Ventures LeadHers

Ventures LeadHers is a confidence-building program for all female-identifying students, staff and alumni across all disciplines at UQ. 

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to grow your leadership capabilities, build connections and gain the confidence to take your first steps in your entrepreneurial and leadership journey. 

During the program, you will network and learn from women leading in their fields and explore the common challenges most professional female leaders face in their careers. 

All female-identifying students, staff and alumni are welcome to apply. 

Apply to LeadHers

LeadHers applications close Wednesday 28 July at 12pm 

As part of the Ventures LeadHers program you will:

  • increase your self-awareness and reflection skills
  • understand elements that undermine your confidence and how to combat them
  • network and learn from leading female speakers
  • learn strategies and actions to become a confident leader
  • have access to resources and networks to support your development after the program finishes.

Throughout five weeks, the Ventures LeadHers program will be delivered in a hybrid model including self-paced activities, peer mentoring, face-to-face and online.

Program commences: Tuesday, 3 August from 12pm-2pm (all remaining sessions are held on Wednesday's from 12-2pm)

  • Session 1. Tuesday 3 August 12pm-2pm, Being you with confidence
    Join guest speaker Cassandra Kelly as she shares her insights and experience in how to be you with confidence.  
  • Session 2.  Tuesday 10 August 12pm-2pm, Leading with confidence
    Engage with a panel of three inspiring female founders to learn how to overcome challenges and lead others.
  • Session 3. Wednesday 18 August, 12pm-2pm, Persuading with confidence
    Learn how to use the power of storytelling and pitching to confidently persuade others.
  • Session 4. Wednesday 25 August, 12pm-2pm Pivoting and moving up with confidence
    Explore how you can plan career changes and progression with confidence.
  • Session 5. Wednesday 1 September, 12pm -2pm, Creating a community and personal branding with confidence
    Learn how to build a community of like-minded individuals to support you and develop your own personal brand.

All resources used throughout the program will be shared with the Ventures LeadHers community. 

As part of the Ventures LeadHers PhD program you will:

  • increase your self-awareness and reflection skills
  • be part of a community of female researchers supporting each other beyond the program
  • discover alternative career paths beyond academia
  • Network and learn from leading female researchers
  • Gain tools to understand how to overcome confidence related challenge

 

Program commences: Thursday, 22 April from 10am-2pm

The delivery mode of the program will be confirmed after applications close. Select your preference: online, in-person or a combination of both on the application form. 

  • Thursday 22 April. Being you with confidence
    In the first week, you'll hear from our UQ Academic guest speaker as she speaks about her journey, leadership style and key challenges she has faced in her career. This will be followed by a Q&A and a chance to connect with each other. 

    Thursday 29 April. Finding a different path with confidence
    You'll hear from a panel of three women leading in academia as they discuss how to confidently branch out of academia into government, corporate and entrepreneurship roles. This session will be followed by a Q&A and networking session. 

    Thursday 6 May. Putting yourself out there with confidence
    In this workshop, you will hear from a female researcher working in a male dominated field she will share in her key learnings to navigate the industry. This will be followed by a workshop on writing your own story. This session will be followed by a Q&A and networking. 

    Thursday 13 May. Planning, Pivoting and moving up with confidence
    In this session, a guest presenter will run a workshop on how to plan for career changes and progression.

    Thursday 20 May. Working with others and leading a team with confidence
    Hear from our panel of experts and learn how you can develop long lasting relationships with collaborators and how to lead a team or a project.

March Program
Date: 
Tuesday 2 March - Tuesday 30 March 
Time: 4-6pm

PhD Program
Date: 
Thursday 22 April - Thursday 20 May
Time: 10am-12pm

August Program
Date: Tuesday 3 August - Wednesday 1 September
Time: First session Tuesday, 3 August from 12pm-2pm (all remaining sessions are held on Wednesday's from 12-2pm)
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August Program

Ventures LeadHers is open to all female-identifying students, staff and recent alumni from all backgrounds and levels at UQ. To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • a current UQ student, staff member or young alumni (graduated in the last 10 years)
  • be ready to build your knowledge and skills
  • commit to attending all five weekly workshops

PhD Program

Ventures LeadHers is open to all female-identifying UQ PhD candidates and PhD alumni from all backgrounds. To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • a current UQ PhD or PhD alumnus
  • be ready to build your knowledge and skills
  • commit to attending all five weekly workshops

March Program
Commences Tuesday, 2 March from 4-6pm
Applications close 22 February at 12pm
Applications are now closed

PhD Program
Commences Thursday, 22 April from 10am-12pm 
Applications close 12 April at 12pm
Applications are now closed

August Program
Commences Tuesday 3 August
Applications open 30 June
Applications close 28 July at 12pm
Apply now

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