Alumni Program

An outline of upcoming curated events for the LV Alumni network of over 7,000 leaders, including 1,400 Williamson, Folio and ExperienceBank Fellows, formed over 35 years of diverse and impactful leadership programs. 

Overview

We aim to continue to inspire, mobilise and support our Alumni long after the program finishes, towards our vision of an inclusive, equitable, sustainable society.

Our Alumni Program is still experimental and developing, but we hope it continues the LV experience of learning, growing, connecting and contributing. It has three aspects:

  1. Contribution to Community – to support Alumni to boost contributions to strengthening communities and tackling complex and systemic problems.
  2. Leadership Learning – to provide opportunities for Alumni to refresh and continue leadership learning.
  3.  Alumni Connection – to create events and experiences that connect diverse Alumni in meaningful and enjoyable ways.

We have also forged partnerships with organisations such as the Melbourne Forum, to create even more opportunities for our Alumni.

Thank you to the many Alumni who have ‘taken the call’ to contribute to LV by speaking at programs and events; contributing to the LV and LVF Boards, and Advisory Committees; and providing technical expertise on areas from events to philanthropy to contract T&Cs! If you would like to help in some way, please email alumni@leadershipvictoria.org. 

Upcoming Activities

Contributing to Community

WCLP ‘The Call’

Tuesday 29 October | 5:30pm | Park Hyatt Hotel

As in previous years, we invite Williamson Fellows back to work with WCLP ’24 participants on their Collectives, to drive progress on issues critical to the Victorian community. Pop the date in your diary, and more information will follow.

Speaking & Mentoring

LV Alumni often contribute time and expertise as guest speakers and mentors in our programs. If you are interested in doing that, please contact us at programs@leadershipvictoria.org.

Leadership Learning

Getting on the CEO Track’ Webinar

Thursday 29 August 2024
12:30-1:30pm

Join LV Board member, WCLP Fellow ’15, and Senior Partner with Davidson Executive & Boards, Jarrod McLauchlan, for an interactive webinar focused on how to prepare yourself and take that hurdle into a CEO role. Jarrod will be joined by other LV Alumni who will share their experiences of making it to CEO, and the challenges they faced.

Partnership with Melbourne Forum

Melbourne Forum is a “community of curious, connected and interested Melburnians contributing to and engaging on the important issues of today and tomorrow” including a number of LV Alumni. We have partnered so that LV Alumni can access key events in their wide-ranging lineup at member’s prices. 

Drinks with Dr Gary Veale: Sustainability, Business & Leadership 

Wednesday 23 July 2024, 5:30-7:00pm 

Register here.

Drinks with The Hon Steve Bracks AC: The Bracks Timor-Leste Governance Project 

Thursday 8 August 2024, 5:30-7:30pm 

Register here

Alumni Connection

First Nations WCLP Fellows Group

We have reignited this Group if this is relevant to you and you are not yet part of it, please email alumni@leadershipvictoria.org and we will include you. 

Alumni Networking Event

Thursday 19 September 2024 

6pm-9pm 

City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley St, West Melbourne  

A casual event to allow moving and mingling, with a bit of inspiration and some fun activities to facilitate connections amongst Alumni. $40 entry includes venue, welcome drink and grazing table, and there will be a cash bar. 

Coffee Roulette

Launching soon. 

Would you like to meet up with another Leadership Victoria Alum for a coffee*? We will match you up with another Alum, and leave it to you to have a great and connecting one-on-one conversation, wherever and whenever it suits you (including online). 

We ask only that you meet by the designated end date of each round, you talk about big questions, and let us know – via a short questionnaire – how it went.  We would love to see a photo of you two as well! Look out for further communications about registering.

WCLP ’24 – Great South Coast Regional Immersive

14-16 August 

Locally based WCLP Fellows are invited to join key events of the WCLP ’24 cohort’s Regional Immersive in the Great South Coast, including a dinner and a Collective Leadership Forum with the participants of Leadership Great South Coast’s Community Leadership Program.  Please email programs@leadershipvictoria.org if you’d like to be included.  

