Chelsea Roffey's Inspirational Message

On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June, Chelsea Roffey visited the College as part of the Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation's Women in Leadership series.

Chelsea is the AFL's first female Grand Final umpire, and is a speaker, author, researcher and Winston Churchill Fellow who has travelled the globe examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity. She has been an invited guest of APEC, attending their Women's Leadership Forum in Beijing, and has travelled throughout the US, Canada, UK, Sweden and India to study strategies for influencing social change that enables and encourages girls to be the authors of their own lives.

Across both days, Chelsea shared with students, teachers and parents her inspirational story as a female in a male-dominated industry. She spoke with passion about sink or swim moments in life, self-belief, diversity and learning from our mistakes. Capturing the power of her experiences in the AFL as a metaphor for life, she related her experiences in a down-to-earth style with warmth and humour.

Recently listed in The Age newspaper's top 100 most influential people, her desire to pave the way for gender equity positions her as an inspiring role model for the young women and men in our care.

Adrian Camm
Director of Teaching and Learning

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