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WPDN Leadership

WPDN Leadership was founded in 2015 as an initiative of the WPDN Steering Committee with a purpose of inspiring women at the University of Adelaide to lead with more courage and strength of their convictions, and in doing so challenge their perceived limitations of what is possible for them.

We use the Harvard Business School’s definition of leadership, meaning that “leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."
Our intention in creating this portfolio was to go beyond the traditional, surface definition of leadership and extend it to all areas of women’s lives: from their minds and bodies, their personal and professional lives, to what gives them meaning, purpose and joy.

We want to engage with all women from the University of Adelaide to delve into complex issues affecting women leaders and find strategies that will support them in becoming great leaders.

2016 Program

WPDN Committee are already working with a few different speakers to join us for some leadership seminars and workshops.  Watch your WPDN e-news for more information throughout the year.

Past Events

Leadership Challenges Confronting Us with Professor Petrina Coventry cid:image001.jpg@01D0E722.F1BD8C60

Join us in welcoming Petrina Coventry, a senior executive and director for a number of ASX listed and not for profit organisations who has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe performing global leadership roles with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company and Proctor and Gamble. Most recently Petrina was Chief Human Resources Officer with Santos Ltd where she recently accepted on their behalf a number of state based and national awards for gender initiatives. 

Petrina’s PhD with Melbourne University is focussed on gender equity and she hopes to share her experience in this area as well as trends and challenges in leadership generally within the context of Leadership in the 21st century.  

Petrina has just joined our University in the role of Industry Professor, based in the Business School.


Thursday 15 October, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 APM
Location:  Napier G04, North Terrace Campus
Book here: Leadership Challenges Confronting Us
Please note:

Seats are limited so please register to assist us in preparations. 


Women's Professional Development Network (WPDN)

The University of Adelaide


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