In a first for Australia, Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) has launched a unique leadership program which has been designed specifically for women, and centres around a week long house build in Cambodia.
Called Leadership in Action (LIA), the program offers a fresh take on traditional classroom style career development programs.
Habitat ambassador and Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Helen Conway, has called LIA an innovative and practical offering which covers the essential elements of what good leadership looks like.
A richly rewarding experience, the LIA program takes the real-life build environment as its classroom, where participants are tested both mentally and physically, working in challenging conditions outdoors while putting their leadership skills into practice.
For companies that are struggling to effectively develop their emerging women leaders and support their transition to senior roles, Habitat’s LIA program addresses the need for an experienced-based program that can be shared by women employees and develop both their leadership skills and leadership confidence. Habitat’s inaugural LIA build will be held from 2-9 March 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, marking International Women’s Day on 8 March.
“Leadership in Action truly differs from other leadership programs because it provides an incredibly condensed and challenging environment where leadership skills are put to the test,” said Jane Horan, LIA facilitator.
“It provides such a high impact experience – participants will be mentored while on the ground in Cambodia, as well as pre and post build workshops that will allow them to put the theory into practice. And the build component is so rewarding, not only because the participants have been recognised by their employers to take part, but also because they are helping people who are desperately in need.”
Registrations are now open for the Leadership in Action (LIA) program.
The entire LIA program will run from February 2014 to April 2014 including pre and post build workshops. The fee per participant is $8,125, which includes the build registration, workshops, insurance and events, as well as build project and ground costs for Cambodia including transportation, accommodation, meals and included activities.
Please note participants are responsible for visas and flights to and from Cambodia. For those participants who do not secure a mentor from within their organisation, a panel of experts will be available for an additional cost.
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