Empowering diverse women in leadership


Applications are now open for the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program which is backed by an $180,000 investment by the state government to support the nation-leading program.

Women of colour face additional barriers in their careers and the Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program provides tangible support for those working in a range of sectors including not-for-profit and community sectors, corporate and the Victorian Public Service.

The 2024 program will support 16 women to navigate the unique barriers that women of colour face through workshops, mentoring and coaching.

Previous participants include Arshin Zaman, an engineer who is passionate about improving diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry, and Lama Tiavo who is a manager in a private sector consultancy, leading work on commercial strategies across Australia.

Women Minister Natalie Hutchins said the focus of these programs is to create an equal state for women and girls regardless of their cultural background.

“We’re breaking down barriers for women of all backgrounds by giving them access to tangible programs that drive real change across every sector in Victoria,” she said.

“We are empowering diverse women to forge ahead in their careers.”

Details: vic.gov.au/women-colour-executive-leadership-program.