Partnership and funding

Trawalla Foundation and Women’s Leadership Institute Australia

The Program was initiated by the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) and is made possible by a generous donation from the Trawalla Foundation to the University of Melbourne. Established by the Schwartz family, the Trawalla Foundation invests in social enterprises that demonstrate innovation and leadership in their area of social impact. The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is an ongoing partnership between the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, the Trawalla Foundation and the Melbourne School of Government.

'It was a privilege to contribute to the advancement of women in political life' -Ms Carol Schwartz AM, Chair of the Trawalla Foundation

Harvard Kennedy School

The program was developed in consultation with Professor of Public Policy Iris Bohnet at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of its Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), and Victoria Budson, Founding Executive Director of the WAPPP. We anticipate that graduates of the US and Australian programs will form part of an international network of women aspiring to elected office.