Foundational leadership program for early-career women and emerging female leaders in STEM and Security Professions


Foundational leadership program for early-career women and emerging female leaders in STEM and Security Professions

Who is the Emerging Leaders Program for?

The Emerging Leaders Program supports early career women and emerging female leaders in STEM and Security Professions to build a strong foundation for enduring leadership through developing their leadership motivations, mindset and skills, so they can effectively engage, influence and lead others.

Tailored leadership development is critical for women at all levels, and in STEM- and Security-related industries is a key contributor to career satisfaction and retention. It is particularly important for emerging female leaders, as it supports women who are skilled and passionate in their field of expertise to understand their leadership purpose, apply their strengths as a leader and strengthen confidence in their leadership abilities.

It puts emerging leaders on the right path to building their leadership experience, and finding the right role models, mentors and networks to support them in becoming that leader.

The emerging leaders program helped me to unpack what it means to be a female leader in an often male-dominated industry. Each session included practical and tangible discussion and exercises on growing leadership skills that are both effective in the workplace and authentic to who I am as a person. After completing it, I feel more confident in my leadership style, because it has emphasised how so many of the traits and skills I already hold can be used consciously to help me be a more successful leader. I would recommend this program to any woman who is unsure of taking on leadership roles or uncertain of how you become a leader (spoiler alert, you probably already are!).

Caroline Faulder

The program has given me a new perspective about being a leader that is fresh, sustainable and allows future growth. Having some management background, I thought I understood leadership, but this program has given me a better perspective about being one, starting from understanding my own core values. I am so glad to have joined the program and I look forward to applying the learning in my career and in my everyday dealings.

Meidi van der Lee – Security Analyst

Female Leadership Program - Women Who Lead
Female Leadership Program - Women Who Lead

Course Principles

The Emerging Leaders program consists of:

  • Two 1-day workshops
  • An online Emotional Intelligence Assessment + individual debrief
  • An individual coaching session
  • Total 17 contact hours with leadership development experts
  • Delivered over 4 weeks or 8 weeks
The program explores the following themes through theory, practical strategies and tools, and coaching:


Leadership Communication

Impactful Influence

Leadership Mindset

    • Individual leadership motivations
    • Foundations of a strong leadership mindset
    • Building confidence

Emotional Intelligence

    • MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence assessment and debrief + coaching

Maximising Performance

    • Maximising individual performance
    • Resilience
    • Mentoring and Networking
The program can be delivered virtually or face-to-face. Minimum group numbers apply.
Program Cost: $2990 +GST

The Program is Strengthened Through:

Female Leadership Program - One on One CoachingOne-on-one coaching
The program can be supplemented by a tailored coaching session to maximise the implementation of learning outcomes and individual development.

Female Leadership Program - Learning Activities

Applied Learning 
Tools and strategies for application in the workplace to cement and apply learning.

Female Leadership Program - Networking Event

The program offers a tailored industry-relevant network that supports social learning.

Female Leadership Program - Peer Connection

Peer connection, coaching & mentoring
Receive ongoing peer support to develop confidence and accelerate practical application of the theories and learnings.

Learning Outcomes

Through the Emerging Leaders Program, participants will develop a strong leadership foundation via:

Understanding effective and enduring leadership 

Understanding of self; identification of leadership motivations and self as a leader; and strategies for growing a leadership mindset

Connecting to individual and organisational purpose

Growing leadership confidence

Developing their own emotional intelligence and learning to lead with emotional intelligence

Strategies for effective communication and impactful influence in technical environments

Resilience strategies

Understanding the purpose and utility of mentoring and networking, and applying associated strategies

Strengthening individual performance effectiveness

Female Leadership Program - Women Who Lead

Program Benefits

Challenge the way participants view themselves, engage with the people they lead and the challenges they face
Equip participants with practical resources, strategies and tools for workplace application
Informed by neuroscience and leadership research best practice, our unique coaching methodology sets the scene for practical learning and deep self exploration
Our approach exponentially unlocks potential, builds confidence and develops leadership capability and influence
Small group setting enables participants to learn through the real-world experience of their peers and build a strong peer network
Qualified coaches and experienced educators with a passion for resilience and leadership


After participating in the Australian Women in Security Network Emerging Leaders program I feel more confident in articulating and applying my strengths, values and purpose. I now have practical frameworks and tools to continue developing my leadership capabilities, including communication, resilience, and career planning and management. I would recommend this program to any aspiring leader in security, or anyone seeking a greater understanding of the leadership mindset.

Simone, Public Sector Cyber Security Professional


I recently participated in the first Australian Women in Security Network Emerging Leaders program. Not only did I meet and make new connections with a cohort of incredible women from diverse professional background, but I learned far more about myself than I expected form the incredibly impressive and highly personable Dr Susan McGinty. The course contained a wealth of practical information that identified things I wanted to understand about myself but didn’t know how to. Being exposed to frameworks that put shape and meaning to unconscious thought meant I could immediately apply the techniques presented to better understand myself and the people I engage with professionally and personally on a daily basis. The course was invaluable and something I will continue to revisit.

Leigh – Senior Cyber Security Professional (2022)

Register Your  Interest

The Emerging Leaders Program for women in STEM and Security is currently delivered in-house to organisations, either virtually or in-person. To register your organisation’s interest in the Emerging Leaders Program, please complete the form below and we will be in touch.


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