First Peoples Leading - NEXT GEN

An empowering program that builds confidence, resilience and skills for aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people leaders.

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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.

Nicole Major

Senior Associate

Sally-Anne Ross

Executive Central
Principal & Facilitator

Jason Ardler

Co-Founder & Director

David Major

Co-Founder & Director

Glenn Ball

Executive Central
Co-Founder & Director

Paul Garcia

Executive Central Facilitator

Course Overview

Emerging leaders or people starting out in their career often have the talent and drive for success, what they may lack is the confidence, resilience and networks they need to step into their potential.

Being in the workforce as a capable First Nations person brings with it an array of pressures and expectations from employers, family and self. You may be the only First Nations person in your team or organisation. Perhaps you are the first in your family to go to university or hold a job. Not only are you expected to be good at what you do, but also represent and be a voice for First Nations perspectives, and a role model for people in your family and community.

The program is delivered online via live video stream and is uniquely engaging experience. Delivered over 3 weeks, the program is centred around 3 x 2.5 hour workshops, comprehensive self- directed e-learning resources and 1:1 mentoring.

This is an interactive and participatory program and an opportunity to develop long-lasting connections and powerful professional networks. It is guaranteed to have a positive impact on participants.

Program features 

  • Highly experienced and respected First Nations facilitators and presenters
  • Evidence-based best practices from current research on leadership
  • Topic and industry experts

Program Dates

Grads:  21 June 2023
Aspiring People Leaders:  4 July 2023
Aspiring People Leaders:  5 September 2023

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What You Can Expect

3 Expert Online Workshops delivered over 3 weeks

3 x 1:1 Mentoring Sessions

Access To Online Learning Material

Develop key skills including resilience, team effectiveness & communicating for impact

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FPL NEXT GEN is a program tailored for First Nations people who are aspiring people leaders. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Define and align purpose, values, aspiration and ambition

  • Understand how to develop your resilience and lead with dignity and authenticity

  • Understand how to communicate for influence and impact

  • Establish and maintain professional networks
  • Understand your own unique operating style and how this contributes to team performance

Workshop 01

What is Leadership?

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

Workshop 02

Standing Where You Are

  • Operating Styles 
  • Communication 
  • Dignity 
  • Authentic Leadership 

Workshop 03

Looking Ahead

  • Resilience 
  • Being an Effective Team Member 
  • Leadership investment – Ambition & managing self

Who Is This Program For

FPL NEXT GEN is a program tailored for First Nations people who are aspiring people leaders.

Next Gen – Aspiring People Leaders

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking for culturally relevant workshops to give their career a boost
  • Team members who want to develop leadership skills to take the next step into team leader roles
  • Team members wanting to understand and enhance effective team performance
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wanting to develop confidence, tools and networks to support their career success

Next Gen – Grads

  • For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates entering the workforce who want to develop foundational leadership skills for career success
  • Graduates who are looking to understand how to have impact and enhance their ability to operate effectively within teams
  • Graduates looking to develop skills and tools for success in the workplace
  • First Nations Graduates who are wanting culturally safe and relevant workshops to investigate their unique leadership style

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

Were you unable to attend our recent program? We have the following future programs, enrol today to ensure you don’t miss out as program numbers are limited and sell out quickly.

14 May 2024
Aspiring People Leaders

3 September 2024
Aspiring People Leaders

Develop and energise your authentic talents

Embrace and hone your unique skills to empower your leadership journey

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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