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31 March 2017 By Peace and Prosperity

It seemed appropriate that Peace and Prosperity should be the duty syndicate for our first day on Australia's economic prosperity. We chose to start at the macro (what does it all mean) and then focus on the micro with a live example (penalty rates).

The entire 2017 cohort were asked to participate in the conversation, starting with a pre-workshop survey monkey, polls throughout the white paper, and the chance to reflect and consolidate on pre-survey responses at the end of the day.

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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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27 November 2016 By Leadership Victoria

Leadership Victoria is delighted to welcome the following participants to the 2017 Williamson Community Leadership Program:

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16 July 2016 By The Weedy Seadragons, WCLP'16

Saturday was a day too good to be inside. Except when you are doing the WCLP’16 Saturday program. Being in the JJ Clark room was the place to be.

The main session was focussing on mindful leadership. The buzz around the room after the session closed gave the impression that for some it was the highlight of the year. Many questions about how to become more mindful were raised. My take-home was that ‘mindfulness leadership’ is when you are able to look at the problems you are enveloped in and reflect and then grow as a leader by developing. The nagging question in mind is ‘When should I be mindful and when should I roll up the sleeves and dive in?’.

The Rise Up Australia presentation highlighted that anyone has the right to run for Parliament, no matter what their ideas, values and creed. The democratic process is powerful as people express their support for these values and ideas. Just under 10,000 Victorians of 3.5 million expressed their support for Rise Up in the recent Victorian Senate election. 

During the presentation,s anecdotes and stories were presented and illustrated their power, enduring methodology as a leadership method. Questions were answered by illustrations around personal experiences and little evidence. It tended to harden the audience’s views rather than develop common understanding. It highlighted how some may feel comforted with the stories. Whilst those that the stories didn't resonate with felt their blood pressure rise. Questions looking for evidence-based answer were batted away with anecdotes. Questions based on experience and insight were ignored. Questions with passion, evidence and experiences were ignored and topics changed. 

 

The Weedy Seadragons syndicate: Sonja Bauer, Marg Burge, Chris Corbell, Belinda McKay, James Piplios, Bridget Sebire, Chris Sounness, Jessica Zammit

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28 March 2016 By Jessica Zammit on behalf of the Weedy Sea Dragons (WCLP16)

Discussion of Australia’s economic future is a topic that often goes one of two ways –1. a dissection of the impact, positive and negative, of growing economies such as China and India on Australia’s economy or 2. concerns that we are going to hell in a hand basket. How far into deficit are we really? What will set Australia apart in the future, particularly on the jobs and production front? How well are we really faring?

The day commenced with my syndicate - the Weedy Sea Dragons - presenting our white paper on our take on the topic – the impact of property on Australia’s economic prosperity with an in-depth look at Average Joe via a number of lenses – Average Joe as government enacting decisions in the best interest of competing stakeholders, as the banking sector, as a property developer and small business (with building and construction comprising 15% of small businesses), a social service lens and a family and youth perspective. This set the scene for presentations ranging from economic analysis and projections, to poverty, homelessness and worker’s rights to investment in pink bats and school halls rather than human capital.

As has come to be the case, it was the questions, sometimes polite, mostly striking, that made many of us grapple with the complexities of the topic and the myriad of consequences to what could be mistakenly construed as straightforward decisions. When should governments cease bailing out corporations, especially where the corporation is a major employer of Australians? What about when it’s clear that the industry is on its knees? Does the position change if the corporation is the only major employer in a region? How do we influence the current generation to plan for their grandchildren while continuing to promote key Australian ideas of fairness?  Is it better to be working poor or not working at all, particularly when we look at the US as a comparison?

And as has come to be the case, our sessions threw up more questions than answers, reinforcing the complexity of community leadership – if there was just one answer, we would clearly have implemented it by now.

