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LfG 17/18 Seminar 1

Blog written by: Deakin Syndicate:  Nicole Sexton, Change And Engagement Specialist - Future Focus, Barwon Water; Lauren Watt, Finance Manager, Geelong Cats; Pete Helyer, Operations Manager, EMC Group Geelong Pty Ltd; Patrick Clements, Contract Manager, Kane Constructions; Donna Burns, Porgram Manager Healthy Landscapes, DELWP; Ben Flynn, Marketing Manager, Karingal Inc

Wow, what a great way to start the seminar series and our journey in the 2017/2018 Leaders for Geelong program.

An early start rewarded us with a beautiful sunrise, breakfast and a humble but inspirational talk from The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.  

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Following breakfast, we commenced our first seminar with Rebecca Casson, Committee for Geelong CEO and Kylie Warne, Managing Director, Brand Bureau, President, Geelong Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Barwon Regional Partnership.

Rebecca set the scene around the work that she and the Committee for Geelong are focussed on and offered some important tips as we commence our leadership journeys.  This drew on some of the Governor's views around stakeholder relationships, collaboration and having the right people or qualifications to do the job.

Kylie provided us with examples of the work that's occurring within the Barwon Regional Partnership and put to us that place based approaches have a set of unique problems and opportunities. Kylie reinforced the idea that we are fortunate to have the spirit of collaboration in the region and made it clear that understanding the gaps was key to taking steps forward.

Jem Fuller joined us in the afternoon and provided us with tools to reflect on what being present looks like, mindfulness and contribution.  

We finished the day summing up our learnings using the 'Winning from Second: What Geelong Can Learn from International Second Cities" report. We learnt that international cities with similarities to Geelong had experienced economic downturn and saw it as an opportunity.  They created a new identity whether it be biotech, sport, health, education, tourism.  They collaborated with public, private, community, industry and education institutions and they developed a collective vision. We learnt that there are many organisations working to grow Geelong and we as leaders agreed we needed to know who they are and leverage off the great work they are doing.

The jam packed first seminar and unique opportunity to hear from highly successful leaders has established a growing anticipation for what's to come over the next couple of years.



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