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Catholic Education Melbourne is committed to supporting the development of women in leadership at all stages on their leadership journeys.

Supporting Women in their Leadership Journeys is a resource aimed at supporting women in Catholic schools who are in leadership or who aspire to leadership in the future. It comprises seven Guides and a Reading List.

It is recommended that you read the Compendium prior to engaging with the materials in the Resource Guides. The Guides are organised around themed issues and topics relating to women in leadership. Each follows a similar format:
  • Exploring the issue – aspects or research and literature that highlight key contentions and possibilities 
  • The women say – insights, reflections and advice of women who participated in the Catholic Education Melbourne Inspiring Women for Leadership programs, in particular the Round Table Forum, over the period 2011–2013 
  • Sharing the learning – some reflections and suggestions for proven strategies and resources that will assist you to respond to the issue in focus. 
Setting Yourself Up for Success

Leadership Development

Work-Life Balance

Building Relationships

Encouraging Other Women

Support Structures and Strategies

Virtual Support

Reading List




The Compendium provides the research background and specific contexts shaping the opportunities for, and the experiences of, women taking up leadership responsibilities in the Catholic schools.

The Resource Guides offer information and resources to enable women to deal with the challenges they face on their leadership journey. The Reading List includes the references cited in the Resource Guides.