The Vison of the Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE) is:   

  • to enable youth, women and men from all backgrounds in the Illawarra to lead with confidence, clarity of purpose and courage, and achieve impact
  • to enable the agency and inclusion of underrepresented individuals and communities in the Illawarra
  • to raise the civic life of Illawarra communities by building knowledge, skills, values and motivation to advance the Illawarra’s social fabric and its collective power.
  • to encourage, and recognise the valuable leadership contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make to improve life in the Illawarra

The Illawarra Centre for Enablement acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and we pay our respect to their ongoing deep connection to land and community. ICfE’s work takes place on the land of the Wodi Wodi people, who are a part of the Dharawal Nation. 




The Values of the Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE) are:   

  • Leadership

  • Integrity

  • Social Justice

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Self-enablement

  • Structural Change

  • Community empowerment



Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey



The Illawarra Centre for Enablement (ICfE) was founded in 2018 by Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey, an experienced leader and enabler of executive women, men and youth from diverse backgrounds and organisations to lead authentically and courageously and make a difference. 

Diann is the Founder of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women ( Through the Centre, which she founded in 2000, she has established national leadership awards for women leaders in the community, and for men and women initiating programs for the advancement of women in  organisations.

Diann is also an Executive Business coach, mentor and strategic facilitator for individuals and organisations. She has coached women and men in the public and private sector and continues to assist executives to develop their vision and leadership that is aligned to their personal strengths and organisational goals.

Diann is a Lecturer (Sessional) with the Sydney Business School at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Adjunct Professor in The Cairns Institute of James Cook University. She has lectured in leadership, management and education in UOW and has held positions of leadership and management in Sydney and London in diverse sectors including education, business and the not-for-profit sector. She is an editorial advisory board member & reviewer of The International Journal of Public Leadership and an editorial review board member and reviewer for the international Gender in Management Journal (GM).

Diann advocates for and has participated in government reviews to advance the Constitutional recognition of First Peoples in Australia. 

She is the author of Considerations for Australia’s next Woman Prime Minister;  Abandoning Leadership for a better way of being for women and menCoaching Bites for Coaches – The Inside Game; Women’s Activism – Insights for empowering women from global women activists and Mentoring Yourself.  She is also editor and co-author of Pathways to Gender Equality in Australia – The role of Merit and Quotas, and For Ukraine.

Some of Diann’s presentations can be viewed at ACLW’s YouTube channel

Awards & Recognition

  • 2015 – University of Wollongong Alumni Award for Social Impact
  • 2014 – 100 Women of Influence (Diversity Category) Westpac & Australian Financial Review
  • 2013 – Finalist in NSW Premier’s Women of the Year Awards
  • 2010 – Recipient of University of Wollongong’s Vice-Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) Award 2010
  • 2009 – International Alliance of Women (TIAW) 100 World of Difference Awards for ‘contributions to the economic empowerment of women in the community’

    Dr Rodgers-Healey’s Education

    • PhD (University of Wollongong)
    • MEd (Pastoral Guidance)
    • BA (University of Sydney)
    • Graduate Certificate Business Coaching (UOW)
    • Diploma Education (University of Sydney Sydney Institute of Advanced Education)