience. The sessions were a brilliant combination of fun, reflection, inspiring bursts of new ideas and perspectives on leadership. More importantly, I found my colleagues very open and forthcoming about their life experiences.


The program has been designed in such a way that we get to know each other better. It is a far cry from some of the boring workshops I have attended in my life.

An important part of yesterday's learning was the introduction of the Johari Window by Katalin Howell (Manager, Tailored Solutions, LV). We discussed the importance of self awareness. Then, we were given a questionnaire asking for our response in a number of situations. Based on that, Katalin discussed the idea of Johari Window: having a balance between “willingness to disclose” and “solicits feedback”. And we also discussed many different personalities.


The discussion during the “world cafe” was very stimulating. We discussed common issues in our community and also reflected on solutions. It was surprising to see that most of the issues were common. That made us wonder about the possibilities of forming interorganisational alliances.

By Neeti Aryal Khanal
    Monash University

17 November 2015