Aspiring Leaders Day 2018



Aspiring Leaders Day was held on Friday 22nd June at Ascot House.

VPA was delighted to host over 50 aspiring leaders who were empowered throughout the day to take on leadership challenges with success.


The day started with our keynote speaker, Rachel Robertson, whose inspiring presentation about leading an expedition to Antarctica resonated strongly with all our attendees. Rachel’s presentation, The Future of Teamwork, challenged the participants to understand why respect is more critical than harmony through exploring the concepts of ‘No Triangles’ – encouraging and supporting people to deal with their problems and conflict resolution head on; dealing with the ‘Bacon Wars’ – caring about the little things; understanding boundaries and how to set them to protect your mental health; and unpacking ways to generate trust and loyalty in those around you.


This was followed by the team from AITSL, who unpacked the new resource Leading for Impact, as well as sharing the many varied tools and supports available through the AISTL website.


Aspirant leaders were then treated to one module of the Building Leadership in Schools (BLiS) program, a course that originated in the Hume Network to build capacity of middle leaders in schools and was presented by VPA State Councillors Jane Hancock (Coburg PS) and Deborah Crane (Willmont Park PS). The last session of day provided the aspirant leaders with an opportunity to hear from a principal panel consisting of Jo Menzel (Quarry Hill PS), Kirshy McAinch (Bendigo Special School) and Glenn Butler (Mount View PS), who all shared their respective leadership journeys.


We were extremely pleased to have so many of our Business Partners join us for the event and we extend warm thanks to them for their attendance.

Thank you to Jane, Deb, Jo, Kirshy and Glenn for their support of the program.


We would also like to extend our gratitude and special thanks to Bank First, who provided additional sponsorship to support our future leaders. 


Check out some of the photos from the day below!








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