HunterNet: Future Leaders and why we need to invest in them
“Its 2037 and the Hunter and Central Coast regions have transformed; the region is now a global export powerhouse with exponential gains in population, export revenue and business growth. How does this scenario sound and how did we get to this point if fiction becomes reality; what drivers have contributed to get to this reality”? Tegann Kelly, Ian Brown & Merran Wiggins, project brief May 2017.
Our region should be aspiring to be in this position. We’ve mentioned before in previous articles that we can be justly proud of the fact that the Central Coast and Hunter Regions play significant roles in powering NSW. How will we get there; our future leaders, the young people we all know who are just leaving school or are heading into their formative years of study. That is our future and that is who the keys of the regions will be left with.
It’s incumbent on all of us to nurture the future through our young people. The creative brain power and willingness to try new things is a real strength of the generations coming through. We, as the older generations (40’s and above), can help mentor these young people. You do not have to be a Rhodes Scholar to be a genuine example of positivity and encouragement. A simple positive outlook goes a long way in encouraging discovery.
HunterNet’s Future Leaders Program is just about to conclude for 2017. Once again we can say what a tremendous group of young people we have had participating. Throughout the program we encourage creativity and along the way we supplement that with proven business theory that is the mannequin for our future leaders to dress. We are honoured to have had the calibre of guest presenters who impart their wealth, knowledge and experiences to the Future Leaders who have been identified by their employers. We have a group of alumni who put together the program. They have a genuine desire to ensure the leadership of the region does not fail and that the many participating business have a foundation that has growth, creativity, advancement and positivity as the pillars that will keep them going into the future.
We thank all who have been part of the future; that future is created with every word you say to those coming behind us.
So how do we get to be the success we are going to be in 2037? The project winner of our Future Leaders Program will be judged on Thursday 26 October and announced on 3 November at our Gala Diner.
We will let you know what the road map is, as created by our Future Leaders in full after that. In the meantime be creative, be positive and encourage.
Wayne H Diemar