2016 President's Award for Leadership Winner - Kate Flaherty

With a successful long-term careers business and as CDAA ACT’s divisional president, Kate Flaherty is a deserving winner of the association’s 2016 Presidents Award for Leadership.

Kate accepted the award at this year’s CDAA National Conference Dinner, surprised and humbled to be acknowledged by her peers.

“I am grateful and also pleased that it has given me the opportunity to share some of the great things that are happening in the ACT division,” Ms Flaherty said.

Taking over the role of divisional president just two years ago, Kate has already developed regular Private Practitioners Networking Meetings.

The monthly meetings provide networking and professional development opportunities for local members and have helped create a strong community or career practitioners in ACT.

“We meet one morning per month in the beautiful setting of the National Arboretum - all members are welcome,” she said.

“Each month, we have a theme and one of us facilitates a discussion around that theme. Participants are so generous in sharing their expertise, experience and resources.”

Kate juggles the divisional responsibilities with her business of 20 years, Higher Paths Consulting.

Her business assists clients with career transitions and provides career assessments for teens and young adults.

Kate is also one of Canberra's most experienced personality Indicator practitioners and offers individual and couples counselling services.

“In my late 20s, I left my full-time job in Sydney and moved to Canberra where I took up a part-time position and opened my practice,” she said.

“It has been a great joy and privilege to work with people in career and life transition.”

Despite many years of hard work, Kate is not slowing down, ready to grow her business even further.

“I am in the process of focusing back on young people and have recently started a new arm of my practice, Canberra Youth Careers. I am also developing a web-based project with a colleague,” she said.

“As my family responsibilities lessen, I look forward to expanding my practice and developing more projects.”