Centre for Leadership for Women (CLW) is founded by Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey. (In 2012 CLW changed its name to the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW).
In 2000 the Vision of CLW was:
To empower women to develop their own style of leadership based on a combination of their individual strengths and an understanding of leadership theory and practice.
Mission of CLW:
- To explore the practices that underpin the strategies used by respected leaders to achieve their vision
- To explore leadership practices and associated literature in terms of the explicit and implicit meanings, inherent biases and forms of systemic discrimination
- To explore approaches to overcome gender biases that impact on women's leadership
- To provide ongoing debate about women's leadership issues
- To encourage the involvement of women who are in a range of leadership positions to act as role models to reflect the diverse perspectives and styles they represent
- To lobby relevant public and private organisations to create pathways for women's leadership
- To research issues of concern to women and suggest strategies to relevant organisations to resolve barriers against women
Leadership Survey for what women want was launched.
ACLW recognised by the National Library of Australia's PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) Archive
Research into the Glass Ceiling published
CLW Short-listed for the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing
Women's Career Empowerment Program
Road to a Republic, Australian Senate Submission
12 Insights into Leadership for Women Survey concludes
12 Insights into Leadership for Women (2003): report based on analysis of 193 women’s responses
Leadership Audit of Police women in Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police with a Report of recommendations for Victoria Police Executive
Leadership Achievement Award Planning begins
The Leadership Achievement Award for Women commences. It ran from 2006-2009 and has been proffered upon a number of Australian women self-initiating projects in the community and implementing them in collaboration with others and driving systemic and organisational change for women.
2006 - 2011
Political Support for CLW’s various programs at different times has been given from several ministers including: Kate Ellis, Minister for Women, Senator Michaela Cash, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Dr Carmen Lawrence; Jodeen Carney MLA, Leader of the Opposition, Northern Territory, Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Justice, Women’s Policy, AustralAsia Railway; Katy Gallagher MLA, ACT Minister for Women; Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Child Care Youth & Women; Desley Boyle MP, Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women; Sandra Nori, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Recreation; Women; assisting the Minister for State Development; Verity Firth, MP, NSW Minister for Women; Sue Ellery, MP, Western Australia Minister for Women's Interests; Maxine Morand MP, Victoria's Minister for Women’s Affairs; Maxine McKew MP, Parliamentary Secretary; Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick
The Australian Government's National Review of the Equal Employment Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act and Agency
Women getting into Boards Report (2009): based on analysis of 317 women’s responses. Research endorsed by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, Research featured in Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 29 Sept. 2009, p54.
Australian Political Leadership and the Media (2009): Analysis of women’s views on Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull & Penny Wong’s leadership in climate change crisis
Status of Women in Australia concept and mockup website (using ABS statistics) created for the Australian Government 2 Taskforce Submission: Mockup website ranked 7th out of 170.
Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness
Factors influencing women’s vote in the 2010 Australian Federal Election (2010): report based on analysis of 119 women’s responses in the lead up to the 2010 Australian Federal Election
December 2010 - June 2011: ACLW's virtual meeting with Minister Ellis and Senator Cash enabled them to gain an awareness of the issues that concern women and inform women about their vision and objectives in relation to these issues. Questions and responses related to 22 issues including the gender gap, flexible work practices, the minister’s portfolio, women’s health, domestic violence, education and pensions and superannuation. The Minister’s and Senator’s responses were published in December 10 and updated till 2011.
As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, ACLW gained insightful contributions from individuals and organisations on what the real issues are and ways to improve the National Plan on Domestic Violence.
Women’s Pre-Election Analysis Panel in the run up to Australia's 2010 Federal election to analyse the policies and issues of the Australian Labor, Liberal, Democrat and Green Parties in relation to how they impact on women. 12 Pannellists included Eva Cox, Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL); Marie Coleman, National Federation of Australian Women (NFAW); Sue Conde, UNIFEM Australia; Sally Jones, Older Women's Network Australia (OWNA); Licia Kokocinski, Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community (ADEC)
Campaign for Pay Equity: 46 key women’s organisations, unions and individuals signed the Petition presented to Julia Gillard in July 2010 and Opposition spokeswoman Dr Sharman Stone.
