Hugh Williamson Foundation

Be the Change!

Regional Leadership Summit and Vision of the Region Dinner



Be the Change! Friday 31st May – Bendigo


Proudly presented by LEAD Loddon Murray and The Hugh Williamson Foundation, our 2019 Regional leadership summit will bring experts, key thinkers and change makers together with our existing and emerging community leaders to explore the themes of change, influence and advocacy. Our view is that the most valuable learning happens when like-minded people gather to share their experiences, collaborate on common issues, embrace opportunities and strive to make a difference. Our theme for this summit is “be the change!”

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Session 1 – The Art of Change – Embracing and accelerating change for the greater good

Session 2 – Purposeful Influence – Utilising your positive powers of influence

Session 3 – Advocacy Amplified – Make your voice count

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations from globally respected leaders including;

The Art of Change -Jason Clarke, Minds at Work

Influencing People to Action – Carol Fox, Carol Fox & Co

Essentials of Effective Advocacy – Becc Brooker,  Headspace National

Case Studies from Local leaders whose work has achieved significant impact in our region including;

School Strike 4 Climate Action – Harriet O’Shea Carre, Callum Neilson and Milou Albrecht

Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter – Jo Rasmussen, Murray Primary Health Network

Shifting the Mindset – Khayshie Tilak-Ramesh, City of Greater Bendigo

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Vision of the Region Dinner

Friday 31st May, 6:30pm, Hotel Lakeside, Bendigo

Influential Author Jim Collins argued that “It takes big hairy audacious goals to create game-changing innovations and transformation” What next big things should be on the drawing board for Regional Victoria? Speakers will share their big hairy audacious goal for the future? and drill down to how they will work… The power of big hairy audacious goals is that it gets you out of thinking too small. In the 2019 Vision of the Region Dinner our speakers will share their wildest goal around the themes of our environment, our people and the next generation.


Our Environment – Professor Kate Auty

Our People – Assoc Professor Philip Tune

Our Economy – Nathan Carkeek

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Who is the Summit for?

The Summit is for:

– Gaining insight and practical tips around the themes of change, influence and advocacy

– Passionate community members and volunteers wanting to make a difference.

– Professionals involved in community development.

– Emerging leaders who want to be energised and inspired by local changemakers.

– Organisations wanting to foster diversity and inclusion.

– Leaders with an interest in volunteer development and retention.

Registration and Costs

You can join us for both the summit and the dinner or either event stand alone.

Ticket Prices

Full Registration (Summit and Dinner) $135

Summit only $75

Dinner only $60

Ticket prices include relevant meals. Drinks can be purchased at bar prices at the dinner.


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What will you get out of the Summit?

The key outcomes from the summit will be to challenging people’s thoughts and assumptions, inspiring them to stand up and make a difference and providing practical steps to effective influence, advocacy and meaningful change. To do this we will…

• Provide powerful experiences that shift perspectives and possibilities

• Challenge thinking

• Utilise engaging and interactive formats

• Create strong professional connections

• Ensure learning from everyone, and not just from the people on stage

• Put your thinking through different filters

About the Venue…

Hotel Lakeside

286 Napier Street, Bendigo

Enjoy a choice of accommodation from the brand new lake view luxury apartments and king suites, to affordable family and twin rooms. Hotel Lakeside provides comfort to corporate and leisure travelers in Bendigo’s prime lake district. Mention the Regional Leaders summit to get a discounted rate on your accommodation.

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We are excited to include a regional young talent in our Vision of the Region Dinner. Darcy Ramage is a talented 16 year old musician from Echuca. He is a versatile acoustic artist featuring strong vocals, acoustic guitar and a loop station. Darcy has been influenced over the years by artists such as Ed Sheehan, Khalid and the John Butler Trio.

Facebook: Darcy Ramage Music @darcyramagemusic

Instagram: @darcyramagemusic

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