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Menzies Brief December 2019

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Menzies Brief December 2019

From the CEO


The Foundation has enjoyed another year of exciting change and development, and I would like offer my gratitude to our stakeholders for their commitment and support.

We are delighted to welcome Frances Maguire to the Menzies Foundation Board. Frances brings a wealth of experience and will be an important contributor to the success of our strategic initiatives. We also welcome Natalie Gilbertson to the role of Project Manager.

During October 2019, the Foundation hosted Futurist, Professor Brian David Johnson as he explored the challenges of resolving transnational legal cyber security threats and disputes in uncertainty and complexity, amplified by the pace of technological change. Brian had a busy schedule as he delivered threatcasting workshops, the Menzies Oration, cyber week commitments, podcasts and videos. The Public and Technical Report of the lab will be released early 2020. This report will be useful input into the development of the Ninian Stephen Cyber Law program at ANU. The planning for this initiative is well underway and we look forward to the launch of the inaugural program in 2020. 

The Menzies School Leadership Fellowship Program continues to progress as the fellows now focus on Collective Efficacy within their schools. In further news, I am delighted to announce, applications for the next cohort of School Leader Fellows will open 1st March 2020, with applications open to leaders Australia Wide. Please read on below.

The Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellows have commenced the Fellowship program and are in the process of finalising goals and milestones for the next 18 months. We very much look forward to sharing their journeys with you. 

As the year comes to a close, we prepare to farewell Professor Anne-Marie Hill from the role of Chair of the Menzies Alumni Representative Committee. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Anne-Marie for her hard work as Chair over the past year and as Deputy Chair in 2018, particularly in progressing the role the Menzies Alumni play in the context of the Foundation’s new strategic direction.

Wishing you and your families a safe holiday season,

Liz Gillies

Collective Efficacy

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program (MSLFP) has now progressed into the next phase. Collective Efficacy is the central piece of the MSLFP and will provide the Fellows with a ‘sandpit’ to develop their individual and school level leadership capabilities The fellows will be supported to lead the co-design, implementation and evaluation of their respective school's collective efficacy strategy through a tailored combination of workshops, tools, expert advice, peer to peer groups and coaching. We anticipate many insights from their Collective Efficacy Projects about how to build the leadership capabilities required for collective efficacy – individually, in schools and across the wider system.

The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Menzies School Leader Fellowship Research and Evaluation Report is in development and will be released in February 2020.

In further news, applications will open 1st March 2020 for the next cohort of Menzies School Leader Fellows, with the fellowship now open to leaders Australia wide. For further information, please contact Sarah Jenkins

Menzies Orator 2020 - Professor Tina Seelig

The Foundation is delighted to announce, in partnership with University of Melbourne, Professor Tina Seelig will deliver the 2020 Menzies Oration on the 26th March. As part of the new series; the Oration is an opportunity to invest in initiatives of high national importance with Professor Seelig making an important contribution to a deeper understanding of the importance of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and is a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including Insight Out (2016), inGenius (2012), and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009). She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.

Please forward your expressions of interest and attendance to Sarah Jenkins.
Official invitations to be sent in February 2020.

The Future of Risk, Security and the Law

The Foundation is delighted to present the 2019 Menzies Oration for your viewing.

Futurist, Professor Brian David Johnson was this years, 2019 Menzies Orator. As part of the new Menzies Oration Series, partnered with University of Melbourne, he explored the Future of Risk, Security and the Law; the challenges of resolving transnational legal cyber security threats and disputes in uncertainty and complexity, amplified by the pace of technological change.

He was also joined by panellists; Head of Technology and Digitial Law at PwC, Cameron Whittfield, CEO of AustCyber, Michelle Price, Dean of ANU College of Law, Professor Sally Wheeler and CEO of ANU Cyber Institute, Dr Lesley Seebeck.

Following the Threatcasting workshops and Oration, the Public and Technical Lab Report will be released early 2020, this contributes to the work of the Foundation as it focuses on supporting Australia’s capacity to build cyber resilience.

Thank you to those who joined us.
Click below to view.

PhD student to Founder of Genics Pty Ltd 

We welcome you to learn more about Menzies Foundation Science Entrepreneur Fellow, Dr Melony Sellars as she shares her journey of PhD student to Founder of Genics Pty Ltd - solving real world problems through developing and applying novel biotech solutions. Solutions that will empower Genics to revolutionize todays shrimp farming practices to deliver global food security for the future. 

Listen to the podcast here

The Menzies Leadership Forum

The Foundation is delighted to launch The Menzies Leadership Forum.

As the Foundation strives to raise the profile of 'outstanding' leadership in Australia, we intend to offer a rich space of insights and observations around the leadership qualities required to be a leader of purpose and impact.

The first of these podcasts and videos are now available on our website. Join Menzies Foundation CEO, Liz Gillies in conversation with world renowned futurist, Prof. Brian David Johnson as they discuss how leaders and businesses best prepare themselves to take on worldwide cyber security threats and explore what leadership will look like 10 years from now and how leaders today best prepare the future. 

Menzies Alumni update

As the Menzies Foundation encourages Australians to reflect on leadership, build their own leadership capability and take leadership roles in the community, we welcome our outstanding alumni to join us. CEO of the Menzies Foundation, Liz Gillies hosted an Alumni webinar in November, providing an update of the Foundation's strategic direction and activities to date. This webinar explored Philanthropic best practice models, how the Foundation will make an impact, the Menzies Foundation strategy and execution of the strategy.

Thank you to those who participated. If there are any follow up questions, please contact Sarah Jenkins.

The Foundation is committed to continuing to engage with our Alumni in support of the Foundation's work. The Alumni connected to Science Entrepreneurship, please keep a look out for a survey from the Foundation in the next week. We hope to capture your insights regarding opportunity and barriers for Science Entrepreneurs as we continue this important work. 

Farewell Professor Anne-Marie Hill

Professor Anne-Marie Hill completed her time on the Board in November 2019.

Anne-Marie joined the Board in 2018 and made a significant contribution to developing the Foundation’s new strategic platform, including taking on the role of Chair of the Menzies Alumni Representative Committee where she was instrumental in developing the role of the Menzies Alumni in the context of the new strategic position of the Foundation.

We thank her for her service to the Foundation. Our best wishes to you Anne-Marie.

Welcome Frances Maguire

We are delighted to welcome Frances Maguire to the board of Menzies Foundation.

Frances is a Partner and the Consulting Clients and Markets Leader at PwC Australia Consulting. In addition to her current role, Frances has also been Department of Human Services Client Lead Partner; Consulting Government and Public Sector Lead; Government Strategy Practice Lead; and Firmwide NSW Government Client Lead Partner.

With more than 40 years’ experience, Frances has extensive knowledge of governance, leadership and management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Frances is committed to creating positive social outcomes and has previously been a member of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Board.

As 2019 comes to a close, Menzies Foundation would like to give thanks to the amazing support we have received throughout the year. We are grateful to our alumni, program partners and key stakeholders; all of whom have made a considerable contribution to the vision of the Foundation as we work to raise the profile and importance of outstanding leadership both in Australia and the world.

We look forward to sharing another exciting year with you in 2020 and wish you a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
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