CLRI: Holly Ransom on Leadership

The Geelong College's Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation had the great privilege of hosting Holly Ransom earlier this week. Holly is the CEO of Emergent, a consultancy that specialises in leadership development and strategy.

Given that she is only 27, the diversity of her experiences is remarkable. An Ironman triathlete, Chair of the G20 Youth Summit, a Director of the Port Adelaide Football Club and a member of the Advisory Board for the launch of the AFL Women’s League, is just a snapshot of her recent accomplishments. She has also made an appearance on ABC’s Q and A with many people commenting that she has the potential to be Australia’s future Prime Minister.

Holly spoke to our Year 12 students about the power of networking, of facing your fears and having the courage to reach out to people you admire. By using every moment as a learning moment, she encouraged our students to consider themselves as leaders irrespective of titles or position, to seek mentoring relationships to assist in their development and then to “pay this forward” and become a mentor for others.

Holly also spoke with our College prefect group about the challenges of leadership, developing resilience and maintaining a strong personal vision.

The inspiring day concluded with a CLRI public lecture that challenged those in attendance to think about how we are teaching entrepreneurship, financial literacy, creativity, communication and resilience to enable young people to prosper in an uncertain and non-linear future. 

Adrian Camm
Director of Teaching and Learning

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