Megan Dalla-Camina is one of the world’s leading experts in women’s leadership, wellbeing and empowerment. She was the winner of both Woman of the Year and Mentor of the Year at the 2023 Women Leading Tech Awards.
As the Founder and CEO of Women Rising and a women’s mentor, researcher, coach and author, Dalla-Camina supports women to thrive in their careers and be authentic leaders who make a difference.
Dalla-Camina sat down with Women Leading Tech to discuss the important work Women Rising is doing and why it is so important to empower women to pursue roles in leadership positions.
WLT: Can you tell us a bit more about Women Rising?
Dalla-Camina: Women Rising is the award-winning women’s leadership development program that has fast-tracked the careers of 6,700 women from 586 companies in 56 countries and counting. The program works through a unique model proven to unlock women’s potential and improve retention rates among female employees.
The signature Women Rising program supports participants on a holistic personal and professional development journey underpinned by an evidence-based curriculum and expert coaching.
Running in parallel, the Male Allies program supports men who want to enhance their leadership, scale their sponsorship and be more effective colleagues to the women they work with.
As part of each module, we host live group coaching calls, which provide an opportunity for discussion, sharing, and real-time support. In addition, I hold a free monthly coaching session for thousands of women in the Women Rising community.
I am incredibly passionate about scaling the Women Rising movement to create a real impact for women both personally and professionally. At Women Rising we have an ambitious vision to impact one million women, and directly support 100,000 women and 25,000 male allies in our program over the next five years.
My priority as a female Founder and the CEO of a purpose led Ed Tech business, is to ensure that our success intertwines with meaningful outcomes for our clients, program participants and our broader community.
WLT: How does The Women Rising Foundation work?
Dalla-Camina: For every course intake we provide scholarships to individuals from underrepresented communities and cultures to participate in the Women Rising program.
Furthermore, each month, the Women Rising Foundation hosts a free community coaching session, supporting many thousands of women. In December, we will share strategies and tools to manage your boundaries this holiday season to survive the end-of-year rush.
These interactive workshops provide an opportunity for women from all walks of life to connect with other like-minded peers.
The Women Rising Foundation also provides support to a number of incredible charitable organisations, including Dress for Success NSW and ACT, Malala Fund, UN Women and Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter.
WLT: Can you tell us a bit about the partnerships Women Rising has with charities?
Dalla-Camina: With the support of our four key charitable organisations, we help women rise around the world. Whether it is through direct financial assistance, or via places in our scholarship program, our aim is to empower women so they can transform their own teams and communities.
In addition, we rally from within the Women Rising community to drive awareness and support for our charity partners and their initiatives.
WLT: Why was it so important for you to empower women to pursue roles in leadership positions?
Dalla-Camina: We know that despite women making up almost half of the Australian workforce, less than 20 per cent hold CEO roles and just one in three management positions are held by women. Women need a seat at every table where decisions are being made and must have equal access to power as it shapes our lives and the world we live in.
The Women Rising Voice of Women at Work 2023 revealed 50 per cent of women have thought about pursuing a promotion in the last 18 months. However, they’re being held back due to their own inner critic or lack of support from other leaders.
The Women Rising program is life changing. It provides women with the tools they need to achieve more than they ever thought they could. When uplifted, supported and celebrated, every woman can unleash her full potential.
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