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Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program

The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program gives leaders in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities an opportunity to develop their skills and build their networks.

About the program

The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program has been delivered annually since 2018 in partnership with Leadership Victoria. It is open to Victorians who identify as being part of LGBTIQ+ communities, are aged 18 years or older and who are currently in leadership roles, either within an LGBTIQ+ or other organisation.

The program is a safe and supportive environment for participants to build their leadership and organisation management skills, as well as network with existing and emerging LGBTIQ+ leaders. Participants explore issues, challenges and opportunities unique to LGBTIQ+ communities and contemporary leadership theory and practice. About 30 participants are selected each year.

Participants leave the program with increased confidence, understanding of their strengths and leadership abilities, LGBTIQ+ history and achievements, and the experiences of other LGBTIQ+ leaders.

Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program in 2020

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Leadership Victoria adjusted the 2020 program to be delivered largely online, in keeping with government guidelines. The program ran from August to December 2020, including eight program days, along with an initial welcome event and program graduation.

Previous participants testimonials

Testimonial from program alumni Jayde de Bondt, 2018 graduate, who in 2020 was appointed the co-chair of Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ Taskforce.

Jayde has the following to say about the program:

The LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program was challenging and rewarding. I started this program with a clear understanding of what I wanted to learn and found myself learning things that I didn’t expect to. The technical skills that I acquired were great, but it was the soft intrapersonal skills and additional confidence I gained through this program, I value most. The Program enables you to develop as a person and deepens your connection to the LGBTIQ+ community, and the folk who are on this journey with you. Moving forward, I certainly want to lead with a more people-centred approach; where consultation, collaboration and innovation are both valued and rewarded.

Jayde de Bondt
Co-chair LGBTIQ+ Taskforce

More information

For more information about the program, email: equality@dffh.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 01 July 2021

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