Fespa launches Future Leaders Progam

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Fespa Australia is inviting nominations for the inaugural Fespa Future Leaders Program, a professional and personal development program to identify and develop emerging leadership talent.

Nigel Davies, Fespa Australia.
Value of effective leadership: Nigel Davies, Fespa Australia

Fespa says the programme has been created “to ensure our industry survives and thrives into the next generation.” Nigel Davies, president of Fespa Australia, said, “The disruption of recent years has highlighted the value of effective leadership. There will be future challenges, and we have teamed up with one of Australia's most respected leadership coaches to develop a bespoke programme to develop emerging leaders within our industry.”

Orafol Australia has taken the Diamond Sponsorship of the program. Alex McClelland, managing director, says, "Orafol Australia, through our Creative Hub and other initiatives, is committed to training and developing industry talent. The Fespa Future Leaders program fits well with our values, and we look forward to working with Fespa and the cohort of future leaders.”

The programme is open to emerging leaders in the specialty printing industry. Fespa is inviting 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 to receive professional coaching, personal development, and mentoring from a recognised leadership facilitator and respected industry leaders.

The participants will select a Fespa Future Leader who will receive an expenses-paid trip to attend Fespa Global Print Expo 2023 in Munich, where they will also have international networking opportunities.

A mentoring programme will follow the course to ensure that the leadership cohort continues to develop the skills and networks necessary to advance the industry through collective action.

Fespa Australia thanks its sponsors, which include Diamond Sponsor Orafol Australia, Gold Sponsors Ball & Doggett, Starleaton, Visual Connections and Durst Oceania, Silver Sponsors Kissel & Wolf, Cactus Imaging and M-Power Software and Bronze Sponsor HVG Graphics.

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