Invitation to launch of National Energy Efficiency Network

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
2nd July 2014

Gareth Johnston, SL Alumnus, would like to welcome Social Leadership Australia’s alumni and their colleagues to attend the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) on Wednesday the 16th of July in Sydney.

RSVP online here for the Sydney, NSW launch event (details on the website):


Suggest a topic for our next Alumni Communities of Practice in Sydney and Brisbane

Posted by Julie Ahern
2nd April 2014

Big ideas need big spaces by stevie_flow CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 on Flickr

If you're planning to come to the next Alumni Community of Practice in Sydney on Tuesday 20th May and Brisbane on Thursday 22 May, we'd love to get your ideas about what topic you'd like us to explore.

Log in and have your say by posting a comment on this discussion.

The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay

Posted by Tim Senior
3rd March 2014

I entered the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, aed nd much to my surprise, won first prize. The topic was Climate Change and Equity, and I wrote about the way we discuss climate change, and how this excludes those who are most affected by it. You can read it here http://inside.org.au/climate-change-and-equity-whose-language-is-it-anyway/ Have a read, I'd love to hear your thoughts, and feel free to spread it widely. It will be published with 5 of the other entries in an e-book in the future.

My Leadership Matters

Posted by Diana Qian
1st March 2014

I invite you to imagine people with disability being leaders in their own lives and in society. Here is an opportunity to make this vision into a reality. Please promote the My Leadership Matters program through your networks and encourage people with disability to consider participating in this leadership program. http://www.mychoicematters.org.au/become-leader.html

The Way Forward - a speech by Sydney Leadership 2013

Posted by Brenna Hobson
12th November 2013

The Way Forward - a speech by Sydney Leadership 2013

Spoken and published by Brenna Hobson on behalf of the Sydney Leadership 2013 graduates at the Sydney Leadership 2013 graduation ceremony

View the 2013 Sydney Graduate Directory Here

I’d like to acknowledge Gadigal People of the Eora nation, the custodians of the land on which we meet today.

I’d also like to thank everyone at Social Leadership Australia for what has been a big, inspiring, difficult eight months. Terri, Lauren, Lisa, Geoff, Julie, Diana, and Liz particular.

This speech has been largely crowd sourced so anything that you like probably came from someone else and I thank them, anything you don’t I take full responsibility for.  

So I’ve been asked to synthesise the thoughts of 25 pretty diverse people on exercising leadership, representing the values of Sydney Leadership 2013 and also providing a leadership intervention, with the words of the great American orators as inspiration, all in ten minutes. No worries mate, piece of cake. MORE >

Margaret Wheatley coming to Australia in November

Posted by Anonymous
21st October 2013

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, world renown leader and author in the fields of community advocacy, leadership and organisation development will be in Australia in November, running three workshops:




Alumni Community of Practice

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
10th October 2013

Are you a Social Leadership Australia alumnus?

Join us for the next Community of Practice in your area.

Social Leadership Australia’s regular ‘Community of Practice’ evening events are a space for continued learning for our alumni.

All alumni are warmly encouraged to participate by bringing their issues and insights to the group, and engaging in a facilitated learning discussion with their peers.

Discussions work best when they focus on a particular adaptive challenge or issue an alumnus is grappling with, with real learning arising from working with ‘real-life’ situations.

The Community of Practice meetings are a way to generate new ideas to help you make progress in your leadership challenges, and of course they are a great opportunity to reconnect.

All alumni are sent regular invitations to these free events, so check your inbox, our program calendar, or get in touch with us today.


Not an alumnus but interested in getting involved?

Why not attend our next hot topic breakfast session where you can be introduced to Social Leadership Australia? Check out our yearly calendar to find the next breakfast being held near you.

Don’t miss out: Applications close 18 October for the 2014 Sydney Leadership Program

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
2nd October 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Sydney Leadership is a once-a-year leadership development opportunity for motivated and high talent leaders from business, government and community - people who want to make a difference in their world.

Combining the powerful Harvard Adaptive Leadership approach with direct learning in 'real-world' community settings, Sydney Leadership offers a learning experience like no other in Australia. This is a turning point program that will change how you work forever in just eight months. Learn to:

- understand and generate change on stubborn, complex programs;

- manage conflict, motivate and engage others to start working differently;

- shift the status quo and drive innovation in unexpected ways;

- open doors to new partnerships and collaborate across organisational and sector boundaries. MORE >

Announcement: Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
25th September 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders  

Leaders in the community and not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a scholarship to participate in one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs in 2014.

The Sydney Leadership program is an annual, eight-month program that brings together a group of 30 leaders and emerging leaders from across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors to develop their skills to lead change with positive social impact. The program, which has run since 1999, has a reputation for providing a powerful learning experience with both immediate and long lasting impacts. Selection for the program – and for the scholarships – is competitive, but anyone with a real interest is encouraged to apply.

“This is an invitation for people with both the desire and the potential to make a real difference in their work,” said Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia. MORE >

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leadership scholarships

Posted by Jo Singleton
12th September 2013

Social Leadership Australia—the leadership development centre at Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society— today announced $16,500 worth of scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to participate in the 2014 Sydney leadership program.

The Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships will be awarded to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders working in the NGO sector or in a significant community leadership role whose work, either directly or indirectly, is driving positive social change.

Sydney Leadership is an annual, eight-month program that brings together 30 leaders from the business, not-for-profit and government sectors. The program’s aim is to foster new leadership skills and a new determination to create positive social change.

Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, said, “Sydney Leadership is building a coalition of people across Australian business, government and not-for-profit sectors with the skills and determination to make a lasting, positive impact in the community. These scholarships represent an opportunity for Indigenous Australian leaders, businesses and communities, to benefit from this powerful program.” MORE >

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