Activate Leadership Program

Applications are currently closed

Activate #11 applications are currently closed.

Leadership in a time of crisis poses a whole new set of challenges. These challenges are sudden, unexpected and more extreme, creating situations we have not experienced before and often there are no precedents for dealing with them. 

These challenges also present possibilities for the transformation of individuals and for whole societies to lead a response which results in new capabilities and qualities within our Geelong community.

Have you wondered?

  • What leadership skills can you bring to your workplace and/or community during this time of change?
  • Which area of leadership do you want to improve on? And is now the time to explore this?
  • How can you match what you have to offer with the needs in the Geelong community at this current time?

Activate is an eight-week program for emerging leaders to explore the foundations of leadership and gain confidence, knowledge, skills and strategies to lift their leadership capacity for personal, professional and community benefit. Participants develop a strategic understanding of the challenges facing the Geelong city-region and are inspired and challenged by a broad range of information and guest speakers. Activate uses both experiential and adult learning principles to provide an engaging mix of learning experiences.

Weekly seminars including online workshops, guest speakers, reflection opportunities and other learning based activities ensure that participants are stimulated and motivated in their leadership development journey.

The Committee for Geelong currently facilitates two Activate programs per year. 

 “Being part of the program was literally life changing for me, even more than I realised at the time of completing it – and I can’t praise it enough. So I really hope that as many people as possible get to experience the benefits of the program and that it continues for a long time!”

– Ellie Townsend, Barwon Child Youth Family, Activate #4

“I was lucky to be given a spot in the Activate #8 group, it was a great opportunity to be a participant and I am thankful for the friendships and connections made from being involved in the program. I wish it could have been longer.”

– Mick Ryan, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at Barwon Health, Activate #8

 online APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATE #11 ARE currently closed.

For enquiries, please contact Leadership Portfolio Coordinator – Karen MacAdie
+61 447 407 941 T 03 5227 8223, or via email,

Committee For Geelong

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus     Level 2 Sally Walker Building
(entrance off Cunningham Street)
Geelong, Victoria, 3220

PO BOX 1418

+61 3 5227 8075

9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday to Friday

The Committee for Geelong acknowledges the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Owners of the lands, waters, seas and skies on which we operate.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.  We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people as Australia’s First Nations people.