Melbourne Business School Short Courses Women in Leadership Program

Women in Leadership Program

Transform the way you lead, influence and innovate with a course designed for high-achieving women.

Invest in your own potential and form a powerful and supportive peer network.

Our Women in Leadership Program is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society.

As part of a cohort of talented and senior women, you will learn from globally-recognised experts in leadership, power, influence, negotiations and strategy – as well as each other.

Who Should Attend?

Senior executives

  • Women leaders in the C-suite, or aspiring to join the C-suite in their next career move
  • Women with 10+ years of experience as leaders across a variety of industries
  • Women who are keen to learn from a diverse cohort across a variety of industries, age and cultural backgrounds

Key Takeaways

Find your voice

  • Learn to be heard without alienating people
  • Develop strategies to influence others and achieve your objectives

Manage relationships effectively

  • Manage relationships up, down and sideways
  • Understanding the roles of authenticity, trust, influence and resilience at a team and individual level

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

Topics Covered

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Authentic leadership

Learn what leadership is and isn’t and the challenges faced in exercising it as an authentic leader
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Power and influence

Develop your ability to navigate professional alliances with female and male colleagues and to present with authority
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Explore the particular dilemmas that a woman can face when negotiating and how to overcome them
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Equity in leadership

Broaden your sphere of influence for speedier gender equity change and consider the role men can play
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Impact narratives

Understand the value of being able to tell compelling and impactful stories that engage and persuade others


Marianne Broadbent

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 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 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 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.

Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin


Geoff worked at the highest levels of international finance before becoming an academic focusing on risk-taking by executives. He has received several research excellence awards from the University of Melbourne.

Isabel Metz

Isabel Metz


Isabel has received several awards for her research into organisational behaviour and human resource management. She teaches people management and diversity on our MBA programs.

Mara Olekalns

Mara Olekalns


Mara is an expert on negotiations whose research covers topics including relational resilience, adversity, micro-ethical judgements, trust violations and repair, subjective value and gender differences.

Jen Overbeck

Jennifer 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 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.

In this residential program, participants stay on campus and engage in workshop activities after hours. The program fee covers tuition, meals and accommodation during the workshop.

The carefully-designed schedule is intense, with classes, presentations, health and well-being activities and guest speakers scheduled from 7am – 8pm on all days. Places are limited and subject to prior approval before being accepted into the program. Please contact us with any queries related to this course.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be required to confirm your booking.

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

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