For many in the room, a common theme emerged – that approaches to date, while well intentioned, continue to remain siloed and often guided by fixed paradigms (for example innovation and disruption were raised of a number of speakers with varying levels of engagement or dismissiveness of its impact). Good intentions are not enough to solve a problem, with collaboration - and more than just token collaboration - coming up time and again as one of the tools necessary to tackle deep seeded problems. How such collaboration is enacted presents its own complexities – when resources are tight, how do you collaborate?

To say that the concept of ‘living in the grey’ rang particularly true by the end of the weekend may be a small understatement.

In closing, a special thank you to our guest speakers, and ANZ alumni, for joining us for the day and enriching the conversation:

Lucy Adams, Justice Connect Homeless Law Robyn Charlwood, ANZ Ben Davis, Australian Workers’ Union Julie Edwards, Jesuit Social Services Belinda Goederee, ANZ Nicholas Gruen, Lateral Economics Mark Hand, ANZ Gavin Heathcote, ANZ Christine Linden, ANZ Steven Odgers, ANZ Danielle Wood, The Grattan Institute

 

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7 August 2014 By Richard Marks


What is it about the power of a great leader? – this ability to inspire and encourage, to make you believe in something bigger than yourself, and to want to work to achieve it. Today, I’m going to be a journalist. Never mind that I can’t write. Andrew Holden, Editor in Chief of TheAge, did it to me this time, reminding us about the power of the media to be more than the next reality TV show or vehicle for the people with too many opinions and too little perspective, but to do good things. To ask the questions that led to the Aboriginal deaths in custody or child abuse royal commissions, to uncover corruption and greed, to stand up to powerful interests and to tell important stories. Stirring stuff – sign me up!

So far this year I’ve been the next climate change warrior, wanted to work with people with mental health issues, I’ve even been convinced by the power of community banking. Talk about inspiring leadership! Throughout I’ve been motivated by some extraordinary people who are exceptionally generous and candid with their experiences and insights.

That’s one of the main things I’m getting out of this Williamson year - exposure to people I would never otherwise cross paths with, from a former governor generals to people running community housing to business leaders, politicians, activists and everything in between. With them, we explore the big issues of our time, and hopefully, gain a broader perspective.

Williamson also encourages us to explore and reflect on who we are and how and why we lead. Today, we targeted some of our unconscious barriers to change and uncovered some of our hidden assumptions. These can be surprising and incredibly challenging, especially when they conflict with our values, and more than one of us was brought to tears. That didn’t stop them sharing their challenges with the group and the support from our truly wonderful Williamson participants was amazing to see and experience. I learn as much from them as from our speakers.

We’re already halfway through the program and off to Canberra next to look our democratic process up close – there’s an old saying: the making of laws, like the making of sausages, is not a pretty sight. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Richard Marks is the Regional Manager for Metro at EPA Victoria. Richard leads a team dedicated to preventing and investigating pollution and providing relief to communities impacted by wicked environmental problems. 

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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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23 July 2013


Last month's evening session for the Williamson Community Leadership Group had the theme of command and control leadership. What better way to do this than to experience how leadership is conducted in the Armed Forces and we were priveleged to be able to spend time at HMAS Cerberus including a formal dinner in the elegant officers' Wardroom.

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22 July 2013

Maryanne Diamond, a current Williamson participant, recently travelled to Marrakech to attend the Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organisation where a treaty for persons who are blind or have a print disability was being concluded.

According to the World Health Organisation there are 285 Million people in the world who are blind or have low vision. 80% of them are in the developing world.

The treaty allows books produced in accessible format like braille, audio, e-text, etc. under exceptions of national copyright law to be shared with persons who are blind in other countries.

"It is a very simple concept, however, we have been working on this for many years. Over the last 5 years, I have led the World Blind Union delegation at WIPO where this is being negotiated," comments Maryanne.

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15 July 2013


Inspiring High Potential Leaders

Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) grows and inspires each new generation of community leaders.

Do you think Australia needs exceptional leaders?

Do we need thriving organisations in every sector?

Do we need citizens who commit themselves to positive outcomes in the economic, social and environmental spheres?

