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First Peoples Leading Foundation

First Peoples Leading Foundation

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Program Thought Leaders and Facilitators

This program is delivered by industry experts and executive coaches who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the program.

Jason Ardler

Thirriwirri
Co-Founder & Director

David Major

Thirriwirri
Co-Founder & Director

Glenn Ball

Executive Central
Co-Founder & Director

Rachel Ardler

Thirriwirri
Senior Associate

Nicole Major

Thirriwirri
Senior Associate

Sally-Anne Ross

Executive Central
Principal & Facilitator

Rick Macourt

Thirriwirri
Senior Associate

Paul Garcia

Executive Central Facilitator

Course Overview

This program is targeted at the top echelon of First Nations leaders in government, community and corporate to collectively elevate the current and emerging generation of executive changemakers. FPL Changemakers is unique in that it is non-sector specific, strengths focussed, and focussed on harnessing the collective knowledge and experience of the program team and participants.

FPL Changemakers creates a safe and innovative space for collaboration, excellence and the foundations of a professional network that will evolve with participants throughout their leadership journey. The FPL Network is already more than 120 strong across Australia, join us and thrive!

The program is delivered both online via live video stream and face to face. Delivered over 12 weeks, the program is centred around 2 x 2 day workshops and 2 x 2.5 hour online workshops, comprehensive e-learning resources, intra-sessions tasks and activities and 1:1 executive coaching.

Unique Program features 

  • Highly experienced and respected First Nations facilitators and presenters

  • Evidence-based best practices from current research and lived experience in leadership

  • Topic and industry experts

  • Relevant and contemporary case studies

  • Valuable networking opportunities and events

Program Dates

Workshop 1 – Wed 23 August 2023 (Online)

Workshop 2 – Tue 5 – Wed 6 September 2023

Workshop 3 – Wed 11 – Thu 12 October 2023

Workshop 4 – Thu 26 October 2023 (Online)

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What You Can Expect

2 Online Workshops

2 x 2 day face-to-face workshops

2 Networking Events

6 x 1:1 Executive Coaching Sessions

Access to extensive online learning material

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FPL Changemakers

FPL Changemakers is a program tailored for First Nations people who are experienced senior leaders and executives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the impact of your purpose, aspiration and emotional intelligence on your leadership
  • Flex your own unique operating style and build high performing teams
  • Strengthen your resilience and lead with dignity to create a positive culture
  • Explore and celebrate authentic First Nations leadership
  • Exploring difficult conversations and coaching your staff
  • Sharpen your ability to communicate for influence and impact
  • Establish and maintain professional networks and identify your executive brand

Workshop 01 Online

The Power of Executive Leadership?

  • What is leadership 
  • Purpose & Aspiration 
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • I-We-You Leadership Framework 
  • Imposter Syndrome 

Workshop 02 (2 days)

Standing Where You Are

  • Operating Styles 
  • Communication 
  • Dignity 
  • Authentic Leadership 

Workshop 03 (2 days)

Impactful Leadership

  • Resilience
  • Facilitation and influencing 
  • Presenting under pressure: Clarity of message

  • Adaptive change questions: Community adaptive situation

  • Critical conversations: Difficult conversations; Coaching your staff

  • Creating positive culture

  • Systems and strategic thinking

  • Storytelling

  • Shadowing of exec

Workshop 04 (Online)

Looking Ahead

  • Life map
  • Career map
  • Sharing shadowing experience
  • Executive Brand
  • Networking

Who Is This Program For

  • Experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior leaders or executives looking for greater impact

  • Leaders who want to become part of the strength based and supportive leadership network across Australia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Changemakers wanting a culturally safe and innovative space for collaboration, excellence and professional networks that will evolve with your leadership journey
  • Leaders looking for contemporary, innovative and impactful tools and coaching
 




For Aboriginal leaders, the social and moral obligation that comes with community leadership is life-long. Those who lead, who have authority, must care for and look after those who come behind.

- Senator Patrick Dodson

“Our aspiration is not just to create great First Nations leaders, but to create great leaders, full stop! Purposeful leaders, equipped with the agility and confidence to respond adaptively and with dignity to the unprecedented complexity and pace of change currently experienced by our communities and organisations.”

Jason Ardler & David Major

Thirriwirri Co-Founding Directors

Upcoming Program Dates

This program is only offered once a year, with limited places available.

Develop and energise your authentic talents, Embrace and hone your unique skills to empower your leadership journey

Step into your leadership style with great influence and impact.

The First Peoples Leading program is a partnership of Executive Central and Thirriwirri.

Thirriwirri is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated organisation formed for the purpose of supporting First People communities and others to build the confidence, capabilities and connections to work together differently to achieve improved outcomes. The Directors of Thirriwirri have a combined 40 years senior executive experience, leading multi-disciplinary teams, strategy and reform across a range of complex policy areas.

Thirriwirri is Supply Nation Registered and NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Assured.

Acknowledgement of Country

We pay our respects to Elders and community leaders, and those leaders that came before us, who for millennia have maintained the world’s oldest surviving cultures and who have made it possible for us to do what we do. We acknowledge the strength and innovation of our young people, the leaders and Elders of the future.

We also pay respect to the non-First Nation people we work with who share our vision for an empowered, prosperous and culturally assured First Nations Australia.

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