Inspired Leadership 2024

This engaging, immersive leadership program has been developed for aspiring, emerging and established leaders across the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.


Project snapshot



Project contact

Steve Shotton
Director of Regional Development

Alignment with RDA strategy

  • Skills

Shape your community and create meaningful impact

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that will unlock your leadership potential and inspire positive change in your community?

We’re excited to announce the launch of Inspired Leadership 2024 – an engaging, immersive leadership program developed for aspiring, emerging and established leaders across the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

People of all abilities, from culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQI+ and First Nations communities, and young people under the age of 30 are encouraged to apply.

This program forms part of the 2024-2025 Regional Leadership Development Program (RLDP), generously funded by the Government of South Australia.

“The Inspired Leadership program builds a culture of active citizenship and connection to place and local Indigenous culture.

That can’t be delivered in a capital city.”

Steve Shotton, Director of Regional Development, RDA AHFKI

Inspired Leadership 2024 is not just another leadership program

This six-month motivational experience is designed to cultivate modern leadership skills among a diverse cohort of participants. Building upon the resounding success of our 2023 program, which saw 20 participants thrive and excel, we’re thrilled to invite applications to this year’s program.

Delivered by the co-directors of Newday Leadership, Katrina Webb and Matthew Wright-Simon, along with a team of expert facilitators, Inspired Leadership 2024 will take you on a dynamic exploration of leadership excellence. From the picturesque lands of the Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna, and Peramangk peoples to the bustling energy of our regional communities, each session promises to inspire and challenge you.

CityMag – A Newday for leadership in the regions | 23 NOV 2023

Young South Australian of the Year, Tiahni Adamson, spoke with CityMag about what she values in leadership, and the regional leadership program that ticked all her boxes.

“The Inspired Leadership program has opened my eyes to different ways of viewing leadership. I have done a variety of leadership training before that focuses on ‘traditional’ leadership: someone out front directing. That isn’t my authentic style, but I am still a leader. I didn’t want to be told my style was ‘wrong’ again.

The program has been great. Moving from a fundamental understanding of myself through to understanding other people and knowing that I can’t understand everyone else or their experience. This means that as a leader I have to be open and curious and listen to people.”

Kate Henning (brewer, 44)

What sets the Inspired Leadership 2024 program apart?

This program will celebrate excellence in the region, exploring challenges and opportunities with a global perspective. The program was informed by Newday’s five tenets of leadership excellence:

  • Global change
  • Wellbeing and resilience
  • Cultural awareness
  • Social responsibility
  • Diversity and inclusion

The Inspired Leadership 2024 program aims to nurture your professional and personal growth every step of the way. Here’s what you can expect as a participant:

  • Professional Personality Profiles:
    Gain invaluable insights into your strengths and leadership style.
  • World-Class Mental Health and Wellbeing Platform:
    Enjoy a 12-month subscription to support your holistic well-being.
  • Online Community:
    Stay connected with fellow participants through a dedicated online group, fostering collaboration and support through regular check-ins.
  • Curated Resources:
    Access a wealth of resources, including worksheets, templates, readings, videos, and podcasts, tailored to enhance your learning experience.
  • Sustainable Nourishment:
    Indulge in nourishing, locally-sourced food and drink that reflect our commitment to sustainability.
  • Inclusive Environment:
    We celebrate diversity and welcome individuals of all abilities and lived experiences.

“Inspired leadership is inclusive, supportive, innovative, gut-focused, encouraging, inspiring, connected and out of my comfort zone! It is extremely valuable learning so much about myself as I am learning about others. I feel we have the resources to extend ourselves down any avenue we choose..”

Kalani Bates (teacher aide, 19)

Who should apply

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a community advocate, or a seasoned professional, if you’re passionate about driving positive change in your local community, we want to hear from you.

Applicants must live, work, or volunteer in the region or, in the case of Indigenous people, know part of the region as home Country.

Applicants must also be at least 18 and no longer in school.

Key dates

The following provides key participation dates for the leadership program. Please note that some changes to these dates may arise. Final details, including session locations will be confirmed with participants.

Wednesday | 26 June
Wednesday | 24 July
Tuesday | 20 August – Wednesday | 21 August (overnight)
Thursday | 19 September
Thursday | 17 October
SUMMIT: Thursday | 31 October

Making your leadership journey accessible and affordable

Our transformative, six-month leadership program is valued at $6,500.

Thanks to the generous funding of the Regional Leadership Development Program (RLDP), your place in Inspired Leadership 2024 is just $700 (incl. GST).

A small number of bursaries will also be available to support eligible candidates.

This initiative is funded by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions