September Aspire: Amna karra-hassan, the balcony view, first cohort in uk... 

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Aspire, WLA's highlights newsletter that is compiled every two months.  

The Symposium season has just wrapped up for 2019. That went quickly! This year's theme of 'amplification' really emphasised the importance and impact of celebrating women. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come and develop their leadership skills, network and share their wisdom in their capital cities. We couldn’t do it without all of you. We have already begun planning our 2020 series, so stay tuned!

We also have a number of events coming up to round out the year, including a Women's Leadership Forum in Geelong and another summit that is still to be announced - stay tuned via our FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn pages.

Amna Karra-Hassan chats to us about leadership, football and looking down from the balcony

Amna Karra-Hassan is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) run by WLA, and is also a speaker and advocate. Watch the video as we had a chat to her about some of her leadership tips, her personal journey as a leader and why she enjoyed the ALP. 

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Suzi Finkelstein on the Jigsaw Lid

How often do you find yourself working on a jigsaw without a clear visual of what the finished product needs to look like? I’ll confess, I have. I am a big picture person; I get so excited by the shiny new possibilities. I have a few team members equally motivated by this thinking (funny how we are drawn to others like ourselves!). We identify a new opportunity, whether it is a partner, a program or an initiative and off we go.

But how do we figure out what the picture on our metaphorical jigsaw puzzle box is?

Find out and read more

We are so excited to be celebrating our first cohort of leaders in the UK

Women & Leadership International, a sister brand of WLA, is excited to be celebrating its first cohort of female leaders in the UK. These women come from a diverse range of sectors and have a plethora of experience between them. Read more here

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Yvonne Bowyer is working to advance diversity in Australia’s automotive industry

Yvonne Bowyer, founder of Remi People and co-founder of DANi (Diverse Automotive Network incorporated) is partnering with dealerships and industry bodies across Australia in an attempt to advance diversity in the automotive sector. Find out how and why this is so important

Department of Transport invests in their female employees

The Victorian Department of Transport has chosen to take tangible steps towards supporting, promoting and advancing gender equality in their workplace. They are running two in-house leadership education programs, the Executive Ready Program for middle leaders and the ALP for senior leaders. The courses have been collaboratively designed with the Department of Transport and are being facilitated by WLA's expert coaches. Find out more

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Ziauddin Yousafzai on why he is a feminist

Ziauddin Yousafzai, better known as the father of female education activist Malala Yousafzai, has given an interview with Time about his childhood, and why he and his wife chose to raise their family in an egalitarian household. Read this interesting and illuminating interview

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