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Calling on young women and businesses for this rare opportunity.


CMY recognises the enormous leadership experience and potential in the young women we work with. However, while people from refugee and migrant backgrounds make up almost half of all university graduates, the Human Rights Commission reports that only 5% of these graduates will eventually be appointed to leadership roles in Australia. Seat at the Table is your chance to make a difference.

Seat at the Table (SAT) will provide an exciting leadership opportunity for young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

SAT will feature a 10-month Leadership Immersion Program to address the under-representation of young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds in leadership roles, which includes:

  • Observership Placement on a business Board or Committee, offering young women real-life experience in and exposure to the world of leadership and strategic planning and decision-making in business, associations and companies in traditionally male dominated industries.
  • Facilitated training program on governance, finance, risk management, effective communication and other core areas of leadership, where participants will learn from guest speakers, each other and experienced facilitators from The Leadership Centre and CMY. Content will be both practical and adaptive in nature providing participants with skills and knowledge in governance but also providing a safe space for young women-of-colour to share their experiences, successes and challenges, and develop solutions and strategies with the support of their peers, guest speakers and facilitators.

CMY is partnering with The Leadership Centre (TLC) and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) to deliver SAT in the first year Victoria and then around Australia in 2023.

Why are we doing this?

CMY recognises the enormous leadership experience and potential in the young women we work with. We see it every day in our advocacy and development programs. But their leadership is far too often outside traditional leadership and governance structures where we know many important decisions are made. As a result, the CMY Board are committed to providing an opportunity for young women to build their skills and capacity, whilst acknowledging the unique challenges society places on them to take up these roles.

Although Australia has seen a substantial increase in the percentage of Board positions filled by women in the last five years, representation in traditionally male-dominated industries are still significantly lower. Moreover, while people from refugee and migrant backgrounds make up almost half of all university graduates, the Human Rights Commission reports that only 5% of these graduates will eventually be appointed to leadership roles in Australia.

Such figures paint a stark picture for young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds who face additional challenges in pursuing their leadership aspirations compared with their peers. Research and CMY’s experience tells us that young women are eager to take on more formal leadership opportunities, however there is a need for culturally responsive and accessible programs to encourage and prepare young women in leadership and governance.

If you’re a young woman

Visit our SAT – Young Women’s page for more info and to apply.

If you’re a business

Visit our SAT – Business page for more info and to apply.

To discuss if this is the right opportunity for you, contact:

Jess Case | Senior Project Officer
E | jcase@cmy.net.au
M | 0475 400 883