If so, WCLP is for you.

Williamson changes lives. Yours could be next.

Applications for 2014 close on the 31st July. Download the WCLP brochure from our website today.Applications can be made through our website www.leadershipvictoria.org/programs <http://www.leadershipvictoria.org/programs>  

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26 June 2013


Bridgid Connors, Department of Justice gives a brief outline of the WCLP 2013 Group's visit to Canberra.

The two days spent in Canberra was an amazing opportunity to be able to go behind the scenes and into the private areas of Parliament.

Our guide, Nick Reece (WCLP 2009), Public Policy Fellow, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne, had so much knowledge and experience that he was able to give fantastic insights. As a former lawyer, journalist, party secretary and senior adviser to a Prime Minister and two State Premiers we definitely got the inside information.

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25 June 2013


Cold. Really, really cold.

That is how Craig Dent, a current Williamson Community Leadership Program participant, described this year's Vinnies CEO Sleepout. This is Craig's third year of sleeping out in support of St Vincents' annual fund raiser and to raise the awareness of homelessness.

"It was a great night," says Craig. "There were lots of new faces this year all with energy and a genuine interest in addressing the scourge of homelessness."

There were almost 180 CEOs represented; an increase of almost 60 on 2012. So far, Victoria has raised $630K and it isn’t too late to donate. Craig has a target of raising $5000 and is well on the way with $4300 already received. There are a few events organised for this week including a raffle at State Trustees. To help Craig to reach his target you can donate here: http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/vic-ceos/craig-dent

So, what happens at a CEO sleepout?

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20 June 2013


James Meldrum completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program last year and his business, Whole Kids, recently became the first food business in Australia to be certified as a B Corporation. This is also a first for Leadership Victoria – the first WCLP alumni to be awarded this certification for their business. 

Certified B Corporations are a new type of company which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are over 740 Certified B Corporations internationally across 60 different industries and 27 countries. B Corporations are a diverse community with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

B Corp status is awarded by the US-based non-profit B Lab, which assesses a company’s impact on its employees, customers, suppliers, community and the environment against a set of standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

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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

Mildura United group with David Williams - picture by Live Pixel
Mildura United group with David Williams - picture by Live Pixel

Through our Social Impact program, LV has had an ongoing relationship with the Mildura United Soccer Club, working to support disadvantaged indigenous children. A group from the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program, working with the soccer club for their community project, has forged a partnership with the Melbourne Heart A-League Club and an affiliation with the Reagan Milstein Foundation, which donated reconditioned soccer boots, 50 soccer balls, ball pumps and bibs.

Thanks to the work of the Williamson group, last weekend twelve of the soccer players from the Mildura United Soccer Club were given the chance to play at the half-time break during the Melbourne Heart – Adelaide clash at AAMI Park. They were involved in a soccer clinic on St Kilda Beach run by Melbourne Heart players the next day and were treated to a free trip to Luna Park.

Click here to read the full stories in The Age and Sunraysia Daily.

Donations to the club can be made through the Reagan Milstein Foundation.

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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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2 August 2012 By Linda Mellors

Linda Mellors
Linda Mellors

Recently participants in LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program for 2012 visited several aboriginal communities in northern Victoria. Linda Mellors reflects on the experience:

In the middle of July, the 2012 WCLP group was fortunate enough to spend a weekend away in Barmah, Shepparton, Tatura and Wyuna.

“If you don’t know where you come from, you don’t know where you’re going” (Shane Charles’ grandmother)

The first day included a focus on Aboriginal issues and a sharing of the oldest living culture in the world.

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1 August 2012 By Brendan Hoy


Participants in LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program participate in a range of learning activities including field trips. Recently participants in WCLP ’12 visited several aboriginal communities in northern Victoria. Here Brendan Hoy reflects on the experience:

Last Friday I woke with a sense of excitement that took me way back to my days of school camps and holiday adventures. Departing bright and early at 7:00am, the WCLP group headed north for a field trip focusing on Social Change in northern Victoria.

