Women’s Leadership


International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere and Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to celebrate IWD by hosting the 2019 Albany & Great Southern Women’s Leadesrhip Forum (WLF).

This years’ WLF, hosted by ACCI with major sponsors City of Albany and National Australia Bank features an amazing line up of inspiring speakers covering a range of topics along with breakout workshop sessions.

Presentation topics include:

Handle difficult conversations with confidence- Benita Cattalini, Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Consultant

Don’t let difficult conversations keep you awake at night. Learn to clearly communicate an issue and its impact, propose a solution, and inspire positive outcomes for a joint resolution. Explore techniques to diffuse anger in others and create safety in these conversations. Improve teamwork and productivity by dealing appropriately with important issues and conflicts.

Leading Millennials - Tracey Bridges, Business Great Southern 

As Millennials increasingly populate the job market, global workplaces are changing dramatically. It’s not just about how Millennials spend their time - attached to their smartphones, checking friends’ Instagram photos, and chatting about what they’ve seen on YouTube. It’s also about their mindset. Millennials tend to have specific expectations, attitudes, and behavioral styles that are different from those of Baby Boomers and Generation X. These characteristics can pose challenges and opportunities for some of their direct reports. Learn how to understand what makes Millennials different and implement strategies to help them succeed.

Building up the women around you - Julie Patterson, Customer Executive of Small Business, National Australia Bank 

Instead of pinning women against one another in the workplace, it is time to lift each other up. This becomes especially important as you enter more senior roles. Women leaders often see the success of another woman as their own failure. Why do we feel like there is only room for one woman at the table? What do you do when you have a female bully in the workplace? How can women continually support and raise each other up as both a co-worker and as a superior?

The women behind Gertrude Wellease - Liz Jack, CEO, Denmark Chamber of Commerce

Most of us have seen Gertrude perform or even MC at previous WLFs but what is the story behind Gertrude?

The Chamber of Blessings merges Liz Jack’s professional body of work across regional community and small business development with her passion for character development, engagement and improvised performance.

“If I had a world of my own, business would be colourful and engaging, spreading hope through the world one smile at a time.”

Liz shares her story, her vision and her take on #balanceforbetter with a few laughs along the way!

To mix things up a little, this year there will be workshop sessions with the theme of ‘Caring for your WHOLE self’ the sessions include:

A volunteer’s life - Tammy Flett, Senior Community Development Officer, City of Albany and long time volunteer

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community, make a difference to the people around them or even provide an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Tammy will share her story and the amazing places she has visited through her volunteering journey.

Big impact creation - Tracey Bridges, Business Great Southern 

Learn how to grow your idea and how your idea can evolve the future if it is adopted! Realise the power of community while talking to others about each others ideas and developing them together. It’s amazing how you start to see new opportunities and pivots when you write them down in this process. 

Charting a course: A financial guide for women - RSM

Your money shouldn’t be sitting around doing nothing, and neither should you! Evaluate your financial health, and figure out where you want to be and how to get there. Set financial goals, discover how to make your money work for you, and learn how to put it all together to create a financial plan.

Me time - the art of putting yourself first - Terri Pope, BodyCare Physiotherapy

Me time? What’s that?! In our increasingly busy lives, are you finding that you put everything and everybody before yourself? Learn why ‘Me time’ is not selfish. Learn the importance of taking time out to read that book or get that massage or go for a walk. A health professional’s take on the many physical/mental/emotional benefits of taking time out for yourself.

Managing cultural sensitivities in our multi-cultural workspaces 

Differences on workplace issues may reside in culture-based values, upbringing and styles of attitude and behaviour. Learn how your colleagues may differ from you in these ways, shine a light on our differences and learn to celebrate them. Beneath our culture, our ethnicity, our sexual orientation, and our gender, we share fundamentally human qualities. 

Art Therapy - Lata Wright, Transpersonal Art Therapist

Art Therapy works within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being. It can be insightful and empowering. You need zero art skills, just a willingness to give it a go.

Nicola Edwards