On Friday 22 September, our 2023 March Rising Leadership Program cohort participated in their final Experience Day and we celebrated their graduation, which were both kindly hosted by Deloitte.

Experience Day

During their final Experience Day, our cohort presented their Community Impact Projects, which aim to make an impact and improve our Western Australian community. The projects included:

  • Zero Hunger - The Zero Hunger Lunchbox project consists of a website that is a community resource to introduce and connect the local food network to prevent hunger within our community. Beyond this, it offers resources that minimise food wastage and confront the stigma surrounding accessing food assistance.
  • Reducing Inequalities - The Reducing Inequalities project team, ''Austism Spectrum Disorder: Increasing Employment Opportunities'', will be collaborating with Autism WA in turning their report into a government grant application to facilitate increased employment opportunities for individuals with autism.
  • No Poverty - The No Poverty team focused on supporting the mobile website ‘’Ask Izzy’’ on their mission to connect individuals to vital services. Their objective was to create an awareness campaign to enhance user experience and help tackle poverty.

Thank you to our Not-For-Profit mentors who generously donated their time, insights and support to our cohort throughout their Rising Leadership Program journey and Community Impact Projects:

  • Kate O'Hara, CEO of Foodbank (Zero Hunger team) 
  • Grace Mugabe, Founder and CEO, Financially Empowered (Reducing Inequalities team) 
  • Carmen Acosta, Executive Manager, Ruah Legal Services (No poverty team)

We were also grateful to hear from guest speaker Michael McNulty (Signature 2006), Partner at Deloitte and Deloitte Australia Board Member who shared his professional learnings on leadership values.

Graduation Ceremony

Over the past 6-months, these skilled leaders consistently displayed a thirst for knowledge, connection and discovery. They have formed invaluable relationships to call upon throughout their continuing journey, and have positively contributed to Western Australian not-for-profits through Community Impact Projects.

A special congratulations to Stephanie Reeves, Clinical Manager at Superyou Therapy, who was elected by her peers as Valedictorian of the cohort. Stephanie delivered a speech on the evening that reflected on the rich learnings and inspiration the Rising Program provided and thanked everyone who supported the cohort.

Leadership WA congratulates all our new graduates and warmly welcomes them to our growing Alumni Network of over 1200 leaders.