Beyond Networking to Connecting LV event

3 April 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

The first LV Alumni event of 2012, ‘Beyond Networking to Connecting’, was a fantastic night for all involved.

Building off the foundations of last year’s Alumni events which focused on creating networks, this year LV explored how to make your existing networks more meaningful. LV understands that good networks can be assets for life; particularly if the relationship has progressed to a deeper level of understanding and mutual respect.

The event took place at The Cube in ACMI, and was hosted by the energetic Lynne Cazaly (WCLP ’02).  Lynne’s experience as a group facilitator certainly showed; her humorous manner kept the crowd entertained and created a real buzz in the room.

Alumni were asked to participate in two activities; ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ and ‘Make the Most of It’.

The first activity involved the guests having to find two people in the room they didn’t know and to tracing a link between their connections (six degrees). The second consisted of the guests dividing into four groups and generating ideas about how LV’s new office space in the Old Treasury Building could be used to keep Alumni connected.

In between the two activities Alumni heard a speech by new LV Executive Director Richard Dent; something many described as the highlight of the night. Richard spoke about a crucible moment in his leadership journey and the resilience he acquired as a result of this experience.

He also spoke about his commitment to keeping LV’s Alumni engaged and involved. “We realised some time ago that our organisation is nothing without the Alumni - in short they are our driving force,” he said. Richard talked about his passion for driving social change, and the Alumni’s role in bringing this about.

The night also included an ongoing Twitter competition, a V-Jay (visual image DJ) and a business card draw.

The prize for best Tweet - two passes to the opening night of the Fred Williamson exhibition at the NGV – was generously provided by LV's media partner The Age. The winner was Ellie Payne (WCLP ’11) for her insightful tweet “From rooster to feather duster. Thank you Richard Dent for sharing a valuable crucible moment.”

Mark Patterson (WCLP '08) was the lucky winner of the business card draw, winning a night’s accommodation at the Werribee Mansion Hotel.

It was a great start to the year, and we hope to see many of you at our next alumni night in June.

To view the photos from the night, visit LV's Facebook page.