About Williamson

Williamson is a unique, immersive year long program designed to transform the way you think about your leadership purpose.

The program is built on the premise of experimentation. It will push you to continually challenge how and why you lead. It will expand the way you see the world and change the way you exercise leadership. You will engage unusual voices and learn to mobilise and empower others to do extraordinary things in your organisation and community. You will become adept at strategic analysis, systems thinking, sense making, and will critically examine the challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders.

You will experience an enormous shift in the way you activate in your workplace, community and personal life.

Achieve impact in complex and rapidly changing environments, discover your leadership purpose and support your organisation and your community to perform better, and adapt and thrive in today’s world.

Who Should Apply

Williamson attracts people who are looking for something different in a learning experience. They are people who  

  • Are curious about how to make a bigger difference through exercising leadership and create a greater impact in their organisation and broader society.  
  • Have significant management experience (10+ years), or leadership experience in other areas of life 
  • Have a sense of their moral and ethical self, and want to contribute to a better world 

To further enrich the learning each year, group participants span a range of fields, age groups, sectors and backgrounds 

Program Outcomes

You will emerge from the experience with: 

  • A broader and deeper understanding of approaches to leadership and the themes sitting at the heart of societal challenges and issues.  
  • A greater sense of personal obligation to contributing to our society  
  • Increased confidence in exercising leadership 
  • Connecting with others more empathetically to engage more effectively in change 
  • To transform the way you think and act to be better equipped to operate in complex environments 

Program Inclusions

  • 4 multi day immersives – a Welcome at the start, Rural & Regional and Canberra Immersives during the program and Commencement at the end – offer deep learning experiences 
  • 6 Theme Days designed to expose participants to new perspectives & experiences on themes at the heart of societal issues     
  • 6 Leadership Days designed to practice and explore leadership principles and competencies 
  • 2 Virtual provocation sessions during the year designed to create fresh insights on contemporary leadership  
  • 4 evening events to celebrate, challenge and engage  
  • Deep exploration of the Leadership Development Framework and unique participant profile, through small group debriefs to support development of meaning-making for leadership 

Program Dates

2021 Investment

Williamson fees are structured so that there is an organisational and an individual component. Program fee includes GST.

Standard NFP Individual Contribution
Williamson Intensive $21,175$17,930$2,057
Williamson Standard $16,049$13,750$2,057

Williamson Intensive includes a 1:1 Harthill debrief, three coaching sessions and a follow up Harthill retest and debrief post program.

Participants can purchase additional coaching sessions during the year.

Program details are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice. Please view our terms and conditions which includes information about our cancellation policy.

There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson Leadership Program. By Broadening our awareness and perspectives beyond our immediate workplace and comfort zones, we are far more able to challenge ourselves to be stronger leaders, and in doing this, offer far more to our clients and the community.

Anthony Coops (WCLP'12), Partner at KPMG

2019-10-02T00:31:29+11:00

Anthony Coops (WCLP'12), Partner at KPMG

There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson Leadership Program. By Broadening our awareness and perspectives beyond our immediate workplace and comfort zones, we are far more able to challenge ourselves to be stronger leaders, and in doing this, offer far more to our clients and the community

Williamson has allowed me to reassess and reframe my leadership journey to ensure that I am able to lead and motivate people in complex and volatile environments. I recognise that I sometimes need to be gentler on myself and step back on the balcony and enjoy the view. I have found a wonderful network of confidantes who will live in my consciousness and help me navigate my ongoing leadership journey.

Samantha Sharp (WCLP'17), Director of Commissioning and Performance at Western Victoria Primary Health Network

2019-10-02T00:46:36+11:00

Samantha Sharp (WCLP'17), Director of Commissioning and Performance at Western Victoria Primary Health Network

Williamson has allowed me to reassess and reframe my leadership journey to ensure that I am able to lead and motivate people in complex and volatile environments. I recognise that I sometimes need to be gentler on myself and step back on the balcony and enjoy the view. I have found a wonderful network of confidantes who will live in my consciousness and help me navigate my ongoing leadership journey.

Hearing from a range of leaders on some of the complex issues we are grappling with in our society has been inspiring. The willingness of the speakers to be so open with what they have learnt, their core beliefs and their leadership journeys, has been extremely thought-provoking and shaped and changed my own leadership style and approach.

Sasha Torsi (WCLP'16), Head of Communications, Children & Families, Disability, Ageing & Carers at Department of Health and Human Services

2019-10-02T00:32:12+11:00

Sasha Torsi (WCLP'16), Head of Communications, Children & Families, Disability, Ageing & Carers at Department of Health and Human Services

“Hearing from a range of leaders on some of the complex issues we are grappling with in our society has been inspiring. The willingness of the speakers to be so open with what they have learnt, their core beliefs and their leadership journeys, has been extremely thought-provoking and shaped and changed my own leadership style and approach.”

The Williamson program is a leadership opportunity that will open your eyes to different ways of thinking rather than providing more of the same. Williamson provided me with a better way of engaging with issues and seeing other options and broadening my way of thinking. The program has made me a more effective leader, achieving better outcomes for my clients.

Adam Brooks (WCLP'13), Partner at Thomson Geer

2019-10-02T00:49:01+11:00

Adam Brooks (WCLP'13), Partner at Thomson Geer

The Williamson program is a leadership opportunity that will open your eyes to different ways of thinking rather than providing more of the same. Williamson provided me with a better way of engaging with issues and seeing other options and broadening my way of thinking. The program has made me a more effective leader, achieving better outcomes for my clients.

For me, Williamson has highlighted the importance of people and communication in leadership. A common thread through the program was the importance of articulating your vision and understanding other people's motivations in order to bring them along with you. This has led me to be more conscious in how I communicate with others.

Shasta Holland (WCLP'17), Director System Stewardship and Data Reform at Department of Justice and Community Safety

2019-10-02T00:35:49+11:00

Shasta Holland (WCLP'17), Director System Stewardship and Data Reform at Department of Justice and Community Safety

For me, Williamson has highlighted the importance of people and communication in leadership. A common thread through the program was the importance of articulating your vision and understanding other people's motivations in order to bring them along with you. This has led me to be more conscious in how I communicate with others.

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