Office for the Public Sector


EMPOWER – Sponsorship Program


Achieving gender parity amongst executives is a SMC Strategic Priority for 2017, and is the key focus of SMC’s Gender Equality in Leadership Strategy.

One of the agreed activities to support gender balance in leadership was the development of a sponsorship program for female leaders.

EMPOWER Women in Leadership Sponsorship Program was launched at the SMC sponsored event:  The Second Innings – Gender Equality in Leadership Summit.

What is EMPOWER 

Protégés must be… High-achieving female leaders who are ready to rise to the next level of leadership.

Sponsors must… Believe in the potential of the protégé and be willing to advocate for gender equality in leadership on an ongoing basis, and be proactive in mitigating key biases and barriers experienced by women aspiring for senior leadership roles.

The 2017 program has commenced
For further information, please contact Helen Brown on 8226 2951 or the OPS Leadership Team– [email protected]

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