I first heard of DWMA through a word of mouth suggestion to attend a 'court observation' that DWMA had organised at the Court of Appeal. I came along not really knowing what to expect, but left feeling super grateful for all the amazing CALD women/law students who I got to connect with. It was very special for me to meet Uthra (co-founder of DWMA) that day, as I was so touched by her openness in sharing her experiences as a CALD woman in the legal profession and her dedication to bolstering other younger woman to achieve the same accolades. So, I immediately signed up to join the program for the next year.
One of my DWMA highlights from the year has been the 'leadership' workshop with Mim Bartlett a highly sought after executive coach. With Mim, we explored how the facets of our personalities influenced by our CALD background, family life and culture, can help us mould our own distinct professional 'presence'. It was such a meaningful session for everyone and we all felt so much more confident that we each had 'value' to add to the profession. Throughout the year, I also participated in another court observation at the County Court, a tour of Government House and a workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) Law hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth and IP Australia.
I feel so indebted to DWMA for the opportunity to participate in their events. Before starting law, I did not have any insights or connections to the profession. Through DWMA, I have been able to learn about so many different areas of the legal profession and meet incredible like-minded future colleagues in the profession. I really commend Uthra and her team for their grit and passion to helping young CALD women and would encourage all CALD students to apply!