Di­ver­sity at core of lead­er­ship pro­gram

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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