She Leads High Conference

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Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

23 University Drive South

Bruce, ACT 2617


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YWCA Canberra’s She Leads High Conference is a one-day leadership event for young women, including female identifying and non-binary people, in years 9 and 10.

The event provides attendees with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership, and will explore topics such as social and emotional development, peer relationships and pressures, self-esteem, and body image. Upon completion, attendees will be empowered to start defining and developing their leadership pathway.

The event format includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and speed networking with young women who are leading in their communities.

By encouraging girls’ attendance, you will provide them with the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, and increase their capacity to take on leadership roles within their school environment and beyond.

This is a school excursion, and all students must attend with their teachers/school supervisors.

The registration deadline is Thursday 9 November 2017.

Key event details

  • When: 8:45am – 4pm, Tuesday 28 November 2017

  • Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

  • This is a school excursion, and all students must attend with their teachers/school supervisors

  • There is a required ratio of one school supervisor to every six students

  • Schools must return photography consent forms to She Leads for each registered student

  • Transport needs to be organised independently by schools

  • Cost and inclusions: $40 per student. Registration includes a full day program of talks and workshops, morning tea and lunch, and a pen and activity booklet

  • Scholarship places may be available. Please contact the She Leads team for more information.


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There will be two 60 minute workshops run on the day, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in both.

Language for Empowerment

This workshop will explore how to develop written and verbal communication to build confidence, and to encourage young women to support and amplify each other’s voices. It will unpack why many women use apologetic language in order to not be labelled as ‘bossy’, ‘pushy’ or ‘unlikeable’, and offer practical alternatives to this.

Hosted by Stella Schools, attendees will discover new ways to develop their language and communication style to be more confident and assertive in their communications with others. They will also identify ways to support and amplify the voices of other women to create spaces where women feel that their voices are heard and encouraged.

Positive Identities

In this workshop, attendees will focus on building positive identities, body positivity and self-esteem in a range of environments including at home, school, and online. The purpose of this workshop is to show students how they can be positive influences on others, and think positively about themselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Hosted by YWCA Canberra’s Youth Engagement Team, attendees will complete a series of activities that seek to explore their self-esteem and identify their authentic self. Students will also look at how to identify positive and toxic relationships in their lives, in the online and offline world, and engage in interactive group discussions that demonstrate how they can be positive influences in the lives of others.



Laura Campbell – Laura is a passionate disability advocate, comedian, actor and performer, and body positivist. She uses her experience as a woman with a disability to reach people through comedy, and she was a runner up in the 2017's Triple J's RAW state finals and has sold out shows in Canberra and Melbourne.

Keynote Speakers

Francesca Maclean – Francesca is the 2017 ACT Young Woman of the Year, the Co-Founder of Fifty50, a consult for Arup, and has recently completed her PhD in engineering that focused on designing biomaterials for brain repair.

Nipuni Wijewickrema – Nip was named ACT 2016 Young Australian of the year, she is Co-Founder of GG’s Flowers, and a disability and mental health advocate.

Izzy Mudford – Izzy is an active member of ACT LGBTQIA+ community, she received the 2016 ANU Gender Institute Prize for her honours thesis, and is a member of the ACT LGB TIQ Ministerial Advisory Council.

Speed Networkers

Sophie Fisher – Sophie is Youth Ambassador at Reach Out, has lived experience of mental illness, volunteers tutoring young migrant and refugee women, and established a learn-to-ride program for refugees; Girls on Bikes.

Julia Faragher – Julia is a writer, photographer, and film maker and producer. She is a co-founder of Skybound productions, winner and finalist of numerous film festivals, and Video Sub-Editor for Woroni.

Moira Cully – Moira is a recipient of the ACT Region Environment Awards, has volunteered for Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and is a campaign organiser for Unions ACT.

Sam LauntSam is a PhD candidate, focusing on increasing diversity within STEM, a gender equality activist, an engineer, runs the social enterprise program ‘Engage’, has worked for Robogals and Engineers Without Borders, and was awarded the ANU Tillyard Prize in 2015.

Holly Vanderpol – Holly is a Cultural Anthropology student, volunteers with MIEACT and NYWC ACT, was recently appointed to ACT Multicultural Advisory Council, and has a lived experience of domestic violence and mental illness including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Staycee Charles – Staycee is Wemba Wemba, Baraba Baraba and Gunditjmara woman, currently studying psychology and working towards a career in forensic psychology, and is the ACT State Coordinator for Seed, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental group.

Sophie Hope – Sophie is passionate about mental health and suicide prevention, was the 2015 ACT Volunteer of the Year and a 2016 Finalist for the ACT Young Australian of the Year, she currently volunteers for Headspace, the ACT Youth Advisory Council, and The Youth Coalition.

Event objectives

  • demonstrate to students that anyone can be a leader, and that leadership requires people with all kinds of skills, interests, and backgrounds.

  • provide students with tangible skills to begin or strengthen their leadership pathway.

  • provide a safe space to share ideas and stories with like-minded people.

  • educate students about the impact of gender bias on women’s leadership.

  • empower and inspire students to set goals and develop the skills to reach them.

School Requirements

It is vital that teachers attend the event and provide appropriate supervision and care, and ensure that each student arrives and departs safely. It is essential that there is one school supervisor for every six students attending. YWCA Canberra staff will not provide supervision of students, and will not be responsible for the arrival or departure of students, or for their behaviour on the day.

Schools should treat this event as an excursion, and will need to independently organise all necessary permission slips and transportation.

Schools are responsible for managing the allocation of places to interested students; there are 12 available places for each school. It is important that all students want to be there.

The day will feature a full program of speakers, workshops, and individual and group discussion and reflection. Students will get the most value from the day when they come prepared to engage with the topics, speakers, and fellow students.

For each registered student, a photography consent form will need to be completed and returned to the She Leads team. This is not the permission slip that should be used by teachers to gain guardian permission to take students to the event. Teachers should have access to their own school-specific permission slips and use those to gain guardian permission. Please email all the photography consent forms to sheleads@ywca-canberra.org.au.

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Are you a young woman?

If you are a young woman interested in attending the She Leads High Conference, you will need to let your teacher or principal know that you want to come along to the event as soon as you can. Your school may be sending other students too, or they may not yet know about this event.

You will need to treat this event like any other school excursion, which means having your guardians sign your school permission slip, and organising transportation to and from the event through your school.

You and your guardian will also need to complete the photography consent form, which needs to be returned to the She Leads team prior to the event. Please give the photography consent form to your teacher, who will then provide the forms to us.

Download the Student Information Pack.


If a student wishes to attend but feels as though the price may be a barrier, please advise the She Leads team. We have allocated a small pool of scholarships that we may be able to allocate to eligible students. We are committed to assisting as many young women as possible attend this event.

Further information

For further details relating to the event, or for any queries please contact the She Leads team at sheleads@ywca-canberra.org.au or call YWCA Canberra on (02) 6175 9900.

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