FESPA Australia has invited nominations for its inaugural FESPA Future Leaders Program, a professional and personal development initiative designed to “identify and develop emerging leadership talent to ensure our industry survives and thrives into the next generation.” One Future Leader will receive an expenses-paid trip to FESPA 2023 in Munich.
“We are facing an urgent need for leaders who are ready to tackle our ever-changing and diverse industry,” said FESPA Australia. “We believe that the FESPA Future Leaders Program is a positive step in responding to these challenges and helping to identify and develop leadership talent to ensure our industry survives and thrives into the next generation."
| 'An urgent need for leaders':
Nigel Davies, FESPA Australia
Nigel Davies, president of FESPA Australia, added: “The disruption of recent years has highlighted the value of effective leadership. 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.”
Orafol Australia has taken the Diamond sponsorship of the program. Alex McClelland, managing director, 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.”
The program is open to emerging leaders in the specialty printing industry. “We invite printers, suppliers, and manufacturers to nominate individuals worthy of development,” Davies said. “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 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 participants will select a FESPA Future Leader who will receive an expenses-paid trip to attend FESPA Global Print Expo 2023 in Munich along with international networking opportunities. 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.
FESPA Australia thanked its sponsors: Diamond Sponsor: Orafol Australia. Gold Sponsors: Ball & Doggett, Starleaton, Visual Connections & Durst Oceania. Silver Sponsors: Kissel & Wolf, Cactus Imaging & M-Power Software. Bronze Sponsor: HVG Graphics.