The second Kangaroo Island Emerging Leaders Program commenced on Thursday, May 16 with the 10 successful candidates convening for an introductory session at the Aurora Ozone Hotel in Kingscote.
The successful 10 candidates for 2019 are Sarah Strong-Law, Dennis Jamieson, Lyn Dohle, Tam Bailey, Melissa Grimes, Jennifer Trethewey, Maria Morgan, Simon Windsor, Carly Bussenschutt and Sophie Sheridan.
Kangaroo Island Emerging Leaders Program is being conducted with funding support from the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and from the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island (OCKI).
The funding for this year's program was secured by the industry associations on KI, led by the KI Industry & Brand Alliance (KIIBA) with project support provided by Jennifer Trethewey from OCKI.
KIIBA manager Shauna Black said the leadership program provided an incredible experience for participants from a range of industries to bring tangible and real growth in leadership to the Island by developing skills and confidence among KI business and emerging leaders.
"Individuals are challenged to leverage their strengths and confront areas for personal development and are guided through the program by prominent leader Brian Cunningham, who has a long history in working with leaders in government, the private sector and in sport," Ms Black said.
"It's tremendous to think that we attracted 21 candidates and I thank all of them for taking on the challenge of putting themselves forward for selection. I know that many of the past leadership program group spent time talking to potential candidates for this year's program and I thank them for their support."
The selection panel considered a number of factors in determining the successful candidates such as their:
- Leadership aspirations
- Vision for KI
- Industry and community organisations in which they have participated
- Qualifications or aspirations for training and development
- Availability for the five-month program
The panel was also interested in diversity of industries represented and as far as possible achieving a gender balance.
"It was a very tough task for the panel to choose the successful candidates and I also thank all those who put their name forward for selection," Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana said.
The selection panel members were Tony Nolan (Chairman, KIIBA), Sue Arlidge (Consultant), Jayne Bates (SA Tourism Commission Board Member and community leader), Brian Cunningham (Leader of the Program) and Wendy Campana (Commissioner for Kangaroo Island).
The program started May 16 with a half-day workshop and a series of "one-on-one" coaching sessions with Brian Cunningham, which continues over a five-month period, culminating in an "Adelaide Immersion" two-day experiential visit.
Candidates will also have a series of psychometric tests to gain further insights into their leadership styles working with organisational psychologist Tim Ridgway.
"Last year we had a strong group of committed KI leaders and I am looking forward to working with our new group," Mr Cunningham said. "The 2018 program received very favourable feedback and in 2019 we have another outstanding group who will have a terrific growth opportunity in front of them."