Alumni Stories

Graduates from our open programs join our growing and committed network of Social Leadership Australia alumni. They are all exercising leadership in unique ways.

Alumni Stories

Jono McCauley: Confidence and inspiration to start a new business

Jono McCauley completed the Sydney Leadership program in 2007 and has since successfully set up his own advertising business, Elevencom. Jono says the Sydney Leadership program gave him the confidence and inspiration to start up his own agency. “I got an enormous charge out of Sydney Leadership” he says. “It gave me the confidence and inspiration I needed to start my own business. A component of that business is working with not for profits. Having control of the business – and supportive business partners – has allowed me to do that”.   MORE >

Antonia Seymour: Exercising leadership in a more impactful way

When Antonia embarked on the Sydney Leadership program in 2015 she was the Producer and Development Manager at Urban Theatre Projects. "At the time I was in a middle management role and I had a sense that I couldn’t be a change agent without the formal authority to lead from the top. Sydney Leadership made me realise that I could affect change from my current position, and gave me the tools and mindset to put thoughts into action."   MORE >

Georgia Cordukes : Improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through creative collaboration.

Drawing upon her diverse and deep experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, Georgia successfully brings new initiatives to life with courage and determination. She is passionate about collaborating with creative and passionate people to create projects that empower, engage and change perceptions.   MORE >

Cat Thao Nguyen - From refugee to ... Corporate and International Leadership

Cat Thao Nguyen is an Alumna from Sydney Leadership 2005. These days she resides in Vietnam where she is Director of Ernst of Young Law, Vietnam. Cat has recently launched her first book, We Are Here, a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam. Cat Thao Nguyan was born in a refugee camp ... and she went on to hold a corporate leadership role in Australia and now Vietnam. MORE >

Rita Marigliani : Embedding organisational change.

In her role as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Health & Wellbeing at Medibank Rita's goal was to shape the organisation’s culture and shift social responsilbity from being a ‘nice to do,’ on the side, to the core of business, having a real business benefit.  Her challenge was to raise the profile within the organization, to gain buy in, discussion and advocacy for the work being done. MORE >