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AIM partners with Jawun to deliver an innovative leadership development opportunity

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Accelerating Leadership Talent (ALT) is a personal and professional development program designed to develop emerging leaders by combining the benefits of working cross functionally and cross culturally.

AIM has partnered with Jawun (which means ‘friend’ in the Kuku Yalanji language of Mossman Gorge), an innovative not-for-profit that aims to provide mutually rewarding leadership experiences for Australia’s leading companies and organisations as well as Indigenous leaders.

Established in 2001, Jawun’s mission is to build the capacity of Indigenous people so they can choose a life they have reason to value. Under the guidance of Patron Noel Pearson, Jawun places skilled people from Australia’s leading companies and government agencies into Indigenous organisations. These secondees share their expertise and support Indigenous leaders to achieve their own development goals.

The ALT program is designed to develop senior managers and emerging leaders as it delivers a collaborative working experience for participants as well as an opportunity to learn from and network with like-minded individuals from a diverse range of industries. The six-month program is not a secondment – employees will continue with their day-to-day work although the program will include five days in an indigenous community. 

The Program includes a unique Indigenous experience delivered through the partnership with Jawun whereby participants leverage and apply their business skills and knowledge to Indigenous projects. Participants will also learn and apply new techniques from the ALT in a manner that will challenge them to think deeply about themselves and corporate citizenship.

During the five days, the group will experience first-hand the rich history, challenges, hope and passion of the Goulburn-Murray people.  Participants will see and hear stories of a rich culture that has survived the years; despite mounting pressures.  This is a dynamic, assertive, and proud first nation’s people who deserve greater support to complement their many outstanding achievements in cultural enhancement and social inclusion. 

The greater Shepparton region (Goulburn Murray) is home to an estimated 2000 – 4000 Indigenous people.  The focus of the leaders in the community is to reignite cultural identity through cultural enhancement and social inclusion frameworks.  You are entering an Aboriginal world that has particular embedded ‘whitefella’ systems and structures, but is still ultimately Aboriginal.

AIM Education & Training CEO, Daniel Musson FAIM has said that while places in this exclusive program are strictly limited both in number and by industry sector the program will have immense benefits to the emerging leaders within invited organisations.

“Empowering Indigenous people to have a stronger say in what happens in their own communities and essentially decide their own future aligns with AIM’s mission for enabling Australian leaders to realise their power,” Mr Musson said.

Participants will all be high performing in their existing roles and have been identified as future leader in the organisation.

Financial commitment to this program will also fund participation from emerging leaders from the Jawun Indigenous communities around Australia who will participate actively and equally in the program.