LG Next Gen is a unique developmental opportunity for aspiring leaders and new managers in local government. At the conference we bring together young leaders from NSW councils for a powerful one day development programme specifically designed for emerging leaders.

The conference is an opportunity for you to step out of the day-to-day and shift your focus towards creating a better sector, now and into the future. You will benefit from the session outcomes, insights from the speakers and a growing network of Next Gen colleagues from around the state.

LG Next Gen is sponsored by:


This Conference Will Focus On

  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Networking
  • Career Development

As part of the agenda, we will also hear from the graduating mentees from this year's Aspiring Leaders Mentoring Programmes on the topic of Attracting Talent in Local Government.

Who Should Attend

  
The conference is open to all professionals working in NSW local government and will specifically be beneficial to Next Gen Members and emerging leaders.
     
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 DATE: 31 October 2019
   
 VENUE: The Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport
O'Riordan St & Robey St, Mascot NSW
   
 TIME: 9.00am - 5.00pm
   
 DINNER: The Retiring Member and Mentoring Graduation Dinner will be held on the evening of the Forum at Three Blue Ducks, Rosebery
   
   
   

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER

9.00AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9.30AM CONFERENCE OPENING AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Daniel Fulton - Service Manager, Workplace & Culture, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

10.00AM

LEADERSHIP IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Les McMahon - Member and Former General Manager 

Leadership in any context requires a set of skills and tools that great leaders develop over time and continue to develop whilst on the job. However leadership in local government has added layers of complexity that need careful consideration and require deliberate skill development for you to succeed. In our first session we look at leading a multifaceted, complex business operating in a political environment and provide guidance on the skills to develop to be successful in a senior management role.

10.30AM LEADERS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT - PANEL
Therese Manns, General Manager, Randwick City Council
Brett Stonestreet, General Manager, Griffith City Council
Peter Tegart, General Manager, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Following on from our leadership discussion, we will be joined by current General Managers and have an open discussion about their careers, the journey they have taken and the skills they have developed over time to get to where they are today. They will share with delegates their vision for local government in NSW and their tips and insights for you to expand your career and move into senior leadership roles.

11.30AM  DEVELOPING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
Vicki Mayo, Acting Chief Executive Officer, LG Professionals, NSW

At its core, personal branding is about giving people the words to talk about you when you’re not around. It’s how people refer you to others or tell them how you can help them. Unlike what most of us believe, it’s not about projecting yourself or becoming an obnoxious self-promoter. Instead, it’s about letting others know how you can best be of service.

12.00PM NETWORKING LUNCH

12.45PM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW Annual General Meeting will be held from 12.45pm - 1.15pm for members to attend.

1.15PM ATTRACTING TALENT IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
In 2018, the average staff turnover rate in NSW councils was 12%. When examined by generation, this statistic rose to 22% for our youngest demographic, Gen Y, with most of them leaving within their first year. With a large portion of council employees falling into the baby boomer generation, and therefore eligible for retirement over the next 10 years, the Gen Y statistic could indicate considerable risk to the sector.

Our ability to not only attract but also retain and develop new employees is critical to the ongoing sustainability of councils. This year’s groups of mentees have been tasked with exploring ways to attract talent in inventive and meaningful ways.

2.00PM IT’S YOUR CAREER - LOOK AFTER IT
Stephen Blackadder, Managing Director and Helen Lever, Executive Consultant, Blackadder Associates Pty Ltd

Career development should not be accidental. Everyone should have a plan for where they want their career to go and things they want to achieve. In this session we will look at building professional skills to make a good impression in the workplace including being prepared to take advantage of opportunities as they arise, having the courage to step outside your comfort zone and learning from those around us.

2.30PM DEVELOPING PERSONAL RESILIENCE
Alan Cartwright, Managing Director and Founder, InCorporate

Resilience is a quality that we’re not necessarily born with - but one we should work to develop. Resilience helps us to recover from adversity without losing morale or confidence. Simply put, it is the art of rising to life’s challenges. In this session, we will explore what being resilient means for you and provide strategies to assist you with developing and improving your own resilience.

3.00PM AFTERNOON TEA

3.30PM DEVELOPING PERSONAL RESILIENCE - CONTINUED

4.00PM LET’S NETWORK
Gavin Carnegie, Professional Development Manager, LG Professionals, NSW

Networking is crucial for career building. There’s a lot that rides on it but it can be challenging. Taking the wrong approach when meeting people can leave a negative impression, or worse — none at all.
In this session we will look at developing a good networking pitch, including being concise, connecting emotions, doing research and demonstrating empathy. Best of all, you will be able to practice your newly developed skills straight after at the Retiring Member and Mentee Graduation Dinner.

4.30PM CONFERENCE CLOSE

6.00PM RETIRING MEMBER AND MENTEE GRADUATION DINNER
Three Blue Ducks - Rosebery

   
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