RES Director Leann Wilson, was recently invited to participate in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) ‘She Leads Diploma of Management’ program in Queensland, Australia. The She Leads program is a gender responsive Diploma of Management that explores the unique challenges facing young women at the early stages of their career and equips them with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their workplace and community.
As a proud Aboriginal woman and strong advocate for shared and distributed leadership to turn around the intergenerational legacies of past policies and practices, Leann was invited to be one of three successful professional female panellists to share her leadership insights in a facilitated discussion, followed by lunch and a networking session with program students.
Leann said that her presentation, titled ‘My Nana Mallee didn’t care too much for Instant Cake’, drew on how the analogies associated with cooking a sponge cake were applied to a leadership framework.
"The story has its roots in Barcaldine, a small community in Central Western Queensland, where I grew up as part of a population of around 1,700 people. It draws on the experiences of watching my Nana Malle and the old aunties baking, practicing to go after the elusive first prize certificate at the local flower and agricultural shows,” Leann said.
Leann was delighted to offer her support and collaboration to the She Leads program, which was developed to support women in a range of circumstances to advance their careers, as it closely mirrors the RES ethos of bridging social and economic gaps to bring about change.
Pictured left to right: Panellist Alicia Weiderman (Director Weiderman Consulting), Ailsa Leacy (General Manager YWCA QLD), Panellist Leann Wilson (Director RES), and Kate Tully (CEO YWCA QLD)