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Women Leaders in Sport

Empowering women in sport & helping to create a culture which values gender equity

Executive Program

The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) Executive Program is designed to support National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and National Sporting Organisations for people with a disability (NSODs) to accelerate women’s careers in senior leadership positions and provide stakeholders with the opportunity to understand and implement diverse and equitable best practices.

Applications for the 2022-23 program have now closed. Fifteen NSOs submitted successful applications, and will receive a gender equity audit, an inclusive hiring workshop and consultation time with a diversity, equity and inclusion manager.

The Executive Program reflects the ASC’s commitment to providing support to the sporting sector to improve gender equity and increase the number of women progressing into executive leadership roles.

Program objectives

  • Positively impact women of all backgrounds and experiences by raising organisation standards.
  • Help sporting organisations create inclusive cultures and achieve gender equity.
  • Support women who are ready to transition into senior roles in sport.

The objectives will be achieved through a systematic approach, including three key elements:

Gender equality audit

Assessment across ten diversity standards developed by industry experts and informed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Organisations will receive a tailored report on what the organisation is doing well and areas for improvement, along with an action plan and resources to help implement.

Inclusive hiring workshop

Workshop to provide you and your teams with the skillset and knowledge to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.


6 hours support from a diversity, equity and inclusion account manager to implement your action plan and progress towards an inclusive and equitable workplace.

At the end of the program organisations will:

  • be equipped with the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
  • have greater knowledge to improve gender equity within their organisation
  • be able to attract, nurture and retain a diverse workforce
  • have tools and resources to optimise further organisational growth in diversity and gender equity.

For more information

Contact the Executive Program team –

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