After a short detour into NSW (I wondered whether LV were mounting a takeover bid?) we arrived at the Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre in Barmah and were welcomed to country:

"Welcome friend, come walk with us, the people of Yorta Yorta country. Respect all you see."

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20 June 2012 By Emma King

Emma King
Emma King

Last week participants in LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program visited the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Supreme Court and Melbourne Custody Centre. They heard from esteemed members of the justice system such as Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Magistrate Jack Vandersteen, and former Justice of the Supreme Court the Hon. Bernard Teague AO. Emma King blogs here about the experience:

Dignity, respect, humility, compassion… these themes were interwoven as we were challenged to contemplate a balance between law and order and a fair and just society.

Through the lens of an extraordinary range of powerful speakers, we had the opportunity to consider the impact of the existing judicial system on all of the players:

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19 June 2012 By Craig Walsh

Craig Walsh
Craig Walsh

Last week participants in LV’s Williamson Community Leadership Program visited the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Supreme Court and Melbourne Custody Centre. They heard from esteemed members of the justice system such as Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Magistrate Jack Vandersteen, and former Justice of the Supreme Court the Hon. Bernard Teague AO. Craig Walsh reflects about the experience:

A cold and chilly morning heralded the start of our Law and Order seminar as the group assembled outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court with great anticipation.

After a 'quick' scan of person and belongings it was to court we went for what was an insightful and entertaining entree from Magistrate Jack Vendersteen into the world of hearings, barristers, solicitors and court room drama. Soon afterwards the Hon. Bernard Teague provided the group with an intriguing account of his experience presiding over trials and Royal Commissions laced with tales of murder, adverse media coverage, community leadership and the art of mentoring.

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5 June 2012 By Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith

The May Williamson Community Leadership (WCLP) seminar, hosted by the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, focused on Optimizing Health and Wellbeing.

The purpose of this seminar was:

Discuss key health access and equity issues with a range of significant stakeholders. Hear from leaders balancing policy and operational challenges in the public health system. Gain an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and the delivery of appropriate services and support. Explore current health priorities (including the growth in ‘lifestyle related illness) and for education and change in health behaviours.

 

LV asked Charlotte Smith to reflect on the experience:

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29 May 2012 By By Hannah Carrodus

Shelly Park
Shelly Park

Shelly Park, who started her career as a nurse in New Zealand, is the Chief Executive of Victoria’s largest public health service: Southern Health.

In 2011 Shelly was awarded the Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year for her achievements running an organisation that has an annual budget of $1.26 billion and treats about 177,000 patients per year.

Prior to her current role Shelly was the Executive Director of the Monash Sector at Southern Health and the Executive Director of Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.  Her previous positions have included General Manager of Medical and Surgical Services at Christchurch Hospital (New Zealand), the largest tertiary, teaching and research hospital in the South Island along with General Manager at The Princess Margaret Hospital Division, Canterbury District Health Board.

1999.  Shelly’s nursing background has given her a sound understanding of patient care and operational issues in the health sector.

 

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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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29 May 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Dr Brendan Murphy
Dr Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy is the CEO of Austin Health Victoria, a position he has held since 2005. Before this Brendan was the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Nephrology at St Vincent’s Health, Melbourne.

Brendan is a Professorial Associate at The University of Melbourne and a Director of the Florey Neuroscience Institutes. Brendan was formerly a Board member of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, a Director of Kidney Health Australia and President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

On the 18th of May Brendan spoke to the Williamson participants at the Health and Wellbeing seminar, which took place at the Monash Medical Centre.

Brendan spoke to the group about the important reforms the health sector needs to make so it is sustainable going into the future.

Here Brendan talks to LV about the health sector and shares his thoughts on leadership.

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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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24 May 2012 By James Brown

James Brown
James Brown

The May Williamson Community Leadership (WCLP) seminar, hosted by the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, focused on Optimizing Health and Wellbeing.

