ARN hosted its inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum on May 17, where more than 130 ICT industry professionals, including more than 90 future leaders and 18 of ARN’s Hall of Fame, converged to recognise and retain high-performing talent, address the need to invest in career development, and build a pipeline for continued success.
Held at the Ivy Sunroom in Sydney, the event kicked off with keynote speeches by two inspirational leaders within the Australian ICT industry, Thomas Duryea's Andrew Thomas and IBM's Rhody Burton.
As a classic start-up to sale story, Thomas spoke about forging a reputation as highly motivated entrepreneur in the Australian tech industry. Burton spoke about her experiences in a number of high profile IT businesses where she was offered rather than sought career opportunities.
This was followed by three panel sessions featuring talent champions, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders. The panels addressed championing talent, the standout qualities of emerging leaders, how to convert an idea into reality, and building skills and leadership competencies to take careers to the next level.
The emerging leaders then broke off into separate mentoring sessions, where they were exposed to 18 of ARN’s Hall OF Fame inductees. These industry veterans shared with the mentees their experiences in leadership, as well as provided them with guidance on how to further develop themselves into becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
The event concluded with the presentation of the Emerging Leaders Awards to people who demonstrated outstanding qualities who are poised to progress their careers to the next level. Awards were presented across four categories – vendor, distributor, reseller/partner, and start-up.
Winners each received a certificate of excellence, in addition to a three-session mentorship with an ARN Hall of Fame inductee.
Amy Webb from Nimble Storage won the Emerging Leader in a Vendor Company award and becomes the mentee of Philip Cronin.
Lisa Youlden from NEXTGEN was awarded the Emerging Leader in a Distributor company award and will be mentored by Wendy O’Keeffe.
Cloud Plus’ Jules Rumsey won the Emerging Leader in a partner/reseller company award. Phil Cameron will be mentoring him on the next stages of his business’ growth.
Navneesh Garg from Adactin won the Emerging Leader in a Start-Up award and will be mentored by John Walters.
The evening continued with more networking and attendees mingled with their peers and with the talent champions who gave their valuable time.