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1 March 2017 By INVITATION ONLY: LV Alumni

Join us to welcome the 2017 WCLP cohort to the LV Family.

Share your experiences and insights regarding the program, and reconnect to your WCLP peers.  

The evening provides the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and key stakeholders, celebratory drinks and much more.

When: 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday 1 MarchWhere: Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, JJ Clark Room, 20 Spring Street, MelbourneDress code: Business attireDrinks and finger food provided

Free for paid-up alumni, $33.00 incl. GST for other alumni and guests.

Please RSVP your attendance

 

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28 November 2016 By Natasha Toohey (FCLP 2016), Western Health

Valedictorian Speech: Folio Community Leadership Program 2016 Natasha Toohey (FCLP 2016)                                      

"The Folio Community Leadership Program (FCLP) is described as a ‘deep dive’ experience into all aspects of self-awareness and community leadership. To give you some insight as to what it is like to be a FCLP participant, I have been reflecting on what was the key defining moment in the program for me.

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27 November 2016 By Sally Hines (WCLP 2016), National Manager, The Big Issue

Sally Hines's full speech 

"Thank you for having me here tonight. I am humbled and delighted to be able to give this speech on behalf of the Williamson 2016 group. I’d like to acknowledge Mr Chris Eccles, Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Geoff Cosgriff,  Chair and LV Council members, representatives from LV Partner Organisations, WCLP Graduates and guests, FCLP Graduates and guests, members of the 2017 WCLP cohort, LV Alumni and Staff.

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3 February 2015 By Lance Fors, Global Ambassador, Social Venture Partners

Leadership, Venture Philanthropy, and Large-scale Impact Tuesday 3 February

5:30pm for 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Leadership Victoria

Old Treasury Building

Leadership Victoria alumni are cordially invited to attend a free event featuring Lance Fors, an expert on leadership for the philanthropic sector and a leading US venture philanthropist.  Lance is also an ambassador for the Social Venture Partners global network.

Lance Fors focuses on using disruptive innovations in human, financial, and intellectual capital to catalyse transformative change in individuals, organisations, networks, and larger systems. He has concurrently been the long-time board chair of the global network of Social Venture Partnerships (SVPs), the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), the New Teacher Center, Reading Partners, and Strive Together, helping each organisation transition from a start up to a leader in their field. Lance made a series of presentations and interviews in Melbourne in May 2013, including at the launch of SVP Melbourne.

The event is free and will include canapés and drinks. There will be ample time for questions and both formal and informal discussion.

This is a free event, but places are limited and registration is essential. Register here.

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8 September 2014 By Leadership Victoria


Leadership Victoria presents Andrew Holden: ‘Leading Effectively in Complex, Changing Environments’

Depending on who you listen to we are either in a recovering economy or about to face further downturns; state elections are looming; and we constantly face the demand for greater productivity from less resources. One thing is certain- change is constant.

How is your industry and workplace changing?

How will you keep up with the relentless changes over the next 10 years?

One industry that has been forced to keep up with the relentless changes forced upon it by the digital revolution is the media. Their editors-in-chief are used to leading people in some of the most complex environments possible. This was demonstrated perfectly when a major earthquake struck Christchurch in February 2011. Whilst the ground was still shaking, buildings collapsing and operating from a shipping container he was still able to lead 'The Press' into a publishing a paper the next morning.

Andrew Holden, Editor-in-Chief, The Age, has first-hand experience in an industry forced to keep up with relentless changes through the digital revolution.

Join Andrew as he presents a compelling insight into the constantly changing world of daily news media. Thought-provoking and honest discussions in this interactive session will extend your thinking about what it takes to lead in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, how to make critical decisions in a sea of information and how to lead your people into an unknown future.

Book now and use this important breakfast networking event as an opportunity to develop and extend your vision and that of your key people. Places are limited so book now.

Details

Thursday 23rd October 7am for 7:30 – 9am. 

Note: to enable the audience to gain maximum value from the event, Chatham House Rules will apply in this session.

Club Pavilion, Level 2 RACV City Club 501 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Bookings: here.

Full hot breakfast included.

This speaker event is the first in a new series from LV for Victoria’s Leadership Network, which will include speakers and topics on leadership that are timely, contemporary and relevant to Australian business and leadership.

Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Age in July 2012. It meant a return to his home town, after spending a dozen years in New Zealand. Among his roles there, he was editor of The Press in Christchurch for four and a half years, which included the major earthquakes which devastated the city. Andrew has more than 30 years' experience in journalism, from daily newspapers to community titles and magazines in three countries.

