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The Wagga Wagga Council Female Leaders Alumni Event

While the council of Wagga Wagga may not be as big as its fellow New South Whales councils, its attitude towards gender equality is certainly forward-thinking. Over the years, they have strived to achieve an equal representation of men and women in senior management positions and even established an official gender equality policy in 2011. The Wagga Council acknowledged that achieving higher levels of gender equality wasn’t just a recruitment issue, but involved supporting and mentoring women within the corporate environment, so they could move to senior positions. Consequently it developed a ‘Women as Leaders Program’ in order to support and help it’s female workers grow their skills, confidence and ultimately their career. The program has been extremely successful over the last few years, and on April 9th the Wagga Wagga City council held their first ‘female leaders’ alumni event, in order to celebrate the achievements it’s participants have made since doing the program.
The alumni event included a session with  VM Learning’s own Julie Verner-Mackay, who has facilitated many of Wagga Council’s ‘Women as Leaders’ programs in recent years and has had extensive experience as a learning and development trainer. Julie herself said she was so pleased with not only the tangible changes she saw in some participants, such as their promotions to management positions, but also the intangible changes.
“All the women have such emotional maturity now and an inner confidence about themselves and what they’re capable of, which is great to see” she said.

The focus of the alumni event however, was not only to celebrate change but also for each participant to re-evaluate their current state both personally and professionally and identify goals for the future. This session was guided by Julie, who facilitated a […]


This year we were fortunate to participate in FAHSCIA’s delivery of professional development, rolled out across NSW to 200 staff and volunteers working with people in crisis. The forums focused on sustainable Emergency Relief service delivery and provided participants an opportunity to practice important skills. Responding to the needs of Emergency Relief clients, managing emotional and difficult clients, and maintaining healthy mindsets in high stress work environments were key areas of focus.

It was a wonderful experience working with such dedicated and generous individuals who give so much to those most in need.

In the other area of our business, we are delighted to announce that our web-based training management system, aXcelerate is going gangbusters! We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our new clients this year including:

ACAT, Aboriginal Health Council of SA, Accell, ACT Training, Active Training Services, Adapt Education, All Saints Anglican School, Amina Academy, ASC Training and Development, AT Group, Trust Asthma Foundation of WA, Australian Business & Retail Academy Queensland, Australian Business Leadership Training, Australian College of Beauty Therapy, WA Australian College of Massage, Australian College of Mining, Australian Dance Institute, Bannister Technical, BPG Training, Think Real Estate, Camden Haven Community College, Concern Australia, Learning Alliance, Coffs Coast Community College, Culturally Make a Difference, Evolve College, Executive Excellence, Fitec Australia, Flinders International College, Get Skilled Training, Gold Coast School of Beauty, HSE Plus, IRT, Industry Pathways, Integracom Management Group, LGASA, Mayfield Education, New Horizons Safety & Training Services, Odyssey House PCYC NSW, Port Macquarie Community College, Prestige Service Training, Quality Education Services & Training, National Training Solutions Queensland, Master Builders Association, Ramsdens Communications, Regal Security & Industry Training, Resources Risk Solutions, Rhodes Group Australia, Richards Mining Services, Safety & First Aid, […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Here’s an article from over the weekend from the Weekend Australian Inquirer that we’d like to share with you, just in case you missed it! It’s one of several articles from a four page report on Women in Leadership. Just what we like to see! (more…)