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09 December, 2016

Ever wondered how champions of change take on so many roles, where do they find the time, how they got to where they are, what changed them and what have they changed?

The CCI Lighthouse Leadership Series and other prestigious events give you the opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s most respected leaders in their field.

Highlights for 2017 will include:

From hostage to humanitarian

Former war crimes prosecutor Rabia Siddique, who famously survived a hostage situation in Iraq in 2005, will share some of her extraordinary walk through life at a CCI-hosted An Evening with Rabia Siddique on 23 February.

The lawyer, author and mother of eight-year-old triplets says sharing stories is a powerful way to advocate for change.

She says suffering a traumatic experience has made her a better leader and mentor.  

“A great leader is someone who is prepared to create an environment where others can progress and thrive but in terms of character, a leader commands and deserves respect. A person like that is someone who is able to be honest and able to identify all of those things that makes them up,” she says.

“So not just their values but their strengths and weaknesses, where they see it not as a weakness but a sign of character. Being human is not a sign of weakness.”

The bounce on property

Hear from West Coast Eagles chairman and Hawaiian Managing Director and CEO Russell Gibbs on 23 March as he share’s some tips on leadership and inspires others to step up to the mark.

Gibbs has been a board member of the WCE since 2011, deputy chairman for the past year and chairman since last month.

He’s juggles an incredible workload overseeing one of the country’s largest privately owned property groups as well as being a non-executive director on the boards of St Ives Group, Satterley Property Group and Murdoch University Foundation.

Since becoming CEO in 2000, Russell has been instrumental in restructuring the group and guiding its new direction.

From premier to Commonwealth Games organiser

Get to know Former QLD premier Peter Beattie, who is now chair of the 2018 Commonweath Games Corporation and a media commentator for Sky News as he shares his views on leadership on 21 April.

With his appearance scheduled a year out from the Games – Australia’s biggest event this decade  – Beattie will offer insights on what it’s like to be chair of the organising committee and how planning for the iconic sporting event is progressing.

He will shed some light with how his network from time as premier from 1998 to 2007 helps with negotiations between the Commonwealth Games Australia, local, state, federal governments and the people of the Gold Coast to pull the games together.

Beattie, who is also director of the Medical Research Commercialisaton fund and ambassador for Life Sciences QLD, will talk about how partnerships between universities and the private sector is the key to being innovative.