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CSI announces cohort of #SILA24 leaders selected to drive positive social change

July 14th, 2021

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) announced the first of five Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA) program cohorts – a diverse group of 24 leaders who will participate in a capacity building leadership program designed specifically for current leaders of Australian for-purpose organisations. #SILA24

In 2020, CSI announced the SILA program, a five-year national capacity-building and leadership program for the Australian for-purpose sector. SILA is an evidence-based program specifically developed to meet the needs of Australian for-purpose CEOs and build the capacity of their organisations directly and indirectly. 

Built from a collective desire to support for-purpose leaders to positively influence their organisations and the sector, four major Australian foundations – The Myer Foundation, the Sidney Myer Fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Paul Ramsay Foundation – have come together to fund the $9.6 million SILA program over five-years.

SILA’s first cohort of 24 leaders will connect and learn from each other, creating a strategic network on which to build and amplify their social impact. The selection committee comprised Jenny Wheatley, CEO of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Robbie Macpherson, SILA Program Director, and Sarah Davies, CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and former Philanthropy Australia CEO.

“The cohort consists of experienced leaders with strong track records and great potential, not just for future leadership of themselves and their organisation, but for the sector and system more widely. SILA offers an opportunity for leaders to build a strong professional network that will support them well past the completion of the program, and this aspect is particularly important for those participants who work in rural and regional areas", Ms Wheatley said. 

“The benefits to the for-purpose sector are enormous. For the first time in Australia a broad cohort of the for-purpose sector will have access to the highest quality professional leadership development as a group. It will strengthen relationships and collaboration, provide common language and common frames, help address silos and ensure that we’re all thinking with an ecosystems lens. This will enable us to adapt how we lead to embed these same things in the organisations we come from", Successful candidate, Penny Dakin, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth said. 

In the following years to come, SILA will be offered to for-purpose leaders and organisations across the country.

The full list of the #SILA24 cohort can be found here

Read more about the SILA Program here. 

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