The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation partnered with the University of Queensland to create an Executive Leadership Program to support leaders of TFFF partner organisations. Community leaders were provided with an opportunity to come together, to broaden their peer network, and to develop professional skills in the areas of leadership, collaboration, and sustainable innovation.
As a part of its Futureproof investment stream, the TFFF has worked in collaboration with the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) to create the TFFF Executive Leadership Program. The program was designed to assist in strengthening impact and growth for organisations supported by TFFF, empowering leaders for long term, sustainable impact. Through this program, TFFF aims to foster collaborative networks, cultivate leadership excellence, and encourage sustainable business practices that have a lasting impact on communities.
The program was facilitated by a team of leading UQ Business School academics in the fields of leadership, social impact, organisational culture, stakeholder management, and innovation. It was co-designed by a working group involving leaders of organisations currently supported by the TFFF.
The inaugural cohort consisted of 12 leaders from organisations across Queensland and the Northern Territory, working in the arts, education, community services, and health sectors. Participants were provided with tools to develop leadership and organisational sustainability under the pillars of people and process: resilience, capacity building, collaboration and networking, along with sustainable business models, governance, and innovation.
Following an online pre-program session, TFFF Trustees, Advisors and staff hosted the inaugural cohort of the TFFF Executive Leadership Program for a welcome event on the evening of the 12th of May. Attendees then embarked on two days of in-person collaborative learning and professional development at the University of Queensland, and later completed a post-program check in.
Participants in the program have shared early reflections and insights following their experience:
"I would highly recommend this program continue and I look forward to connecting with the group members on an ongoing basis."
"I really appreciated engaging with the UQ faculty on Friday evening and during the breaks on Saturday. All UQ staff were passionate, knowledgeable and energized about the course."
"The other highlight was being able to share the time with so many people outside of [my] sector, all of whom are doing really important work. It was a real gift of exchange."
"Deep gratitude to the Foundation for being so generous and invested in the organisations you support."
All photos by Thomas Oliver for Atmosphere Photography.
The TFFF Executive Leadership Program is funded through the Futureproof stream.