Are you facing the challenges of a complex and volatile workplace?
Looking for the knowledge and tools to enhance your approach to leadership?
Discover KARI Leadership and how it can benefit your organisation.
The KARI Leadership is designed for Aboriginal leaders and leaders working with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders. Our program is tailored to meet the diverse needs and challenges of Aboriginal leaders from many industries and backgrounds.
You will experience a multi-level program based on best-practice learning methods and leadership research. Gain access to a wide variety of leadership tools, wisdom drawn from different industry sectors and explore new environments that can expand your perspective and build on your capabilities from day one.
Meet our alumni and hear how their journey with KARI has transformed them as leaders. Learn how their connections with a network of like-minded people continue to add value with new insights and knowledge beyond the program.
A partnership with KARI Leadership goes far beyond the traditional mandate for Corporate Social Responsibility. It offers your business an opportunity to transform your frameworks for cultural awareness and for engaging with, learning from and supporting Indigenous communities. Move your organisational culture from diversity targets to inclusion mindsets. Call us to co-create a tailored program with cascading benefits.
Meet your KARI Leadership Director
– Isabelle Phillips has worked intensively with CEOs across Asia-Pac for over a decade. Isabelle has supported leaders in fortune 500 multinationals, in federal, state and local government in Australia and in NGOs. Isabelle is a researcher and sessional academic in Sydney and China in the areas of leadership and globalisation. Isabelle brings her recognised expertise in leadership, people and culture, innovation, performance and wellness to her clients. She is passionate about supporting leaders to create great places to work.
Meet your Manager of Marketing & Partnerships – Mia Matheson. Mia has a track record of designing innovative shared-value solutions with her corporate partners. Many industry sectors are working hard to enact their Reconciliation Action Plans, to build their own diversity and inclusion capacity, and to recruit, retain and promote Aboriginal staff and leaders. Some organisations are enjoying great successes in this regard. Others are starting out the journey, searching for opportunities to meaningfully engage with Aboriginal Australia. Mia is passionate about supporting you to achieve your goals. Contact Mia today to discuss partnership opportunities.
Meet your KARI Leadership Ambassador – Casey Ralph is an accomplished business leader and a proud Aboriginal woman. As COO for KARI, Australia’s largest Aboriginal children’s service, Casey brings her passion for human development to everything she does. This passion extends to her work with her staff and the children and young people and their families who engage with KARI. As an ambassador for the KARI Leadership Program, Casey speaks to the urgency for senior Aboriginal leaders to access world-class leadership development within the context of community.
It means a lot to me and my colleagues at KARI to see Australia’s professional class of
high-achieving Aboriginal doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, business managers and entrepreneurs growing every day. These people are quietly getting on with changing their own lives and transforming their industries and communities. They’re setting proud examples and making an important contribution to Australian life and culture.
KARI is an innovative and successful Aboriginal enterprise, which has come a long way over the past two decades. Our commitment to a better future for all Aboriginal children, families and communities is at the centre of everything we do. The KARI Leadership Program is fundamental to achieving this positive change. By sharing the latest knowledge, tools and practices in leadership with Aboriginal leaders from all sectors, we’re supporting them on their path to success. KARI provides the guidance of a trusted cohort to support these leaders on this journey.
We welcome Aboriginal leaders and leaders who are serving Aboriginal communities to join us on this journey and help us make a difference in our communities.
Chief Executive Officer
"Jam-packed with relevant and useful information for leaders. Really engaging. No faffing around, unlike a lot of training I'm offered internally in my organisation."
"KARI Leadership resourced us with case study data from global multinationals – the success stories and the failures too. Strategy and planning is a whole new game in the context of a fast moving, high-tech, unpredictable world. I am using new frameworks to set my organization up for long term success."
"I gained new insight into areas of my management style that needed improvement. Already I can see positive changes in outcomes in my direct reports and more broadly throughout the organisation."
"Investigating culture allowed me to understand why so many change initiatives don't work. I now have an updated leadership toolkit, suitable to the complexity and pace of modern workplaces."
“The KARI Leadership program helped raise the profile of Aboriginal leaders at icare and that’s an important goal for us. Having a strong voice for vulnerable communities can influence policy and help people get back to work.”
Eugene MacGarrell, General Manager, Health & Community Engagement, icare
“As a KARI Leadership Partner, hearing stories from all these different leaders made it very real for me what we need to be doing as a business to create opportunities for our Indigenous communities and their future generations. It gave me an understanding of how this approach to leadership could us at Commonwealth Bank in moving forward with our commitment to giving back to communities.”
Noel Prakash, National Manager Indigenous Banking, Commbank
“Supporting the KARI program has helped us in achieving our goals of investing in social justice and community engagement. Having discovered how the program is empowering Aboriginal leaders I made a successful business case to our Donations, Partnerships and Sponsorships committee at ISPT for a grant to support high school scholarships for Aboriginal youth.”
Alicia Maynard, General Manager, Sustainability and Technical Services, ISPT Super Property
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