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Staff Profile: Josie Daw

12 April 2011

Josie Daw
Josie Daw

What do you do at Leadership Victoria?
I’m the Program Manager for Ideas; I pick up on a lot of contemporary ideas and recent research around leadership, culture and change and I filter these ideas into the LV programs and events. I am responsible for the Leader-in-Residence program and I feel very lucky to be working with Chris Kotur our current LIR. I am also beginning work at developing LV’s presence in the virtual space. 

How long have you worked at LV?
Just over 7 months

What did you do before joining LV?
I had quite a long career in dance, dance education and choreography.  In 2009 I completed a practice-led PhD in this area and then I found work at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute before ending up at LV.

What do you like about your job?
I like seeing the effect of our programs on individuals which can be incredibly positive. I also enjoy using my creativity to contribute ideas to the organisation.

What do you love?
I love my two children, Flynn and Bronte, and the rest of my small, but close, family.

What have you learnt about leadership in your time at LV?
I’ve learnt a lot about different models of leadership and that the leaders I admire are generally very humble, unassuming and flexible thinkers.

How do you fill the long hours when you’re not at LV?
Besides cleaning the house (!), I am learning guitar with my daughter from a wonderful teacher who is originally from Nashville. I enjoy hanging out with friends, gardening and seeing film.

Who has most influenced your professional life?
A number of people have influenced me through different stages. One was my first boss at Ausdance Victoria, who was quite visionary. Over the years I have been influenced and inspired creatively by other artists who are close friends.

Do you have any leadership lessons from previous bosses (good or bad)?
I learnt from a previous supervisor, who I didn’t enjoy working with, to be clear about accountability in the workplace.