Grow your leadership skills

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

The conference inspired me to not only improve in my current capacity as a middle management leader, but to also think and act beyond operational matters to those more strategic. The conference has given me the confidence, tools, and actions I need to take to delve into more senior leadership roles.
Amanda Hart, Head of Geography, Brisbane Grammar School, QLD

Know yourself

Design and project a strong personal brand, discover your Communication and Behavioural Style from your personalized DISC and Driving Forces double science behavioural profile report.

Effective leadership

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

Career strategy

Identify gaps in your skills and experience; define key elements of a strong application; analyse and practise interview techniques plus professional networking opportunities with aspiring women in schools across Australian and New Zealand.



The Leading Edge

Women in Education Conference

2 – 7 August 2022
18 -23 October 2022

Staying ONLINE across 2022


2022 Conferences

ONLINE | 2 – 7 August 2022

Live Video Conference via ZOOM across 4 sessions.

Registrations close Thursday 11 August 2022 unless maximum numbers are reached prior.

ONLINE | 18 – 23 October 2022

Live Video Conference via ZOOM across 4 sessions.

Registrations close Friday 4 November 2022 unless maximum numbers are reached prior.

What people are saying about The Leading Edge

As a middle leader, this conference is a must to learn about yourself. Having the opportunity to complete the DISC analysis and understand how it applies in your work is something every educator should complete. Hearing from experts such as Janine Stratford, and Fiona Hutton, is worth its weight in gold.
Sandra Tiepermann, Head of Middle School Girls, Haileybury, VIC

Janine Stratford has delivered an immensely useful and insightful program, that covered everything an aspiring woman needs to know to step forward into an educational leadership role. The expertise and calibre of the presenters was instrumental in providing delegates an edge when applying and interviewing for leadership positions, or an expanded toolbox for those already in leadership.
Joanne Hilliard, Teacher, Kilbreda College Mentone, VIC

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:

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Coaching Focus - Women in Education Conference
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