Regional Economic Solutions (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.
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, practising to go after the elusive first prize certificate at the local flower and agricultural shows,” Leann said.