As 2016 comes to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on
this milestone year for the Committee for Geelong. Since 2006, the
Committee has delivered leadership programs to support Geelong's
transformation by developing the capacity and influence of regional
leaders, many of whom often feature in the pages of this
Over that time, the Committee has demonstrated that it is an
initiator of positive change by building partnerships; facilitating
appropriate connections and networks; testing and piloting new
initiatives; managing challenges and working to agile principles in
order to move our region forward. It is this commitment and
proactive approach that originally prompted the Committee to
instigate, and now manage, a portfolio of leadership programs. The
Committee supports the view that regional leadership development is
not only an investment in social capital, but also in institutional
capacity which leads to diversified, resilient regional
The Committee's leadership network now comprises more than 340
graduates from all our programs including Leaders for Geelong,
Barwon Community Leaders, Activate and Leading, Educating and
Advocating for People with a Disability - LEAD Barwon.
These graduates continue to be passionate advocates for our
region and are better prepared, connected and committed, and ready
to play an active role in community life.
Earlier this year, Gforce Employment Solutions collaborated with
the Committee as our 2016 Alumni Partner. Gforce has been a
valued member of the Committee since its inaugural year in
2001. Rob Birch graduated from the Leaders for Geelong
program in 2009, prior to becoming Gforce's CEO in 2012.
Since that time, an additional five members of the Gforce
team have also successfully completed one of our programs.
"As a Leaders for Geelong graduate, I recognise first-hand the
benefits these programs can provide to an individual, and more
broadly to the Geelong region. Gforce is proud to have supported
the Committee through this milestone year." Rob said.
With Gforce as the 2016 Alumni Partner the Committee was able to
host a series of events, including the 'Mastering Disruption'
master classes workshops, exclusively offered to our leaders
alumni. This series gave our leaders the opportunity to explore new
and innovative ways to do business, whilst re-connecting with and
growing their networks and fine tuning their leadership
As Geelong transforms, it is vital our leaders continue to gain
relevant knowledge and refresh their skills to assist our region to
thrive. Becoming a knowledge based or 'smart city', means
Geelong is more reliant on the skills and capacity of its people to
compete globally in the next century.
Our region's leadership space is constantly evolving, and
Geelong is in a very different position than it was a decade ago.
The Committee will continue to innovate its programs over the
coming years to meet new demands and provide other opportunities in
As this milestone year comes to an end, the Committee takes this
opportunity to thank all the individuals, employer organisations,
partners and key stakeholders who have generously supported our
leadership programs over the past decade.