Adaptive Leadership in Practice
(Sydney, Australia – 10 August 2017 ): Each year, KTF selects final-year tertiary students from Papua New Guinea to participate in the Archer Leadership Program based upon their leadership experience, commitment to community, and academic achievement. KTF then provides a scholarship to cover their last year of their undergraduate degrees, brings them to Sydney for two weeks of workshops and work experience, and assists them with community projects upon their return to PNG.
The 2017 Archer Leadership Program is well underway. This year’s group of outstanding students from Papua New Guinea, Samantha, Eileen-May, Lydia, Methuselah, Len, Josh, and Cayllan, have been working hard to develop their personal and professional skills. They have already undergone work experience days, personal and leadership development workshops, and various cultural experiences throughout the city.
A small sample of group events thus far: attending the inaugural KTF game hosted by the Cronulla Sharks where one Archer was interviewed in front of more than 11,000 people; a meeting with Denton’s Law Firm Global Vice Chair Ian Clarke to discuss the current and future legal relationship between Australia and PNG; a tour of NSW State Parliament and political discussion with Jamie Parker MP; an immersive, simulation refugee journey; and study of the importance of leadership and youth social work in disadvantaged areas at Street University in Liverpool.
Furthermore, the Archers have participated in two works experiences to date, each in their respective realm of study. KTF placed the Archers in organisations such as the Reserve Bank of Australia, Deloitte, and Western Sydney University, just to name a few.
Eileen-May, a journalism student, spent a day with Seven News. “I got to have the whole experience of producing a news program,” says the final year University of Papua New Guinea student. “From going out and searching for stories with reporters, to producing the program and participating in the live broadcast, I gained a comprehensive grasp on what it really means to be in the television news industry!”
KTF CEO, Genevieve Nelson, stated, “The premise of the Archer Leadership Program is to foster the change-makers of today’s Papua New Guinea, and the leaders of tomorrow’s. We are working to empower and inspire these seven, impressive students to find solutions to the many challenges facing PNG today.”
The final portion of the program will be spent in Melbourne, where KTF has organised a number of meetings with executives from a wide array of industries, as well as some sight-seeing opportunities. On Sunday, the Archers will return home to finish their degrees and implement the many skills which they have gained while in Australia.
KTF would like to thank everyone who has dedicated their time, efforts, and resources to making this program as successful and fulfilling as can be. KTF wishes to extend a special thanks to the Fred P. Archer Trust, managed by Perpetual, without which this program would not be possible. KTF also expresses their gratitude to the Bridge Pylon, Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Star, and the Sydney Big Bus for showing the Archers a great time.