A Message from the Head of Senior Years

27 May 2016

This week I was fortunate to hear former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, speak at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Conference about the fight for gender equality in Australia. Ms Broderick is a powerful advocate for gender equality, is global co-chair of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, and has roles with gender programs for the World Bank, NATO and the Australian Defence Force. Although she argues for unique strategies to deal with equalising economic wealth, the strategy of storytelling is a powerful influence tool for other areas of life and is available to everyone – including children. You don’t need to be extraordinary to have influence. You just need an ability to frame a story, make it compelling and enable the listener to connect with the issue. Young people are great storytellers. We should encourage them to use their stories to rally people to take action. What powerful leaders and advocates for change we will be developing!

Tonia Gloudemans
Head of Senior Years

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