2021 has been an incredible year for Alyceum! With so many wonderful programs, participants and projects, it was FULL ON – and I loved every minute of it! It’s also been a challenging year, which I’m sure many of you can relate to, being separated from loved ones, and living with the backdrop of challenging global issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and discrimination.
In one sense, this is what we train for – developing our personal resilience and leadership to deal with tough times. We can practice optimism, gratitude, connection and sometimes disconnection! We can focus on what we have control over – eating nourishing foods, moving our bodies in ways that energise us, connecting with friends, reading good books, and giving back in meaningful ways.
As I reflect back on the year, I am intensely grateful for the work I get to do, the people I get to work with and the impact I get to contribute to. I invite you to reflect back on your year too – what you’re grateful for, the times that challenged you and what you have learnt about yourself in the process.
Launch of the Greater Good Collective
One of my most proud achievements this year was launching the Greater Good Collective, a 3-month online personal leadership development program! This is a real passion project of mine! It feels like the project that my whole career has been culminating towards! This is a program and a community I will be committing to focusing on growing intently over the next decade!
And we had a wonderful first cohort who piloted the program! They dived in with open hearts and minds and learnt more about themselves and stretched beyond their comfort zones! This just makes my heart sing. Some were inspired to set up their own community projects, some reassessed their careers and others planned their retirement!
And it’s just going to get better every year!
If you’re keen to join the Greater Good Collective, I’m hosting the next cohort from the 6th February next year! Sign up before 1 January 2021 and receive eight BONUS online summits throughout the year to keep you connected, engaged and inspired on your leadership journey throughout 2022.
New Leadership Program – Diverse Women’s Leadership Program
This year, we were very excited to receive funding to run the Diverse Women’s Leadership Program for the Muslim Women’s Support Centre in WA. This was an inspiring program with two cohorts – under 35 years and over 35 years. These programs focused on increasing the leadership skills, confidence and networks of participants to step up in their community, career and civic leadership! And what a group of superstars we were able to bring together. This program brought participants together for fortnightly evening workshops, Saturday Forums and a weekend retreat, the programs just recently culminated in a beautiful graduation ceremony for participants to reflect on just how far they had come in the 4 months.
Our 9th and 10th Emerging Leaders in Governance Program!
Speaking of exciting, we ran not only one Emerging Leaders in Governance program, but this year, we ran two! Thanks to funding from the Australian Government, we ran our 10th ELGP with an incredible group of women from Aboriginal and culturally diverse backgrounds! I also curated and facilitated an Unconvention on increasing Women of Colour on NFP boards. You can watch their experiences of the program and read their group photos here. I can’t wait to see the impact of these two cohorts on the NFP sector. Thank you to Southcare and the 40 + not for profit organisations that support this collective!
Igniting leadership at Conferences and Workshops
It was great to reconnect with a number of clients in their leadership programs and conferences this year and participate in a few new ones too. Thanks to Thinktank Media for inviting me to be part of the Corporate PA Summit this year. I also really enjoyed working with the Department of Health with their Introduction to Leadership program. It was great to be back at the Water Corporation, Vinnies WA and Horizon Power.
Accepted the role of Patron of Girl Guides WA
I was kindly offered the role of Patron of the Girl Guides this year. Having never been involved in Girl Guides before, I set about finding out as much about the organisation as I could and I have to be honest – I was blown away by all they did and have achieved.
I love that GGWA wants its diverse young members to drive the future direction of the organisation. It started in Perth in 1915 and is open to change and innovation to make it vibrant and inspiring for girls and young women to develop their leadership in 2021. I love how it builds confidence, resilience and independence in girls. Thank you Girl Guides for the honour to support your organisation. I look forward to a fruitful partnership!
High Impact Leadership
This year, I went back into the classroom to refine my skills and knowledge and ensure I was up to date with all the latest in leadership and impact. I undertook the High Impact Leadership course with the University of Cambridge.
I really enjoyed being challenged in my thinking, connecting with other participants from around the world and putting my knowledge and writing to the test. I loved how the course focused on leadership being not only about commercial success but also about achieving and succeeding in broader societal impact. And yes, passed with flying colours with 93%!
100 Women goes from strength to strength
Another exciting year for 100 Women, we had incredible speakers such as Shelley Cable, Fran Haintz and our new Ambassador, Sophie McNeill. Our Gala event attracted over 300 people to celebrate everyday philanthropy and share in the announcement of three $40,000 grants to Koya Aboriginal Corporation, Children by Choice and Forever Projects in Tanzania. 100 Women is very beautifully led by Virginia Miltrup who is Chair and very excitingly we are engaging a new manager to help drive the organisation forward!
For me, business is about the people and impact we create. This year, I got to work with some incredible people. Thank you to the program coaches who supported my leadership programs, Cettina Raccuia, Natalia Saeed, Shameema Kolia with the Diverse Women’s Leadership Program and Dr Nicky Howe, Brooke O’Donnell and Grace Mugabe for the support with the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program.
I really loved working with Masters student, Natasha Walker. Thank you for your dedication to your internship with Alyceum. It’s always a wonderful experience working with university students during their internships.
So much gratitude and appreciation to my business assistant, Josefine Mai Kraemer, for her incredible support to me and Alyceum! You are an absolute superstar and I look forward to an exciting 2022 together!
Last but not least, thank you to my beautiful family that are with me through the highs and lows and have provided me with never ending support – my incredible husband, two children, my sisters and parents. Thank you!
Celebrating 20 years in business in 2022!
Next year we are celebrating 20 years in business! Yes, 20 years!
It’s going to be another big year of leadership programs with the Greater Good Collective and two ELGP and two DWLP all booked in!
Thank you to all my program participants, readers and the Alyceum community. Together we can achieve great things!