‘Gaining the Unexpected’

Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey.

Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey.

AN upcoming event will seek to profile and celebrate the unique leadership of women in the Illawarra.

‘Gaining the Unexpected’ will be the theme when Illawarra residents are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

The International Women’s Day event will take place on March 8 at the Nan Tien Temple’s Auditorium. 

The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) will celebrate this day with Illawarra female leaders participating in a program of reflective and explorative conversations.

Kiama resident Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey, director of ACLW will facilitate this program, which seeks to profile and celebrate the unique leadership of women in the Illawarra.

The keynote speaker will be Jenny Macklin, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.

The program will also include a panel of Illawarra female leaders.

Panelists include Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird; Wodi Wodi Elder Aunty Joyce Donovan; Melanie Jones, vice-president and events co-ordinator for the University of Wollongong’s Debating Society; co-ordinator of the Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre, Barbara Malcolm; Rebecca Schmidt, a StrokeSafe ambassador for the Stroke Foundation Australia and board member of the StrokeSafe Consumer Council; and Elinor Stephenson, school captain at Smith’s Hill High School in Wollongong.

For bookings, visit the www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/empowerment/aclws-iwd-2017-in-the-illawarra-nsw website. 

The ACLW’s 2017 Illawarra High School IWD Essay Competition for Young Women will also take place in conjunction with the event.

The essay topic for Juniors (years 9 and 10) is: “Young girls can overcome challenges which they might encounter and become the person they want to be. Discuss the challenges you have overcome and your aspirations for the future.”

The essay question for Seniors (years 11 and 12) is: “young women tend to believe that there are certain ways to be that equates to empowerment. Evaluate a few examples and outline what you believe equates to empowerment and how one can become empowered.”

You must be a current female high school student in a school in the Illawarra to take part.

Judges for this competition are Dr Emma Barkus, senior lecturer for UOW's School of Psychology; Angela Crandell, deputy principal of Ss Peter and Paul Kiama; Sharne Sjostedt, an experienced high school teacher and Kimberley Abbott, a young entrepreneur, engineer and 2014 NSW Young Woman of the Year. 

Email admin@leadershipforwomen.com.au or visit www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/ for more details. 

Essay submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, February 15. 

The best high school student authors selected in the Senior and Junior competitions will present their essays at the event. 

Dr Rodgers-Healey founded ACLW in 2000 to assist women leaders and emerging leaders, and achieve systemic change for women’s valuing and leadership.

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