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The Leadership in Conversation Videos


MARGARET POMERANZ, film critic and ILI BARÉ, award-winning filmmaker and Director of The Leadership, at the Dendy Newtown in Sydney.


NICOLA HAZELL, Social Innovator and Champion of Women in Leadership, ILI BARÉ, award-winning filmmaker and Director of The Leadership, VIRGINIA HAUSSEGGER AM, Chair of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation and Broad Agenda’s Chief Editor at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Business, Government and Law, and JANELLE WEISSMAN, Executive Director of UN Women Australia, at the Randwick Ritz in Sydney.


PAULA KRUGER, presenter, ABC Radio Afternoons Canberra, ILI BARÉ, award-winning filmmaker and Director of The Leadership, ANNA-MARIA ARABIA, Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science and KYLIE WALKER, CEO, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, at the Dendy Cinema in Canberra.


SARAH BROUGH, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UNSW Faculty of Science, ANN SHERRY, Director, Champions of Change Coalition STEMM Group, KIMBERLY VINETTE HERRIN, Taronga Zoo Veterinarian and Homeward Bound participant, and  ILI BARÉ, award-winning filmmaker and Director of The Leadership, at the Hayden Orpheum in Sydney.


TANIA CHAMBERS, Producer, Feisty Dame Productions, LAUREN SANDON, Environmental Advisor/Environmental & Sustainability Manager and Homeward Bound 16 Participant, ALLISON SELMAN, founder of WISE (Women in Subsea Engineering) and the 2019 WA EA Professional Engineer of the Year, and JILLIAN FORMENTIN, President, Engineering Australia, at the Luna Leederville in Perth.

Discussion Guide

A detailed discussion guide for watching The Leadership, including key facts and issues, discussion prompts and additional resources.

High school educational lessons

We have partnered with Cool Australia to develop THE LEADERSHIP HIGH SCHOOL RESOURCES.

There are six curriculum mapped lessons for Year 10 students, covering English, HPE and Work Studies. They aim to educate students on the issues facing women in STEMM and beyond, putting a face on the stats and compelling young leaders to foster change.

Viewing and Responding to the Film

In this lesson, students will view and respond to the documentary feature film, The Leadership. They will engage in a range of jigsaw activities to build their understanding of the themes in the film, which include: feminism, women in STEMM, equality, diversity and sexism in the workplace. Students will learn to track their personal responses to a text and to develop academic dialogue with peers about these responses.

Imposter Syndrome

In this lesson, students use teamwork and multimodal stimuli to explore the idea of ‘imposter syndrome’. Students will understand what imposter syndrome is, apply critical and creative thinking skills to identify potential reasons for high rates of imposter syndrome, examine the contributing factors leading to imposter syndrome and understand reasons for higher rates of imposter syndrome in women and people of colour, and generate possible solutions.

Hope for Women in STEMM

In this lesson, students will learn authentic ways to face challenging issues with hope. Students will consider the progress that has been made in issues affecting women in STEMM, using clips from the documentary feature film, The Leadership as inspiration. In reflecting upon these clips and their prior knowledge, students will explore what makes them feel hopeful. Students will then develop skills in using positive visualisation as a persuasive skill.

Investigating Leadership Styles

In this lesson, students will consider multiple perspectives and theories on leadership styles, including some presented in the documentary film, The Leadership. They will research the values and behaviours of leaders, determining what they think makes a great leader. Students will create persuasive and creative texts that determine the leadership qualities they believe are required in the present day and into the future.

Sexism and Harassment at Work

In this lesson, students will explore how sexism and sexual harassment shows up in the workplace, how it affects women and men and what is being done about it. Students will watch a case study from The Leadership that explores how women working in male-dominated workplaces and remote locations struggle with sexual harassment and how this impacts their careers and lives more broadly. They will explore how positive action can support women to overcome these challenges.

Workplace Diversity Rules!

In this lesson, students explore how workplace and systemic structures can impact their employees or stakeholders. They investigate how diversity can benefit business and society and, likewise, how businesses can adapt their systems to create a better work/life balance for all their workers. Students will then create a business or project plan to improve diversity in STEMM fields, taking inspiration from Fabian Dattner’s Homeward Bound project, documented in the film, The Leadership.

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Professional development videos


Gender Inequality and the Confidence Gap (16:23 mins)

Malariologist, Dr Sarah Charnaud, grew up in Zimbabwe where she developed her passion for the natural world and was motivated to become a scientist when her childhood friend died from HIV. She is now a respected molecular parasitologist in Melbourne.  She reflects on the personal impact of gender inequality and her own imposter syndrome that was holding her back from achieving her goals.


Systemic Sexism and the Power of the Network (17:11 mins)

Dr Anne Christianson had a love of animals from a young age and worked as a field biologist in South Africa studying the behaviour of meerkats and the Caribbean and US, studying birds. With ten years of working in Washington DC on environmental policy, Anne believes science-driven and just policy is necessary for change. Anne speaks passionately about sexism and harassment and the power of #MeToo and the network of women fighting for systemic change.


The Maternal Wall and Sexism in Tech (18.45 mins)

Dr Samantha Hall suffered from epilepsy as a teenager and spent a lot of time in hospitals. She is developing an app that measures how physical environments of workplaces can maximise productivity and minimise environmental impact, all while expecting her first child. Working on a start up as a pregnant woman reveals the extent of unconscious bias in the tech industry for both women and men wanting to take parental leave, and the need for better leadership.


Sexism in Science and the Gendered Lens (17.13 mins)

Sociologist Meredith Nash studied science but her negative experiences in STEM drew her to the study of feminism instead. She is on the ship as a researcher and is also a participant and this dual role gave her a unique perspective as the trip unfolded. Meredith challenges the faculty to be more inclusive and articulates how systemic change is needed to address unconscious bias and sexism in STEMM and beyond.

Please note: each video is designed to be presented by a professional facilitator, corporate trainer, educator or government manager. They are intended for an 18+ audience as they contain mature themes, including sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse.

The videos are free to use but each order incurs a $25.00 administration fee, through Bunya Productions’ shop.

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