FESPA Australia launches its Future Leaders Program

FESPA Australia has launched its inaugural FESPA Future Leaders Program, a professional and personal development program that identifies and develops emerging leadership talent for the survival of the print industry today and tomorrow.

The program is open to emerging leaders in the specialty printing industry.

FESPA Australia is inviting printers, suppliers, and manufacturers to nominate individuals worthy of development. A selection panel will review applications considering their leadership ambitions, commitment to industry values such as diversity and sustainability, and personal references.

Successful candidates will then meet for a hands-on, two-day workshop to receive professional coaching, personal development, and mentoring from a recognised leadership facilitator and respected industry leaders.

“The disruption of recent years has highlighted the value of effective leadership,” FESPA Australia president Nigel Davies said.

“There will be future challenges, and we have teamed up with one of Australia’s most respected leadership coaches to develop a bespoke program to develop emerging leaders within our industry.”

In addition, the participants will select a FESPA Future Leader who will receive an expenses-paid trip to attend FESPA Global Print Expo 2023 in Munich.

A mentoring program will follow the course to ensure that the leadership cohort continues to develop the skills and networks necessary to advance our industry through collective action.

Orafol Australia has taken the Diamond sponsorship of the program. Gold sponsors include Ball & Doggett, Starleaton, Visual Connections and Durst Oceania.

Silver sponsors include Kissel & Wolf, Cactus Imaging and M-Power Software, while the bronze sponsor is HVG Graphics.

Orafol Australia managing director Alex McClelland said, “Orafol Australia, through our Creative Hub and other initiatives, is committed to training and developing industry talent. The FESPA Future Leaders program fits well with our values, and we look forward to working with FESPA and the cohort of future leaders”.

For more details about the program and to apply for the program click here.

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