• Leadership

The Aspiring Women Leaders Conference 2019

PL # 12167.
Starting on 3 Aug 2019
Cancellation permitted until 26 Jul 2019

Event registrations closed on 01 Aug 2019

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


Research into factors that impact on the leadership aspirations of women in teaching suggests that women are reluctant to put themselves forward for leadership positions unless identified and sponsored by others and encouraged to take part in leadership preparation programmes.
This conference aims to provide relevant training and preparatory experiences in leadership and to demystify the application and interview process for female aspirant leaders.
As Principals and other senior leaders are often the most effective mentors and facilitators of leadership learning, this conference draws upon the experiences of practising leaders in schools. Its interactive workshop sessions focus on sharing experienced-based wisdom about effective leadership practice and, through stories, encourage reflection on leadership learning and preparation.
This conference programme is specifically designed to support women aspirant leaders and is aimed at women who wish to make the next step in their careers.  The conference includes a range of inspirational guest speakers, workshops to develop participant knowledge and skills, and several networking opportunities.  One of the key conference highlights will be the conference dinner to be held at Fraser's Restaurant on Saturday evening.  

For more information, please contact Nicola Davidson ndavidson@ais.wa.edu.au




Karen Spiller

Karen Spiller
Karen has had teaching and leadership experience in both girls’ and co-educational Anglican schools for over 30 years. She has been Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for fifteen years.

Karen is a past National President for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Australasia and is a member of the National Board of the AHISA and Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ). She is also is a Board Member for another school, as well as for the St Aidan’s Foundation.

Karen is an accredited Executive Coach and is proud to have mentored a number of staff into senior leadership roles including five as Principals.

Karen was a finalist for Not for Profit Manager of the Year (Brisbane) for the 2010 AIM Management Excellence Awards and, in 2009, was awarded the John Laing Professional Award (Qld) for leading professional development of others. This was conferred by Principals Australia following a recommendation by AHISA (QLD) for her work in leadership development.

In 2010, she was recognized with the National Award for Excellence in School Music Education 2010: Excellence by a School Leader by the Federal Government.  In 2010 and 2011 she was a finalist in the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women Business Achievement Awards in the category of Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women.

Karen is a Fellow of the AIM, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resources Institute, ACEL and the Australian College of Educators.  In 2011, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship “To examine strategies for preparing female leaders for the position of Principalship in Australian Schools” and travelled to the United Kingdom and United States for this study.  In 2013 Karen was awarded Fellow of “The CEO Institute” and was appointed as a Fellow of Bond University and the inaugural Principal in Residence.

Ros Curtis

Ros  Curtis
Ros is Principal of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School. She began her career as a teacher with Education Queensland with the teaching areas of History and Drama. Since that time she has worked in five Independent schools in both pastoral and curriculum roles - Moreton Bay College, Brisbane Girls Grammar, St Hilda's School, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School.
Ros completed her Masters of Education in Leadership and Management in 2005 and received the Australian Council for Education Leaders (QLD) award from Queensland University of Technology for Academic Excellence in postgraduate study in Educational Leadership. Her areas of interest include school leadership structures and their effectiveness, curriculum leadership and aspirant leaders and change leadership and management. In 2011, Ros received the John Laing Award for her significant contribution to the professional development of Senior Leaders. Ros is a Queensland Fellow of the Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL) and the Australian College of Educators for her services to the teaching profession.

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Date / Time

3 Aug 2019
Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 16:00

Presbyterian Ladies' College

PL Hours : 14.00

Learning Area

  • Leadership

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