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, VCE Teacher, Balcombe Grammar, VIC


Know yourself

Project a strong personal brand, discover your Communication and Behavioural Style (including a personalised report), and have the option to 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

“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

“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

“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

Details & Dates

ONLINE | 4 August through to 9 August 2020

Live Video Conference via ZOOM across 4 sessions

Registrations closed.

ONLINE | 8 September through to 13 September 2020

Live Video Conference via ZOOM across 4 sessions.

Registrations close: Friday 28 August

Fri 07

The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – August ONLINE

Tuesday, 4 August , 6:45 PM - Sunday, 9 August , 2:30 PM AEST
Sep 08

The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – September ONLINE

Tuesday, 8 September , 6:45 PM - Sunday, 13 September , 2:30 PM AEST

Convenor and Feature Presenter - Janine Stratford

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.

Janine Stratford

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

Coaching Focus would like to thank the following supporting organisations: