Next month Westpac Pacific CFO, Sondra Cortis, will take some time out of her busy schedule to share her vision of leadership with six students from Papua New Guinea (PNG). The young Papua New Guineans, who are in Australia for a leadership exchange program, will engage with Sondra and discuss with her what it takes to be a good leader. Sondra is one of twelve Westpac employees selected for the Equilibrium program, which is accelerating top female talent to more senior, complex roles or critical leadership positions in the Westpac Group.
KTF (formerly know as Kokoda Track Foundation) is facilitating this leadership exchange program as part of their Archer Leadership Scholarships, which are annually awarded to six impressive tertiary students in their final year of University who have shown great leadership potential. The program identifies promising PNG leaders and improves their leadership knowledge, development and capacity. The program develops attitudes, concepts, connections, and the confidence needed to stand tall and lead change in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Genevieve Nelson, CEO KTF, says: “This program is aimed at finding and fostering the future leaders of PNG. To have people of Sondra’s calibre involved is of incredible value. These students have all shown great leadership potential, and to have them engage with Australia’s corporate world will allow for further development and growth of their leadership abilities.”
Sondra comments: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to spend some time with these impressive students, discussing leadership challenges and opportunities, and helping them continue to develop and build confidence in becoming the future leaders of PNG.”
The scholars will be in Sydney and Canberra for two weeks. They will participate in a range of activities from leadership skills workshops to meeting high profile business, community and government leaders. They will also be exploring a range of social, political and community issues that require strong leadership. The Archer Leadership Scholarships are generously funded by Perpetual Trustees.