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Today, Australia is one of the major players in the global corporate sector. Yet, with women holding only 13.7% of chair positions and representing 17.1% of CEOs and 30.5% of key management personnel*, the nation still has a long way to go when it comes to female representation in corporate leadership.
It is this disparity that Women Lead Australia aims to bridge.
Leading the change since 2015.
By creating a platform where aspiring women executives interact and learn from successful industry leaders, Women Lead Australia has been creating a positive impact on bridging the gender gap since 2015.
Having seen the successful implementation of 2 chapters, and with the third set to be launched in August, the program has garnered interest from top industry leaders, who join the cause to make a substantial and tangible impact on many careers - the centrepiece of this entire effort.
Enabling a Circle of Influence
Research reveals that women are more likely to progress to higher ranks of leadership if they are adequately represented at the top. To kickstart this change, we’re curating a network that includes leaders from renowned agencies to deliver career support, guidance and mentorship to aspiring women leaders.
The Circle of Influence is that network.
We’re extending Women Lead Australia from being just a mentorship program to a sustainable platform through the Circle of Influence. One where we build and engage an alumni group, create partnerships to provide more opportunities for women and enable a connected ecosystem from which aspiring women leaders can draw learning and insights.
See how the Circle of Influence is here to nurture women leaders of today and tomorrow.
Who can be
To create an impact on the issue of gender diversity in Corporate Australia, we are seeking the support and participation of established leaders and C-level executives in the upper realms of Australia’s leading corporations.
So that, as Mentors, they can share their insights and experiences with aspiring women candidates and help them shape their aspirations and strategies, so they, too, can climb the corporate ladder successfully.
Apart from allowing Mentors an opportunity to develop their coaching skills, this initiative makes them part of an elite circle of industry leaders, who, together, are likely able to bridge the balance for the better.
Additionally, apart from exposing them to young talent, it gives them the opportunity to work alongside and interact with an esteemed industry leader – the Executive Coach.
Who can be
Women Lead Australia invites high-potential and ambitious women from mid-to-senior-level management ranks from Australia's leading corporations to join the project as Mentees.
We call for promising women frontrunners of tomorrow, who are sure to make the most of the project and are likely to attain new pinnacles of growth – thereby contributing to bridging the gender gap.
This platform provides Mentees with a chance to connect with Australia’s top leaders, who will guide and mentor them, so they can develop the tools required to reach higher positions of leadership.
This experience will introduce Mentees to valuable insights and expectations required to successfully lead organisations. Moreover, being part of the program will assist them in shaping their aspirations and strategies and help them climb the corporate ladder.
Women Lead Australia is proud to have on board Mary-Anne Kamel, Founder, MAK Executive, as the Executive Coach of its third chapter.
With over 16 years of corporate experience across different markets and industries, she has mentored, coached and trained hundreds of people. She brings leading technologies to the corporate world to promote conscious communication and freedom for individuals and organisations. Her business management skills, the natural curiosity of human behaviour, background in psychology, and skills as an NLP practitioner set her apart in her ability to see the big picture - from strategy to action.
Her commercial and interpersonal astuteness, as well as highly-developed perception, insights and intuition, bodes well for her work in coaching, training and consulting.
Each Mentor-Mentee pair will focus on an issue or project proposed by the Mentee in her application. Upon discussing, a project that represents a significant and meaningful part of the Mentee’s professional development is ascertained and a game plan is devised to achieve the same.
The program has been designed keeping in mind the time limitations of senior leaders. Apart from a launch event, graduation gala dinner and a guidance workshop, each Mentor-Mentee pair is required to meet for one hour, at least six times over the 18-week duration of the project. The meetings will be scheduled at mutually convenient times.
The program is free of cost for both Mentors and Mentees. All we ask for is your time and commitment to this cause.