Unlocking Potential:
Emerging Women Leaders in Government

Wednesday, 7 & 14 February 2024 | 10:30am – 2:00pm AEDT | Online

Training Overview

Take Action and Kick-Start your Leadership Journey

Are you a new manager and finding it hard to adjust to managing a team?

Despite the female dominance in Australia’s public sector, achieving gender equality in the topmost leadership positions remains elusive. As of 2021, women constituted 60.2% of the Australian Public Service workforce, but only accounted for 44.6% of the senior executive service bands 2 and 3. This trend is reflected in state government statistics as well, where although the number of women in leadership roles has risen, gender parity at the highest levels remains unattainable. What factors contribute to this persistent imbalance?

Research reveals several hurdles that prevent women from attaining senior leadership positions in the public sector, such as limited career development, conflicting work and caregiving responsibilities, exclusionary leadership cultures, unconscious biases, and insufficient networking and access to decision-makers.

This online course has been designed for new and emerging women leaders in the Public Sector. With a mix of presentations, group work and individual reflection this workshop-style course will enable you to map out and plan your leadership career in the public sector.

Who Should Attend

This course is beneficial for anyone looking to advance their career in the public sector, particularly those interested in leadership roles.

Learning Outcomes

Recognise and appreciate personal strengths and weaknesses and map out career goals

Understand the environments that you thrive in, and hone your leadership and management skills

Learn how to identify the gaps in skillset and develop a plan to achieve career objectives

Gain inspiration and insights from senior women in government on managing a successful career

Meet Your Facilitator

Jo Cribb
Jo Cribb Consulting

Jo is an experienced consultant who has led a variety of projects and assignments. She is regularly asked to facilitate strategy sessions with leadership teams, coach emerging leaders and lead substantial policy, strategy and gender projects. Recent assignments include evaluating Sport NZ’s gender equity in governance policy, leading sessions at APEC 2023 on gender equality in customs and border agencies, working with the New Zealand Defence Force’s leadership team on the gender diversity of the forces, and completing a gender analysis of immigration policy.

Jo was the previous Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women. One of the youngest Chief Executives ever appointed in the New Zealand Public Service, she has invested her time and energy in advancing the cause of the vulnerable in society, spearheading some of the most difficult issues of our time, including child abuse, child poverty, family violence and vulnerable women.

In 2020, she co-authored the book Take Your Space: Successful Women Share their Secrets; the aim of which is support women and girls to advance themselves. All proceeds from the book will be donated to The Aunties and Otara Blue Light programme to support young women leaders.

In 2016 she was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards and in 2014 was one of three recipients of a Westpac Leadership Fellowship. In 2021 she won the Women in Governance Community Award from Governance New Zealand.

Key Sessions

Day 1: Module 1Day 2: Module 2

How Behaviour Impacts your Leadership

  • Welcome and Introductions
    • Understanding the aims and structure of the session
    • Career insights and key lessons from the facilitator
  • Know yourself
    • The importance of understanding yourself: The environments in which you thrive, your strengths and weaknesses
    • Practical Exercise: Mapping your career: This hands-on exercise is aimed at mapping what you want from your next role and career in the long term
      This session will involve individual and some group work
  • Map your next steps
    • Identify where your next role will be
    • Start planning how you can get there
    • Begin to identify the strengths that can get you there and the gaps that you need to work on
      This session will involve individual and some group work

Take Action and Be Inspired

  • Take action
    • Practical advice and exercises on how to develop your leadership skills
      This session will involve individual and some group work
  • Be inspired
    • Hear the stories of senior women in government
    • Learn how they manage their career
    • Q&A
      This session will involve individual and some group work


Final Price


per person + GST

Customised in-house options available for teams

Interested in any of our online trainings?

You can also choose to have them delivered in house. We will work closely with our inspiring session facilitators to tailor the content around the key development areas your team are prioritising, shape the learning outcomes around your core departmental challenges and make the most of your L&D and upskilling budget.

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