 

Andrew is an alumnus of the Leadership Victoria Folio Community Leadership Program (2013).

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12 December 2013


The 2013 Williamson Community Leadership Program and Folio Community Leadership Program groups graduated at the end of last month. The event was held at the Sir Redmond Barry Room providing a more intimate opportunity for the graduates and their families to celebrate their achievements.

The guest speaker was Margaret Jackson, Chairman of FlexiGroup Ltd, Ansett Aviation Training Ltd and Australian Spirit Manufacturing Pty Limited.  She is also Director of the Prince’s Charities Australia and President of Australian Volunteers International. Margaret gave a personal insight into her leadership journey inspiring the audience.

Each of the groups chose a representative to speak on their behalf and for Williamson it was Sonja Hood. Sonja's speech included the following: 

"We've all changed this year. Some a little, some a lot, but we're all different. If I had to characterise this change in one word, I'd say we're all clearer. Clearer about what we believe, who we are, our leadership potential.  Clearer about wanting to make a difference - although possibly not yet clear what that difference is going to be.

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14 November 2013

Leadership Victoria is pleased to announce our partnership in an innovative action research project and would like to invite our Alumni to participate.

Are you interested in deepening your awareness and practice of compassionate and courageous leadership? Are you curious about how organisational cultures impede or enable the effectiveness of the socially conscious leader?
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17 April 2013

FebFast event
FebFast event

Over three weeks in February, the team at febfast ran a series of free pop-up juice bars at prominent Melbourne locations Federation Square, Docklands and Collins Place.

febfast’s Mixte juice bars were a collaboration between Boost Juice, Northside Records, Sssh! Audio and Federation Square, with fantastic support provided by Leadership Victoria. Paul Bird (WCLP '06), CEO of YSAS, instigated the project with others from his WCLP year. Through LV's Great Connections a call went out for volunteers to assist with branding and marketing.

"LV creates this environment of building lasting relationships to the extent that a small group of us were able to use our influence and networks to get this project planned and delivered in a short time," adds Paul.

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18 March 2013

The Williamson Community Leadership Program kicked off last month with a three day retreat at Lancemore Hill in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges.

The program officially launched with an intense and engaging three-day schedule in which participants commenced the leadership dialogue. Working as a group they were given a real life case study to explore a leadership dilemma. LV's Program Manager Tony Matthews reflects: "Williamson takes an adaptive, challenge based leadership approach in which the participants consider real case situations and leadership dilemmas and work through these in a safe, collegiate environment. The different skills in the room mean that the networking and understanding of individual strengths make the lessons even more tangible."

Amongst others, the group were joined by the Honourable John Cain, former Premier of Victoria (1982-1990), who shared his insights on community leadership and Professor Rob Moodie who joined the group for an informal fireside chat and dinner. The Opening Retreat presented an engaging and challenging experience for all.  

One participant gave the following feedback: "I am not exaggerating by saying that the experience was unlike any leadership course I've ever been to, and that it was life changing. I look forward to being further challenged."

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24 January 2013


On the 9th November, alumni gathered in the Old Treasury Building for the final Alumni Lunch for 2012. Penny Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at the Victorian Council of Social Service, was the guest speaker. Penny spoke passionately about social issues and engaged guests in a stimulating discussion.

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8 November 2012 By Conal Thwaite


LV-Greatconnections volunteer John Fischer has used his background in public sector management to assist the Norparrin Centre for Children with Special Needs.

Norparrin provides early-childhood intervention for children under school age with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.

Professionals working at Norparrin range from speech pathologists and physiotherapists to occupational therapists and experts in early childhood education. 

Their program is spread across two sister Early Childhood Intervention sites, located in Mill Park and Mernda in Melbourne’s north-east.

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11 October 2012 By Freya Cole

LV Alumnus Bruce Pickthall at the State Emergency Centre
LV Alumnus Bruce Pickthall at the State Emergency Centre

Two years since they undertook Leadership Victoria’s  Experience Bank program, a group of connected alumni continues to catch up and strengthen their bond through a series of workplace visits.

The inspired workplace visits, which the group organizes themselves, provides the group members with the opportunity to experience successful leadership in action. Not only is each visit a learning experience, it is a fun opportunity to catch up with friends.

In March, the group visited the State Emergency Centre, a visit organised by the Senior Station Officer at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and LV alumnus Bruce Pickthall.

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4 October 2012 By Freya Cole

Jasper and Japhet in one of their mentoring sessions.
Jasper and Japhet in one of their mentoring sessions.

