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Applications are now open for the 2024 Fepsa Future Leaders programme, which aims to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders in the print and signage industry.

Developing leaders essential: Nigel Davies, president, Fespa Australia

The programme is open to emerging leaders in the specialty printing industry in their early to mid-career years, who already demonstrate leadership potential.

Fespa invites printers, suppliers, and manufacturers to nominate individuals worthy of development. 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 in Sydney from 23-24 October, and culminating with participating in the Fesdpa Annual Conference on 25 October. They will receive professional coaching, personal development, and mentoring from Carl Harman, who has coached the senior and executive teams and boards of many prominent corporate and government organisations internationally.

Applications are now open: https://fespaaustralia.org.au/leadership/

Fespa says the Future Leaders programme offers an opportunity for emerging leaders to gain “invaluable industry insights, develop essential skills, and network with industry experts and peers.” It says the programme is designed to foster innovation, leadership, and professional growth, ensuring a vibrant future for the industry.

“Our industry is ever evolving, said Nigel Davies, president of Fespa Australia. “Developing and nurturing a pool of visionary leaders who can take a fresh look at these challenges is essential.” 

Orafol continues as the Diamond sponsor of the programme. Alex McClelland, managing director, says, "We are proud to partner again with Fespa Australia. Orafol's commitment to learning and development aligns perfectly with the goals of the Future Leaders programme. Together, we can inspire and empower the next generation of industry leaders.”

Promoting networking and relationships within the cohort is a key goal of the programme. Davies says current leaders owe a lot to their professional networks, but emerging leaders may lack these deep connections. ''Participants in the Fespa Australia Future Leaders programme will have the opportunity to join a closely-knit cohort of like-minded professionals, that will likely prove instrumental to their future professional development. The programme's emphasis on collaboration, knowledge exchange, and mentorship will create an environment where participants can draw from each other's expertise, share innovative ideas, and collectively address the challenges that lie ahead."

The FESPA Future Leaders program is also proudly supported by Gold Sponsors Durst Oceania, Visual Connections; Silver Sponsors Cactus Imaging, IVE Group, Hexis and Bronze Sponsors; Pozitive, Ball & Doggett, Kissel & Wolf, and HVG Graphics Media.

Applications are now open: https://fespaaustralia.org.au/leadership/

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