50 female leaders to be selected to participate in the ‘Elevate’ initiative 

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) will soon commence the process of selecting 50 women working in the automotive sector to participate in the ‘Elevate’ initiative. Elevate is designed to advance women’s leadership and gender equity within the automotive sector in Australia.

As part of the project, 50 women will be selected to undertake one of two exclusive leadership courses - one for emerging leaders and one for mid-level leaders. The courses will be delivered through a blended learning format which includes interactive webinars, face-to-face workshops, peer coaching and access to a state-of-the-art online learning portal.

Thanks to gold sponsor St.George and silver sponsors Women in Automotive (WinA) and Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, 19 fully funded places and 31 partially funded places will be awarded.

“At St.George, we believe that a diverse workforce delivers fresh perspectives and drives us to be our best for our customers and our communities. It is fantastic to see the Elevate initiative receive such positive interest in applications. We are proud to be helping develop female leaders in the industry through our partnership with WLA,” said Phil Waugh, Head of Auto Finance at St.George.

Dr Imogen Reid of WinA said, “I am acutely aware that Australia’s automotive industry is seriously lacking women. Here at WinA, we are dedicated to supporting women and believe that initiatives like Elevate, alongside proactive hiring strategies, will greatly advance gender equity in the industry.”

WLA’s leadership development programs have been running for 15 years. The organisation offers courses for emerging leaders, middle leaders and senior and executive leaders across all sectors and industries in Australia. This is the first time that women working in the automotive industry will have the opportunity to form an industry specific cohort to advance their leadership development.

Applications are currently being assessed by the team at WLA and awardees will be notified early in the New Year. 

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