The purpose of this seminar was:

Discuss key health access and equity issues with a range of significant stakeholders Hear from leaders balancing policy and operational challenges in the public health system Gain an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health and the delivery of appropriate services and support Explore current health priorities (including the growth in ‘lifestyle related illness) and for education and change in health behaviours

LV asked James Brown to reflect on the experience:

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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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30 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Laura McKenzie
Laura McKenzie

The second session of the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) was Australia's Economic Prosperity, hosted by LV's Partner ANZ at their impressive new Docklands offices.

The expert speakers covered the following topics:

Setting the Scene: An overview of the economic landscape and the role of business in sustaining an affluent Australia  Dr Matthew Butlin, Chair, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission Creating and Maintaining A Strong Bank Sector Mark Hand (WCLP '03), Managing Director Australia Retail Distribution, ANZ Australia in the Asian Century: Engaging with China  James Gathercole, Partner, Sheldon Harris; Victorian State Executive Committee Member, Australia China  Business Council Robert Bell, Head of Super Regional Business Development, ANZ Other Measures of Prosperity – who’s getting left behind?       Stella Avramopoulos, CEO, Kildonan Uniting Care Richard Dent (WCLP '04), Executive Director, Leadership Victoria Scott Sheppard, Chief Executive, UnitingCare Community Options Dealing with Complexity Facilitated workshop with Wade Keenan (WCLP ’09), Acumen International 

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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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24 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Dr Matthe Butlin
Dr Matthe Butlin

Dr. Matthew Butlin is an experienced and well-regarded economist who has worked in both the private and public sectors.

Matthew has held senior positions within the departments of Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet and has worked in the private sector through roles such as Research Director of the Business Council of Australia and senior executive roles in CRA (now Rio Tinto) and Newcrest Mining.

Matthew’s current role is Chair of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission, a position he has held since 2008.

Matthew has a bachelor of economics from the Australian National University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At the Williamson seminar on April 13th- titled ‘Australia’s Economic Prosperity’ -Matthew talked about how business leaders can help keep Australia prosperous.

Here Matthew spoke to Leadership Victoria about the challenges facing Australian businesses going into the future, and why it is vital the business sector has strong leaders.

Matthew is a proud member of the LV Council.

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23 April 2012 By Kristian Dauncey

Kristian Dauncey
Kristian Dauncey

The second session of the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) was Australia's Economic Prosperity, hosted by LV's Partner ANZ at their impressive new Docklands offices.

The expert speakers covered the following topics:

Setting the Scene: An overview of the economic landscape and the role of business in sustaining an affluent Australia  Dr Matthew Butlin, Chair, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission Creating and Maintaining A Strong Bank Sector Mark Hand (WCLP '03), Managing Director Australia Retail Distribution, ANZ Australia in the Asian Century: Engaging with China  James Gathercole, Partner, Sheldon Harris; Victorian State Executive Committee Member, Australia China  Business Council Robert Bell, Head of Super Regional Business Development, ANZ Other Measures of Prosperity – who’s getting left behind?       Stella Avramopoulos, CEO, Kildonan Uniting Care Richard Dent (WCLP '04), Executive Director, Leadership Victoria Scott Sheppard, Chief Executive, UnitingCare Community Options Dealing with Complexity Facilitated workshop with Wade Keenan (WCLP ’09), Acumen International 
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4 April 2012 By Stefan Grun

Jim Betts
Jim Betts

Jim Betts is Secretary of the Department of Transport and has been a regular speaker at the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP). 

On March 16th he spoke to the WCLP group about transport in the wider context, his thoughts on leadership and why he continues to be involved with LV and WCLP.

 

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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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23 March 2012 By Vanya Kumar

Vanya Kumar
Vanya Kumar

The first session of the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) was Cities of the Future, hosted by LV's partner Places Victoria. 

The expert speakers for the day were Jim Betts (Secretary, Department of Transport), Prof Rob Adams AM (Director – City Design, City of Melbourne), Kay Rundle (CEO, City of Port Phillip) and Dom Arcaro (Chief Development Officer, Places Victoria (WCLP ’08).

