With only six months until graduation, project teams in the 2016-2017 class are submitting second drafts of their respective, project business plans. In the meantime, project teams of the 2017-2018 class have presented their proposed FFG projects to a project review panel at an EY hosted workshop. Refined versions of these projects are expected to become Committee-supported projects in the coming weeks.
Swinburne University of Technology Acting Vice-President, Jane Ward, MCEC Deputy Chief, Leighton Wood, EY Managing Partner, Gerard Dalbosco, and FFG Chair, Jack Smorgon, made up the Project Review Panel, which is expected to confirm these Committee-supported projects soon.
Later this month both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 classes will participate in the first ever mega workshop, hosted by The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. This is an opportunity for all sixty FFG participants to connect and learn about their projects.
About FFG: A transformational experience
From big business through to universities and genuine not-for-profits, Future Focus Group attracts participants from every sector of the Committee’s membership base. This broad exposure enables participants to develop connections and work with colleagues outside their usual circles, creating a network of professional relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.
This valued and elite 21 month program brings talented people together, fostering practical leadership skills by providing project-based, real-life learning experiences and unique access to senior business and community leaders. It develops our future leaders so that they can better influence the decisions around ensuring our city remains inclusive and prosperous.
So what is the Future Focus Group?
- Team-based projects – Creation of truly diverse project teams of around seven members, with each project team required to identify and pursue a project that can make a tangible contribution to an improvement in Melbourne’s future economy, infrastructure development, urban optimisation and/or liveability
- Structured developmental activities – An initial induction weekend culminating in the announcement of project teams and monthly workshops featuring a mix of guest speakers and panellists on issues critical to Melbourne, as well as subject matter experts
- Access to mentoring – Support in identifying and securing an aspirational mentor who has leadership responsibilities in Melbourne, is not from the participant's organisation and can provide fresh perspectives
- Connecting and sharing – Interactions with all other program participants, not just members of a participant’s project team
- Targeted outcomes – Enduring personal and professional development, along with rich connections and tangible contributions to improving Melbourne
- Enhanced capabilities – Participants have reported improvements in communication, responsibility, emotional intelligence, engagement, strategic thinking, problem solving, social leadership, respect, confidence, resolve and understanding of team dynamics.