The Advancement of Women in the Workplace Award was launched to recognise women and men who are leading the way in reducing gender disparity, promoting equity and women’s advancement in the workplace.
Professional Contributors Program; Panellist - Pauline O’Loughlin, Program Manager for the University of Technology Shopfront Community Program in Sydney
Distinguised Australians become CLW’s Patrons
- Patron in Chief: Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia
- Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, FAA, FRS
- Professor Shirley Randell AO, PhD, FACE, FAIM, FAICD, AIE Director of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies at the Kigali Institute of Education Rwanda
- Dr Jocelynne Scutt, Barrister and Human Rights lawyer and Fmr High Court Judge of Fiji
- Sue Conde, AM President Unifem Australia
CLW becomes a Member of the National Women's Secretariat, Equality Rights Alliance (formerly known as WomenSpeak) and of the Australian Women’s Coalition.
CLW’s Expert Panel on Climate Change commences: Professor Steve Williams, Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change, James Cook University, Australia; DrAndrew Ash, Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO, Australia; Steve Andrews, CEO, SolarAid, UK; Giselle Wilkinson, President, Sustainable Living Foundation, Australia; Ian Dunlop, Chairman of Safe Climate Australia & Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil
Panel of 8 Judges appointed for ‘Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations’ (SWECO): Sue Conde, President of Unifem Australia; Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS); Avril Henry, Managing Director of Avril Henry Pty Ltd; Dr Grace McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Business School University of Wollongong; Katy McDonald, National Director of People & Development at Minter Ellison Nareen Young, CEO of Diversity Council Australia.
Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award was launched in September 2011 to award male and female individuals and groups who have developed a sustainable initiative to empower women in a community or organisation
The Centre for Leadership for Women (CLW) changes its name to the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) with a new vision: Transform - Empower - Recognise - Globalize - Give Back
Abandoning Leadership – A new way of being for women and men published by ACLW
ACLW Submission for National Review EOWW Ammendment Bill 2012
How women’s global activism starts and spreads: December 2011- March 2012 Paper for CairnsInstituteJamesCookUniversity based on international research of women activists
Women’s Leadership Program commenced in the South Coast areas of NSW
Women and men leaders mentoring and coaching program commences
New ACLW virtual site launched
2nd round of SWECO opens
Research to explore women's views of PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott carried out between 19 December - 31 December
Somaly Mam becomes Asia Pacific Patron of ACLW
ACLW endorses Equality Rights Allliance submission on the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012
2013 January Research Study findings of Women's Views of PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott released
ACLW Submission made for the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 Consultation on reporting matters
Participation in the Stakeholder Meeting on the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 Consultation on reporting matters
8 March SWECO winners announced
8 March Women's Global Activism launched
Leading up to the 2013 Federal Election, ACLW Panel on the Concerns of Women Experiencing Disadvantage in Australian Communities commenced on 22 March with 15 Community women leaders. The Panel closed on 7 September 13. Contributions were published online.
National research study on PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in the lead up to the Federal Election
3 Public Leadership Conversations were held at the City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong. Each Conversation involved a Panel of leaders from different sectors in the Illawarra in front of a live audience. Conversations with me to explore leadership in action through the personal journeys of leaders, and their insights on leadership in their field will be followed by a Q&A session from the audience. Net income was donated to the Aboriginal Koori Group in the Illawarra. A DVD was freely distributed and published through ACLW You Tube Channel
25 July 13:
Panel of Political Leaders:; Gareth Ward MP; Anna Watson MP, Sandra McCarthy, Fmr Mayor of Kiama
29 August 13:
Panel of Aboriginal Women Leaders: Veronica Bird, Executive Member, NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network; Janelle Brown, Aboriginal Community Engagement; Sylvia Campbell, Drug and Alcohol Worker, SESIAHS; Jodi Edwards, Aboriginal Cultural Education & Language Consultant; Pam Toomey, Aboriginal Outreach Worker, Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local
26 September 13:
Panel of Community Leaders: Carole Berry, CEO Illawarra Women's Health Centre; Sally Stevenson, Chairperson indigo foundation; Warren Turner, SES Rescue Officer; Illawarra South Coast Kiama Unit, Lisa Back, Social Worker
