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Propel: to push or drive something forwards.

Propel Her – Defence Women’s Leadership Series was co-founded by Lyndsay Freeman and Shamsa Lea in August 2020. The series consists of short articles and essays by the #PropelHerAUS team and guest author submissions. The page covers themes from career and personal development to being the only woman in the room, all tailored for a Defence context. Follow the series and join the conversation via #PropelHerAUS.

Meet the Co-Founders

Lyndsay Freeman

Lyndsay is a mother of two and  Transport Officer in the Australian Army. A former Chief of Army Scholar, she is currently the Senior Instructor for the ADF’s Gender, Peace & Security Courses at the Peace Operations Training Centre. Lyndsay is passionate about the ADF’s pivotal role in advocating for women’s empowerment across the globe. 

Shamsa Lea

Shamsa is a Senior Manager in Workforce Transformation, Air Force Logistics Officer, leadership coach and board director of a Veteran Support Organisation. She has been engaged in female recruitment, retention and progression activities in Defence for a number of years, with a specific interest in helping ADF women achieve their leadership potential. 

Meet the Propel Her team

Lily Lancaster
Leigh Teagan-Wilde

Lily is a Public Affairs Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. She is currently a Team Leader at the 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. She has previously been engaged in human resources and communications roles across a tri-service environment. Lily is passionate about equity and diversity in the workplace, particularly on the impact of cultural norms on women. She hopes to play a small part in helping ADF women feel seen and reach their full potential. 

Leigh-teagan is a Nursing Officer in the Australian Army. She is the Lead Instructor for the Health Training Team at the School of Health. She credits her time as a Platoon Commander of a tri-service holding Platoon for cementing her passion for mentoring and leadership development of women in the ADF. 

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