Mentoring program for SA’s women leaders

By David Donaldson

Wednesday March 8, 2017

The next generation of women leaders in South Australia’s public service are being offered the opportunity to be mentored by the state’s Public Sector Commissioner Erma Ranieri.

Under the commissioner’s women’s mentoring program, which will start in June, Ranieri will mentor 10 women over a one-year period.

The program will help with short and long-term career planning, expanding professional networks, professional development and understanding core business areas of the SA public sector.

Ranieri has more than 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. She was named 2014 South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year. However, she concedes that she has faced — and continues to face — challenges as a female leader.

While the number of women in South Australian executive service roles in the public sector has increased over the past year, fewer than 40% are filled by women.

“I’m proud to say that women are being given more leadership opportunities within the South Australian public sector, however there is still much that needs to be done to break down barriers to women’s success,” said Ranieri in her announcement on International Women’s Day.

“As Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, I have the opportunity to make a difference and address the systemic issues that exist for women within the public sector. This mentoring program is a step towards that goal.

“Validating the experiences and barriers that are faced by emerging and aspiring women leaders and building their capacity to navigate those barriers will be a positive experience — for both them and me.”

Candidates must have been in the public sector for at least 12 months, and must be in, or aspiring to, leadership roles.

Further details will be made available at

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