- identifying the processes and challenges facing women executives in the 21st century
- developing your personal leadership capabilities and assessing your unique workplace situation
- engaging in current debates and strategies about and for women business leaders
- formulating practical ideas, models and tools of leadership, to examine your development as a female leader
- connecting with leading academics and industry leaders who will inspire you to think about leadership issues relevant to women executives
- building relationships with successful, like-minded, influential businesswomen to share insights, compare experiences and build partnerships and lasting relationships.
Professor Polly Parker
PhD MPhil (Auckland), DipPhysEd (Otago), Dip.Teaching Christchurch
Polly is a Professor in leadership and human resource management and Director of Education at UQ Business School. She has established a national and international reputation in the fields of career management and development, peer coaching, leadership development, and human resource development.
Active in the area of women’s leadership and leadership development, Polly was a member of the steering committee and a presenter at CEDA’s inaugural Women in Leadership Program, and delivers UQ Business School Executive Education’s women-leadership courses, including Leadership for Executive Women and Leadership for Senior Executive Women's.
Polly has developed systematic and coherent research programs around the themes of peer coaching, career and leadership development, and intelligent career management. Her research is widely published in leading ERA-A* publications, including Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Organization Behaviour, Academy of Management Learning and Education.
Polly holds a PhD in business and a Master of Philosophy in career management from The University of Auckland, as well as a diplomas from Christchurch College of Education and Otago University. She is a member of a range of organisations, including the Academy of Management, European Group Organisation Studies, and Australian Human Resources Institute.
Ms Tessa Raeburn
BSc(Hons) AFBPsS, C. Psychol.
Partner, Raeburn Keslake International
Tessa is the owner of Raeburn Keslake International, a global organisational development agency, boasting a line-up of blue-chip clients, including Mars, Sony, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Coca Cola.
In addition to her work with Raeburn Keslake International, she has held senior leadership positions in Fortune 500 multinationals, including Management and Organisation Manager at 3M and Group Human Resources Director for British American Tobacco, where she had the responsibility for setting human resources strategy for more than 95,000 employees
Tessa holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in occupational psychology from Cardiff University.