Leadership Reboot

2-day, 1-night residential program
(Please note this program has been moved to spring, and shortened to one night.) Panorama Retreat & Resort, Dandenong Ranges

Would you like to refresh your leadership learning? Work through any leadership challenges with supportive Alumni peers? Get to know other LV Alumni in a meaningful way?

Designed and facilitated by LV’s expert faculty DR Anne Hartican, and hosted by LV CEO Katherine Ellis, this program will cover the latest in contemporary leadership development, and include compelling guest speakers. 

Ideas in Development

Stay tuned for more information, and please email alumni@leadershipvictoria.org if you have other ideas or can provide sponsorship or support to help make these things possible. 

Contribution to Community

Our Alumni have asked for facilitated support to make a greater contribution to community. To that end, we are exploring: 

Revival of SkillsBank, a matching service between community organisations needing help, and LV Alumni wanting to contribute their skills, networks and resources.  

Alumni Projects that can have larger impacts in communities. These may be extensions of the WCLP Collectives. 

Workshops where our Alumni provide Peer Case Consulting support for community leaders.  

Leadership Learning

We are also planning a number of inspiring and capability building events with compelling experts and leaders sharing their wisdom.  Ideas in development include: 

Reviving the LV Leadership Lecture, alternating annually with a First Nations Leadership Lecture.  

Webinars on: 

‘Effective contemporary giving in a civil society’ led by philanthropy expert and WCLP Fellow ’90 Genevieve Timmons. 

‘Joining & contributing to NFP Boards’  

Peer Case Consulting workshops to explore Alumni’s own leadership challenges. 

Alumni Connection

Meaningful networking events, using the tried and tested LV formula of interesting speakers and great discussion:

  • Sustainable Design, hosted by current WCLP participant Mark Davis, Head of Digital, Today at their Design Studio in Collingwood.
  • Leadership and Sport, hosted by WCLP '13 Fellow Cameron McLeod, CEO, The Huddle at North Melbourne Football Club in the hi-tech Huddle community space.

A Women Leaders Networking event for Alumni, mentors and speakers from our Women’s Leadership Program, Joan Kirner Emerging Leaders Program, and NORTH Link Women’s Leadership Program. 

A Deep & Difficult Dialogue event, to provide space for our Alumni to revisit that LV magic of hearing about new, challenging and/or provocative ideas from experts and leaders, and exploring with other great minds what those issues mean for community.  

Past Activities

Contribution to Community

Step Up to Local Government webinar  

16 April 2024 

LV partnered with the Regional Leadership Coalition (RLC) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to encourage LV Alumni to think about contributing their skills and expertise to strengthen Local Government, ahead of the elections in October 2024. Leadership in Local Government affect all our lives, and, when done well, makes our communities exponentially better. Guest speakers were:  

  • Cr Susanne Newton, Mayor of Darebin (WCLP ‘23)  
  • Cr Janet Pearce, Deputy Mayor, Macedon Ranges Shire Council (LMCLP Alumni)  
  • Cr Mary Ann Brown, Southern Grampians Shire Council & Chair of Rural Councils  
  • Kelly Grigsby, CEO, MAV 

Leadership Learning

Contemporary Non-Profits: Challenges & Opportunities  

1 May 2024 

Melbourne Forum Panel Discussion (online) 

 

Alumni Connection

WCLP ’24 – Greater Shepparton Regional Immersive 

15-17 May 2024 

Locally based WCLP Fellows joined key events of the WCLP ’24 cohort’s Regional Immersive in greater Shepparton, including a dinner and a Collective Leadership Forum with the participants of the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership’s Fairley Leadership Program.   

Reignite’ Alumni Gala Dinner 

26 October 2023 

Around 300 LV Alumni came together at Melbourne Town Hall to reconnect.