Leadership Victoria and Greatconnections have enjoyed a successful relationship with the African Think Tank since 2010.

In 2011, more than 130 people participated in a series of Leadership Seminars discussing aspects of Leadership in African Australian communities. 

This year, LV is supporting the program through the provision of a 6 month mentoring program where we have matched Leadership Victoria’s volunteers through Skillsbank and Greatconnections with an African participant.

Greatconnections volunteer, Jasper Coghlan, decided that his skills in human resources and consulting would be suitable for a mentoring role with for the African Think Tank.

“I have never had any involvement with the African Community so this was my opportunity to get involved,” he says.

Mr Coghlan, who worked with Ford Motors for almost 35 years, says that giving leadership and communication advice to his mentee Japhet Ncube was the biggest focus in their relationship. 

Zimbabwe immigrant, Japhet Ncube, moved to Australia from New Zealand almost three years ago.

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20 September 2012 By Freya Cole


With more than 25 years of experience with Ernst and Young, Gerard Dalbosco, understands successful leadership. As Managing Partner - Markets, Asia Pacific, Gerard is focused on maintaining momentum and keeping clients at the forefront of his agenda. Gerard graduated from our Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2001. Since graduating from our program, Gerard has utilised the acquired skills and implemented the techniques into his professional life. Gerard spoke with Leadership Victoria and shared his advice on innovative leadership and driving change in the workplace. 

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23 August 2012 By Freya Cole

Thane Joske and Kate Simpson
Thane Joske and Kate Simpson

Williamson Community Leadership alumnus  Thane Joske had no idea that being a mentor in the Skills Bank Program would bring a fresh perspective to her professional life.

It is the third year that Leadership Victoria has partnered with Vic Sport in our Skills Bank mentoring program.

Since 2010, ten of our alumni have each acted as a mentor to emerging leaders within Vic Sport and many great friendships still remain.

LV’s Skills Bank program paired with a mentoring initiative with Vic Sport allowed Ms Joske to combine two of her passions – sport and leadership. “My major motivation to participate after Williamson was to give back and be an active member of the LV community,” Ms Joske said.

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25 June 2012

Tony Matthews
Tony Matthews

Leadership Victoria is delighted to announce Tony Matthews will be joining the organisation as Manager, Programs commencing on 30th July.

Tony Matthews is an Alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP'10) and brings over 15 years experience in the design, development and delivery of high quality leadership and professional development programs at all levels of the private and public sectors. This includes executive leadership and emerging leaders programs, as well as a focus on mentoring and coaching.

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29 May 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Helga Svendsen
Helga Svendsen

Helga Svendsen (WCLP ’10) warms her hands in her chilly North Melbourne office. The old building’s heating has busted, Helga explains, which is the reason she is wearing a large fleece over her jeans.

 The petite woman with a friendly smile certainly doesn’t seem like a typical CEO. Helga chats enthusiastically about her new role as CEO of the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, not appearing time-pressed despite her busy workload. Helga has been CEO of the Asylum Seeker Project for three months now and she obviously enjoys her job.

The Asylum Seeker Project was started 15 years ago by a few volunteers who encountered significant numbers of Timorese asylum seekers awaiting their claims. These asylum seekers were not permitted to work in Australia and were given no support by the government. With many of them arriving with limited resources and having no ability to earn, they were not in an enviable position.

“If you’ve got no support, no family here you’re literally left starving, destitute and homeless,” Helga says.

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24 May 2012 By Conal Thwaite


On Monday 14 May Dr Lloyd Nash (WCLP ’11) and Ms Angela Rutter (WCLP ’09) both received Australian Leadership Awards. 

The awards were presented at the Future Summit by ADC Forum (Australian Davos Connection) to recognise the achievements and contributions of new-generation leaders to shaping Australia’s future.

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23 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos

Sunita Varlamos
Sunita Varlamos

LV's Program Manager, Projects Sunita Varlamos recently spoke to Plan Big about her role with LV, the Social Impact work of our Alumni in the community and the role of Skills Bank.

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18 May 2012 By Bill Jarrard


Every day, people are confronted by vast amounts of new information flowing towards them from a multitude of sources. Almost everyone feels overwhelmed at some point when trying to absorb, understand and apply this new information.   The impact on individuals varies from simple time wasting to serious health problems. 

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15 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos


The Leadership Victoria Community Project is an innovative way for Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) participants to achieve significant social impact for a NFP during the program and to extend their thinking, strategy and policy making skills and experience on complex issues for a community organisation.   We hope that this experience becomes the first of many engagements with LV and our social impact agenda.

