Emerge Mentoring Program

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The Hunter region’s Emerge mentoring program has been privileged to have some amazing guest presenters participate in the program.

Earlier this month participants had an opportunity to listen to a panel of some of the Hunter region’s leading ‘young movers and shakers’ share their stories of career success and getting ahead in their chosen fields. This was followed by a Q & A session where participants could discuss a range of topics including motivation, handling challenges, setting goals and networking.

Our panellists were:

Emma Avery- Emma has won both national and international awards for leadership in the mutual banking sector. She is also a Director of the Australian Mutuals Institute.

Kelly Eather- Kelly coordinates The Greater’s corporate volunteering program, and in 2014 was a Director on the Hunter Young Professionals Board. Kelly is now working towards establishing a ‘Not-for-Profit Leaders Network’ in the Hunter region.

Lizzy Hodgins – Lizzy manages her own company specialising in brand styling, particularly digital content. She is also a singer songwriter and is currently under contract to Universal studio in America, currently writing a score for a soon to be realised movie.

Bryson Douglas – Bryson was recently awarded the Regional Youth Development Officers Network ‘Young Person of the Year’ award for the Newcastle region due to his work with the local transgender community and in the social justice space.

Last year he participated in an SBS Insight panel to discuss the issues of disability and employment. Bryson is also a past participant of the Emerge program in the Hunte region.

The panel discussion is just one of the many inspirational events co-ordinated by our Emerge team as part of the program’s aim to support young people with physical disabilities identify their values and goals, build on their strengths, improve their self-confidence, and develop skills for the working world.

Next event will be a CEO Panel on 9 September featuring guest speakers: Scott Morgan (CEO The Greater), Anne Long (CEO The Greater Charitable Foundation), Gary Webb (retired CEO Newcastle Ports Corp) and Rob White (CEO Cerebral Palsy Alliance).

A huge thank you to all our guest speakers – your insights and stories are an inspiration to all.

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