in STEM leadership
The WILD Program™ aims to create a community empowered and equipped to address gender disparity across the STEM sector.
To empower and equip the STEM sector to overcome gender disparity in leadership by 2040
The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Program tackles common barriers to career progression and sector retention faced by women employed in the STEM sector. Through a 6-month leadership course, the WILD Program provides Australian women in STEM with the qualifications, skills, confidence and networks needed to attain senior leadership and board positions.
Diversity in leadership and on boards ensures depth
and breadth of insight, healthy debate and good decision making.
Leaders with diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, ethnicities and experience levels allow organisations to be more adaptable to the ever-changing environment, ultimately making them more successful. Yet while the benefits of diversity are clear, females are underrepresented in leadership and board positions across Australia
17% of the STEM
workforce are women
While women make up just under half of all STEM university enrolments, only 17% of the Australian STEM workforce is women
Women occupy 33% of board seats and only 10 CEO positions on ASX-200 companies
The average age
of directors is 62
In 2015, the average age of ASX-100 non-executive directors was 62.
Barriers to achieving diversity include
Substantial costs of qualifications
to attend training
“The WILD Program came along at the perfect time in my career. It was an intensely rewarding experience that gave me extra confidence in skills I’d already been exercising in my role leading a commercial laboratory. The added bonus has been the creation of a close-knit group of women that are wonderful at sharing their expertise and amazing skill sets”
Dr Catherine Osborne CEO, Crux Biolabs
“The WILD program has made a key step to addressing the lack of women on boards. Each stage of the Program is well thought out with practical, tangible outcomes. This Program has made me more confident to join a board as well as more aware of the skills that I would bring to a board”