The general concept is that teams of WCLP participants come together to work on a specific issue for a NFP which requires some ‘out of the box’ ideas and fresh thinking.

An initiative such as this offers our participants a practical and simple way to utilise the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills developed in the WCLP program for the good of the broader community. In addition, participants are able to further develop their knowledge and skills and get to work with others from a range of professional backgrounds and sectors.

Project concepts are now being sought. If you work in a NFP or have a close relationship with a NFP that would highly value and action a project by a team of current WCLP participants then I would like to hear from you.  This is an exceptional opportunity for NFPs to have the significant resource and energy of WCLP participants to work on a project that they have lacked the capacity to deliver.

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15 May 2012 By Sunita Varlamos


Expression of Interest Application Form

Six month Mentoring Program 2012 for the African Leadership Development Program (African Think Tank)

 The African Think Tank hosted the first African Leadership Development Program (ALDP) in 2010 with 27 successful graduates completing the program.  Each participant was matched with a mentor from Leadership Victoria.  This component of the program was highly valued by participants, with many stating in the external evaluation of the program that these relationships were extremely valuable and a highlight of the program for them. Many of the mentors and mentees in 2010 still keep in touch with one another.

In 2011, more than 130 people participated in a series of Leadership Seminars discussing aspects of Leadership in African Australian communities.

In 2012, the African Community Leadership Program, hosted by ATT, will be running a 4 month program (July to October) that will seek to build the capacity of African community associations through improved organisational governance, coordination, communication with government and the community, and leadership.  The 2012 program is funded by the State Government and the R.E Ross Trust.

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1 May 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Mildura United Soccer team
Mildura United Soccer team

When Leadership Victoria (LV) heard that the Mildura United Soccer Club needed help to balance its books, LV Skills Bank matched Alumnus Paul O’Shea (EBLP’10) to the project.

 The retired lawyer, who has extensive experience working in both the not-for-profit and business sectors, was happy to lend his expertise.

 The Mildura United Soccer Club has achieved many successes over the years, including wins on the field and through its involvement with the local Indigenous population.

The club was transformed 20 years ago when Chris Tsivoglou, the former president, saw the disadvantage and boredom faced by many local Indigenous kids and thought that soccer would be a great way for them to build their confidence. He started encouraging these kids to join the club, and within a few years the majority of the club’s players were Aboriginal.

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24 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Mark Hand
Mark Hand

 

Mark Hand is an experienced banker who has worked with ANZ banking group for over 22 years in various roles.

His titles have included Head of Audit for the Middle East and South Asia, Head of Credit and Operating Risk Business Banking and his current role as Managing Director of Retail Distribution.

Mark was a 2003 Williamson graduate and since that time he has returned to LV on numerous occasions to speak to Williamson participants.

On Friday the 13th of April Mark spoke to this year’s Williamson participants at seminar entitled ‘Australia’s Economic Prosperity’, with Mark specifically speaking about creating and maintaining a strong bank sector.

Here Mark shares his thoughts about what makes a good leader and why he enjoys talking to Williamson participants.

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16 April 2012 By Stefan Grun


Joint Statement - 16 APRIL 2012

LEADERSHIP VICTORIA and GREAT CONNECTIONS –

MORE SUPPORT FOR VICTORIA'S NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

Leadership Victoria’s (LV) Executive Director Richard Dent and Greatconnections’ Founding Patron Lynne Landy announced today the merger of the organisations’ volunteer-matching and related operations.  The Greatconnections program, including its not-for-profit clients, and volunteers will have a new home as part of LV, leading to a stronger, more viable operation dedicated to supporting the not-for-profit sector and encouraging professional volunteerism.

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3 April 2012 By Hannah Carrodus


The first LV Alumni event of 2012, ‘Beyond Networking to Connecting’, was a fantastic night for all involved.

Building off the foundations of last year’s Alumni events which focused on creating networks, this year LV explored how to make your existing networks more meaningful. LV understands that good networks can be assets for life; particularly if the relationship has progressed to a deeper level of understanding and mutual respect.

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2 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava
Dr. Ranjana Srivastava

2011 WCLP Alumnus Dr Ranjana Srivastava has just been announced as the Age Melbourne Magazine's new health collumnist.

Please click here to read Ranjana's column in the April edition out last Friday 30th March.

