Women in Leadership Podcast
It been 42 years since the phrase “glass ceiling” was used to describe barriers for women rising to the top. Many steps have been made to see more women in leadership roles, but progress remains slow.
Research has indicated there is a lack of noticeable role models and pathways for women in leadership. Women need to be role models for future generations. Reports have indicated that for women to thrive they need to see other women achieve and demonstration the possibilities that they all have. This webinar looks at the leadership journey of two of ESSA’s female leaders – President Kirsty Rawlings and CEO Anita Hobson-Powell.
This podcast will cover what leadership is, the qualities that make good leaders, and how women can step up into leadership positions. Both will also provide background to their transition into a leadership role. The highs, the lows and the obstacles in between.
The podcast is designed to highlight there is not textbook journey to leadership, the unique skills sets that women have that allow them to succeed in leadership roles, and to inspire women to consider their leadership journey, no matter how big or small it is.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 11 March 2020.
Presented by Mrs Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer and Ms Kirsty Rawlings, ESSA President
Anita Hobson-Powell is the Chief Executive Officer of Exercise & Sports Science Australia. She has been with the organisation since 2006. Anita holds a Bachelor of Human Movements, a Masters of Science and Masters of Business. Through her role at ESSA, Anita seeks to improve the health outcomes of all Australian through participation in exercise or physical activity. Anita has had previous roles working for the Australian Sports Commission and sitting as a board director for Gymnastics Qld and Gymnastics Australia. Anita is a mother of two active kids, 15 and 11, who are involved in gymnastics, rugby and surf lifesaving.
Kirsty Rawlings is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and is currently Head of Programs and Innovation at Council on the Ageing SA. She has extensive experience as an Exercise Physiologist within private practice, university and government settings, having practised as an Exercise Physiologist for the last 18 years, and being a full member and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with ESSA since 2002. She has led the SA ESSA Chapter as State President/Chair for four years, and also contributed her skills and experience to the ESSA Exercise Physiology Advisory Group for 3 years.
Kirsty has undertaken teaching, research and clinical roles with the University of SA, and a research role with Adelaide University. Kirsty has worked within South Australian and Australian Government in primary health care roles, managing the Primary Health Care and Workforce unit with Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Through her most recent roles as Deputy CEO and CEO with CAHML and Executive Officer with Rural Doctors’ Association of SA, she has gained extensive experience in corporate and clinical governance, strategic planning and operationalisation, risk management and legal compliance, and stakeholder and member engagement. Kirsty currently has oversight of programs, business development, strategy, engagement, research and evaluation in her role as Head of Programs and Innovation with COTA SA.
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