The next generation of leaders are choosing to do things differently; accustomed to an unpredictable, disruptive and sometimes chaotic world, they are looking for opportunities to work in purpose-led organisations that provide autonomy, opportunity and the freedom to work where and when they want.
Supporting high potential and emerging talent through this crucial stage in their career enhances not only the value they can add to your organisation, but also the impact they can have as leaders and the likelihood they will remain loyal over the years ahead.
Some organisations choose to run these programs in-house via bespoke design and delivery (sometimes integrating internal subject matter specialists as trainers and mentors) and others refer staff to external programs, which provides connection with external peers and mentors, run through Young Professional Women Australia (YPWA).
Individual Coaching and Mentoring
Working individually with senior executives, our systemic coaching approach enables people to leverage their strengths and to recognise patterns and behaviours that have been getting in their way and inhibiting their ability to reach their potential. Our methodology is time efficient and solutions focused; the power rests with the individual, and by providing a supportive framework, significant shifts are made that enhance individual performance, which in turn, improves the organisation’s performance.
Nicole Dennis, Design and Strategy Manager
I met Kate for the first time at the YPWA International Women’s Day event in Sydney in 2014. At the time, I was looking to progress my career and to develop my leadership skills. Before that event, I had never really understood the specific challenges that women experience in the corporate workplace. It opened my eyes to the value of the unique skills and qualities that are often so under leveraged in many of today’s workplaces.
I put my name down for the Leadership Development and Mentor program that day and I haven’t looked back. I have learned so much from Kate. She is a gifted mentor, facilitator and career coach. Her ability to not only reveal key insights into someone’s situation, but to give them the tools to do it for themselves, is profound. Her passion for inspiring women to overcome hurdles and to set goals for growth and change resonates through the YPWA community.
After graduating from the Leadership Development and Mentor program I have also attended a Confidence Workshop and participated in the Inner Circle pilot program as an Inner Circle Leader. Being part of a community of like minded women who are committed to achieving their goals and can help you through challenges and setbacks, has been the very valuable to me. Kate has created this community through her dedication to her clear vision, and her ability to leverage value from her extensive network of supporters.
Over the past 4 years I have been able to improve my confidence and transition roles from a specialist consultant, to a strategic leadership role in a start up business. The coaching, advice and tools that Kate has given me has been critical to my success in navigating my career progression in a male dominated and competitive industry.
My favourite part about working with Kate is her honestly, no nonsense talking, clarity, and her confidence to speak the truth. If you want to take the next step in your career but are unsure you have everything you need or if you don’t yet feel confident I would recommend that you speak to Kate and join one of the YPWA programs.
Kate Edson, HR Manager
I first worked with Kate in 2014 when I joined the first YPWA Leadership Development and Mentor program as a mentee. At the time, I was at a stage in my career where I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do I was looking for some support and guidance so that I could understand what direction I wanted to take. Over the course of the program I gained a better understanding of what drives me. I was able to set achievable goals which lead me to gain confidence in my ability and find my way into a career I am passionate about. When the program ended I continued to work with Kate as a Circle Leader for the YPWA Inner Circle
My favourite part about working with Kate is that every time I work with her I am inspired to push my limits knowing that I have the support of both her and the rest of the YPWA community.
If you are feeling lost in your career, feel there is a better job out there for you but don’t know what it is or need confidence to ask for a promotion. Then I would come along to one of the YPWA Networking Events and see what it’s all about. Kate has created such a wonderful supportive community.
Emily Riddel, Chief Financial Officers
I first met Kate at YPWA’s annual International Women’s Day Conference in 2016. At the time, I was employed at an accounting firm and feeling frustrated at the lack of promotion opportunities I had, given the overly structured approach of the firm, and lack of recognition of my broader skill set. I was looking to meet similar aged successful women so that I could get an understanding of the different career paths they had walked to understand if I was wasting my time or gaining valuable experience.
Over the next 12 months, I participated in the LDMP and was also mentored by Kate. During the first three months, I was approached by a client to step up and take on the CFO role within their organisation. This was a huge promotion (3 levels higher than I was at the firm, and a negotiated salary increase of 85%). Kate helped me negotiate a revised package with my current firm which, while favourable, were not comparable, and I was then able to communicate a positive exit from the firm and continue a strong working relationship with them as a client going forward.
One of the most valuable parts about working with Kate has been gaining a better understanding of myself and my value, as well as meeting regularly with an amazing group of exceptional women.
I’d recommend getting involved in YPWA, and any of the associated courses Kate runs, to any woman who has a job they take seriously. The tools and mental clarity they arm you with can be used in a current situation or filed for future use. In my experience, the benefit you get from talking to like-minded women, even if they are in different industries or roles, will only enhance your ability to work through most career challenges as they arise.
Kate O’Connell, Organisational Performance Consultant
I first met/worked with Kate in early 2017. At the time, I was experiencing frustration as I had grown out of my role and the organisation I was working in and was looking to expand my network, learn from other smart women, and invest in developing myself so that I could get clarity on what was next for me in my career.
Over the next 12 months I participated in the LDMP and was coached by Kate. I could prioritise my own development, continually reflect on my goals and eventually get really clear on what was next for me which has meant that I have ended up with the courage to walk away from an opportunity that isn’t right for me with complete confidence that it’s the right decision.
What I loved about the LDMP was the focus you end up having on yourself and your own goals, when typically, my focus has always been developing others.
Kate’s direct approach and provocative questioning really forces you to be honest with yourself. I’m usually providing that for others so it was a valuable switch to be the coachee myself and be challenged by someone as experienced as Kate. She doesn’t let you away with much – which is actually the best thing for you and the sign of a really good coach.
Wendy Donaldson, General Manager
I first met with Kate when she presented on a panel for the Women in Franchising event in November 2015 as an Employee Engagement & Performance Specialist. Kate gave insights as to how you can find opportunities for growth in your career planning, business and personal development. Kate’s contribution to the panel discussion around the changing landscape of work and business resonated and I connected with her style and pragmatic approach.
At the time, I was pregnant with our second baby and knew that I would benefit from her leadership and development program when the time was right. It was almost a year later that I joined the LDMP to get clear on what I liked, what I was good at and align this to my chosen career path. I was facing big decisions in my career and Kate’s program was imperative to continuing to progress in the same business after seven years.
Over the next nine months I was exposed to some confronting truths about myself, my role and my priorities. I was introduced to my mentor who was perfectly matched to provide the strategic, structural and experience required to continues to provide me with truly sound advice and who has become a confidant and inspiring role model.
The LDMP takes you on a journey of self-discovery and awareness while providing real life, tangible take outs ready to implement immediately in a cross section of business. I was able to identify the ideal role within the company that I wanted to attain, the career path in which to get there to ensure that I was providing the most value to my organisation. I have received valuable insights into my strengths and learnt to leverage these to develop and inspire my team while focussing on operational efficiencies and organisational development. Together we have achieved the results for the business by ensuring our people in leadership roles are aligned with their unique strengths.
What I loved about the LDMP was being held accountable to my development goals, realising the value of dedicating time to get clear about those goals and find the right balance about what is important to me.
If you are unsure of where you are heading, or even how you got to where you are now, Kate and her amazing leadership development and mentor program will help you get clear on exactly what you like and what you are good at and how that can help you be successful in your current organisation or support you in transitioning to a new career.