Leadership development for women

Our Leadership Development for Women (LDW) program can help you build your status, career development and contributions to decision making. To achieve this, we will support you to develop your leadership skills. We also encourage practices that value diversity and actively seek the input and perspective of women.

LDW programs are designed to:

  • grow trust
  • encourage networking between participants
  • build leadership capabilities.

LDW Steering Committee

The Leadership Development for Women Steering Committee aims to:

  • identify issues relating to women and leadership
  • recommend strategies that support women's contributions to leadership within the University
  • design and implement leadership development opportunities for women at the University.

LDW opportunities at CSU

Leadership Development for Women is a key initiative under CSU's Workplace Gender Equity Strategy. There are many development opportunities available to women at the University. You could:

  • express your interest in attending development events
  • apply for a grant to run leadership and networking events
  • take part in the Introduction to Leadership for Women program
  • attend the Leadership Development for Women biennial conference
  • take part in activities offered for senior women leaders
  • apply for scholarships
  • connect with a mentor.

For more information about LDW, contact: pdprograms@csu.edu.au

Introduction to Leadership for Women

The Introduction to Leadership for Women Program is run biennially from May to November. The next intake for the program is in 2019.


The Introduction to Leadership for Women Program is suitable for current and emerging female leaders at Charles Sturt University. The program is targeted at academic staff (Level A to C) and professional staff (Level 5 to 10) with experience leading and managing people, projects, systems and processes. Applicants must hold a continuing or fixed-term appointment to at least 31 December 2019.

Course content

The program focuses on:

  • the theory and practice of leading mindfully
  • gendered and ethical leadership in the context of personal and professional behaviour.

Participants will study in a supervised and supported group cohort with other staff members.


Applications open March 2019. The selection process is competitive, with 25 places available.

To apply:

Further details

LDW Conference

The Leadership Development for Women Conference is held biennially. The next conference is running over two days, 21-22 November 2018.

The conference program is now available and you can register to attend here.

Become a mentor

Leadership Development for Women is looking for mentors to participate in the 2019 Introduction to Leadership for Women Program. We encourage past mentors, past participants and new mentors to apply. Both men and women are welcome.

If you're interested please complete the expression of interest form.

For questions or clarifications, email pdprograms@csu.edu.au