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EMBARGOED UNTIL March 06, 2015 05:00 PM

Governing Girls Program wins SWECO Award

March 06, 2015 -

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) is proud to announce that they have won an award in the Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia section of the Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Awards. (SWECO)

The AILC entered the awards for their program Governing Girls Master Class series which was a partnership with Ernst and Young (EY).

AILC CEO Rachelle Towart said, “Winning the Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in a community or organisation in Australia category is absolutely fantastic.”

“Sharing this honour with our partners in this program, EY, is also a privilege and I hope that we can work together again in the near future to assist people who want to be part of the leadership space with Indigenous people.”

Lynn Kraus EY Oceania Accounts & Business Development Leader, and host of the inaugural Governing Girls Master Class in Sydney said, “EY is proud to be associated with the AILC and the work it does to provide knowledge and skills to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead in their communities and workplaces. As a firm dedicated to empowering women in leadership we also recognise that we have much to learn from Indigenous women and their unique perspectives on leadership.”

The Master Class was Australia’s first professional development series tailored for Indigenous women who have completed leadership or governance qualifications. The Governing Girls Master Classes provides advanced, practical development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have completed an Indigenous leadership or Indigenous governance qualification, but want further knowledge, skills and networks in order to progress on their leadership journey. The Governing Girls series provides high level inspiration and insight from a panel of Indigenous leaders to a small group of participants – the intimate setting being essential to facilitate networking and effective learning experiences.


Further information about the awards


Contact Details

Media enquiries for AILC please phone: Tamara Giles | 0418 656 775|
Kate Davies | Senior Communications Manager | EY |Direct: +61 2 9248 5428 |

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