I was a proud participant of the emerging leaders program in 2017/2018. My primary motivation for enrolling was to broaden my network within Townsville. I also greatly valued the unique opportunity to be mentored, which was a crucial aspect for me. I had the privilege of being mentored by Bruno Cullen, the former CEO of the NRL Team, the Brisbane Broncos, and the ex-Chairman of the Queensland Country Bank. Our interactions were enriching and covered a plethora of topics from life and business to family, making it a genuinely open and profound relationship. The program was invaluable to me. It provided me with a practical experience in project management, which I now incorporate daily in my role as a commercial real estate agent. Additionally, the networking opportunities and knowledge I gained about different commercial, cultural, and community aspects of Townsville were unparalleled. The program provides a rich blend of networking, relationship-building, and a deeper understanding of Townsville as a community. Not to mention the unmatched opportunity to be mentored by established professionals. Being a part of this organization and its alumni network is a testament to a supportive community focused on a bright future.
You can possess immense talent, but without the right direction, it can easily be misdirected. This program does an exceptional job of guiding talented individuals, helping them harness their potential, and directing them towards avenues where they can make a meaningful impact, both professionally and personally. The program was a cornerstone in my career. Today, I work for Peter Wheeler, a mentor from the program and the Managing Director of Colliers in Townsville. I believe my participation put me on his radar, showcasing how the program serves as a platform for tangible career advancements. The networking aspect of the program is unparalleled. I've maintained connections with a significant portion of my cohort and alumni from other years. These relationships have been instrumental in my professional endeavours and have led to many successes. The program not only influenced my career trajectory, but it also introduced me to amazing individuals. Today, I work under the mentorship of a TEL board member, which I believe was influenced by my active participation in the program. It's a testament to how the program can open doors and present opportunities.