Celebrating our emerging leaders

EMERGING LEADERS: A graduation celebration was held in Clare for the 17 participants in the Mid North Emerging Leaders Program.
EMERGING LEADERS: A graduation celebration was held in Clare for the 17 participants in the Mid North Emerging Leaders Program.

Seventeen emerging leaders celebrated on Thursday, May 2, in Clare, as they graduated from the Mid North Emerging Leaders Program.

The program was designed by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, Department of Industry and Skills, Primary Industry Resources SA, Legatus Group and Mid North Industry Leaders, to develop local people to become strong leaders of tomorrow.

The program was made possible by securing a grant from the Department of Industry and Skills.

The program included workshops, networking events, mentoring and community projects.

Participants were also partnered with a high-profile Mentor of their choice from a list of engaged Mentors. The Mentors ranged from successful business owners, politicians, and community/industry leaders who are an integral part of the Mid North region.

Four full day workshops held over three months, allowed participants to develop skills within the following areas:

  • Being an Effective Leader
  • Empowering People
  • Building Personal and Community Resilience
  • Innovative Solutions

An informal networking dinner allowed participants to meet high profile guest speakers and key regional decision makers, establish connections and contacts that are extremely valuable to the participant’s future.

The successful program will be rolled out across the Yorke and Mid North, with two other programs commencing in the Southern Flinders and Yorke Peninsula.

Program co-ordinator Lynn Wallace, from RDAYMN, said it was exciting seeing their regional emerging leaders graduate.

“The participants were presented with a community project to scope within teams, and these were presented at the graduation with great response,” she said.

“Feedback has been overwhelmingly terrific and we are hoping these projects will be picked up by Councils or community groups to roll out further.”

“The aim of the Emerging Leaders Program was to create a regional network of emerging leaders, increase the numbers of identified leaders in the region and to improve regional collaboration and knowledge.

“The graduation has certainly showcased our 17 dynamic new leaders along with the success of the program.”

Program participant Jess Henderson said they were privileged to have had the opportunity to be exposed to such high calibre mentors.

“We are incredibly thankful for the time they gave from their already extremely busy lives to attend workshops and one-on-one sessions and that they agreed to be part of the program,” she said. 

The program was held over eight months, starting in September 2017 and finishing in May 2018.

PHOTO: Lissy Wood, back, Ben Mitchell, Denni Russell, Michelle Harvey, Tahlia Tilley, Mel Kitschke, Jhing Mojares, middle row, Abby Harris, Jess Henderson, Hilary Mitchel, Paula Young, Leanne Mullan, Daniel Butterfield, front, Nan Berrett, Kristin Carling, Catie Bartholomaeus,  Kate Manser. Photo courtesy of RDAYMN.