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Menzies Brief September 2020

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*Menzies Brief September 2020*

From the CEO

We are delighted to provide this update on the work of the Foundation.

The importance of deepening our understanding of leadership and gleaning a nuanced insight into how best to support leadership capability has never been more important – COVID and the implications of the virus for Australia and the world magnifies this imperative.

So many of the leadership attributes that are evident in our work are the very qualities that all of us must nurture and develop as we contend with the challenges of this time. Clarity of purpose, adaption and working in complexity are key pillars to navigating a post COVID world. Over the last months lifting our heads beyond the immediate has at times felt daunting – however the outstanding work by our collaborators partners in many of the Foundation’s initiatives is shining a light on the power of deep listening and new forms of collaboration to address these challenges.

This newsletter provides insights into this work – and provides a snapshot of the deep commitment we have to raising the profile and importance of ‘outstanding’ leadership. 

We would be delighted if you would like to join us in supporting our initiatives. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Liz Gillies

Menzies Oration Series presents

In a post-COVID world, how do we pivot to unlock creativity and innovation to build a brighter future?

Dr Tina Seelig, a world-renowned Stanford University Professor, speaker and best-selling author on innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity is the 2020 University of Melbourne Menzies Orator.

Drawing on insights from a workshop with a group of Australia’s next generation entrepreneurs, Tina will consider the power of ‘creativity with constraints’ and challenge us to unlock our potential and creativity to innovatively pivot to a reimagined future.

A sell out Oration before COVID prevented Tina from coming to Australia - register for this rescheduled dynamic, interactive webinar from a globally renowned master, teacher, and mentor.

Wednesday 7th October 2020 | 12:30pm | Brought to you virtually via Zoom

Register now

Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program 

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the education sector and created an extremely challenging environment for school leaders. In acknowledging this, the Menzies School Leader Fellowship program has focused on supporting our current cohort of Fellows. The recruitment of the second cohort has been delayed until early 2020. 

We are delighted to share this podcast/interview with Karen Snibson, Principal, Phoenix P-12 Community College, Sebastopol and Angela Mina, the Fellowship Programs Leadership Coach which provides a powerful insight into the importance of the initiative and the difference it is making on the ground. 

The application process for the second cohort of Fellows will open in February 2021.

ANU Ninian Stephen Cyber Law Program

The Foundation is delighted to announce the ANU Ninian Stephen Cyber Law Program will be offered by the ANU College of Law in October 2020. The program considers the intersection between the law, cyber and technology, with particular focus on data and privacy.

Places limited! 
Enrol here

Science Entrepreneurship

In conversation with Dr Melony Sellers and Dr Simon Gross. Listen now.

Citizen Leadership and Community Resilience

Our collaboration with Collaboration for Impact and Dr Ariella Helfgott is underway. This initiative is an outcome of the Menzies Foundation Bushfire Appeal and is focused on engaging with communities confronting the aftermath of the bush fires and COVID, to better understand how to support citizen leadership and community resilience.

The initiative will train members of five different communities to collect, record and reflect on their own stories. The five communities are on Kangaroo Island, and in East Gippsland, Mallacoota, Burnie and Beechworth. The power of these stories and the lessons and wisdom they contain will deepen our collective understanding of what leadership means contextually and guide the development of approaches to support and empower these citizen leaders and their communities. The insights and learnings will be made available to other communities across Australia.

We look forward to sharing these stories as the initiative gets underway.

Menzies Alumni Update

The Menzies Alumni stakeholder consultation to discuss our alumni’s experiences, expectations, and motivations regarding the Foundation is underway. Our Alumni have been identified as high potential leaders and are doing outstanding work in their fields of endeavor. 

We look forward to sharing the outcomes of this consultation in due course and continuing to explore ways to support our Alumni in their leadership journeys.
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