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Life-altering opportunities for Illawarra leaders

18 May 2017

The Leadership Illawarra Program is pleased to announce its new partnership with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Illawarra to support leaders through the MentorMe program.

Debra Murphy, CEO of RDA Illawarra said “we're excited to announce our new partnership with JCI Illawarra who will provide their successful MentorMe program to Leadership Illawarra Program participants.  This partnership will strengthen the community leadership pool in the Illawarra as well as grow the mentor and mentee connections across the Illawarra Community Leadership Continuum”, (see diagram below).

“In my view, exceptional mentors can provide life-altering opportunities for our next generation of Illawarra leaders.  I have no doubt that the pool of Illawarra leadership talent will grow exponentially through this new partnership,” said Debra.

The highly successful MentorMe program was developed by JCI Illawarra and is a structured one-on-one mentoring program which establishes links between younger and more experienced professionals in the Illawarrra.  MentorMe provides guidance regarding the mentees career journey and fosters opportunities for individual growth.

Alfred Chidembo, CEO and Founder of Aussie Books for Zim, and JCI Illawarra member, was a mentee through MentorMe and said “I got an awesome mentor who helped me grow professionally and challenged me to think differently as a leader.”

The partnership agreement was signed at a meeting on 9 May 2017, see Leadership Illawarra Program—WIN News Illawarra

Further information about the program is available at or by contacting Debra Murphy on 0417 202 376

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