LOUD Leadership Retreat – 2nd & 3rd November 2019.
Developing Emerging LGBTI Community Leaders
LOUD Leadership Retreats aim to provide emerging leaders in the LGBTI community with the confidence, skills and networks to advocate effectively for the interests and needs of the LGBTI Community.
Community members who identify as LGBTI have incredibly diverse experiences of living and working in the Loddon Murray Region. One of the primary goals of LOUD Leadership is to build a sense of community within the cohort of participants which can be nurtured into a thriving graduate network, as successive groups of emerging leaders complete the program.
Feedback from participants who attended the June LOUD Leadership Retreat
“The retreat provided valuable information on how to campaign for your project and or cause and how to inspire others to help achieve positive change in community.”
“The program had a great emphasis on the power of storytelling, connecting people to their humanity.”
“The different examples of leadership styles were very useful- coming from the speakers who had different experiences and expressed leadership in different ways. The exercise on being a safe space and explaining your ideas were standouts.”
The opportunity to design a retreat for emerging LGBTI leaders in the region arose from a Victorian Government Grant Round, administered by the Equality Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. LEAD Loddon Murray won a project in partnership with FAB CV to establish a regional representative organisation that could amplify the voices of LGBTI in policy, community and decision making, hence, LOUD the organisation was born.
One of LOUD’s key strategic objectives is to develop leaders. LOUD, together with LEAD Loddon Murray will deliver two leadership retreats in 2019, one in Autumn and one in Spring. Each retreat will nurture participants confidence, skills and networks and foster relationships between participants and established LGBTI leaders.
Our approach to developing leaders focusses on three domains: Leadership of self, leading teams and advocating for change. Our methodology for facilitating the retreats features shared stories and reflective practice to inform participants personal leadership development plan.
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|Saturday 2nd November
Morning 10.00am- 1.00pm
|Acknowledging the wisdom in the room
Getting to know each other and understanding each other’s experience practicing leadership.
Establishing safety in the group
Understanding yourself and others
“I took the outcomes of this session and discussed them with my partner, my team at work and friends. I found the process simple and highly effective in getting to the heart of what connects and or irritates people in group situations. I apply the learning in my role at work all the time.”
|Saturday 2nd November
Afternoon 1.30pm – 5.30pm
|Understanding yourself and others continued.
Sharing your ideas to drive change
Unpacking a case study on advocacy to achieve impact
Members of the LOUD Board will join us for the panel conversation. We’ll enjoy some wine and cheese in the sunshine and have time to network with guest speakers and participants as we close out the day.
|Sunday 3rd November
Morning 10.00am- 12.30pm
|What are the essentials of grassroots community development projects?
Guest speaker Jodie Lyons will share her experiences leading community development for the Equality Branch of Department of Premier and Cabinet. Harry McAnulty will facilitate an interactive workshop on the principles of social justice, equality and inclusion as the basis for community development approaches.
Advocating for change and organising a common purpose.
|Sunday 3rd November.
Afternoon 1.00pm- 5.30pm
|Where to after marriage equality?
This session will be a facilitated discussion amongst participants to explore the need for regional voices and advocates in a post marriage equality era.
Your community projects
Envisaging your future
Plenary and close
LOUD was founded through a grant provided by the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Equality Branch. LEAD Loddon Murray and FAB CV secured the Grant in May 2018 to develop a new organisation that would provide advocacy and facilitate partnerships to achieve change.
LOUD is growing leaders within the LGBTI community. We nurture emerging leaders to share the responsibility for advocating on behalf of our LGBTI Community and representing Community at the decision making table in various forums across the region.
LOUD is a new organisation, as such it will take time to build authentic relationships with LGBTI networks and organisations across the region that allow us to speak on behalf of the community. We ask community members for their assistance in this process by sharing our communication and events to build awareness of our work.
In 2019 our main focus is delivering two LOUD Leadership Retreats. LOUD Leadership Retreats are delivered by facilitators who are community members. The retreats build the skills, confidence and connections of emerging leaders in our LGBTI community and aim to inspire, empower and energise our community as we build partnerships and projects for change.