Fourteen emerging leaders celebrated on Thursday, August 31, in Wallaroo, as they graduated from the Yorke Peninsula Emerging Leaders Program.
The program was designed by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, with the support of the Department of Industry and Skills, Primary Industry Resources SA, Legatus Group and Yorke Peninsula Industry Leaders Group, to develop local people to become strong leaders of tomorrow.
The program was made possible by a grant from the Australian government through the Building Better Regions Fund.
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, and community/industry leaders who are an integral part of the Yorke Peninsula region.
Five full day workshops held over six months, allowed participants to develop skills within the following areas:
• Being an Effective Leader
• Empowering People
• Building Personal & Community Resilience
• Innovative Solutions
An informal networking launch 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.
Program co-ordinator Lynn Wallace said it was really 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 graduation has certainly showcased our 14 dynamic new leaders along with the success of the program.Lynn Wallace
“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 14 dynamic new leaders along with the success of the program.” The program was held over six months, starting in March 2018 and finishing in August 2018.