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Aspire: Navigating the Path of Female Leadership

September 9 - November 11


Registrations Now Open

Research shows that female leaders excel in key leadership competencies, so what can you do to develop these competencies with confidence, wisdom and grace.

Are you an aspiring female leader who wants to equip yourself in readiness to be a successful leader in a Christian School context?  

Then join with other aspiring leaders in this online course with 7 interactive sessions with expert guest speakers who will share their own stories, experiences and insights. This exciting new course will go beyond just identifying the problems, to providing practical strategies which women can control and have agency over. The course is limited to 20 participants to enable high levels of involvement and the building of connections and networks. Participants will be encouraged to complete reflective tasks between sessions.

Course Details:

Aspire: Navigating the Path of Female Leadership is a 7-session zoom/coaching series for a group of 20 women. Each session will run for 1½ hours and will take place on Wednesday mornings during Terms 3 and 4.  Participants will be encouraged to complete reflective tasks between sessions.

Term 3  
Time: 10am to 11:30am (AEST)
Dates: 9 September | 16 September
Term 4
Time: 10am to 11:30am (AEDT)
14 October | 21 October | 28 October | 4 November | 11 November

Cost:   $190 +GST
There is also a course text to be purchased by the participant. The text includes an Inventory Tool, StrengthsFinder 2.0, to be completed prior to Session 2.
This resource can be found online at the following links.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 – e-book
StrengthsFinder 2.0 – hard-copy

Download the Course Guide


Registrations close 31 August 2020

Please note: As registrations are limited,  submitting a registration will not necessarily guarantee you a confirmed place at this event. Registrants will be notified of the outcome of their registration by 1 September 2020.

Course Facilitator

Dr Maria Varlet is the Head of Research and Innovation at Crest Education in Melbourne. She currently serves as the Deputy Chair
of the CSA National Council and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Casey Tech School. Maria is passionate about promoting and developing innovation in education with interests in future focused pedagogies, teacher professional learning, change management and the support of women in leadership.

Your Host

Jill Healey heads up leadership development at Christian Schools Australia, serving as the Flame and Fuse Facilitator.  She is a champion of Christian women in leadership, and specialist education provision, in Christian schools. She believes in the power of God to transform lives and bring hope to young people through Christian schooling.


Session Information

Session 1 | Confidence: Made in the Image of God

with Marg Mowczko

Marg has a theology degree and an MA in early Christian and Jewish studies from Macquarie University. Marg has written many articles and Bible study notes and is currently working on a book about the women associated with the apostle Paul. 

and Rev Dr Graham Hill

Graham is the Interim Principal and Director of Research at Stirling Theological College and author of Holding Up Half the Sky.  He offers a biblical and passionate call for women to be released to teach, to lead, to preach, to serve, to pastor, and to minister in every area of the church.


Session 2 | Confidence: Know your Strengths

Prior to Session 2, participants will undertake an inventory tool, Clifton Strengths™, as a springboard for discussion in this session. Rather than focusing on who you are not, this tool focuses on identifying and actioning your strengths.

Session 3 | Equip Yourself

with Dr Jeannie Trudel

Dr. Jeannie Trudel has been the President/ CEO of Christian Heritage College, Brisbane, Queensland since 2018. Jeannie has lived and worked in three countries. She worked as a solicitor in Melbourne before moving to the USA. She served in leadership roles at a couple of American Christian universities before being called back to higher education in Australia.

Session 4 | Office Politics: Employing Wisdom

with Dr Beth Green

Dr. Beth Green is Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Tyndale University in Toronto. Dr. Green is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Senior Fellow at the faith-based think tank Cardus. Dr. Green has an international reputation for her expertise in religious school ethos; leadership and management; teaching and learning and social theory in education. She regularly publishes her empirical research in international journals, including the British Journal of Sociology and Education and the Cambridge Journal of Education.

Session 5 | Why Should Women Have Mentors

with Shirley Reeder

Shirley is Director of Brave Consulting and has considerable experience in coaching and advising organisations in a variety of Leadership and Relationship Management issues.  She works predominantly with CEO’s, their Boards and Senior Teams in the provision of strategic advice and coaching through times of change. As a trouble shooter, she assists teams to get back on track so they can focus on achieving their goals.

Session 6 | Developing My Leadership Skills

with Rev Melissa Lipsett

Melissa is an outstanding Christian leader with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry. Skilled in leadership, management of diverse teams and complex organisations, pastoral care and theology, Melissa encourages women to lead courageously and stand with confidence to be all that God has created them to be. Melissa is passionate that all those who call themselves followers of Jesus are called to partner in mission with God, for his glory and growth of his kingdom.

Session 7 | Career Progression

with Fiona Hutton

Fiona is actively involved in developing leadership capacity specifically at a Middle, Senior and Executive levels through bespoke PD programs, individual career conversations and constructive feedback from search processes. Fiona is passionate about encouraging and building the confidence in women to be able to step up into senior leadership roles.

Download the Course Guide


Registrations close 31 August 2020

Please note: As registrations are limited, submitting a registration will not necessarily guarantee a confirmed place at this event. Registrants will be notified of the outcome of their registration by 1 September 2020.


September 9
November 11
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via Zoom Meeting


Christian Schools Australia
1300 321 272