Leadership for Senior Executive Women course

Today’s business environment continues to reflect an accelerating rate of change. Yet women still trail the numbers of male colleagues in senior positions. Several inhibitors and constructs influence the participation and progression of women in leadership roles. Many are systemic barriers inherent in organisational structures and culture; others are more personal and individually grounded in experiences, preferences and opportunities. Women must recognise the unique strengths, challenges and opportunities they face within their career journeys. It is vital that they are supported to consider leadership in multiple ways – with courage and openness to diverse perspectives.

Leadership for Senior Executive Women will provide input and opportunity for you to recognise aspects of the political and social environments in which you work and ways these can affect your career progression. You will have access to new ideas and approaches to leadership that combine challenging content and emotional engagement, designed to facilitate insights into how women can lead in ways that are satisfying both personally and professionally. As a result, you will be supported and encouraged to drive relevant changes in yourself, your team and workplace.

As many past course participants attest, one of the most valued aspects of the course is the opportunity to connect with women in senior executive and management roles from a broad range of industries. These relationships allow you to share experiences, engage in peer coaching of one another and extend and leverage your professional network throughout the program and beyond.

Eligible participants must be senior female executives with at least eight to ten years of management experience in the public, private, or voluntary sectors. Women in middle management roles are better suited to  Leadership for Executive Women

To attend this course, use the "click here to apply" button and fill in the application form. If you would like further information on the course, including eligibility requirements, please contact the Client Services Team at execed@business.uq.edu.au or via +617 3346 7111.

Price: $6319 (exc GST)

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Building your capability through

  • identifying the processes and challenges facing female executives in the 21st century
  • developing 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 personal leadership development
  • 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.

Our expert facilitators

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.

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 journals, including Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Organization Behaviour and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She is lead author on a new book on Peer Coaching (2018).

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 in the UK.