2014 SWECO opened on 1 September 13. Award ceremony to be held in Parliament House NSW hosted by Gareth Ward MP. Judges for the Community category: Sue Conde, Former President, United Women Australia; Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director, The Australia Institute; Maria Dimopoulos, Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd; Terese Edwards, CEO, National Council of Single Mothers & their Children; Graham West, National Vice President, St Vincent de Paul Society & Consultant; Mike Zissler, CEO Lifeline Canberra
Judges for the Organisations category: Susan Ferrier, Head of PPC & Internal Communication, People, Performance & Culture, KPMG; Eddy De Gabriele, Managing Director Edmen Group & Chariman Regional Development Australia - Illawarra; Katy McDonald, National Director, People and Development, Minter Ellison; Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Director, Australian Institute for Business Well Being University of Wollongong; Nareen Young, CEO, Diversity Council Australia
Judges for the Community category: Sue Conde, Former President, United Women Australia; Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director, The Australia Institute; Maria Dimopoulos, Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd; Terese Edwards, CEO, National Council of Single Mothers & their Children; Graham West, National Vice President, St Vincent de Paul Society & Consultant; Mike Zissler, CEO Lifeline Canberra
Considerations for Australia's next woman Prime Minister is published involving 17 Women Leaders who participated in a research study conducted by ACLW
5 March 2014: ACLW celebrates International Women's Day - Event includes SWECO Award presentation at NSW Parliament House and Book Launch of Considerations for Australia's next woman Prime Minister. Ceremony hosted by Gareth Ward MP involving Minister for Women, Pru Goward.
1 September: Sustaining Women's Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award will be announced. Applications will close on 29 November 5pm
13 September: Panellist at Girl Rising Film and Discussion with Dr Eman Sharobeem, CEO, Immigrant Women's Health Service. Kiama NSW
15 October: ACLW's Leading Women in Climate Change Panel, Parliament House Sydney
23 October: Illawarra Women in Engineering Event with Troy McDonald, the Illawarra Coal Asset President from BHP; Panellists: Diann Rodgers-Healey; Alice Sila, Mining Engineer at Metropolitan UG Mine and recipient of the ‘Rising Star’ Award; and Fiona Robertson, Chair of NSW WIMnet.
6 March: ACLW celebrates International Women's Day - Event includes 2015 SWECO Award presentation to 14 Finalists at NSW Parliament House.
The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the Hon Catherine Cusack MLC.
6 March: E-Book Launch of 'Pathways to Gender Equality - the role of Merit and Quotas edited by Diann Rodgers-Healey. The E-book will be launched by Senator Claire Mooore at NSW Parliament House. Guest speakers are Prof Margaret Thornton and Dr Gabrielle McMullin.
27 March: ACLW is registered as a Proprietary Limited Company to move forward as an organisation of social conscience to advance women. ACLW's vision is refined as being to Transform, Empower and Recognise
14 April: Panellist at School of Social Entrepreneurs
8 August: Power of a Woman Conference 8/8/15 at the Holmes Building The University of Sydney. Facilitated panel discussions with 9 leading women on topics of diversity, adversity, transition and alignment see http://www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/empowerment/power-of-a-woman-conference
31 August: ACLW Ambassadors list grows
8 March: ACLW's inaugural national Diversity Award
The categories for the 2016 Diversity Awards are for an individual or organisation that:
- Empowers Women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Women with a Disability in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Intersex, Queer (LBGTIQ) women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers women experiencing disadvantage in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Older Women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Empowers Rural, Remote and Regional women in a community or organisation in Australia
- Established 4 national leadership awards: Diversity Award 2016; Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award 2012–2014; The Leadership Achievement Award 2006-2009; Advancement of Women in the Workplace Award 2010; Awarding 87 national recipients (individuals and organisations) awarded in NSW Parliament House
- 2 major conferences: Unique Leadership of a Minority Women; Power of a Woman Conference
- A range of public panels events on various gender and leadership issues
- A number of articles, research studies, reports, books and speeches on gender and leadership; profiled in the media
- 61 Editions of ACLW's ongoing Leading Issues Journal have been published from September 2000 and archived by National Library of Australia
- Interviews with more than 200 national and international leaders for ACLW members
- the support of many leaders from diverse sectors as its Patrons and Ambassadors