FESPA FUTURE LEADERS CONNECT
Fespa’s 2023 Future Leaders met for an evening of informal drinks at the Sydney Brewery in Surry Hills on Thursday, a chance to meet their sponsors and hear from Fespa Australia’s president, Nigel Davies.
Following a “rigorous selection process”, Fespa selected 12 young professionals to undergo a two-day workshop with corporate leadership coach Carl Harman.
Fespa Australia president Nigel Davies congratulated the new leaders and explained that one of the last tasks of the mentorship program was for the team to vote someone to go to Amsterdam next March as this year’s representative. That person was Mary Leishman, general manager of DRK LBL, a Queensland-based screen-printing company.
“What we have here is an army of young talent that will help us solve the problems of this industry,” he said.
One of the Future Leaders, Shannelle Tedja, global client manager of Wazzup Screen Printing, told Print21 being part of the program was "absolutely beyond what she imagined", adding that the program has given the next generation the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and forerunners from across the country.
"To discover my leadership capabilities, strengths and DNA, alongside 11 other incredibly talents, smart and dynamic peers, was a platform to see change and growth in my own business, as well as the industry at large," she said.
The 2023 Fespa Future Leaders are:
Ambrin Naaz Begum, managing partner, M-Power
Angus Turner, production manager, Turner Signs
Barney Wellings, director and general manager, Hunter Signs
Daniel Lamont, production manager, Lamont Print & Signs
Daniela Mastroieni, strategic manager, Business, Brand & Partnerships, Orafol
James Merehab, sales executive, Ball & Doggett
Kerri Underwood, production manager, VMG Print Group
Leah Simmons, account director, IVE Group
Mary Leishman, general manager, DRK LBL
Nathan Brown, production manager, Finishing, IVE Group
Sam Alterator, account manager, HVG Graphics Media
Shannelle Tedja, global client manager, Wazzup Screen Printing.