Sat, 08 Feb


Woolnough Lecture Theatre, UWA

A-LEAD Open Forum on Emotional Intelligence

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A-LEAD Open Forum on Emotional Intelligence

Time & Location

08 Feb 2020, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm AWST

Woolnough Lecture Theatre, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

About The Event

Moderator: Salome Mbenjele, Secretary OACWA Women Department

Keynote address: Keynote speaker: Prof Carmen Lawrence, UWA School of Psychology and former WA Premier and Federal Minister

Together We Influence and Empower One Another”

OAC Women’s Department

OAC Women’s Department was launched on 9 March 2019 under the theme "Together We influence and Empower One Another" to recognise, develop and support the talents and skills of women within the WA African community.

OAC Women’s Department aims to support WA African-Australian woman in their journey to fulfilling their goals as participating citizens and leaders. To achieve this the Department aims to provide platforms and avenues to empower WA African-Australian women to positively and proactively influence one another to support and build strong families, communities and be successful community and business leaders. This platform will be used to help WA African-Australian women to build their self-confidence, break barriers and live with a sense of greater freedom to express their voices and achieve their aspirations. In addition, the Department will focus on leadership and economic empowerment to enable the women to increase their contribution to the social and economic development in WA, Australia and Africa.

A-LEAD Program

A-LEAD is a joint project between OAC and the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC). UWA is dedicated to achieving social equity and providing opportunities for social advancement to disadvantaged groups, through comprehensive engagement with community organisations. A-LEAD seeks to develop and enhance African-Australian women’s leadership and networking skills and builds leadership capacity in ways that will have a wider impact to not only WA, but across the nation. 

The aim of the A-LEAD program is to support and empower African-Australian women to develop essential leadership and networking skills that will help them to advance in both personal and professional lives. The program will also address the ongoing stereotypes about African-Australian communities, and the lack of diversity in senior leadership positions across a range of sectors, including academia, government, industry, and community sectors. This means that this program is well-positioned to address existing leadership gaps in Australian society as well as those experienced by women (across different age groups) of African ancestry in WA. Some of the identified leadership gaps include:

  •  Inadequate representation of African-Australian women in leadership across a range of sectors;
  •  Slow career progression of African-Australian women in their respective professions; and
  •  Insufficient access to networking opportunities,

The program is highly interactive, and all participants and facilitators are encouraged to engage as they develop and utilise their skills and abilities. 

A-LEAD Open Forum on Emotional Intelligence:

Come along and engage with expert and high-profile speakers and community leaders as we address the issues, causes and remedies of emotional intelligence. The session will focus on such areas as identification of potential ways of controlling, expressing and handling one’s emotion. In addition, it will also address skills needed to deal with interpersonal relations within the law and empathetically. The session will be very empowering as you will have an opportunity to share ideas and experiences and raise any other areas you feel are relevant to your situation.


OAC VP (Administration), Dr Casty Nyaga (CPA):

OAC Women Department: Ms Marie-Claire Evenor (Director); Ms Salome Mbenjele, (Secretary):

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