It was a pleasure to be able to attend the second conference organised by WATTLE (Women ATTaining LEadership) in Melbourne last week.
Based on the successful, longstanding New Zealand program of Women in Leadership, the program has really hit the mark. While there are a lot of leadership programs out there, this one seems quite unique in that it is geared exclusively to the higher education sector. They run one program for academic women and another one for professional women in higher education. It’s a five-day residential program supported by universities and also Academic Search International and we attended an evening with them.
What struck me most, was the network and depth of relationships these women have formed. A residential course brings with it considerable connectivity. Not only were they buzzing from the various sessions throughout the week, they also developed relationships that will no doubt be important in their future career development. Relationships they can return to when they encounter challenges in their career or need somebody else to bounce ideas off.
The program was packed with a range of inspirational speakers, practical tools and opportunity to network. There was something in it for every woman.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the WATTLE organising committee for once again inviting us to contribute to this incredibly valuable conference.