Bossy… Emotional… Too nice!

The concept for this year’s Women on the Move event was designed by Emily Trail.

Our 2017 Women on the Move event was held on August 1st with around 90 women from a range of business, government and university environments. 

We tackled the complex theme of Emotional Resilience and Positive Leadership highlighting the dilemma of women leaders who may be seen as ’too bossy, too emotional or too nice!!

Professor Judith McLean, lead the discussion on “Courage to say NO!”.

As usual, we kicked off with the wonderful support of our Creative Industries partners who used a performance piece to highlight some of the dominant cultural issues associated with emotions and how they play out.

Olive (played by Dr. Georgia Seffrin) and Roo (Professor Paul Makeham) entertained us with an excerpt from “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll”.

A large part of the day was led by international guru Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, a positive psychologist and expert in the space of courage and resilience. Women were also given the opportunity to engage in coaching circles, guided by some of our amazing GSB Exec Coaches.

International guru Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener led the discussion on “Using emotions at work”.

This opportunity to apply some of the reflections to their own goals and intentions was a huge hit with the participants; with many returning to our follow up breakfast in September where we can reflect on progress against personal declarations made on the day whilst also reconnecting with the new networks made.

“In conversation” with Penelope Twemlow and Associate Professor Vicky Browning

Assoc. Prof. Vicky Browning discussed “In conversation” with Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland about building resilience in life and the workplace. Penelope also participated in the QUT Business School Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in May.

This year, we were also able to showcase the amazing talents of QUT Creative Industries student, Emily Trail, who provided the concept. 

Participants were encouraged to make a commitment and put the day’s learnings into action.

Thank you to all who participated in making this day a success. We look forward to catching up with you at the follow-up breakfast to see how you are going with your personal commitments and how you have put the day’s learning into action.

We encourage you to leave your insights from this year’s event in the comments below.

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