Women's Development Program

A development space for women

The 2020 Program’s content is aligned to the University’s strategic intent, core attributes and SAGE commitments, and is designed and facilitated by expert practitioners that enable creative and supportive learning environments. 

This year’s program includes:

  • Turbocharge your publications with Dr Maria Gardiner, Co-Founder Thinkwell
  • Negotiation skills for Senior women with Dr Ruchi Sinha, Senior Lecturer in Business
  • Overcoming self-limiting beliefs with Samantha Young, Managing Director, Human Psychology

How to Register    How the Program works


If you have any questions or suggestions please contact womens.development@unisa.edu.au.

 

WORKSHOP CALENDAR

Workshop Date Facilitator
Turbocharge your publications Friday 17 April Dr Maria Gardiner
Applying for academic promotion
(focus on applying for levels B & C)
Tuesday 12 May Justene Knight & Academic peers
Applying for Senior Academic promotion (focus on applying for levels D & E) Wednesday 13 May Justene Knight & Academic peers
Career Strategies Thursday 28 May Hayley Lokan
Strategic Thinkers 2025 
Nominations have now closed

Thursday 13 Feb
Thursday 12 March
Thursday 9 April
Thursday 7 May
Thursday 4 June

Tracy Maxted
Academic Promotion - A fireside chat with Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington - achievement relative to opportunity Wednesday 3 June Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
Leveraging from team strengths Thursday 25 June Megan de Lacy

Building Trust in the Workplace

Thursday 2 July Dr Ruchi Sinha

Negotiation Skills for Senior Women (2-part workshop)

Friday 11 September &
Monday 14 September
Dr Ruchi Sinha
Speaking Persuasively  Friday 16 October Sharon Ferrier
Aspiring Women - Overcoming self-limiting beliefs session is fully booked Rescheduled to Wednesday 21 Oct Samantha Young
What type of leader should I be?
coming soon
Wednesday 11 November Michelle Mills

 

2020 WORKSHOPS

APR
17

Turbocharge your publications

Facilitator: Dr Maria Gardiner
Target group: Academic women staff (all levels)
Date: Friday 17 April
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

Would you like to know the secret to high output, high quality, scholarly writing? In academia, because writing is such a big part of what you do, it is often assumed that it comes naturally. However, for most academics, it can be a hit and miss activity, with some days (weeks or even months!) being hard to get started. And when you do get started you might sit there for hours and not produce many words. Finally, when the words are on the page, you may wonder why you bothered since what you have written isn’t very good and you wonder if it will ever get published

This workshop draws on the overwhelming body of research (and experience with thousands of researchers). This research shows that there are very clear and practical evidence-based strategies that can greatly increase your writing for publication quality and quantity. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.

The workshop will address:

  • why it's hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work

About Maria

Dr Maria Gardiner is a leading cognitive behavioural coach and clinical psychologist who has coached many of Australia's medical, academic, industry and government executives over the last fifteen years. She is recognised as an authority on mentoring and is the architect of the highly acclaimed Flinders University mentoring scheme, now being rolled out nationally across Australian universities. Maria is also a widely respected researcher, holding an adjunct research associate position in the School of Psychology at Flinders University. She has a strong research record, which provides a rigorous evidence base for her specialisation in high performing individuals.

As a co-author with Hugh Kearns, she has published five books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.


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MAY
12

Applying for Academic Promotion (focus on applying for levels B&C)

Facilitator: Justene Knight & academic peers
Target group: Academic women staff (Levels A-B)
Date: Tuesday 12 May
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

This workshop is part of UniSA’s SAGE commitment and is designed to support women applying for academic promotion to Levels D and E.
This session will provide an opportunity to ask practical questions about applying for promotion and to hear tips from colleagues who have been successful at navigating the application process.

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MAY
13

Applying for Academic Promotion (focus on applying for levels D&E)

Facilitator: Justene Knight & academic peers
Target group: Academic women staff (Levels C-D)
Date: Wednesday 13 May
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

This workshop is part of UniSA’s SAGE commitment and is designed to support women applying for academic promotion to Levels D and E.
This session will provide an opportunity to ask practical questions about applying for promotion and to hear tips from colleagues who have been successful at navigating the application process.

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MAY
28

Career Strategies

Facilitator: Hayley Lokan
Target group: All women staff
Date: Thursday 28 May
Time: 9:30am – 11am
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

In this highly interactive session, we will explore the career planning process as a strategic exercise. You will be given the tools to identify available opportunities as well as understand in greater detail your own skills, strengths and areas for development.

We will discuss the importance of setting career goals as well as some of the common challenges that women face in their career journeys. We will explore the steps involved in consolidating your brand, building connections and shaping a tangible plan for your career.

