Activate Leadership Program

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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 program events, including workshops, site visits, guest speakers, reflection opportunities and other learning based activities ensure that participants are stimulated and motivated in their leadership development journey.

The CfG currently run 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

APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATE NO. 10 ARE NOW OPEN. The program commences on 23 April 2020 for eight weeks, finishing on 11 June 2020.

For further information please contact Vicki Strachan on +61 3 5247 9512 or email at

We thank our Leadership Portfolio Sponsors for their continued support

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Committee For Geelong

Level 1 Sally Walker Building,
1 Gheringhap Street,
Geelong, Victoria, 3250

+61 3 5227 8075

9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday to Friday

The Committee for Geelong acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia's First Nations people and the Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways. We pay our respects to the local Wadawurrung people of this land, their Elders past, present and emerging.