Grow your leadership skills

by observing, analyzing and building relationships with other women in education.

There is no other professional learning opportunity that exists like this nor is there one that has had such a profound effect on me and my leadership journey so far. Highly recommend this for all aspiring women – a must!

Laura Neary, Head of Year 12, Balcombe Grammar, VIC

Know yourself

Project a strong personal brand, discover your Communication and Behavioural Style (including a personalised report), and take part in a tailored 1:1 Coaching Session post conference.

Effective leadership

Learn how to shine in your areas of strength and exceed expectations. Grow in leading from the front by building trust and relationships, and hear how female senior leaders & principals unlocked career barriers.

Career strategy

Identify the missing 33% in your CV, understand the recruitment process, and define key elements of a strong application. Analyse and observe techniques in a mock interview, and take part in a professional industry networking opportunity.


What people are saying about The Leading Edge

“An inspiring conference for women at all levels of leadership in schools. Janine got me to reflect on my current leadership skills and personal skills and open my eyes to improving myself and others around me.”

Elisha Blake, Prep Teacher and Jnr Primary Coordinator,Yarra Valley Grammar, VIC

“A powerful, professional conference that has inspired me to embrace my style, experience and leadership style to strategically implement change. So powerful! Thank you, Janine.”

Carmel O’Brien, Principal, Saint Mary’s Catholic College, Kingaroy, QLD

“How often do we get a chance to reflect on our career let alone be surrounded by the evidence and experts needed to support us in deciding where to next and go away with the tools required to get there.”

Barbara Bowen, Principal, Tahunanui School, Nelson, New Zealand


Convenor & Feature Presenter
BSc. GDEd, GDAdHlth&Wlfar, MEd (Ed Management)

Janine Stratford is the owner and founder of Coaching Focus, the company developing leaders in schools to be role models for those around them. She designed The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference, and has been delivering it, as the Feature Presenter since 2016. A former Deputy Principal, Janine is an internationally qualified Leadership Coach, facilitator and coach-trainer. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, Master Coach Practitioner and a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst. Janine now delivers leadership development programs across Australia.

Details & Dates

SYDNEY |  14 & 15 March 2020

Abbotsleigh, 1666 Pacific Hwy, Wahroonga, NSW

Early Bird ends: Friday 14 February

Registrations close: Friday 6 March

Mar 14

The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – SYDNEY

Saturday, 14 March , 9:00 AM - Sunday, 15 March , 4:00 PM AEDT
Wahroonga NSW

ADELAIDE | 16 & 17 May 2020

Seymour College, 546 Portrush Rd, Glen Osmond, SA

Early Bird ends: Thursday 9 April

Registrations close: Friday 8 May

May 16

The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – ADELAIDE

Saturday, 16 May , 9:00 AM - Sunday, 17 May , 4:00 PM AEST
Glen Osmond South Australia

MELBOURNE | 8 & 9 August 2020

Ruyton Girls School, 12 Selbourne Rd, Kew, VIC

Early Bird ends: Friday 3 July

Registrations close: Friday 31 July

Aug 08

The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – MELBOURNE

Saturday, 8 August , 9:00 AM - Sunday, 9 August , 4:00 PM AEST

Coaching Focus would like to thank the following supporting organisations: