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Time is now for Purpose and Values-led Leadership

It’s been a challenging year for many – increasing polarisation, international violence with some claiming we are now living in the meta crisis.   Is anyone else feeling this heaviness?  In these moments, more than ever, we need to come together, to work on ourselves to create the change we need and our world needs.

In this, it’s important to take time to reflect on our learning and also celebrate the achievements.

Every year, I feel very grateful for the work I get to do.   Getting to inspire and energise everyday people to live their own bold and courageous dreams and serve a purpose greater than themselves.

We are so fortunate to collaborate with an exceptional group of facilitators, coaches, and mentors who support, enhance and celebrate the work we do with participants within our programs.  We can’t run our leadership programs alone, it relies on collaboration.  Thank you!   Thank you to our broader Alyceum family for all your support of our work.  Here is a summary of some of the most memorable moments.

 

Leadership Conversations and Workshops

Every year I get to work with wonderful clients such as Horizon Power, Public Sector Commission, and Corporate PA Summit, to name just a few, to work with groups, providing workshops and speaking at events.  Thank you for trusting us in this.

I love facilitating meaningful discussions at events and also online with incredible leaders across leadership, governance and workplace improvement.  This year, I got to interview the ever impressive, Tasha Broomhall, who is the CEO at Blooming Minds.  You can listen to the interview here.  Tasha spoke about concepts in her new book, The Ecosystem of Work, about how to contribute to the ecosystem of work to enable both people and your business flourish.

This year, it was a pleasure to be invited to chat with Sonia Faccin Nolan on her podcast, My Warm Table.  What a wonderful podcast amplifying the passion and purpose of smart, generous and civic minded Western Australians who are making our communities better.  My Warm Table host, Sonia is warm, generous and exudes curiosity, which makes for a great podcast!  Listen to our interview here.

 

Global Shifts!   How incredible to stay up late and beam into the Inner Development Goals Summit in Sweden with 1300 people in Stockholm and 7000 online around the world.

So many incredible global change makers and learning!  With so much of my work focusing on the personal leadership transformations needed to create change and a better future for all…connecting people back with their purpose, values, reflection, courage and community, I was in heaven, soaking up all the goodness!

This work explores the Inner Development Goals needed by us, humans, to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and turn this roadmap into reality and create the future we want.

Diverse Women’s Leadership Program rocks it for the third year in a row!

What a joy to facilitate!  2023 brings the third and final Diverse Women’s Leadership Program cohort thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

To bring together, create community, celebrate our superpowers and build leadership skills and confidence to make a difference in our careers and community. I love working with the Muslim Women’s Support Centre in WA to bring this program to life, thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

 

 

This program has shown the absolute need for greater support needed for people who don’t fit the stereotypical (and outdated) leadership narratives.  When we fail to see the leadership potential of a greater range of people – we miss out on an incredible mix of skills, talents, perspectives and ideas.

Thank you to Jessica Bailey for capturing this beautiful video at one of our DWLP Forums.

Our 13th and 14th Emerging Leaders in Governance Program stand out from the crowd!

Wow – after 11 years of this program, the most fulfilling part is seeing our graduates, not only step up onto boards, but they are now leading them too!  So many wonderful success stories – taking on positions on Advocare, Cura In Home Care, Relationships WA, Southcare, Linkwest, Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Alliance, to name a few!

Consistently this program continues to provide a steady stream of board ready young professionals who are taking on the opportunity to give back to their community.  It’s an honour to play a small role in someone’s development, especially when they are motivated to serve the community with their values, strengths and time. A big thank you to all the community organisations who have invested in this program.

This year saw the incredible, Dr Nicky Howe retire from her role as CEO of aged care organisation, Southcare, and we welcomed Enda Fahy as CEO.  We also welcome Grace Mugabe as co-facilitator of the program.  Grace has a wealth of experience on community organisation boards and also a strong financial background, to enhance the support we provide our participants.

We facilitated the Open Program from February to May and the Spring program in August to November with a cohort of young women experiencing disabilty. The participants I get to work with – to hear the passion for the causes they serve and connect and empower them to serve their community is wonderful.

One of my favourite events was curating and facilitating a dynamic discussion on Disability Inclusion on NFP Boards.Thank you to the incredible speakers – Yhana Lucas, provided an enriching overview of where we are at and what can be done. The panel was incredible with Dr Rita Kleinfeld-Fowell, Professor Angus Buchanan, and Andrew Fairbairn – they were authentic, inspiring and informative. And the lovely Amber Anthony  made the last session count with so many practical strategies to ensure our boardrooms were inclusive to neurodivergence. Thanks to our ELGP Alumni, Erin Marshall for sharing why this topic is so important and for introducing Yhana so beautifully.

I have learnt so much about disability inclusion from this event as well as the wonderful coaches and participants of our Spring Emerging Leaders in Governance Program – the barriers to engagement, the enablers and adaptations that support inclusion.  Please find the video the created to showcase inclusion practices for boards.

100 Women celebrates its 10th year

Another milestone!  It’s a joy to see 100 Women continue to impact some of the most important challenges in our community, especially given we celebrated our 10th birthday this year!

