Diversity at core of leadership program
A SOUTH Perth and Carlisle resident are among two young professionals who will graduate from the Southcare Inc-run Emerging Leaders in Governance Program on May 17.
Greg Milner and Antoine Darque are taking part in the program, designed to springboard young leaders into board and committee positions in community organisations.
The four-month program was developed by Alicia Curtis and Dr Nicky Howe, the authors of Difference Makers: A Leader’s Guide to Championing Diversity on Boards.
In their book, the authors argue that companies with boards that feature higher levels of gender and ethnic diversity enjoy improved financial performance, better understanding of the marketplace and increased innovation.
The ELGP draws upon this research and adds two further elements of diversity that arguably receive less public attention than gender and ethnicity: diversity of age and diversity of skills.
Mr Darque said he would approach organisations whose missions aligned with his passion, to discuss board opportunities.
“At the age of 30, being fortunate enough to be well educated and having established a professional career, I realised that I can do more to give back to others,” he said.
“Joining a not-for-profit board is how I believe I can best serve the community.”
Mr Milner said the ELGP provided a platform for young leaders and community organisations to form mutually beneficial relationships.
“The course offers an opportunity to broaden your own skills and knowledge, as well as showcase your abilities to senior figures in the aged care and community sectors,” he said.
Greg Milner is an Emerging Leader.
Antoine Darque wants to give back.