Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Canberra
Master of Education, University of Canberra
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales
Executive Coaching Levels 1-3, Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership



Hogan International Accreditation, Team Management Systems (TMS), Emotional Intelligence (Genos EI), Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), Fierce Conversations, Subject-Object Interviews (Kegan), Courage to Lead©, Courage to Teach©.


Areas of Specialisation

Facilitation, Women’s Leadership, Principal and Teacher Wellbeing, Coaching and Mentoring, Adult Development.



Dr Janet Smith is the Program Specialist and Lead Facilitator for Women & Leadership Australia (WLA). Janet has extensive experience in workshop facilitation, leading national and international leadership summits, teaching face-to-face and online leadership courses, course design, and executive coaching.
Janet’s specialisation within WLA’s School’s division includes facilitation of women’s leadership summits and school principal wellbeing workshops.

Prior to her work at WLA, Janet worked extensively as a senior consultant, focusing on leadership, coaching, mentoring, emotional intelligence, communication, mindfulness, reflective practice, spirituality, and well-being.

Janet is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, where she taught and researched in Educational Leadership and Teacher Education for 25 years. During her years at UC, Janet occupied a wide range of leadership positions, including Associate Dean Education, Deputy Head of School, and Discipline Head. Janet’s work at UC involved managing and teaching national and international professional learning

courses, specialising in leadership, mentoring, and coaching and social and emotional learning. Janet also organised and led UC’s Educational Study Tours to China and taught in UC’s international Masters’ programs. Prior to working at the university, Janet was a high school teacher and school leader.


Previous/Current Clients

De Beers, University of Canberra, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, ACT Education Directorate, Various Catholic Education Offices (Rockhampton, Western Australia, Adelaide, Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra-Goulburn), AIS ACT, Loreto Kirribilli, Business Managers Victoria (BMV)