This year, 100 Women celebrated…
⭐ 39 grants (with 5 new grant recipients this year in 2023)
⭐ $1.26 million raised and granted in total over the last 10 years
⭐ 36,800 women and children positively impacted in total

Our 2023 grants recipients will impact 2,2250 women and children include:

Plus we officially launched the Hidden Heroes Exhibition, shining a light on our 34 previous grants recipients through the photographic prowess that is Stef King! It truly is an incredible experience to see all these photos and stories together (talk to me about hiring out the exhibition for your next event or at your workplace!!).

Behind the scenes, so many people put in hours and hours of volunteer time to have a night like this happen. Big thanks to Karen Brittain, Melissa Beamish and all the board and volunteers who work so tirelessly behind the scenes to contribute to 100 Women’s impact and success.  Thanks to our brand partner, Ostelin, I also spoke to the House of Wellness crew about 100 Women – see below!

For me, it was wonderful to see that inaugural committee member, Kristy Rodwell be recognised for the incredible committment and impact she’s had through 100 Women over the last 10 years too, and aptly awarded our Volunteer of the Year!

Kristy is a 100 Women champion. Her knowledge and expertise has been vital in establishing the 100 Women’s grant making program. She has inspired so many members guiding them in the grant-making team every year and supported many organisations in sharing her knowledge in how to apply for grants.  

She has a deep passion for the power of philanthropy to do good in the world, especially through helping women and girls. Kristy has been one of our most committed and talented volunteers and has been a core part of the team since the very beginning!  Under Kristy’s guidance 100 Women have delivered funding to 39 projects and positively impacted close to 37,000 women and girls around the world.

Not only that, Kristy has been a great friend and supporter to me over the last 11 years and one that I’m truly grateful to have on this journey!

 

One of my favourite workshops this year would have to be with 30 girls from Bidyadanga, Canarvon and Halls Creek who are involved in Girls from Oz, a past 100 Women grant recipient while they were in Perth to sing with the Australian Girls Choir!

We spent a morning together with some year 5 students from Manning Primary School to think about leaders who inspire us, what skills and qualities make a good leader and we thought about our own strengths (or superpowers!).

The spirit, ambition and insights from students was truly inspiring!  It definitely brought back memories of my first longer term leadership program with the Aboriginal boarders at a private highschool back 20 years ago!  Even back then, I could see the incredible potential of to lead, have a voice and contribute their incredible talents and perspectives in our community.

It’s been a wonderful year with 100 Women.  I’m always so grateful to facilitate inportant discussions through our events, especially through the Agents of Change event, and Bushtucker High Tea.

Registrations for the Greater Good Collective are now open!

We are so excited as the registrations come in for an incredible Greater Good Collective kicking off in March 2024.  The Greater Good Collective is a transformational 3-month personal leadership program to boost your self awareness, emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills in an energising learning environment.

We need Greater Good Leadership more than ever – moving from personal insights to collective action.   Keen to join me for your own personal journey of transformation – register here. 

 

 

I will be facilitating 7 live online sessions for participants!  This means more interaction, community connection and more motivation to make the most of this program!

The program is for you if…

  • You are looking for time and space to define or redefine who you are
  • You want to connect to your purpose, use your strengths and clarify your values
  • You are over the self doubt and want to live confidently
  • You want to connect with others who want to stretch themselves for the better.

Check out the program brochure to share with your manager! Or reach out to me to see if this program is the right fit for you.

 

On a personal note

This year, I turned 40 and had a beautiful holiday in Europe with friends and family to celebrate!  I was keen to cultivate my sense of joy and wonder this year, which included travel, dance, art, cooking and friends!  My kids and family always bring me joy with the myriad of activities they are involved in from drama to photography, netball to soccer.  It’s a joy to watch them grow into beautiful human beings. My husband has been an incredible support through another full year of life and business, and I really couldn’t do it without him!

For the first time in my life I’m reading as much fiction as I am non fiction! (I know!) Part of the inspiration for this is the online Birds of a Feather Book Club with Rebecca Sparrow and Jane Sullivan. I’ve loved the diverse book selection and the monthly online meet ups are amazing because most of the time you get to listen directly from the author! 

They have just opened for the doors again for 2024 and I would highly recommend it!  You can register here if you’re keen. Let me know if you join!   Also – connect with me on Good Reads if you’re on there as I love following what other people are reading too!

 

Thank you

A big thank you to my village – those who support my business and work, of which there are many! Alyceum is a boutique values-led business which aims to amplify our work through the ripple effects we make through our programs and participants.

Huge appreciation to my team mate, Josefine Mai Kraemer, for her incredible support of me and Alyceum.  What a delight it has been to have you in Perth and meet in person for the FIRST time in 5 years!

Last but not least, thank you to my beautiful family and friends who are with me through the highs and lows and have provided me with never ending support – my incredible husband, two children, my sisters, parents and friends.  It’s been one successful year and I couldn’t have done it without your support.  Thank you!

 

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