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Leaders for Geelong

Leaders Anchor
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Program Overview:

  • A 12-month dynamic program delivered with a unique blend of live, online and action-learning experiences.

  • Participants will hear from a range of leadership experts, including some of Geelong’s best-known and respected leaders.

  • Unique learning experiences designed to address the current social, economic, and environmental issues of importance to the Geelong region.

  • Participation in the delivery of a group Community-based Project; working closely with a community organisation to contribute to positive outcomes in Geelong.

  • Developing powerful connections with fellow participants, from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds, as well as deepening connections with networks throughout the Geelong region.

  • Exposure to a variety of best practice leadership from the community, private and government sectors.

  • Enhancement of Leadership capability, personal insight and leadership vision.

  • Earning recognition towards a relevant MBA and Graduate Certificate of Management Programs from Deakin University.

  • Participants will be encouraged to act beyond the program, becoming an enduring network of over 500 graduates, making Geelong a better place.

  • The Leaders for Geelong Program welcomes a diversity of applicants from all ages and backgrounds.

Leaders for Geelong is a 12-month community leadership program designed to support emerging leaders throughout the Geelong region.

Now in its eighteenth year, the program helps to develop individual leadership capacity, connections and awareness of the Geelong region, with the goal of creating leaders who can support our region’s diverse future professional and community needs.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of participants from the Geelong region.


  • Corporate and Government participants $9,900 incl. GST 

  • Small not-for-profits and self-funded participants $6,400 incl. GST

Limited scholarships are available for eligible participants.

These fees do not include the cost of return flights to Canberra, which participants or their employer/sponsoring organisation will need to purchase.

The Leadership Team

Lauren Carnegie

Community Leadership Facilitator

Karen MacAdie

Community Leadership Manager

Community Projects

Community Projects

Each year, Leaders for Geelong participants work on a community-based project of regional significance. Project teams are comprised of 4-6 local leaders with various backgrounds and experiences, who provide strategic, planning and project development support to the project champion.



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