Role models

December 08, 2017

Women in Leadership panel members Jo Breen, Amalia Di Iorio, Julie Cobbledick and Alana Johnson.

Shepparton’s second annual Women in Leadership event last week saw issues around gender equality, rural development and leadership discussed.

Presented by La Trobe University on November 30, the forum was facilitated by Professor Amalia Di Iorio, with speakers Alana Johnson, Julie Cobbledick and Jo Breen.

The forum is designed to stimulate conversation around women in senior and leadership roles in business, governments and community and explore the different types of leadership and leadership journeys, while raising funds for female students experiencing disadvantage.

Guests were joined by La Trobe alumna Alana Johnson, who spoke about gender equality, rural development and the difference between a leader and leadership.

Ms Cobbledick spoke of her experience overcoming setbacks through education with regard to the times, standards and gendered roles which were once expected.

Ms Breen spoke of learning the art of owning her mistakes and identifying strategies to minimise them.

She also defined leadership has having the grace, respect and humility to stand up for what is right.

La Trobe University head of campus Sue Nalder said the panel members were strong female role models.

‘‘We want to highlight local female leaders and Julie and Jo were of great interest to locals, given we have such a large community services and teaching industry,’’ she said.

‘‘Julie was a great inclusion to the panel as our campus recently introduced two new education degrees and has strong connections with local industry.

‘‘Bursaries like this and more specifically women working together to produce such a high calibre event, is one example of what we can achieve together.’’

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