WA Copland Leadership Program 2019

WA Copland Leadership Program 2019

The Copland Leadership Program is CEDA's professional development program for emerging leaders from corporate, government, academic and community sectors.

Program overview

The Copland Leadership Program is designed for talented and motivated emerging leaders who are looking to build their leadership skills and accelerate their careers.

Copland candidates will have attained success in their chosen professions with demonstrated intellectual rigour, but now want to elevate their performance along the path to leadership.

Participants come from a broad range of sectors including corporate, government, industry bodies, academia and the not-for-profit sector.  Each Copland cohort features a dynamic mix of people from different fields of expertise, which enables the group to discuss a diverse range of viewpoints.

Key benefits of participating: 


  • Interact, engage and learn from some of WA’s most influential leaders from a diverse cross-section of industries and career journeys.
  • Network with peers at the Copland Future Leaders Series. All Copland participants and alumni receive invitations to attend these events as a guest of CEDA.
  • Join CEDA’s Copland Leadership Program Alumni, which includes Australia’s next generation of leaders – currently over 250 alumni in Western Australia.
  • Attend a CEDA event for free and develop a strong professional network from business, government and community sectors.
  • Gain new perspectives and insights into current critical leadership challenges.
  • Develop theoretical frameworks for dealing with business problems.
  • Explore a range of materials on modern leadership from academic publications and video sources.
  • Interact with fellow participants and examine solutions to business problems through a range of group activities.
  • Gain competitive advantage in your career and receive cutting edge knowledge.
  • Increase your understanding of your individual leadership skills.
  • Build your confidence and obtain the skills required to become an effective leader.
  • Learn to understand and overcome the challenges facing modern businesses.

A detailed copy of the 2019 Copland Leadership Program overview can be found here.

CEDA encourages you to nominate yourself or an emerging leader in your team for the Copland Leadership Program as part of their professional development for 2019.

Apply now – early bird rates available for applications received before Friday 1 March 2019.

Meet the speakers

Karen Brown
National Director, Cannings Purple

Professor Jonathan Carapetis
Executive Director, Telethon Kids Institute

Kia Dowell
Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Indigenous Business Australia

Professor Dawn Freshwater
Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

John Galvin
Alliance Director, Clough Limited

Dr Paul Hardisty
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science

John Langoulant AO
WA State President, CEDA

Jennifer Lawrence
Chief Executive Officer, Brightwater Care Group

Professor David Sadler
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education WA, The University of Western Australia

Vanessa Torres
Chief Technology Officer, South32

Naveen Unni
Managing Partner, Perth, McKinsey & Company

Meet the facilitator

Dianna Vitasovic
Director, Innovation Culture

Dianna is a leading management consultant with 33 years expertise in the progressive field of building transformational capability for systematic innovation. Dianna has facilitated and delivered the Copland Leadership Program since 2012 and is highly regarded by participants with a cohort of over 250 Alumni.

Dianna delivers an evidence-based approach. She has an energy and passion to build innovative leadership in a global marketplace. Dianna encourages a collegiate environment where participants share their stories, experiences and engage the group in challenging their assumptions in developing a global mindset in relation to the future of work and society.

Dianna's local and international experience in the field of transformational change, leadership, self-directed team and leading global teams on innovative challenges extends across SME scaling business, global corporations and designing initiatives for small and large functions.


Welcome event
Wednesday 8 May 6:00pm
  • Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia
  • John Langoulant AO, WA State President, CEDA
Leadership for purpose and productivity
Friday 17 May 9:00am
  • Vanessa Torres, Chief Technology Officer, South32
  • Naveen Unni, Managing Partner, Perth, McKinsey & Company
Leaders operate within a complex ambiguous economic and political landscape. To create organisational value, leaders address what are the drivers of excellence through a shared understanding of building trust, values and mission. In the session different types of leadership from authentic to transformational highlight how organisations determine desired culture. Leadership speakers will share insights and real-world examples on how leadership diversity and alignment on purpose impact on organisational culture and productivity to optimise value.
Business acumen
Friday 21 June 9:00am
  • John Langoulant AO, WA State President, CEDA
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer, Brightwater Care Group
Identifying how business acumen, judgement and leadership contribute to organisational performance. Through the lens of a VUCA dynamic, environment leaders address the risk of possibilities. They identify quality decisions and judgement where multiple trade-offs require trustful connections to ride the fourth industrial revolution.
Strategic communication and influence (HBDI)
Friday 19 July 9:00am
  • Dianna Vitasovic, Director, Innovation Culture
The development of communicative leadership and influencing in an organisation requires recognition of diversity of cultures, thinking styles, challenging perspectives and adaptive practices. The purpose of module three is to equip the participants with the skills to increase their professional leadership ability in communicative leadership and effectiveness through the application of Herrmann Whole Brain Thinking.
Stakeholder engagement and corporate reputation
Friday 23 August 9:00am
  • Karen Brown, National Director, Cannings Purple
  • John Galvin, Alliance Director, Clough Limited
Leaders operate in a world of multi-stakeholder diversity and community scrutiny, especially with the speed of social media.  Leadership recognise the growing focus of public and private partnerships to deliver value.  In the session, we differentiate between types of complex corporate social responsibility, brand and reputation.  Examples involving proactive corporate stakeholder engagement practices are explored that challenge building social brand and value.
Authentic leadership and emotional intelligence
Friday 20 September 9:00am
  • Dianna Vitasovic, Director, Innovation Culture
Leadership is authentic influence that creates value. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is defined with strategic communicative strategies that optimise self-awareness with skill. The focus of the session is on how to develop curious mindsets open to network across organisational boundaries. The session looks at processing higher levels of connectivity where people engage in resilient and healthy relationships and maximise effectiveness and innovation. We foster individual self-leadership that creates value by maximising strong cultures and organisational performance.
Innovation and unconventional thinking
Friday 18 October 9:00am
  • Dr Paul Hardisty, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education WA, The University of Western Australia
Innovation requires leadership to understand the human centred design and the diverse ways of unleashing capacities. Organisations are expanding innovative and dynamic strategies for complex challenges. In the session we question the status quo and challenge current practices to imagine the impossible. Participants explore examples of expanding team mindsets for curiosity, unconventional thinking and innovation, where real value is adopted by applying a combination of technologies.
Courageous leadership practices
Friday 15 November 9:00am
  • Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Executive Director, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Kia Dowell, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Indigenous Business Australia
The future depends on what leaders do in the present and how they harness others to achieve innovative results. Participants develop an individual roadmap for identifying their courageous leadership, exemplary organisational performance, broaden the diversity of their network and current leadership paradigm. They build collaborative relationships and build on learned experiences of their Copland cohort.
2019 Graduation sundowner
Friday 15 November 4:45pm
  • Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia

Application details

How to apply
Please complete the application form and send to Tracey Curtis, Copland Leadership Program Coordinator at tracey.curtis@ceda.com.au

Application closing date
Applications close Friday 29 March 2019.

Program administration enquiries
Tracey Curtis
Copland Leadership Program Coordinator, CEDA
Email: tracey.curtis@ceda.com.au
Phone: 08 6104 7103

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