Aspire: Reflecting on the year that was 

Hello, and welcome to the final edition of Aspire.

We are excited to be working on a new offering in 2020 for our WLA community, which means that this will be our last edition of Aspire for the foreseeable future. We have loved connecting with you through this newsletter over the years and we hope you jump on board in 2020 and connect with us on a new platform. We will send you some information about this early in the new year.

Of course, we will still be uploading interviews, news and thought leadership pieces on the news section of our website, and you can also simply subscribe to our mailing list.

For our final edition, we have an interview with Licia Heath about Women For Election Australia. We also have our 2020 Symposium line up, an explainer about The Authenticity Paradox and a wrap up of the year from Suzi, who also has some exciting news to share.

Thank you for connecting and engaging with us in 2019, we can’t wait to continue our journeys together in 2020.

Suzi and the WLA team

 Licia Heath: "We need to normalise how we talk about politics"

Licia (below) is the CEO of Women For Election Australia, an organisation working at a grassroots level to increase women’s representation in all levels of government across Australia. Find out how they do it and why she is so passionate about it here.

Licia Heath Headshot


Announcing the 2020 Symposium lineup! 

We are so excited about the agendas for the 2020 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums. With keynotes from the likes of Lee Lin Chin, Brooke Boney, Nova Peris, Gail Kelly, Clare Bowditch and more, we are certain that delegates will learn so much and leave the room feeling both inspired and invigorated. Find out who is speaking in your capital city.

 Suzi Finkelstein on 2019: "I have seen the power of a kind, engaged network."

Suzi Finkelstein (at left below) reflects on the year that was 2019 and looks ahead to the exciting things coming for WLA in the New Year. See more here.

Suzi and Catherine 15 years


The Authenticity Paradox 

We have been thinking a lot about authenticity in the WLA office recently, which inspired us to revisit this piece about the Authenticity Paradox. Dr Vicki Webster is a leadership facilitator and expert on being your authentic self in the workplace and community. See what she has to say here. 

 Applications for attendance grants are now open

As part of our Symposiums, we have renewed our full attendance grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who wish to attend. These grants have a retail value of more than $100,000 and are available to cover the full cost of attending the symposium in your capital city. Head here to find out more.

Grants pic


An update on the 'Elevate' initiative

We have now wrapped up the applications for the ‘Elevate’ initiative. The program, presented in partnership with St.George and sponsored by Women in Automotive Australia and Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, will see 50 women working in the automotive industry receive full and partial scholarships to participate in WLA’s leadership courses in 2020. For more, see here.