Facilitated by industry expert Ruth McGowan OAM, the Women in Local Government Leadership Masterclass will assist women leaders to build their legacy. Learn the advanced skills and knowledge needed to enable you to grow in your career and make greater contribution to the performance of your organisations, benefitting communities now and into the future.
Why should you attend this masterclass?
- Understand how politicians think & learn how this impacts project delivery
- Unlock the power of diversity through building inclusive teams
- Learn how to communicate effectively as a local government leader
- Unpack the skills of positive organisational politics in a politically driven organisation
- Feel confident to grow your professional profile through building a stronger network
Senior & aspiring female leaders & also male champions of change from Local Councils.
Professionals from HR, learning & development, diversity and inclusion looking to empower leadership within their own organisation
Attend to learn:
- Develop the essential skills needed as a female leader in Local Government
- Understand positive organisational politics & become more politically astute
- Build diverse, inclusive, high performing teams & be a leader of change
- Hear from a panel of Local Government female leaders & learn how they succeeded
Ruth McGowan OAM has more than 25 years experience managing teams and projects for both State and local governments and is a former Victorian Mayor and Councillor. She is a fearless advocate for more women in local government – both as elected representatives and as leaders – and is known throughout the sector as an expert on gender equity. In 2018, Ruth developed ‘The Best Practice Guide for Gender Equity in Local Government’ for the Victorian government, a guide to improve the representation of women in senior roles in councils. Ruth wrote Australia’s first campaign guide ‘Get Elected,’ aimed at encouraging more women to stand for politics. Ruth is a sought after facilitator, trainer and engaging speaker. She is a licenced trainer with the international Academy of Political Intelligence and coaches and trains senior managers to build their Political Savvy; a critical competency for leaders in the public sector. As a longstanding volunteer and courageous leader, Ruth has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal and a National Emergency Medal.
Liverpool City Council
Kiersten Fishburn has been Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool City Council since late 2016. With an expected population of 331,000 by 2036, Liverpool is one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Sydney. As Chief Executive Officer Kiersten’s priorities include supporting the delivery of the Western Sydney Airport and creating the associated jobs, investment and infrastructure for the community of Liverpool. Previously Kiersten held a number of executive positions at Liverpool City Council focusing on community, culture and engagement.
As Director of Liverpool’s Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 2011 to 2016 Kiersten led the creation and delivery of a contemporary arts and cultural development program. Prior to joining Liverpool City Council Kiersten was Manager of Culture for City of Sydney from 2005-11. Before then Kiersten worked at Accessible Arts where she consulted nationally on audiences for people with disabilities in the arts. Kiersten has a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW, an MBA (Executive) from RMIT and is a Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Fellow.
Bega Valley Shire Council
Elected to Council in 2012, Cr Kristy McBain was the youngest person to ever be elected to the Chamber at 29. Re-elected to Council in 2016 and elected as the Mayor by her fellow Councillors, Cr Kristy McBain is also the youngest person to hold the important leadership role of Mayor in our Shire. Cr McBain grew up in the community she now serves, attending Eden Marine High School before going on to study and work in Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). Driven by a ‘can do’ approach, Cr McBain manages a successful plumbing business with her husband, works as a lawyer and has three children.
Cr McBain is very much a woman of her age, connected to her demographic whilst being able to communicate in a fresh and responsive way across the generations. As a dedicated contributor to all Council matters, Cr McBain uses her leadership to drive new thinking and ideas. This is evidenced by her award in March 2017 as winner of Elected Representative – Rural Regional category in the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government NSW presented by the Minister of Local Government and Minister for Women. Cr McBain was an Executive Member of the Country Mayors Association of NSW between 2016 -2018 and Deputy Chair of the Canberra Regional Joint Organisation since 2017.
More recently she led her community through the Tathra and District Bushfires of 2018. Her work has been praised by the Office of Emergency Management, who are working closely with her to establish a standard community crisis response protocol for local government areas.
What People Are Saying
“Ruth McGowan is an engaging presenter with expert knowledge of the local government sector and she is passionate about advancing gender equality across all levels of politics. As a former councillor herself and having worked on several political campaigns, Ruth runs lively Campaign Masterclasses to equip women to run for public office successfully. In fact, she has literally written the book on this topic; Get Elected is a valuable resource for any aspiring politician. Her energy and support for leaders to make a difference is contagious. I highly recommend Ruth as a speaker and trainer.”CEO, Women for Election Australia
“Great workshop! The information provided was useful and relevant to the workplace and I got to meet great people. I would highly recommend Criterion Conferences to friends and colleagues.Accountant. ACT Government. 2018 Women in Leadership Workshop attendee
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