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Experienced female leaders from Queensland independent schools have boosted their career potential this week after participating in Independent Schools Queensland’s (ISQ) Women in Leadership masterclass.

Respected Australian author, leadership researcher and professional learning facilitator Dr Barbara Watterston returned to lead the ISQ Women in Leadership Masterclass for 50 experienced female independent school leaders in Brisbane on Thursday 19 May.

Participants in ISQ’s Women in Leadership events have the opportunity to attend a Masterclass and a series of networking events throughout the year, all designed to empower capacity through building positive profiles and support leaders by increasing their impact ability.

Among a range of highly successful female speakers, attendees also had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Lisa Curry AO who shared her unique perspectives she has gathered throughout her leadership journey.

Independent Schools Queensland CEO, Chris Mountford said despite a recent increase in women entering leadership roles, they were still drastically underrepresented in this area.

“We only have to look at the latest Australian Teacher Workforce Data that shows despite the majority of teachers being women, female representation in leadership roles across the entire education sector is still lagging,” he said. “Meanwhile men are overrepresented with 31% in leadership roles despite only making up 21% of the classroom teaching workforce.

“The Women in Leadership Program is part of a suite of programs offered by ISQ, and represents a great opportunity for current leaders to hear from their peers, engage in professional dialogue on common concerns and network with other female leaders in the education sector.”

In a 2021 edition of ISQ’s The School Bell Podcast, Dr Watterston said there were a number of benefits to increased diversity in leadership.

"Essentially we want the best possible teachers and leaders in our systems and that will ensure enhanced outcomes.”

The full interview with Dr Watterston can be heard on ISQ’s School Bell podcast.

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