Women in Leadership

Objectives : 

  • To create a safe, secure and equal platform for women in leadership. 

  • To retain, support and uplift women in leadership positions within the industry   

  • To network with peers and to find common thinking women in the same field 

  • To lead by example - by offering events, blogs, training, masterclasses/workshops


We plan to launch a number of different Women in Leadership Programs later in the year. You can express your interest by updating your AWSN Profile and we will notify you when these become available.


Program 1. Aspiring Women in Security CISO Masterclass - Starting 23rd March

The Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) in partnership with The Security Collective are excited to offer an exclusive short masterclass aimed at women who are aspiring to be Chief Information Security Officers. 

Facilitated by Cyber Security Coach Claire Pales, the CISO masterclass will provide both group and 1:1 coaching sessions for participants to understand potential career paths to CISO roles and to set goals for their own career progression. 


The Group Coaching will include:

- Understanding a day in the life of a CISO

- CISO career paths

- Key skills and capabilities needed to operate as a security leader at the C-level

- Discussions regarding senior leadership opportunities in security

The 1:1 coaching session and follow up with focus on the individual's career planning, setting goals and next steps towards their success.

Participants will then be partnered with an accountability buddy to support each other to achieve their goals well after the course is finished.


Cost: $539 (incl GST) per person.

Commitment: 4 x 1 hour sessions, between 23rd March - 30th April 2021 via Zoom


Applications are open until the 8th March 2021. Successful applicants will be notified on the 15th March 2021.

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For any questions please contact us.



Program 2. Cyber Leadership Institute Scholarships

As part of the International Women’s Day (IWD) commemorations, we are pleased to announce that Cyber Leadership Institute is awarding AWSN and ISACA Sydney & Melbourne scholarships to 3 Australian women cyber leaders (valued approximately ($ 9 000).

This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to correct the gender imbalances in our industry and accelerate women into top cyber leadership roles. Each scholarship recipient, to be announced at the ISACA IWD Special event, will gain access to the April Cyber Leadership Program (CLP Class). 

The CLP is an intensive, 8-weeks, online program is geared to impart leadership & influencing skills to existing and emerging CISOs. Each scholarship recipient will also automatically gain access to the Executive Cyber Resilience Program (an intense, self-paced course for executives and board members, and access to a closed CISO community comprising leaders from more than 24 countries. 

While proximity to the CISO role is an added advantage, we will also consider upcoming cyber leaders with deep passion to rise. 
Applications for these limited positions are now open via the form here until 4 March 2021. https://bit.ly/33bHHQR



We were incredibly grateful for the Cyber Leadership Program sponsoring 4 women leaders in June 2020:

  • Laura Lees
  • Jasmine Krapf
  • Suzanne Dyke
  • Andrea Dearden

After the completion of the program, Andrea Dearden generously then paid it forward and offered a scholarship to Gaya Kavi.