Connection to self and others
Confidence to dream big and ask
Courage to act and lead change
50:50 all the way
We believe that gender balance applies at all levels throughout the organisation at home and in our community. We are passionate about developing a pipeline of talented women rich with diverse skills, capabilities and experiences so we can achieve gender balance across all industries, levels and organisations.
- Decrease the Gender Pay Gap and empower women to negotiate salaries that are fair and reflect the value they add
- Increase career clarity and build 3-5 year career plans for all women
- Increase the confidence, resilience and empowerment of professional females to pursue their goals
- Provide female leaders access to external mentoring and encourage them to build a supportive network
- Provide a platform for young corporate females to build a powerful network to support their personal and professional growth
- Increase the labour force participation rate of women by decreasing the level of underemployment
- Plug the leaks and grow the pipeline – Increase the number of female leaders transitioning from emerging to experienced executive leaders
- Reduce attrition of women to freelance consulting or small business as they progress through the leadership ladder
- Support women and organisations to drive culture change
How We Help
Our Community provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded women and build networks that support career goals.
Advise – our free membership platform provides members with access to thought leaders in their field including interviews, podcasts, free webinars, masterclasses and networking events. ACCELERATE our 12-month Leadership Development & Mentor Program provides tailored coaching and mentoring for women who are seeking to accelerate or breakthrough career barriers.
Advocacy & Thought Leadership – we are active within our society to advocate for the issues affecting our members through research, contributing to current discussions through panels, publishing articles and supporting the development of internal women’s groups in organisations to drive change
Meet the Team
Founder & CEO
Kate is one of Australia’s leading experts on career, confidence and personal brand. She is a sought-after speaker mentor and facilitator who helps CEO’s, leaders and professional women achieve commercial, professional and personal success. In 2013 Kate decided to create YPWA, a community for professional women to help build supportive networks, provide professional development opportunities and seek advise. Today Kate is the lead Coach and Mentor for women in YPWA’s ACCELERATE program and manages the team to grow and develop the community.
To contact Kate email her at [email protected]
Fiona is a leading expert in culture, brand and leadership. She is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to understand and access the potential in people and teams. An experienced facilitator, strategist and coach, Fiona will step in to and support the uncomfortable conversations that unearth the deeper truths, revealing what has to be acknowledged and included for your organisations to access opportunities and realistically deal with risks. Fiona is known for her ability to listen intently, synthesising numerous viewpoints and inputs and connecting the dots that allows clarity to emerge for her clients.
To contact Fiona email her at [email protected]andillumination.com.au
YPWA Community Manager
Passionate about connecting with people, social innovation and the environment, Ivana is the women responsible for making sure the YPWA community are connected and supported when it comes to our Leadership Development and Mentor Program ACCELERATE.
A newbie to Brisbane and expert in all things marketing and communications, she keeps the wheels turning and us all on top of what we need to do to make things happen here at YPWA.
To contact Ivana email her at [email protected]
Sydney Local Interest Group Leader
An Alumni of the YPWA ACCELERATE program and member of the community for many years, Sammi is the leader of the Sydney YPWA Community, hosting networking events and connecting with members at our events both in person and online.
Just one of her many talents, Sammi’s day job as a Business Strategist & Integrator is one way she feeds her passion of helping businesses achieve amazing outcomes and contributions to society.
Melbourne Local Interest Group Leader
A member of YPWA for many years and the brilliant creative genius behind the Core Confidence logo, Michelle is the leader of the local (Melbourne) YPWA Community, hosting networking events and connecting with members at our events both in person and online.
Just one of her many talents, Michelle’s day job as Content and Social Strategist (IDP Education) provides an amazing platform for her leverage her diverse skills…. occasional copywriter, try-hard photographer, wannabe art director, savvy social media-er, champion for good content, marketing professional with designer tendencies…..all round amazing woman!
Local Interest Group Brand Ambassadors
• Kristine Vergara (Brisbane)
• Alexandra Presser (Sydney)
• Angela Greer (Sydney)
• Kathryn Fitch (Sydney)
• Nicole Dennis (Sydney)
• Fiona Boyle (Melbourne)
• Elenore Cox (Melbourne)
• Riaza Rigby (Melbourne)
• Emily Riddel (Melbourne)
• Jessica Major (Melbourne)
• Lucie McKenna (Melbourne)