La Trobe University Women in Leadership Forum

The third annual La Trobe University Women In Leadership event in Bendigo offers a forum designed to stimulate conversation around the topic of women in senior and leadership roles in business, government and community and explore types of leadership and different leadership journeys.

All monies from ticket sales goes to the Regional Women in Leadership Bursary. The purpose of the fund is to provide bursaries to female La Trobe students in regional Victoria who are aspiring to leadership positions but are experiencing some disadvantage during the course of their studies. Last year’s event raised over $9,000 which was awarded to nine Bendigo students.

Join Alana Johnson and La Trobe University’s Professor Amalia Di Iorio as they consider gender equality, rural development and leadership in the Annual 2017 Women in Leadership Forum.

Followed by a panel discussion with industry and community leaders and audience Q&A – join special guests Katherine Hancy, Pharmacist Bendigo Day & Night Pharmacy & Margaret O’Rourke, Mayor of the City of Greater Bendigo.

This event is presented by La Trobe University in partnership with Bendigo Bank, City of Greater Bendigo & Be.Bendigo.

“Doing something to push the women’s equality strategy in Bendigo would be a really good move when women are in all those positions. Many places in Victoria are looking at what’s happening in Bendigo, particularly in terms of leadership” said Alana.

The local event will focus on a few of Alana’s biggest concerns; equal opportunities in the workplace, financial security and safety for women. As the only rural representative on the recently-formed Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, they’re concerns she’s in a good position to see policy change on.

“The strategies we’re developing are relevant for all women – not just those in the city. As the only rural person on the council my job is to make sure we put a regional and rural lens over everything.”

Alana Johnson – is a pioneer of the rural women’s movement, who has worked as a government advisor, clinical family therapist, writer, public speaker, social worker and lecturer. Alana is a fifth generation farmer with a national and international reputation as a change agent.

Alana Johnson is renowned public speaker and facilitator of conversations. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural development, women’s advancement, leadership training and community activism. In 2014 she was named in the inaugural 100 Women of Agribusiness in Australia and in 2013 the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review.

Alana was the Victorian Rural Women’s Award winner for 2010 and Australian runner up. She has appeared on the ABC television Q+A panel and features in Women’s Word of Wisdom, launched by the Governor General at the International Women’s Day 100th anniversary celebrations at Government House.

Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture and former President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women. Alana is a member of a fifth generation farming family, breeding cattle and growing trees near Benalla in Victoria.

Currently Alana is the Dep. Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, the Convenor of the Victorian Women’s Trust, a Director of Goulburn Murray Water and the inaugural Chair of the Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls.

Alana is the President of the Voices for Indi, initiator of the democracy project in the electorate of Indi which saw independent Cathy McGowan be elected.

A graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Social Scientist, clinical Family Therapist and Social Worker, Alana has been awarded a PhD scholarship to research the future of Australian Agriculture at Monash University.

Amalia Di Iorio – Professor of Finance at La Trobe University with an active international research profile and numerous highly regarded publications. Amalia has a particular interest in women’s financial literacy and other factors that influence positive outcomes for women.

Our Speaker

Alana Johnson is a pioneer of the rural women’s movement, who has worked as a government advisor, clinical family therapist, writer, public speaker, social worker and lecturer. Alana is a fifth generation farmer with a national and international reputation as a change agent, and is a rural representative on the recently-formed Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality.

2017 marks 50 years since the first 511 La Trobe University students were enrolled in 1967.

Today we educate more than 36,000 students – including over 8,000 international students from some 90 countries – across our vibrant and connected campus network.

In those 50 years more than 180,000 students have graduated with a La Trobe Degree; all of them going on to make a difference in their communities and workplaces across the world. Along the way they’ve created a strong and engaged alumni network that spans the continents, skill sets and generations.

For over 50 years we have continued to seek knowledge, challenge convention and change the way people think.  We have been transforming higher education with courses and research centres that lead the way in their field.  We are committed to the pursuit of world-class research that makes a difference to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

We were established to broaden participation in higher education amongst our State’s most disadvantaged communities.  This mission has endured for nearly 50 years and continues as a key priority.


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