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Visions of Leadership 2019

From Academic Enrichment Coordinator, Stephanie Boyce

The Visions of Leadership Seminars provide Waverley boys with an opportunity to engage with professionals and academics in areas of expertise that may be applicable to their studies at school.  It is run through the Applied Philosophy course, but is also open to students from other subject areas and grades who may be interested in a specific career path or pattern of study.

In previous years, students at the College have had the opportunity to liaise with high profile people including The Hon. Malcom Turnbull, Her Excellency Marie Bashir (Governor of NSW), Andrew Denton, Dr Charles Teo, and Dr Stella Cornelius.

The speakers for 2019 are:

27th August – Pierre Issa – Also known as ‚ ‘Pepe Saya’, Pierre has developed a cultured butter unlike any other in Australia. Products can be seen across artisan markets and supermarkets like Harris Farm, alongside corporate partners such as Rockpool and Qantas. Pierre’s dedication to quality product and business alike allowed students to establish links between other industries such as Hospitality, to the concepts of leadership.

30th August РIta Buttrose РIta Buttrose has held executive and editing roles for major Australian media companies including Australian Consolidated Press (now Bauer Media), News Ltd and Fairfax and has run her own media company, Capricorn Publishing.  She has served on the boards of Australian Consolidated Press, News Corp, and Television & Telecasters Pty Ltd., (Network TEN).   She has worked in print, radio, and television and has written 11 books. She was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame in 2017.

8th August – Assistant Commander Rodney Smith – Working down at Goulburn Police Academy for many years, Smith gave students insight into what it means to be a leader in a very tumultuous career path. Smith was able to give students a brief glimpse into the world of a police worker, and many students gained valuable industry links to further their interest in police work as a career path. Students were not hesitant in asking all the controversial questions surrounding police work, to which Smith answered in an eloquent and informative manner.

5th August – David Gonski – David is Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is also a member of the Sydney Airport Corporation board and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners. His work in the Gonski Report was paramount to discussing findings related to how our education systems are funded.

18th September – Louise Herron was appointed CEO of the Sydney Opera House in 2012, having previously been a lawyer and corporate adviser. She was chair of Sydney‚ Belvoir Street Theatre for 10 years. Louise has led the development of the Opera House‚ Renewal program to ensure this World Heritage-listed icon and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres meets the needs and expectations of 21st-century artists, audiences and visitors.

Thank you to Dominic Hearne for your tireless effort in organising and promoting these wonderful events.