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Menzies Brief March 2020

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*Menzies Brief March 2020*

From the CEO

Welcome to the Foundation’s first newsletter for 2020.

I know that we are all watching the development of the coronavirus pandemic with feelings of concern and uncertainty. In such times, when the world is being challenged, leaders come to the fore. A deeper understanding of the attributes required to lead in such uncertain time becomes even more important – not just for those in positions of power and responsibility, but for all or us in our daily lives and communities. Sir Robert Menzies legacy of integrity, strong values and service are a great example, and the Foundation is working hard to contemporize and foster 'outstanding' leadership in Australia in the 21st century.

The Foundation aspires to raise the profile and importance of ‘outstanding’ leadership, and has built a platform to address a number of Australia’s key leadership challenges, deepen our understanding of leadership so as to contribute to the national leadership discourse.

We have spent the last two years honing our strategy and building many of the initiatives discussed in this newsletter. During 2020 we look forward to sharing the outcomes of this work and the impact we are having in Australia and in the region. 

In addition to our focus on science entrepreneurship, leadership in our schools and the law and cyber security, I am delighted to announce two additional initiatives – Menzies Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship and the Menzies Youth Leadership Conversation which we will launch during 2020. Please find out more about these programs below.

We were delighted with the response from our stakeholders to the Menzies Bushfire Leadership Appeal and raised over $25,000 to support this work. The Foundation will match this grant and has started scoping a program to support community leaders affected by the bushfires.

The Menzies Oration, A crash course in creativity, with Dr Tina Seelig, was a sell out and unfortunately has been postponed till later in the year due to travel restrictions arising from the coronavirus. Dr Seelig, often described as a ‘master in creativity’ brings a global perspective on innovation and entrepreneurship and I look forward to welcoming many of you to the Oration later in the year.

Your support for this work is much appreciated.

Liz Gillies

Menzies Oration - A crash course in creativity

The University of Melbourne and Menzies Foundation were very disappointed to postpone Dr Tina Seelig’s visit to Australia and the Menzies Oration. 

The Oration has been rescheduled for later in the year.

For the 2020 Menzies Oration, Dr Seelig will explore how we can all become more creative by drawing from the experience of 80 Melbournians of all walks of life who will attend her creative thinking workshop which will take place during her visit. 

We will advise of the new date in due course and strongly advise you to RSVP asap – we are expecting the event will sell out quickly again. Please contact Sarah Jenkins for further information.

Menzies Science Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program

During 2019 the Foundation was delighted to announce a partnership with the CSIRO’s ON Program, a national science and technology accelerator program.  Working in partnership with the CSIRO we announced the inaugural Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellows in September 2019.  Towards the end of 2019 it became clear that it is unlikely that the ON Program will be funded beyond June 2020.

Consequently, the Foundation undertook a comprehensive due diligence process to identify a new collaboration partner, and we are delighted to announce a four year partnership with the Medtech Actuator. 

As part of this exciting new partnership the Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellowship Program will include:
  • The Menzies Innovation and Impact Fellowships – Two prestigious Fellowships valued at $70,000 supported by a 12-month Fellowship Program
  • The Menzies Entrepreneurship Scholarships – Ten $10,000 scholarships awarded to junior scientists supported by a 3-month Fellowship Program
The 2020 Fellowships and Scholarships will be announced at the annual MedTech Gala Dinner.

More information to come.

Menzies Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Program

Indigenous issues continue to be one of the key leadership challenges for Australia.

In addition there is great interest in building platforms focused on women’s economic empowerment to support women to help themselves, support their families and communities, connect to markets and access financial services. 

Building from the Foundation’s science entrepreneurship platform and in partnership with Good Return, and others including Associate Professor Michelle Evans, Program Director MURRA Indigenous Business Class Program and Kimberley Jiyigas, the Foundation is delighted to be sponsoring a workshop in April at Kununurra, Western Australia, to work with the collaboration partners and indigenous women of the Kimberley to co-design this program.

We very much look forward to reporting on the outcomes of this workshop in our next newsletter.

Menzies Youth Leadership Conversation

The Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Menzies Youth Leadership Conversation, in partnership with The Ethics Centre

This initiative will use cultural probes to explore VCE students response to the ethical issues considered in the Year 11 and 12 English texts.  A selected group of these young people and English teachers will come together to develop resources to support a deeper engagement with ethics and consider ways to develop the enquiry and action learning methodology to build insight and ethical capability.

In further news, discussions are underway with Associate Professor John Bruce, Parson’s School of Design. New University to bring global expertise to the use of cultural probes and design thinking insight to develop the artifacts and communication strategy to support this conversation with Year 11 and 12 students across Australia.

Menzies Leadership Bushfire Appeal

Menzies Foundation is committed to supporting local communities impacted by the devastating fires.

The Foundation would like to thank those who contributed over $25,000 to The Menzies Leadership Bushfire Appeal.  These contributions will be matched by a grant from the Foundation.

The work to determine how best to support these communities and their leaders is well underway with Collaboration for Impact and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and we look forward to updating you in due course.

Stay tuned.

Menzies Centenary Prize 2019

Presenting Caitlyn Glover, 2019 Menzies Centenary Prize Winner.

"We had a wonderful evening celebrating a wide range of student achievement on December 17 and Caitlyn made an excellent address. Very mature and full of great advice for the students. She sincerely expressed her gratitude to the Foundation for their support". - Anne Gawith, Principal, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.

Read on for more about Caitlyn.

Menzies School Leaders Fellowship Program

Applications for the appointment of the 2020 Menzies School Leader Fellows are now open!

In partnership with Ernst & Young, Clear Horizon, Angela Mina Consulting and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the 2 year, over $1.5m program, is now offered Australia-wide to support the next generation of leaders in the Australian education system.

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program works at the individual, school and system level to build leadership capability across the education sector. This is critical in supporting school leaders who have the capacity to make catalytic change to improve student learning outcomes.

For further information, please contact Natalie Gilbertson or APPLY NOW!

Menzies Alumni update

Please keep an eye out for an update email communication from Liz Gillies, CEO and the stakeholder consultation that we are planning to undertake over coming months.

Menzies Leadership Forum

Don’t miss the conversation with world renowned futurist, Professor Brian David Johnson. The video and podcast offers insights into the implications of cyber security risk and resilience, considers the type of leadership required to mitigate these threats and explores how the leaders of today can best prepare for the future.

A year in the life of a Menzies Mentoring Fellow

The Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship is a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), a residential transition school for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities.

Edwina Green was awarded the 2019 Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship, to spend 12 months as a mentor to Year 7 students at MITS. Students from remote and regional communities come to MITS to study for a year in Melbourne while living in a home-style, safe environment. Their year at MITS is designed to enable a supported transition to city life and high school the following year.

Edwina shares her story...

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