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

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 >

Steven Gal : Courageously changing the world.

For many of us, delivering success from failure might seem like an impossible task. But for Steven the challenge was accepted as a chance to change the world.   MORE >

Diana Renner: Not Knowing - The art of turning uncertainty into opportunity

“I found out that counter-intuitively, we should head, uncomfortably, towards the unknown, rather than away from it. It is only at the edge of our competence that we can start discovering new ways of tackling our most vexing leadership challenges.” MORE >

Sarah Maddison: Beyond the crisis response

"Sydney Leadership asks you to take step back and think and ask, ‘What is my role in this?’ ‘What is the deeper thing going on?’ and ‘How might we address it together?’ It asks non-Indigenous Australians to think about what we can do in that space rather than just about how difficult that space is. It challenges people to educate themselves, to use their critical skills, to push past the discomfort that they feel due to lack of knowledge and engage critically and productively.” MORE >

Grant Paulson: Change is harder than it looks

“One of the things I’ve learnt is that change is harder than it looks. To work with conflict, to have the deeper generative conversations, you have to sit longer in that uncomfortable space than you want to… To me, it used to be about self-preservation and avoidance of conflict … but now it’s about holding myself long enough to understand the context and also to understand the mutual fragility of the conflict—to see that ‘they’ are just as clueless and vulnerable as I am." MORE >