Program logo of the letter W and a drop of water inside a blue triangleThe Insight – Executive Leadership for Women in Water Program is part of the commitment in Water for Victoria to focus on gender equity and to develop programs in support of women wanting to lead at the highest level.

Insight is a bespoke highly personalised program focused on insightful self-development and learning from others. It aims to bring together an intellectually rich group of women ready to take the next step into senior leadership roles and create a collaborative and supportive peer network. Applications are now open and will close on 3 October, 2019.

This program has been designed to elevate the visibility of women in water and ancillary industries and to support them to successfully step into leadership roles at the highest level. In particular, I want to encourage women in the smaller regional rural organisations to consider this program as signalling their intentions and their long-term commitment to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work.
The Hon Lisa Neville, Minister for Water

The water sector has partnered with Dattner Grant to deliver a multi-faceted, experiential program that recognises how women approach leadership.

'If you are reading this and thinking "I don't need another leadership program", "I can't afford the time away from work", or even "I am not good enough",  then this program may be for you.

More women in leadership is proven to bring a significantly greater commitment to collaboration, inclusion, and a legacy mindset with deep respect for people and environment. If you never take the time to invest in your leadership, how will we realise the benefits of gender balance?'
Dattner Grant

This is a program of many parts and will include access to leaders from across the sector with the opportunity for career sponsorship. Discover more below.

Two women in office talking while holding documents.

The Insight program is designed by women for women, where a deep sense of belonging grows from discovering what women are capable of together. This transformative program is anchored in the way women want to work rather than the paradigm they find themselves working in.

The program will challenge the thinking of participants who will engage in conversations that explore future trends and emerging challenges. Structured problem solving will support working on real issues facing the water sector and the attending leadership challenges.

A detailed outline of the program can be found in the prospectus here (PDF, 1.5 MB).

To be considered for the Insight program, your application form and completed endorsement form, signed by your organisation’s Managing Director or Chief Executive Officer, must be sent by email to SHK no later than COB 3 October 2019.

Email the forms to:

Addressing the application covering letter to:

Insight – Executive Leadership for Women in Water
Attention: Penny Wilson – Partner
SHK Asia Pacific
Level 5, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Program fees are structured to ensure women from across the water sector have access to the program. Your Managing Director / Chief Executive Officers’ endorsement of your application includes acceptance of the program costs detailed in the endorsement form.

Click here to download the application form (PDF, 1.1 MB) or Word accessible version (DOCX, 200.7 KB).

Click here to download the endorsement form (PDF, 657.4 KB) or Word accessible version (DOCX, 46.3 KB).

Insight Inquiries

Julie Ann Ashley
Tel: (03) 9637 9602

SHK Asia Pacific will manage the application process including interviewing and short-listing of candidates.

There is a thorough application and selection process for admittance to the program, that is also an experiential learning opportunity.

All short-listed candidates will prepare a short video presentation to support their application and complete interview-based behavioural profiling. Regardless of whether the applicant makes the program, all short-listed candidates will receive their own individual behavioural insight report to continue their self-development inside and/or outside the program.

The Leadership Oversight Committee will then make the final selection decision based on the application information, behavioural profiling, short video presentation and a readiness assessment by SHK Asia Pacific.

All applicants for the program are being asked to create a placeholder in their diary for the program start on 28 November and the welcome event the evening before where the Leadership Oversight Committee will welcome participants. Both events take place at the Waurn Ponds Estate in Geelong and are both compulsory for participants.

Page last updated: 13/09/19