Melbourne Business School Short Courses Women in Leadership Program

Women in Leadership Program

Confidently enter the next phase of your professional journey with invaluable guidance, skills, and connections to thrive in leadership.

2 modules over 5 days

Women in Leadership Program Overview

A short course designed to support high-potential women experiencing pivotal career junctures.

Transitioning from a specialist to a manager, returning to the workforce, or contemplating a career change are inflection points that come with unique challenges for women.

This five-day short course will provide invaluable guidance, skills, and networks to confidently step into roles with greater responsibility and thrive every step of the way.

We also offer the Women in Senior Leadership Program which is tailored for senior executives and those in or aspiring to join the C-suite in their next career move.

Who Should Attend the Women in Leadership Program?

High-Potential Female Leaders

  • Women identified for more senior roles in the future.

Women in Middle Management

  • New women leaders who have recently transitioned into their role or find themselves in charge of a team that they used to be part of.
  • Experienced mid-level managers who are being positioned to take on a senior management role or need to develop a broader perspective.

Women in Leadership Program Key Takeaways

Find Your Voice as a Leader

  • Cultivate a strong leadership presence by mastering strategic storytelling, enhancing effective communication, and quietening your inner critic.

Managing and Leading Effectively

  • Manage relationships up, down and sideways.
  • Learn how to lead teams that you were once part of.
  • Understanding the roles of authenticity, trust, influence and resilience at a team and individual level.
  • Navigating the ‘double bind’ of getting your voice heard without alienating others.

Build Power and Influence

  • Drive outcomes through the use of skilful negotiation tactics inside and outside your organisations.
  • Develop an enduring and powerful network that supports and advocates for each other.

Care for Yourself

  • Manage your physical and mental well-being in the context of your career and encourage others to do the same.

Women in Leadership Program Topics Covered

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Leadership Identity

Explore how your personal journey informs your leadership style, enabling you to make unique and meaningful contributions.
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Managing Difficult Conversations

Equip yourself with strategies to turn difficult conversations into opportunities for strategic advancement and positive outcomes.
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Power and Influence

Identify and harness your unique sources of power, elevating your voice to lead with authority and influence.

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Develop the confidence and skills to navigate negotiations effectively, ensuring you can advocate successfully for yourself and your stakeholders.
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Leadership Presence and Strategic Narratives

Cultivate a compelling leadership presence that enables you to inspire and connect with others on a profound level.
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Team and Trust

Discover how to foster a high-functioning team dynamic, and build a foundation of trust and collaboration.
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Strengthen your resilience by embracing a growth mindset, preparing yourself and your team to face challenges with optimism and perseverance.
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Mindful Leadership

Learn the principles of mindful leadership to thrive in your role, ensuring you remain engaged, focused, and effective.

Women in Leadership Program Success Story

To be able to complete a course like the Women in Leadership program, which is specifically tailored to support and empowering women in leadership at a prestigious school like Melbourne Business School, was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse.



Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience (Melbourne Recital Centre),

Chair of the Board (Emerging Writers' Festival) & Board Member (Music Victoria)

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Expand or Deepen the Capabilities of Your People

Melbourne Business School’s short courses help organisations develop executive alignment through consistent and productive behaviours and capabilities.

Melbourne Business School’s short courses help organisations develop executive alignment through consistent and productive behaviours and capabilities.

Evidence indicates that greater diversity in the senior management of an organisation can significantly enhance performance, creativity and resilience. This program is an effective way to invest in the success of your female leaders as well as your company.

Volume booking discounts may be available for organisations registering multiple employees across a variety of our short courses over a 12-month period.

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When multiple women from the same organisation participate in this program, they share an inspiring experience and can collectively infuse change throughout the entire organisation.

Program Director and Associate Professor of Marketing

Women in Leadership Program Key Facilitators

Marianne Broadbent


Marianne is a former Senior Vice President at Gartner and Associate Dean and Chair of Management at Melbourne Business School who now works as a leadership and executive search consultant.

Jody Evans


Jody is an expert in branding, marketing strategy and economic and social impact who is committed to focusing on research and programs that encourage better business for a better world.

Carol Gill


Carol is an associate professor and registered psychologist who has held positions with BHP, Bank of Melbourne and the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

Jill Klein


Jill is an expert in decision-making and resilience, whose work draws on her family's experiences during the Holocaust. She has held positions at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and INSEAD.

Jen Overbeck


With a PhD in social psychology, Jennifer specialises in organisational behaviour, negotiation and people management, and conducts research into the ways in which power is used in the workplace.

Amanda Sinclair


Amanda is a widely-published author who is recognised in academic and corporate circles as a pioneer of diversity in management and the application of mindfulness in leadership.

Women in Leadership Scholarships

Melbourne Business School believes that women have always been leaders but there needs to be more recognition and support in place to nurture female leadership. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Women in Leadership Funds will provide substantial fee subsidies for the Women in Leadership Program and Women in Senior Leadership Program.

Upcoming Sessions

This is a non-residential program. The program fee covers tuition, learning materials and meals during the workshop.

Read our full terms and conditions and other frequently asked questions for more information.

Dates for the 2024 intake are:

Module 1 - 13-15 November 2024;
Module 2 - 27-29 November 2024

Please download and complete the Women in Leadership Program supplementary questions form prior to your application.

13 - 29 Nov Carlton
5 days
$8,000 AUD

Supplementary Questionnaire

Please download and complete the Women in Leadership Program supplementary questions form.

An Admissions consultant will contact you for this document as part of the application assessment process.

Program Enquiry

Melbourne Business School’s short courses cater to:

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Independent leaders who wish to upskill and grow their network.
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Organisations looking to expand or deepen the capabilities of their team.
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Organisations who would like to co-design custom learning experiences.

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