Join us to sharpen your focus and develop your own career strategy!

About Hayley

Hayley Lokan is an Organisational Psychologist, with over 15 years' experience gained from a combination of psychology, human resources and recruitment. Hayley works with individuals, teams and organisations as a whole to improve engagement, performance and focus - helping businesses and the people therein to operate to their potential. She applies the principles of psychology within the business context, delivering tangible and valuable tools in her advice and service provision. Hayley has experience within the university sector, having previously been employed as a lecturer and course coordinator within the University of Adelaide.


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JUN
3

A fireside chat with the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research & Enterprise, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington - achievement relative to opportunity

Facilitators: Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
MOderators: Justene Knight & Siobhan Langan
Audience: All Academic women
Date: Wednesday June 3 2020
Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Location: Zoom session

The impact of COVID is very much on everyone’s minds at the moment. It has had a huge impact on Universities across the globe and academics have had to grapple with new ways of teaching, researching, engaging and connecting while working from home. Early indications are that female academics are grappling with an impact that is significant and differential. This reinforces the importance of relative to opportunity statements and consideration especially when thinking about and preparing a case for promotion now or in the future.  Marnie is firmly committed to gender equity and she sees in it the opportunity to support women through their different life journeys.

This fireside chat will provide an opportunity to hear from Marnie about her reflections and to ask her questions.

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JUN
25

Leveraging from team strengths

Facilitator: Megan de Lacy
Target group: All women staff
Date: Thursday 25 June
Time: 10:00am – 11.30am
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

Utilising strengths are a key part of having productive teams and to promote thriving in both our people and the University. Research shows that using our strengths at work is associated with significant wellbeing, achievement of goals and engagement, and being recognised for those strengths plays a key role in bringing teams together.

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to pause their day to day ‘busy’ work and develop a deeper understanding of individual strengths, how to recognise them in yourself and others, and how to leverage those strengths to be the best performing team possible. This workshop will utilise the framework of the Team Management Profile (TMP) which is used regularly across the University to support both newly established teams and existing teams with an interest in getting the most out of their collective strengths. The TMP is a research based tool that measures individual work preferences and provides a scale for understanding how team members relate to each other, how they gather and use information and make decisions. From there you can very easily link to what we need to do to improve.

Using the TMP framework participants can better understand each other’s work preferences and styles and how they can inform your work together as a team, including:

  • Focus on strengths rather than weaknesses to increase performance
  • Explore both the model of work and the model of people that underpin effective teamwork
  • Develop a shared language around strengths to increase teamwork
  • Consider the potential to match work tasks to strengths to increase engagement in individuals

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JUL
2

Building Trust in the Workplace

Facilitator: Dr Ruchi Sinha
Target group: All women staff
Date: Thursday 2 July
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: via zoom webinar. Register via myHR below and details will be emailed to you

Trust is a crucial ingredient in all high-quality relationships in life and at work. However, we are rarely aware of the process by which others judge our trustworthiness and how we calibrate our perceptions of other's trustworthiness over time. The costs of over-trusting and under-trusting can be costly. Relying merely on our past relationships, our betrayals, and successful experiences and out own preferences to develop mental short-cuts for deciding when and how to trust – can leave us exhausted as we miss opportunities to build strong, trusting relationships with people at work.

This workshop will provide you with the psychological science behind the building, sustaining, and repairing of trust at the workplace

The workshop will address:

  • Understand strategies that will allow you to become better at judging the trustworthiness of others while also learning how to establish your own trustworthiness.
  • Understand ways in which trust can be sustained over time
  • Understand how trust can be repaired in the aftermath of conflict and betrayal. ce.

About Ruchi

Dr Ruchi Sinha has a strong background in both Psychology and Organizational Behaviour with a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, USA. She has held research-focused academic positions in India and Australia and is highly regarded as an expert teacher in the area of Negotiation and Conflict Management and Leading teams. She is recognized as a top teacher with multiple awards from the UniSA Business School.


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OCT
21

Aspiring Women - Overcoming self-limiting beliefs

This session is fully booked.

Facilitator: Sam Young
Target group: All women staff
Date: Wednesday 21 October (rescheduled from 22 July)
Time: 9:30am – 1pm
Location: TBC

Aspiring Women - overcoming self-limiting beliefs’ gives female employees a structured and safe space to take a fresh look at where they are and where they want to be both personally and professionally. This experiential personal development workshop has been carefully developed by Managing Director Samantha Young, who has decades of experience in helping professional women realise their professional and personal potential. There are no awkward role plays, nothing embarrassing or forced and no superficial ‘pop psychology’ in the content. It is a mix of the latest scientific theoretical input, group discussion, time to reflect, and self-analysis activities, all designed to bring out the best in female employees, at work and at home, with the guidance of an experienced Psychologist and Coach.

