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Cultivating Connections – Networks, contacts and the power of alumni

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31 May 2023 @ 12:30 pm 1:30 pm AEST

One of the most beneficial outcomes of being in a group of people undertaking an activity together is what happens afterwards, when you become part of the graduated cohort. Through our leadership programs, you become part of the alumni within that group and within a wider network of graduates. These networks can be one of the most powerful results, and resources, of a learning experience. However, as much we plan to stay connected, life’s demands and distractions can sometimes make it tricky. This webinar will discuss the power of an alumni network, how to cultivate and sustain relationships, and the collegiality and energy that can come from belonging to a tribe who speak your language. 


Briony Arnold has been director of Perth-based Jouerdine Consultancy since 2018, involved in projects that enhance outcomes for Aboriginal people, reconciliation and personal growth. After a career of more than 20 years in education around the state, issues for youth, particularly in regional areas, are high on the agenda. Briony has developed the Aboriginal Leadership Conferences in Albany 2020 and 2021 together with the Great Southern Noongar Emerging Leaders Group, and is currently involved in developing youth support programs, Aboriginal support programs and RAP plans for a variety of agencies in Western Australia. Briony is also an ARLF alumni and LARC facilitator.  

Paris Dennett is an engagement professional with almost a decade of experience in Alumni Relations and the Advancement of tertiary education. She works for University of Tasmania where she currently heads up Advancement Services, the hub responsible for all the moving parts behind the institutions Advancement Office (Alumni Relations and Philanthropy). A certified Alumni Practitioner, Paris has a deep understanding of alumni relations strategy, planning, project management and program development. She believes that leveraging alumni connections and engaging with the right networks, in the most effective ways, is where the magic happens. Paris is particularly passionate about seeing rural communities and their people thrive and is also a LARC graduate. She lives in a rural historic town on the North-West coast of Tasmania with her husband and 6-year-old twins, spending most of her free time renovating a very tired 130-year-old weatherboard cottage. 

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