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Women in Tertiary Education Leadership

*Update* Program is cancelled. Please contact us for more information.

Update: program is cancelled. Please refer to our Tertiary Education Leadership program or contact us for more information about alternatives.

The broad purpose of this program is to engage senior leaders from within the tertiary sector, including DVCs, Faculty Deans and TAFE Executives, with senior representatives from private companies in professional development discussion and debate about women in leadership roles. As in many large organisations, the tertiary sector acknowledges the importance of supporting the development of women and nurturing their potential as current and future leaders.

The workshop participants will be exposed to a range of leaders in government, education and business sectors and hear from a diverse representation of leaders, reflecting on their own career journey and discussing case studies and strategies for achieving personal growth, career enhancement and promotion to senior leadership roles.

Who should attend?

This program has been designed for both academic and professional women who are leaders in universities, TAFE and private training institutions. Participants may be in roles such as PVC, DVC, dean, director, head of school, senior manager and educator.

Delivery mode

This program will be delivered in two 3-day sessions. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.


Locations in Melbourne and Sydney to be advised.

Program fee

$5000 ($5500 inc. GST)

Program content and presenters (correct as at 13 September 2012)

Full program will be available shortly.


Women in Leadership

  • Dr Hannah Piterman, Director, Hannah Piterman Consulting Group
  • Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons, Research Fellow, University of Queensland Business School

Australian Perspective - ASX Business Case

  • Maureen Frank, Founder and CEO, Emberin

International Strategies

  • Linda Brown, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director TAFE, Swinburne University of Technology

Leadership Journeys

  • Dr June Kane, Independent International Affairs Professional
  • Judith van Unen, Joint CEO and Director. JERA International

The male perspective

  • Andrea Grant, Former Human Resources Managing Director, Telstra (Initiated Alpha Male Program)
  • Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University


Advanced leadership skills - Strategy to execution

  • Martin West, Director and Co-Founder, theXGAP

The Cultural Fit

Breaking through the glass ceiling (panel discussion with leading recruitment consultants)


Program outcomes

  • Personal contact and networking opportunities with senior colleagues
  • Strategies to inspire confidence and success when seeking promotion to a more senior role
  • Increased opportunity to broaden and enhance profile as a leader
  • Enhanced leadership skills and knowledge of the tertiary sector opportunities

Program facilitator

Linda Brown is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, which is globally recognised as an innovative dual sector institution. Linda has responsibility for maximising the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability, industry and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division, which is one of Victoria’s largest VET providers and recognised in 2009 as the National Large Training Provider of the Year.

Prior to Swinburne, Linda amalgamated 3 TAFE’s to create Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Linda’s global business and educational experience includes: Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director UK Charity/Private training provider and of Director Stoke on Trent College and Ayr College (UK), strengthens her ability to provide leadership and outcomes. Linda founded UK’s largest women’s entrepreneur network “Women on Top” with funding from the European Social Fund and is one of 25 Australian Women Leaders to be profiled in Management Today as a mover and shaker. Linda was also part of the UK Government’s rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK ‘think tank’ on education as a global business. Linda has presented nationally and internationally on leadership and female diversity, and is known for her frank and fearless style.

Linda is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is passionate about education and training for all.


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