The seminar explored a number of issues with regard to the future of Melbourne as a burgeoning city. In particular the complex leadership and decision making required for long term planning, as well as the implications and challenges for policy makers in the following key areas:

Melbourne’s liveability and population growth  Urban growth and the impact on local government  Public transport /infrastructure  Planning and design  Sustainable communities

We asked 2012 participant Vanya Kumar to reflect on the experience:

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21 March 2012 By Stefan Grun

Kay Rundle
Kay Rundle

Kay Rundle has been the CEO of the City of Port Phillip since 2009. She has an eclectic mix of qualifications, including degrees in social work, computing and business. Kay has worked in local government for over 25 years, including working as CEO of the Maribrynong City Council and CEO of the City of Geelong, for which she won a Local Government Leadership Award in 2008.

On March 16th Kay spoke to the Williamson Community Leadership Program participants about what it’s like to be a leader in the public eye. She also spoke of qualities that make a good leader, and used the example of her own leadership style, which she calls the ‘Rundle Model.’ 

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21 March 2012 By Stefan Grun

Prof Rob Adams
Prof Rob Adams

Professor Rob Adams AM has dedicated his life to improving urban living by designing spaces that are aesthetic, environmentally sustainable and that take into consideration Melbourne’s growing population. Rob has won over 80 awards for excellence during his 38-year career as an architect and urban designer.

In 2007 he was honored with a prestigious Order of Australia award for services to urban design, town planning and architecture and in 2008 he was named the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year.

Rob is the Director of City Design for the City of Melbourne.

Rob talked to the Williamson Community Leadership (WCLP)  participants about urban planning for a sustainable future, talked about his philosophy on leadership and why he keeps coming back to speak to the WCLP group.

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21 March 2012 By Andrew Wilson-Annan

Andrew Wilson-Annan
Andrew Wilson-Annan

The first session of the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) was Cities of the Future, hosted by LV's partner Places Victoria. 

The expert speakers for the day were Jim Betts (Secretary, Department of Transport), Prof Rob Adams AM (Director – City Design, City of Melbourne), Kay Rundle (CEO, City of Port Phillip) and Dom Arcaro (Chief Development Officer, Places Victoria (WCLP ’08).

The seminar explored a number of issues with regard to the future of Melbourne as a burgeoning city. In particular the complex leadership and decision making required for long term planning, as well as the implications and challenges for policy makers in the following key areas:

Melbourne’s liveability and population growth  Urban growth and the impact on local government  Public transport /infrastructure  Planning and design  Sustainable communities

We asked 2012 participant Andrew Wilson-Annan to reflect on the experience:

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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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28 February 2012 By Peter Haasz

Peter Haasz
Peter Haasz

The 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) commenced last week with the Opening Retreat at the Barwon Heads Resort at 13th Beach.  We asked Peter Haasz to reflect on what was a particularly busy and eventful opening day:

Today’s opening of the 2012 WCLP brought a mixture of nerves and curiosity. Who will I meet? What will I learn? What do they expect from me? Does the product resemble the picture on the box? And, most pressingly given the early hour, will there be good coffee?

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2 February 2012 By Dr. Ranjana Srivastava

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava
Dr. Ranjana Srivastava

If you are like most people, you may have come here to learn a little more about the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP). Perhaps you read about it in the newspaper, or more likely, had someone from your organisation recommend it to you, the way I discovered it.

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30 November -0001

Williamson changes lives. Yours could be next.

Are you prepared to lead in our rapidly changing world?

Are you ready to examine and test your values, worldviews and assumptions?

Are you prepared to step up and lead positive change – with and without formal authority?

Are you striving to build your leadership capabilities, to meet twenty-first century challenges?

Are you committed to exploring new ways of thinking, building new networks beyond your area of professional practice, and applying your leadership to make a difference in your organisation and the community?

If so, Williamson is for you.

Applications for the 2018 program will open in May 2017.

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