Empowering women to lead Australia


WLIA is committed to Australia’s women. We are bold in our desires for women to be better represented in leadership positions and know that Australian women are also bold in their desires to harness their capabilities into these roles. We are dedicated to breaking through the barriers of expectations, unconscious bias and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for women into leadership positions.


Supporting those working towards equal voice, equal representation and equal recognition. 

The WLIA Research Fellowship supports innovative research and related activities that challenge the stereotypes, norms, biases and organisational barriers that prevent women from having equal opportunity to achieve and lead.

The WLIA Research Fellowship funds the professional time of an individual or team who are trailblazers in the promotion of gender diversity. The Fellowship can only be awarded with the support of an appropriate research institution. The recipient of the Fellowship will be supported to pursue their stated pursuits.

The Fellowship is a Women’s Leadership Institute Australia initiative.

WLIA Research Fellowship Recipient 2016 - 2017

The recipient of the inaugural WLIA Research Fellowship for 2016 – 2017 is Dr Cordelia Fine, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the The University of Melbourne. 

“Currently women occupy fewer than 30% of Australian parliamentary positions, which is considerably lower than our international counterparts. So I am thrilled to be launching a non-partisan program designed to help bridge the gap.”


Founding Chair

When the environment makes gender salient, there is a ripple effect on the mind. We start to think of ourselves in terms of our gender, and stereotypes and social expectations become more prominent in the mind. This can change self-perception, alter interests, debilitate or enhance ability, and trigger unintentional discrimination. In other words, the social context influences who you are, how you think and what you do.” 


Recipient of the WLIA Fellowship 2016-2017


Building leadership success through education.

From 2010-2015 The Women’s Leadership Institute Australia partnered with CEW to offer two full scholarships to leading Australian female leaders to participate in the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School. One scholarship was awarded to a woman in the corporate sector and a second scholarship to a woman working in the government or not-for-profit sectors.

The Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and CEW believe that education and development opportunities contribute to building leadership success. By providing this scholarship to a leading international school, we are re-enforcing our belief that a global perspective is a key element for visionary leadership.

Harvard Women's Leadership Forum Scholarship Recipients​​

2015 Kate Gunn, Chief Operating Officer, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), University of Sydney

2015Julie Shuttleworth, General Manager (Solomon Mine), Fortescue Metals Group
2014 Brigadier Alison Creagh (Australian Defence Force) and Kate Munnings (Transfield)
2013 Jill Charker (ComSuper) and Katie Cooper (Northern Territory Airports)
2012 Suzanne Dvorak (Save the Children) and Dr Bronwyn Evans (Cochlear)
2011 Christine Holgate (Blackmores)