The workshop explores the following key areas:

  • Identity: Strengths, values & personality
  • Baggage: Common self-limiting beliefs/perfectionism and self-sabotage
  • Expression: Assertiveness, communication skills and public speaking
  • Essence: Personal Development Action Plan and goal setting

The workshop will address:

  • Gaining the confidence, skills and tools to progress your career
  • Reframe unhelpful thinking and belief patterns that could be holding you back from living your best life
  • Develop important life skills including assertiveness and communication skills
  • Develop increased insight and self-awareness
  • Develop a concrete plan with expert input to help you attain your goals
  • Networking with other professional women in similar roles within the University

About Sam

Samantha brings a unique combination of senior management and commercial experience, psychological intervention skills and Masters- level formal education in both business and psychology to her clinical and coaching work. She has lead large teams, advised CEOs and Boards on strategic issues and routinely provides consulting advice to client organisations on human resources, industrial relations and operational matters.

Samantha has worked with employees and executives across a range of issues including career enhancement, skills development, and management of difficult organisational issues and building personal effectiveness. Samantha is an experienced and engaging trainer, having designed and delivered training programs for organisations such as IPAA, UniSA, Harris Real Estate, Vinnies, Auditor General’s Department, City of Unley, Adelaide City Council, SA Health and SAFECOM. As a clinical psychologist, she is able to combine scientific theory with ‘real-life’ practical examples to make training delivery relevant and interesting for participants.

SEPT
11-14

Negotiation skills for senior women (2 part workshop)

Please note: if required, changes to this session in response to COVID-19 will be updated at a later date

Facilitator: Dr Ruchi Sinha
Target group: Senior women staff (Level C+ & HEO8+)
Date: Friday 11 September (Part 1)
Date: Monday 14 September (Part 2)
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Training Room, level 2, 101 Currie Street

Negotiation is the art and science of securing win-win agreements between two or more interdependent parties. We negotiate every day at work. We negotiate with our work colleagues, our bosses, our research collaborators as well as students and stakeholders within and external to the university. Although people negotiate all the time, most know very little about the strategy and psychology of effective negotiations.

This workshop will help you learn how to recognize, understand, and analyze critical issues in negotiation situations. I will provide concrete strategies to help you plan better for negotiations as well as give you a toolkit of tactics you can use to achieve win-win solutions relevant to a broad spectrum of negotiation situations faced by staff working within the university system.

The workshop will address:

  • Identify the typical traps in negotiations and learn how to avoid them
  • Identify strategies to manage emotions while sustaining confidence through the process
  • Identify ways to plan for negotiations such that one can be flexible, innovative and quick in findings win-win solutions
  • Understand how gender stereotypes and biases come into play, and what one can do to counter the adverse effects and capitalize on the positives.

About Ruchi

Dr Ruchi Sinha has a strong background in both Psychology and Organizational Behaviour with a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, USA. She has held research-focused academic positions in India and Australia and is highly regarded as an expert teacher in the area of Negotiation and Conflict Management and Leading teams. She is recognized as a top teacher with multiple awards from the UniSA Business School.


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OCT
16


Speaking Persuasively 

Please note: if required, changes to this session in response to COVID-19 will be updated at a later date

Facilitator: Sharon Ferrier
Target group: All women staff
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 9:30am - 4pm
Location: Training Room, level 2, 101 Currie Street

Persuasion means to win others over not defeat them. In our work and personal lives, we all need to be persuasive to get thinks done. To be able to persuade we need to be able to win peoples hearts as well as they minds.

In this session we will explore and develop your:

Developing your strategy

  • What is persuasion and why do we need it?
  • Defining your objective
  • Uncovering your audience’s want and needs
  • Develop your topic and collect evidence
  • Structuring your message so it is easy to follow
  • Elements of persuasion

Persuasive communication

  • Confidence fitness for courageous communication
  • Networking
  • How to follow up for follow through

About Sharon

Sharon Ferrier is a professional speaker & corporate trainer and the Founder and Director of Persuasive Presentations. Sharon has a knack for making the complex simple. She believes that passionate people persuade’ and that to make your message stick, you need to balance information with delivery style. Sharon is trained in many selling techniques and is a certified Professional Sales Coach and a nationally accredited Trainer and Workplace Assessor. Sharon is also an accredited DISC ADVANCED facilitator. Her special interest areas include persuasive presentations, pitching, public speaking executive sales and networking.


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NOV 11

What type of leader should I be?

COMING SOON....

Facilitator: Michelle Mills
Target group: All women staff interested in leadership
Date: Wednesday 11 November
Time: 9:30am - 1pm
Location: Training Room, level 2, 101 Currie Street