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9 March 2012 By Lloyd Nash

Lloyd Nash
Lloyd Nash

“The architects of such wonders as St Peter’s Basilica and Blenheim Palace had at their heart an idea… that their creations would ennoble the human spirit and allow their awestruck viewers to transcend reality, to aspire to greatness.” Jeanne Lee, WCLP ‘11

The last week in politics has been rather electrifying for keen followers of the art.  A leadership spill for the office of Prime Minister would have to be a once in a generation event… I was just 11 years old when Keating defeated Hawke, and I wasn’t even imagined when Billy McMahon defeated John Gorton twenty years before that.  These events are thrilling for insiders because they spew into the public view all the machinations and leverage, strikes and counter strikes of political battle. 

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29 February 2012 By Lara Nicholson

Lara Nicholson
Lara Nicholson

Profile of Patrizia Torelli (WCLP ’08) – Managing Director of Spheres of Influence International

Economic uncertainty may be driving Australia’s business leaders to damage their reputations by acting ruthlessly when dealing with others, according to LV Alumnus Patrizia Torelli.

As the founder and managing director of Spheres of Influence International, a successful strategic development, implementation and culture change management firm, Patrizia conducts 360 Personal Brand reviews for her clients.

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5 December 2011


In 2011 eight not-for-profit organisations were invited to pitch projects to LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program participants — with participants nominating the projects they would prefer to work on. It’s an opportunity for the community groups to gain expertise they may otherwise have trouble accessing and to apply it to a practical area of need. WCLP participants gain an invaluable insight by applying the leadership skills they learn throughout the year in a fresh setting, by working with a community organisation.

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20 September 2011 By Carmen Keshishian

Carmen Keshishian
Carmen Keshishian

This month, LV sat down with Carmen Keshishian (EBLP ’09), Melbourne Water Procurement Manager of their IT Capital Delivery Program, to discuss her leadership journey since graduation.

I initially set out to become a teacher or a social worker. I was doing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, and then I got sidetracked and involved in computing purely as the result of an assignment I was doing.  I ended up in IT – Voila! Magic.

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20 July 2011 By Stefan Grun

Sherilyn Hanson
Sherilyn Hanson

Sherilyn Hanson (EBLP ‘10) had been involved with Leadership Victoria long before she was accepted into LV’s Experience Bank Leadership Program (EBLP) last year. 

As a manager at YMCA Victoria, in 2005 she coordinated a group of thirty Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) participants in founding the Bridge Project, which helps young ex-offenders find employment and stability after being released from prison.

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14 June 2011 By Stefan Grun

Keith Perkin
Keith Perkin

Keith Perkin (WCLP ’92) is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. After many years in the private sector, he has jumped ship and moved across to the not-for-profit sector.

What makes a good leader?  

The ability to inspire individuals to achieve more than they would on their own.

Leadership is usually attributed to CEOs and people in government. Can you tell us about an ‘every day’ leader whom you admire? 

Often a strong leader emerges or appears to shine in specific circumstances. I think those to be admired are those who have led an organisation over a long period of time or through a variety of different circumstances and we usually don’t hear too much about them!

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7 March 2011 By Leadership

Alan Quinton
Alan Quinton

Alan Quinton is Assistant Chief Officer, Emergency Management for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Alan completed EBLP in 2009 and is the subject of this months Alumni Profile.

What makes a good leader?   A key attribute of any good leader is to have a strong sense of who they are. It is difficult to lead others if you do not have an awareness of yourself, your followers will not be aware of who is trying to lead them. An understanding of how they will react in certain situations, their strengths and weaknesses, and a clear sense of their key drivers is important, along with an awareness of their morals – what is clearly right and what is wrong.

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14 February 2011 By Leadership

Lisa Bowman
Lisa Bowman

Lisa Bowman (WCLP ’07) is a director of  PLUM Communication, a communication and stakeholder engagement company. She is the founder of a charity based in St Petersburg, Russia helping single mothers in need and is on two not-for-profit boards; Travellers Aid and ReConnexion.

What makes a good leader?  A touch of maverick, an understanding of history, a great imagination and the ability to empathise.

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1 December 2010 By Leadership

Paul Bird
Paul Bird

Paul Bird (WCLP ’06) has twenty years experience in not-for-profit and business sectors. He has managed finance and operations for The Brotherhood of St Laurence, been CFO of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, CEO of Very Special Kids, headed up the Program Resourcing Team of World Vision, established an emergency program in post-war Bosnia and Croatia and re-built post-earthquake communities in the Philippines. He is now the State Director of Mission Australia and the subject of this month’s Alumni Profile.

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