ELGP 2018 Kicks Off
Buzz in the Room!
We were very excited to launch the 6th Emerging Leaders in Governance (ELGP) program on the 7th February 2018 with 20 exceptional participants. With over 45 people in the room, there was definitely the buzz that comes from a shared purpose and commitment to collaboration. Dr Nicky Howe encouraged participants to make the most of the program and get ready to ‘pay it forward’ by contributing back to the sector. Chris Hall, CEO of MercyCare spoke about the continuing need for this type of program in terms of building governance and leadership capacity and the shining example this program is in terms of collaboration in the sector.
State of the Sector
The first session of the ELGP included a panel of four Community Partners who shared their perspectives on the state of the Not-For-Profit sector. We were privileged to have Louise Giolitti, CEO WACOSS, Jane Chilcott, CEO Linkwest, Russell Bricknell, CEO, Baptistcare and Danielle Newport, CEO, Activ in the room. The participants were blown away with the panels knowledge, character as leaders and passion for their work.
The following weekend, six organisations opened their doors for site visits so participants could continue their observations of the strengths and challenges of the aged care and community sector. Thanks to Swancare, Baptistcare, Melville Cares, YMCA WA, Foundation Housing and South Perth Senior Citizen’s Centre for your warm welcomes, knowledge and expertise shared on the day. The site visits allow participants to fully immerse themselves into the ‘heart’ of being a NFP Board Director which compliments their ‘head’ learning throughout the rest of the program. The participants found the day insightful and moving.
The second week of the program focused on Not-for-Profit Boards and their Duties. Emma Chinnery, Special Counsel and Alana Schwartz, Associate from Community Partner, Jackson McDonald shared their knowledge and expertise on the duties of a director and gave the group some Top Tips. This was a highly informative session and greatly appreciated by our participants.
Currently we are in the process of matching our participants with mentors and organisations who have agreed to facilitate a board meeting observation. It is fantastic that we have so many Community Partners who are prepared to engage in inter-generational mentoring and ‘open up their board rooms’.
Speaking of opening up, we are preparing for our Program Retreat weekend. The retreat is an opportunity for participants to get to know each other, explore their strengths and values so they can find the right alignment for themselves, an organisation and a board position. This is also the start of their journey with their small project team, together they work on project that will contribute to building a world class aged care and community sector. When the project is complete it becomes part of the online resource toolkit.
Thank you to all the Community Partners for your active involvement so far!
** Please note that our first Unconvention for 2018 has been postponed to Monday, 9th April. Registration details to follow very soon.
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