Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Initiative

Yorga Djenna Bidi

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This immersive and collaborative course builds leadership skills to enable you to become a more inspirational, confident and effective leader.

We are looking for passionate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women who want to gain the skills and strategies necessary to be influential leaders and have a positive impact within their realm of influence; work, family, peers and the general community.

We would like to thank and acknowledge our instrumental Yorga Djenna Bidi Patrons, Janet Hayden, Leisha-Doolan Eatts and Colleen Hayward, as well as Ambassadors Rishelle Hume and Robyn Smith-Walley for their influence on the course.

We, at Leadership WA, offer our condolences to the family of Auntie Janet Hayden, upon the sad news of her passing.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Creating a leadership community of Aboriginal women 

This immersive and collaborative course builds leadership capabilities to enable you to become a more inspirational, confident and effective leader.

We are looking for passionate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women who want to gain the skills and strategies necessary to be influential leaders and have a positive impact within their realm of influence; work, family, peers and the general community.

Learn through experience

We believe that the best way to learn is through the experience of:

• exploring the real issues first-hand
• discussions with influential leaders, candidly exploring real-life leadership issues
• sharing stories, problems and solutions with peers

The course is delivered by specialist facilitators and subject matter experts from the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.

COURSE OUTCOMES

  • Awareness of self as a leader
  • An understanding of how to use strengths to develop and grow and positively influence the development of others
  • A deeper understanding of personal values as a leader
  • An understanding of how to build trust and credibility as a leader
  • An insight into forming productive networks and relationships
  • An exploration of dealing with challenge and building resilience as a leader
  • The creation of a strong leadership community with the group

The program is designed to unite, develop and enable a community of strong, empowered and connected Aboriginal women leaders to contribute to all sectors and champion improved outcomes for Aboriginal people, their families, communities and culture across Western Australia.

COURSE DETAILS

The course is structured around a series of carefully designed leadership experiences. Each workshop day includes learning from key speakers, self exploration and dynamically structured group discussion. Learning is individual, meaningful and transferable into all contexts.

  • Welcoming Reception at The Governors House – 15th September 2016
  • You know and value who you are – 21 & 22 September 2016
  • You can make a difference – 13 October 2016
  • You can value yourself & your culture – 10 November 2016
  • You can be trusted – 8 December 2016
  • You can be strong – 16 February 2017
  • You have a vision for the future – 23 March 2017
  • Graduation – 28 March 2017

Applications now closed for the 2016 Yorga Djenna Bidi course. We are taking Expressions of Interest for the 2017 Yorga Djenna Bidi course.  Please email us on nicky.grobler@leadershipwa.org.au or call 0893676777.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course is structured around a series of carefully designed leadership experiences. For our Perth-based course, these workshops are related to the Noongar seasons and developmental stages. Each workshop day includes learning from key speaker/s, self-exploration and dynamically structured group discussion. Learning is individual, meaningful and transferable into all contexts.

You know and value who you are
• Knowing yourself
• Knowing where you are
• Knowing where you want to be
You can make a difference
• Caring deeply about a cause
• Being a role model
• Knowing your values
• Making a commitment
• Mentoring and coaching
You can be trusted
• Being credible
• Doing what you say and mean
• Building trust
You can be strong
• Being courageous
• Being resilient
• Raising difficult issues
constructively
You have a vision for the future
• Seeing a better future
• Collaborating with others
• Making plans for shared action

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Yorga Djenna Bidi is a course specially designed for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women:

  • with a desire to influence, lead and generate change
  • with a clear personal vision and purpose
  • who want to work collaboratively in their own leadership development and the development of others

Applications now closed for the 2016 Yorga Djenna Bidi course. We are taking Expressions of Interest for the 2017 Yorga Djenna Bidi course.  Please email us on nicky.grobler@leadershipwa.org.au or call 0893676777. You can also register your Expression of Interest and we will get in touch.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Leaders with Ongoing Impact and Influence

Graduates are able to join the Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Initiative Community of Practice, a group of inspired leaders who share a concern and passion for the changes they can make. This group supports opportunities for the graduates to continue learning and collaborating through:

  • coordinated and shared efforts for change and social impact
  • sharing of knowledge, insights, skills and ideas as well as outcomes and resources
  • problem solving
  • peer support network

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPONSORING ORGANISATIONS

Leadership Western Australia is seeking visionary and committed sponsors and supporters for the Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Initiative, which includes the pioneer program Yorga Djenna Bidi. We envision expanding the Initiative throughout Western Australia to further enhance communities and their futures.

Donations by individuals or entities to support the Initiative can be made through the Leadership WA Foundation (a Public Benevolent Institution), which has DGR 1 status. Organisations can also directly support the leadership development of individual Aboriginal women from their organisation or networks for an investment of $10,000 per participant, excluding GST. Please contact us to discuss how your organisation can support and benefit from the Initiative. We are committed to working together with our supporters to achieve positive outcomes.

What participants say about the course

Yorga Djenna Bidi participant 2015

I was challenged to recognise not only the value of who I was and what type of leader I wanted to be, but more importantly what true leadership mean

Yorga Djenna Bidi participant 2015

We all have the capacity to inspire and empower others. However we must first be willing to devote ourselves to our personal growth and development as leaders.