2018 Williamson

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Williamson changes lives. Yours could be next.

One of Australia’s most sought-after leadership development experiences, the Williamson program enters its 29th year.

Williamson provides a unique year of leadership progress.  The program is a deep-dive into leadership character, an eclectic and challenging advancement of leadership strategy, and an exploration of the vital issues facing your organisation and all Australians.  This rigorous experience develops and connects leaders across sectors and generations.

The program covers an outstanding selection of critical issues facing today's leaders, brought to life by seminars from renowned leaders, field trips, case studies and other activities that culminates in an end-of-year retreat. Williamson lasts well beyond the year: your Williamson cohort typically works with you for decades post-program, and the LV network opens doors with key decision makers across Victoria and around the world.

Are you ready to:

  • Lead in our rapidly changing world?
  • Examine and test your values, worldviews and assumptions?
  • Step up and lead positive change – with and without formal authority?
  • Build your leadership capabilities to meet twenty-first century challenges?
  • Commit to exploring new ways of thinking?
  • Build new networks beyond your area of professional practice?
  • Apply your leadership to make a difference in your organisation and the community?

If so, Williamson is for you.  Your life will never be the same.  Your organisation will never look back.

"Williamson opened a Pandora's box of frightening issues, conflicting morals and very worthy lessons." Paul Eleftheriou (WCLP17), Austin Health

Embrace the challenge 

Through this unique, experiential ten-month program, Williamson will equip you to tackle contemporary leadership challenges.

Alumni mostly lead complex organisations and initiatives, and are frequently instrumental in business, government and community progress. They lead with unparalleled depth and breadth of wisdom. Their organisations succeed in new ways.

In Williamson, you will undergo a unique learning experience addressing the emerging social, economic and environmental issues of the coming years and decades.

But the experience goes much further. You will dig deep into yourself: examine your values, examine your worldviews and assumptions. You will prepare yourselves for leading change, for leading with authority and - even more importantly - leading where you have no authority but where Australia needs leaders to step up and create change.

This year we introduce Williamson Intensive, designed to improve your personal progression, through coaching and mentoring.  Each Williamson Intensive participant will be matched with a coach and a mentor, providing opportunity to personally explore Williamson topics and leadership theories.  It further leverages your leadership learnings, providing individual support to integrate your learnings into your workplace, and augmenting core program content.  

Where will your leadership journey take you?

Program Topics 

The program includes topics such as;

  • Creating a culture of innovation
  • Developing a sustainable Australia
  • Australia in a globalised world
  • Governing Australia in the 21st century
  • Leading in a diverse community, and much more.

At the conclusion of the program, participants graduate as Williamson fellows, joining our network of more than 1300 alumni.

Program Inclusions 

Williamson Intensive is a focused year-long leadership experience, that includes;

  • 26 facilitated learning sessions (4 evenings, 2 full days per month)
  • Four-star resort single accommodation including all-meals at Opening Retreat, Closing Retreat and field trips
  • Overnight field trip to regional Victoria, including transport, accommodation and meals
  • Flights, accommodation and meals at two-day field trip to Canberra
  • Behind-the-scenes Parliament House experience and meeting with Ministers and Party Leaders in Canberra
  • Psychometric tests, Leadership Profiling and Harvard’s Immunity to Change profiling
  • Over 80 guest speakers sharing practical insights and their own leadership journey
  • All pre-reading and program materials
  • One-on-one coaching sessions, including coach-matching and coach contract
  • Personal mentor, matched with past Williamson graduates to aid and guide your learning
  • Graduation Dinner
  • Longitudinal profiling post program to evaluate the impact of the  program experience

Program Dates

Program 1

Opening Retreat
Williamson 2018 Welcome Event

Thu 15 Feb 
to Sat 17 Feb
Wed 28 Feb

Program 2


Day 1: Australia’s Economic Prosperity
Day 2: Ethical Leadership

Fri 23 Mar
Sat 24 Mar

Program 3


Day 1: Leadership and the Carbon Footprint
Day 2: How our Values Shape our Leadership
Evening Program

Fri 27 Apr
Sat 28 Apr
Wed 2 May

Program 4


Day 1: A Rural and Regional Context
Day 2: A Rural and Regional Context

Fri 18 May
Sat 19 May

Program 5


Day 1: Social Cohesion and Cultural Diversity
Day 2: Immunity to Change
Evening Program

Fri 22 Jun
Sat 23 Jun
Wed 27 Jun

Program 6


Day 1: Influencing the Agenda
Day 2: Going Back to Go Forward
Evening Program

Fri 20 Jul
Sat 21 Jul
Wed 1 Aug

Program 7

Canberra field trip
Dates subject to change pending release of 2018 Parliament sitting calendar

Wed 15 Aug
Thu 16 Aug

Program 8


Day 1: Optimising Health and Wellbeing
Day 2: Group Relations and Dynamics
Evening Program

Fri 14 Sept
Sat 15 Sept
Wed 5 Sept

Program 9


Day 1: Law and Order - A Just Society
Day 2: Stories we hear and the stories we tell
Evening Program

Fri 12 Oct
Sat 13 Oct
Wed 24 Oct

Program 10

Closing Retreat

Fri 9 Nov 
to Sat 10 Nov


Presentation Dinner

Wed 21 Nov


Program fees

The program fee comprises both an organisational contribution and a participant contribution.

One Williamson scholarship will be awarded through the Disability Leadership Program. 







Williamson Intensive


$ 1,790


$ 1,790



$ 1,790


$ 1,790

All prices are ex-GST.

A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals from smaller NFP organisations who meet the eligibility criteria. Learn more.

*Standard Williamson Program does not include individual coaching, mentoring or longitudinal profiling

More Information 

Scholarship Information and Application

Psychometric Tests

2018 Development Profile Sentence Completion Test

Terms and Conditions


What our alumni say

“There are important benefits to my organisation from participating in the Williamson 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, KPMG

 “Listening and understanding the stories of such a diverse range of leaders has been so enriching and challenging. Many of them will stay with me forever and remind me of the importance of leaders knowing their own stories and staying true to their values which I will continue to strive to do.” Rosie Wheen (WCLP'15), Director of International Programs, WaterAid Australia

 “Whilst the issues-focussed Friday programs were an eye- opener it was the ‘immunity to change’ leadership day that resonated most with me. The opportunity to self-reflect on my individual immunities to change and consider the impact and benefits of increased self-awareness to me as an individual and my organisation was profound.” Grant Cosgriff (WCLP'15), Executive Director, Triathlon Victoria 

“Beyond being a truly uplifting and humbling experience with a fabulous cohort, the Williamson Community Leadership Program has helped me find authenticity in all aspects of life. For that I will be forever grateful.” David Campbell (WCLP’13), Consultant, Egon Zehnder