Our annual review 2017

Our annual review 2017

What a year!

Written by: Alicia Curtis
Alicia Curtis

A  s we reflect on the year we’ve had at Alyceum, we wanted to share what impact has been achieved.

Highlights in 2017

Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow List

 It was wonderful to kick off the year with Alyceum being named in the Westpac 200 Businesses of Tomorrow List out of 2000 applicants. I went to Sydney to attend the official announcement and one-day Summit (complete with my 4-month-old son and my mum!).  The Westpac staff were so accommodating which made attending an absolute pleasure.  The inspiration from speakers such as Marc Randolph, Co-founder, Netflix, Bernard Salt and David Linberg, Westpac Chief Executive, Business Banking has stayed with me and positively impacted my year.

Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards program turns five! 

The Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards program celebrated 5 years and we introduced the new Difference Makers Diversity Awards.  We had a very successful Emerging Leaders in Governance program and two outstanding Unconventions.  It’s been an amazing journey to lead and facilitate this incredible program in Perth.  Thank you to Southcare and the strong collective of Not-For-Profit organisations that I get to work with on this program.
The book, Difference Makers, I co-wrote with Dr Nicky Howe continues to make an impact.  Here we are with the WA Premier, Hon. Mark McGowan at the launch of the Women Onboard Portal to encourage more gender diversity on government boards.  I’m offering an End of Year special for any board would like a board book pack (10 copies – 1 for each board director at a reduced rate).

Shining the light on young board directors

In 2017 Alyceum launched the #1000youngdirectors campaign to shine the spotlight on young board directors of Not-For-Profit organisations from around Australia.  It was wonderful to profile such dedicated and engaged young professionals who are making a difference to their community.  Nominate yourself to be profiled here.

Launching the Board Ignition online course

We also launched the online Board Ignition course to empower young professionals to gain their first community board appointment in June this year.  8 modules, 11 board director interviews and one live round of the course with 4 online webinars!  Last month in November we trialled a very unique live round of the Board Ignition course where I held weekly webinars with online participants.  All participants of the course get access to the webinar recordings making it an excellent online course to complete.

Sharing ideas and building skills

I got to work with some amazing clients again including BHP, RAC, CPA Australia, WA Football Commission, Australian Health Promotion Association, facilitating workshops this year on leadership, facilitation skills, board leadership and diversity.   I love the people I get to meet at these presentations and workshops.  Here are all the female directors currently sitting on Football boards below.  Their drive, leadership and determination is exceptional. 


Giving back our top priority

I continued my involvement and commitment to 100 Women as Board Chair.  Our collective giving circle raised nearly $100,000 this year and funded four projects in WA, Australia and overseas.  You can read my wrap up of our Gala Celebration here.  It was a very special night featuring one of our grant recipients, Girls From Oz.  I was also excited to meet the girls who are from Halls Creek and provide a complimentary leadership workshop while they were here in Perth.

Speaking at TEDx Perth

An absolute highlight of the year was the opportunity to speak in front of 1500 people at the Perth Concert Hall for TEDxPerth on the power of collective giving.  I don’t think you could get a better audience – warm, engaged and open.    I wrote about the experience here.

Media Features

I was fortunate to be featured in the following online publications and campaigns:
#CelebratingWomen – a project to see more celebration, less denigration of women online
It’s been a successful year and with some exciting plans in the works for next year – bring on 2018!

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