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Overcoming Challenges

Women in leadership roles IN CAIRNS often face more challenges than their counterparts in major cities. Having access to high-quality leadership training, overcoming the gender pay gap and getting expert advice are just some of the hurdles faced by regional women in authority.

To help women break down barriers in the workplace and engage with and learn from their peers, the Australian Women’s Leadership Forum was formed in 2007 and has been empowering women leaders since its inception.

Presented by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), this forum will be coming to Cairns March 20 and will feature a strong line-up of guest speakers, including keynote speaker Tracy Spier, AM, and a number of successful local businesswomen.

The forum is ideal for women who are looking for increased awareness of their leadership style and competencies as well as practical strategies to help them overcome challenges within their work and personal life.

“One third of Australian women live in rural and regional areas, and we are very excited to introduce these hardworking women to new and engaging leadership development experiences and networking opportunities,” says Suzi Finkelstein, Director of Leadership and Advocacy at WLA.

“The forum provides a tremendously exciting opportunity for local female leaders in Cairns and surrounding areas to share their expertise and advice with women in their own community. It’s a fantastic initiative which will have tangible grass-roots impact.”

Local business leaders who will be addressing delegates include Julianne Steer (President, Cairns Women’s Business Club), Tammie Matson (Author, Zoologist, Film Producer and Entrepreneur), Florence Drummond (Founder, Indigenous Women in Mining Australia), Pip Close (CEO, Tourism Tropical North Queensland), Cr Julia Leu (Mayor, Douglas Shire Council), Linda Cardew (CEO, Cook Shire Council), Dr Sarah Coll (Orthopaedic Surgeon, Air Medicine), and Fiona Jose (CEO, Cape York Partnership).

“One of the biggest challenges for women living in rural and regional Australia is that it can be difficult for them to access opportunities that are available in the big cities,” Tracy says.

“Given that the gender pay gap is worse in rural and regional areas in Australia, I want the participants to feel they have the skills to take on a leadership position, support their fellow women in the workplace and confidently negotiate their salary packages.”

The forum will be held at the Pullman Hotel. For more information or to book Connect

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