The issues around gender equality are complex, an interplay of multiple factors – identity, contextual, cultural and systemic issues. Currey & Co Consulting has been focusing on the conditions that create environments and mindsets where women step up, for over 20 years. They have learnt that to create sustainable change, strategies need to work both with the women around issues of identity and confidence, and with the institution around culture, policies and systems.
Currey & Co Consulting have the expertise to work in both these spaces.
about the programs
‘When you think about leadership, are you creating a picture that doesn’t include you?’
Often we find that women consider themselves imposters well into their careers. Currey & Co involve women in a conversation about leadership identity that includes them. They will connect with their values and purpose, and within a safe learning community, move past the imposter syndrome.
They will learn, by doing, that confidence comes with taking action towards the outcomes that truly matter to them. And in that safe space for learning, where experimentation is welcome, they will overcome unseen barriers and shift mindsets.
“When they are grounded in candid assessments of the cultural, organisational and individual factors shaping them, women can construct coherent narratives about who they are and who they want to become.” 
 Heminia Ibarra, Robyn J Ely and Deborah M. Kolb, Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers, Harvard Business Review, Sept 2013.
In all programs
- Participants will learn to identify mindsets that diminish their careers;
- and they will reconnect with personal values and intention around their careers.
In our longer programs, these following outcomes will be more apparent
- Participants will develop the skills and knowledge required to facilitate their own agency and resiliency around their careers.
- Participants will grow their self-confidence and courage to strive wholeheartedly towards their goals, taking skilful action;
- Participants will build strong and supportive networks across the organisation with peers and mentors;
- Participants will develop an understanding of gender in the workplace and how this is expressed through workplace culture;
- Participants will explore how diversity can be encouraged within their areas to foster wider perspectives, greater insight and innovation.
And within STEMM
- Participants will identify and take up opportunities for collaboration that will contribute to a better realisation of their potential within the STEMM community;
women leading in STemm (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine)
This program involves women in a conversation about scientific identity.
It encourages women to notice and embrace the diversity of perspectives and ways of working that they can bring to their organisation. It helps them be stronger agents to open cultures to collaborative innovation that values diversity.
Thus the Program complements the work of the organisation to improve the environment for women.
This program is face-to-face, and will be tailored to the needs of the organisation. It can be delivered as a one-off in a half to a full day workshop, or a 90 minute session, once a month, over nine months.
IMPACT OF PAST PROGRAMS
Jill Currey’s approach to empowering women to develop their leadership qualities resonates with the participants of her Women in Leadership Forum, hosted by Engineers Australia. Since the start of the program, the forum has grown in popularity. Participants are engaging and sharing their practice of concepts introduced in the forum. They are also using these concepts during the peer support sessions. The participants, many of whom are engineers and scientists, have grown in confidence and ability over the year. Jill’s programme has certainly given these women belief in their leadership ability.
Dr Vicki Gardiner FRACI CChem CompIEAust, General Manager
Tasmania, Engineers Australia
Currey & Co Consulting developed a program for leadership development for women (LDW) in academic and professional roles at the University of Tasmania that took two groups of 32 women --at that crucial stage in their careers when they are ready to take on greater responsibility and leadership --and helped them to understand themselves, each other and the broader factors shaping the University context in order to build their leadership capacity.
While there are a number of leadership programs run by universities and more corporate facilitators, a distinctive feature of the program that Currey & Co developed is that it was carefully tailored to the specifics of UTAS and the composition of the group undertaking the program.
More so than other leadership development programs, the program offered by Currey & Co supported a mixed (academic and professional) cohort of women over the course of a year to develop leadership with confidence in each others' skills and different capabilities. This allowed them to become a trusted group across the university who are able to call on each other to support their own initiatives during and after the end of the program. The development of shared, distributed leadership and collective responsibility for the success of the program is a distinctive and very important part of its success.
Professor Sue Dodds, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of NSW, formerly Deputy Provost, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Chair of LDW Reference Group, University of Tasmania .