This year Jasmine Elliott commenced her studies at Monash University in Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten her roots in Gladstone.
In 2016, Jasmine attended the “Power Trip” after winning a leadership competition organised by From Country to Canberra, a national organisation which aims to empower young regional women to take on leadership roles.
Now Jasmine is bringing Canberra to the country, for the Project Empower Road Trip at the CQUniversity campus on May 31, where From Country to Canberra will be offering tips and mentoring for Gladstone’s young female leaders-in-the-making.
Around fifty participants from GSHS, TSHS, TSSHS and Chanel College have enrolled in the Project Empower workshop, which will be followed by a panel discussion, a chance to talk to inspiring local women and various community organisations and a working lunch, kindly donated by State Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher.
The workshop covers empowerment and self-empowerment, leadership, diversity, gender equality and the importance of having a “girl gang” to support one another to achieve your goals.
“Two of us from Gladstone have been involved with the From Country to Canberra leadership program, and it was fantastic,” Jasmine said.
“It’s a really great program. When I went to Canberra, I learned how much they value empowering young women from regional areas to be more involved in leadership and be more confident in their abilities to do so.”
When the program put out the call for expression of interest for a regional workshop to share the same ideas, Jasmine was quick to respond.
“It’s been a bit difficult organising this event all the way from Melbourne but when they put out the call, I thought Gladstone could definitely use this program to inspire a future generation of leaders.”
“They had a lot of regional places to choose from, so the fact that Gladstone is part of the road trip is definitely really exciting. The organisation has given me so much, I wanted to help to bring that here to Gladstone,” she said.