NextGen leaders nurtured during COVID-19

NextGen planning: Graham Lancaster, Daniel Rowan and Debra Murphy sign an MOU to extend the Illawarra Leadership Program three years. Picture: Adam McLean.
NextGen planning: Graham Lancaster, Daniel Rowan and Debra Murphy sign an MOU to extend the Illawarra Leadership Program three years. Picture: Adam McLean.

Regional Development Australia Illawarra, the University of Wollongong' Sydney Business School and The Illawarra Connection this week renewed their commitment to encourage our emerging generation of leaders.

Meeting at the UOW Innovation Campus representatives from the three organisations announced three-and-a-half new scholarships for the next Leadership Illawarra Program intake.

Leadership Illawarra Program steering committee chair Daniel Rowan, Sydney Business School representative and UOW Faculty of Business and Law executive dean Colin Picker and The Illawarra Connection president Graham Lancaster singed a Memorandum of Understanding as a commitment of support for three more years. All expressed the importance of fostering growth and development of participants.

The program is designed to enhance the leadership skills and experience of emerging leaders so they can better support the community and economic growth of the region

RDA Illawarra's Debra Murphy said the COVID-19 Pandemic has not stopped interest being shown for the next two year intake starting in February 2021.

Mr Lancaster said the networking and mentor/mentee relationships were among the great benefits that lasted long after each two year program.

Mr Rowan encouraged people to apply for the next intake now.

'We are looking for 15 to 20 fee paying students for the next two year cohort," he said.

Mr Rowan said he had seen first hand the benefits to a business of having an employee do the program.

"Jacinta Cali went through as an Internetrix employee for her own personal development as a future leader".

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This story NextGen leaders nurtured during COVID-19 first appeared on Illawarra Mercury.