Our goal is to increase women’s leadership capabilities and influence by enhancing their personal, professional and national-level skills and networks.

This nationwide programme is endorsed by Universities New Zealand and developed by a steering group of experienced academic and senior women leaders. The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General of New Zealand, is our Patron.

Initial seed funding to set up the programme was provided by the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust, named in recognition of Kate Milligan Edger (1857-1935), the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the British Empire. Each programme participant is funded by their university.

We offer two NZ Women in Leadership programmes per annum.

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