What’s new in the Alumni network this May

Welcome to new cohorts & alum

It’s always exciting to welcome new Alumni! We’ve had participants from Shaping your Energy Future program and our Milparanga Established Program graduate in April. And more will join us after completing their Agribusiness Leadership Program this week in Orange, NSW. We look forward to staying connected with you.  

And we were thrilled to see so many attend a Community and Alumni event, tied to session delivery of our current Australian Rural Leadership Program cohort in Kapunda, just an hour north of Adelaide. Over 35 guests from the community and our Alumni network joined as the cohort presented their project initiatives.  

Thanks to all our Alum who attended and who are choosing to stay connected. And a big thanks to our C30 participants and the ALRP team for hosting such dynamic event.   

Our Shape your Own Energy Future alumni at their graduation event in Miles QLD earlier in April

Alumni events

Come see us at Beef Week  Rockhampton 

Beef Week – oh my goodness!! You have almost arrived! I am still getting my head around just what a big deal Beef Week is. Rockhampton must be absolutely buzzing right now. And we know there’ll be lots of Alumni in attendance. So I was keen to mention two key ARLF events – both set for Thursday 9th May.  

ARLF Panel Forum  

Thanks to the team from James Cook Uni (JCU) and Alum Sabina Knight, we have four Alum taking part in a panel discussion at the JCU Pavilion.  

When : Thursday 9 May,  9.30 – 10.30 am Where:  JCU Pavilion   

The crew will discuss “How to meet unique challenges with leadership as a tool – raising leadership stakes in rural, regional and remote Australia.”  

Many thanks to Rob Hardie, Fleur Anderson, Aaron Kiely and Jessica Loughland for saying ‘YES’ and agreeing to take part. If you’re free and at Beef Week, we’d love to see you in the audience.  And bring a friend/colleague along too!   

ARLF Alumni Gathering  

And – we are keen to create a time to bring all alumni together for a catch up. And a photo op too.  

When: Thursday 9 May, 5 – 7pm      Where: The Lawn (look out for the ARLF banner).  

Come and see us at Beefweek Rockhampton on 9 May

Alum updates

Alum’s appearance on Gardening Australia, 3 May   

Make sure you tune into Gardening Australia and check out the segment featuring Alum Dr Mary Retallack (ARLP 15) on ABC iview. It seems like Mary had a fantastic time with the Gardening Australia team, showing how you can work in harmony with nature (and not against it). And how ecological principles apply not only to vineyards, but all production areas including backyard veggie patches.  

And it sounds like Mary’s veggie patch is pretty impressive.   

Donna Digby and her band of supporters reach over $25 000 in donations!!  

As Graham Smith safely finishes his recent bike riding fundraiser for the ARLF, the baton is swiftly handed over to ARLP Fellow Donna Digby. Donna, from Course 28, is absolutely determined to fundraise $50,000 for an ARLP scholarship for a Central Australian Leader.   

Her ARLP journey transformed her life, giving her a broader perspective and connecting her with her inner courage. It was a path that let her express her unique “Territory” perspective. She is now passionate about offering this opportunity to others in the NT region. 

Her first major fundraising initiative is the inaugural Leadership on Larapinta Fundraising Walk, scheduled for 23-31 May 2024. Donna and nine other beautifully supportive walkers will enjoy the Larapinta Trail together. Seven of those walking are also ARLF Alumni.  

Donna’s keen to reach $30,000 by the start of the walk.  Click here for more info and to donate. Every little bit counts!  

Donna Digby and fellow ARLF alum will soon depart on their fundraising trek along the Larapinta Trail

Alum catchups

For some time now, we have been using the CuppaTea@3pm concept to reconnect cohorts with each other, through a series of virtual catchups.  Building on this concept, we are now using it as a tool to help us stay connected with some of our more current cohorts – and now set up chats at 12 months post program.    

And now it continues to morph and grow again.  We are starting to expand the CuppaTea concept to bring together Alumni who work within a similar sector.  Firstly, we keen to ensure you know other Alumni in your industry, and we also keen to better understand how your program experience has helped to support the impact of your work.   

These Cuppas too will help us to begin to create some nuanced networks within the broader network.  Mighty Networks is the platform we will use to aid your connection. More details on that to come. But if you belong to a particular sector and would love to see us convene a Cuppa for you and alumni in your industry, reach out and let us know.     

Upcoming catchups

Keep an eye out for our email with calendar invites. 

  • AALP 2019 Wed 8 May, 3.00 pm
  • TRAIL 2019 Wed 15 May, 3.00 pm
  • AALP 2021 Wed 22 May, 3.00 pm
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