Blog written by: Deakin Syndicate: Nicole
Sexton, Change And Engagement Specialist - Future Focus, Barwon
Water; Lauren Watt, Finance Manager, Geelong Cats; Pete Helyer,
Operations Manager, EMC Group Geelong Pty Ltd; Patrick Clements,
Contract Manager, Kane Constructions; Donna Burns, Porgram Manager
Healthy Landscapes, DELWP; Ben Flynn, Marketing Manager, Karingal
Wow, what a great way to start the seminar series and our
journey in the 2017/2018 Leaders for Geelong program.
An early start rewarded us with a beautiful sunrise, breakfast
and a humble but inspirational talk from The Honourable Linda
Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.
Following breakfast, we commenced our first seminar with Rebecca
Casson, Committee for Geelong CEO and Kylie Warne, Managing
Director, Brand Bureau, President, Geelong Chamber of Commerce and
Chair of the Barwon Regional Partnership.
Rebecca set the scene around the work that she and the Committee
for Geelong are focussed on and offered some important tips as we
commence our leadership journeys. This drew on some of the
Governor's views around stakeholder relationships, collaboration
and having the right people or qualifications to do the job.
Kylie provided us with examples of the work that's occurring
within the Barwon Regional Partnership and put to us that place
based approaches have a set of unique problems and opportunities.
Kylie reinforced the idea that we are fortunate to have the spirit
of collaboration in the region and made it clear that understanding
the gaps was key to taking steps forward.
Jem Fuller joined us in the afternoon and provided us with tools
to reflect on what being present looks like, mindfulness and
We finished the day summing up our learnings using the 'Winning
from Second: What Geelong Can Learn from International Second
Cities" report. We learnt that international cities with
similarities to Geelong had experienced economic downturn and saw
it as an opportunity. They created a new identity whether it
be biotech, sport, health, education, tourism. They
collaborated with public, private, community, industry and
education institutions and they developed a collective
vision. We learnt that there are many organisations working to
grow Geelong and we as leaders agreed we needed to know who they
are and leverage off the great work they are doing.
The jam packed first seminar and unique opportunity to hear from
highly successful leaders has established a growing anticipation
for what's to come over the next couple of years.