As part of the projects of Future Voices, we are committed to networking young people with the view to positioning them appropriately for leadership now and in the future. To achieve this, the Nelson Mandela Learning Centre plans to offer Leadership Summits annually.
2018 Annual Leadership Summit:
The ‘One Region, One People and One Future’ Inaugural Regional Youth Leadership Summit was held in Shepparton, Victoria on the 15th of June, 2018 under the auspices of Future Voices in collaboration with The Gandhi Experiment.
Former G20 Adviser Victor Perton gave the keynote address and spoke at length on the Optimistic Leader and encouraged participants to become optimistic leaders. Dr Mimmie Watts drew lessons in confidence and trust from her book, “Sahara” while other facilitators spoke on different aspects of leadership. Dr Apollo Kyobe-Nsubuga, the Chair of Future Voices spoke about the Ubuntu philosophy of Nelson Mandela.
The participants who were drawn from years 10-12 students of high schools in Shepparton as well as few who left school already, had the chance to make suggestions to how the society and our communities can develop through positive and optimistic leadership. The participants had the chance to break into small groups to brainstorm and report on their findings in a very interactive manner. The gains of that conference cannot be quantified and there will be another conference in the coming year.
Following are the highlights of the event which featured seasoned leadership experts and community leaders including Barrister Victor Perton(Former MP, Victoria); Margaret Hepworth, Founder of The Gandhi Experiment, Cheryl Hammer(Former CEO, Fairleys Foundation);
Dr Mimmie Claudine Watts, (Ambassador, Victoria Multicultural Council), David Edington(US Consulate Public Affairs Officer and other leaders.
Acknowledgement of Country
Welcome by Mark Torriero, principal of Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Mark Torriero and Margaret Hepworth
Margaret Hepworth – Founder of The Gandhi Experiment
Cheryl Hammer and Margaret Hepworth
Dr Apollo S. Nsubuga-Kyobe Chair of Future Voices Inc.
Margaret Hepworth and Victor Perton – Conference Facilitators
Victor Perton – Senior Adviser in the Australia G20
Dr Mimmie Claudine Watts
David Edington – Public Affairs Officer at the U.S Consulate