Jamila Rizvi On Confidence

Jamila Rizvi On Confidence

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
― Thomas Jefferson

The modern workplace is rife with psychological challenges. It is commonplace for us to suffer imposter syndrome, feel ‘greedy’ when negotiating pay rises, experience burn out and the constant fear of failure and imperfection. Yet one of the most common tendencies for Australian women comes with achievement: we explain our success away as ‘luck’. In a country where tall poppy syndrome is alive and well, Jamila Rizvi believes that Australian women are suffering from a crisis of confidence at work. Instead of celebrating our abilities, we are downplaying the management, strategy and foresight involved in reaching our professional goals.

In this informal and interactive event, Jamila Rizvi explores the structural and cultural disadvantages that rob women of their confidence. In a supportive environment, Jamila will guide through several practical exercises to help us to explore our own relationship to success. We will leave with new ways to value our professional contribution and strategies to build confidence in our contemporary work lives.

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Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.



Over the past five years, Jamila Rizvi has firmly established herself as the preeminent voice of young Australian women online. She is a columnist for News Limited, a presenter for Fox FM and a regular television commentator for shows including The Project, Q and A, Today, The Feed, ABC News Breakfast and The Drum.

Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites. Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister Kate Ellis. In 2014 she was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 and in 2015, she was listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review.

Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia's women and child maternal health projects and a board member of the Melbourne Writers' Festival and The McKell Institute Melbourne. Her first book Not Just Lucky explores the structural and cultural disadvantages that rob women of their confidence in the workplace - and how to go about fixing them. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard called it 'Feisty and inquisitive, a fresh take on modern feminist issues’.


18.15      Doors Open
18.30     Welcome & Introduction
18.40     Jamila Rizvi On Confidence
19.00     Exercises & Reflection
19.45      Audience Q&A
20.00     Event Concludes
20.00     Book Sales & Signing


General Admission: $50.00
Concession: $40.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee)
Please note there is no allocated seating for this event. 


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