Member Mentoring with Dr Ruth Shean

Open to all Individual Members

Member Events - 22 Nov 2016

Within our membership ranks there exists a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom that we now make available to you through an informal, small group mentoring session. This is an opportunity available exclusively to Personal members.

The mentoring session below was the fifth in a series of five (5) sessions to be delivered throughout the year. To maintain a level of personal engagement,  numbers for these sessions are capped. All Personal members, regardless of career stage, were invited to participate.

The mentoring session was driven by the group's needs as a mentee. 

About Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective process for the transfer of professional skills and benefits mentees through support for skills and knowledge development. It is designed to provide an additional layer of career and professional development.

It is important to understand that mentoring is one component of a professional development plan. It is focused on career and professional development conversations. It complements skill development training and is not a substitute for emotional support systems such as counselling.

By attending mentees will:

  • Develop personal skills and self-confidence.
  • Gain a broader understanding of the public sector and the role of IPAA
  • Develop relationships with more senior colleagues to explore career and professional pathways in a supportive, informal environment.

Questions you may wish to bring to the discussion include:

  • Leadership styles and attributes
  • Networks: building, sustaining etc.
  • Personal presentation and communication skills ( e.g. resumes, interviews, public speaking)
  • Working with others in teams: as a member; as a leader
  • Managing performance (your own and others)


Dr Ruth Shean FIPAAWA
Director General, Department of Training and Workforce Development

Dr Ruth Shean has been Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development since December 2009. Previous roles include Commissioner for Public Sector Standards, Director General of the Disability Services Commission and Director General of the Department for Community Development. Ruth has also been a non-government CEO, held leadership positions on State and Commonwealth Government reviews and committees and has comprehensive experience in university governance.

Ruth represents the Department on the Council of Australian Governments Industry and Skills Council and is a member of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Board. Ruth has a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.