Leadership in partnership
Foundation staff and alumni will come together this week in Canberra to engage with the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) that brings leaders from right across the Pacific together in Australia.
The Foundation is proud to be engaged with EPLD 2014 – the third Pacific leadership development initiative staged for mid-career men and women from diverse backgrounds.
The dialogue takes place under the auspices of Commonwealth Study Conferences (Australia) Inc in partnership with Commonwealth Study Conferences (New Zealand).
As a CSC alumnus, the Foundation’s own Philippa Woodhill is a member of the Australian Study Tour Committee, responsible for the Canberra component of an eight-day tour in Australia.
She said it is exciting to see the melding of a range of organisations from the leadership development space, and specifically the collaboration of several Foundation alumni with these Pacific leaders.
“Foundation CEO Matt Linnegar will be joining us at Government House tonight at a function hosted by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove,” Philippa said.
“And today we have been honoured to have ARLP Fellow and Independent MP Cathy McGowan spend time with the group at Parliament House.”
Indeed, Cathy spent time sharing with the group why perspectives from remote areas, or regions physically distanced from seats of power can be wonderful assets to leadership.
“Being a country woman in politics is my competitive advantage,” Cathy said.
Community leader Jane Mouritz, is another Foundation Fellow with ties to the EPLD, having completed the dialogue in 2010; six years after her ARLP experience.
Jane joined the Leadership WA Board in 2012, and supports projects that improve rural people’s quality of life and provide better access to facilities and services in rural communities.
“This dialogue is so relevant to the work of the Foundation—and the work of our alumni who have started their own leadership ventures,” Philippa said.
“It is wonderful to be a part of such a collegial space, where, while focal points may differ, the end goal of leadership development for the betterment of regions and communities, is shared.”
The EPLD 2014 has assembled an impressive group of leaders from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Fortuna.
The theme of the dialogue is “Navigating our Future Together”.