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Leadership Academy event review:
Dr Tom Hanna on achieving trust and maintaining relationships
Last week, Scholars were invited to attend a professional development workshop hosted by 2004 John Monash Scholar, Dr Thomas Hanna, as part of our 2022 John Monash Foundation Leadership Academy program. Dr Hanna’s workshop titled Achieving Trust: knowledge-workers in a changing world, drew on his experience transitioning from academia - to mining - to setting up his own business, and why the need for trust in achieving these goals were vital to his success.
The key point was whether you can make relationships genuine throughout the transitional process - and that's where the trust is – colleagues knew Dr Hanna’s work-to-date was good and that he could follow through on a promise. Without trust, he would never have locked down his first major contract. Dr Hanna also discussed ‘Pitfalls and Successes’ and how the knowledge worker builds skills, expertise and experience, and learns from both failure and success to evolve.
A unique fact about General Sir John Monash that many are unaware of was shared by Dr Hanna who explained that Sir John was around 50 years old when he stepped on the soil at Gallipoli, where he was among the first under fire and was the only Australian brigade commander among the original troops not killed or evacuated as wounded. From this point on, Sir John continued to make pivotal marks on Australian society.
Scholar makes moves to top 50 women in Engineering
Jess Coldrey, 2021 Victorian Government John Monash Scholar, has been announced as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women's Engineering Society.
Many of the projects featured in this year’s list are those that helped Australia to be more eco-friendly, such as Jess’ initial literature review on the use of plastics in roads in Australia, her advocacy work supporting women in STEM and a range of other outstanding projects. Jess was also a standout contender as she epitomises an ambitious approach to making a difference within the engineering industry, achieving beyond the expected. Learn more about Jess’ work here.
With her John Monash scholarship, Jess is studying a Masters in Humanitarian Engineering at Warwick University with a focus on making global cities more inclusive, vibrant and sustainable through artistic and creative engineering.
Inspired by the opportunity for academic progression and leadership
The Youth National Security Strategy (YNSS) is the voice of some up-and-coming Australian minds. Nathan Johnson, 2018 Pratt Foundation Commemorative Defence AAA John Monash Scholar, attended the launch of the strategy in our nation’s capital.
As part of Nathan’s new role with Penten as Technical Lead within the AI division, supporting the YNSS and their endeavours cultivates a support culture within Australia for initiatives like this, which can ultimately help direct industry to where support is most needed.This evening marked the culmination of thousands of hours of workshops, engagement, and research by over 42 young and ambitious Australians.
“On both the John Monash Foundation and Defence industry fronts, I see opportunity for academic progression and leadership via the research into strategic strategy but also the real time information about how industry needs to pivot to support Australia”, Nathan said.
Backed by Government, Industry, and Academia, the YNSS has managed to tackle some of what they described as ‘wicked and complicated’ issues facing Australia from their unique and unconstrained perspectives. The result being a 30,000-word strategy that provides both problem definitions as well as policy suggestions for Australia and the region.
Click here to explore what the youth of Australia have contributed to the national conversation regarding our future.
Meet the team at John Monash -
Welcome Sarah Ramantanis
We warmly welcome our newest member of the John Monash team, Sarah Ramantanis, as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Sarah aims to highlight the contribution philanthropy makes to the community, as she is driven by the desire to promote empowerment and education. Within the charitable sector, Sarah is Co-Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, board member of Kids in Philanthropy, and the Communications Lead at Nexus Australia. She is completing a Master of Marketing and Communications at Monash University.
Share your story on our Scholar's Podcast!
The John Monash Scholar’s Podcast features new episodes with interviews of our Scholars who are experts across a wide range of fields, working and studying across the globe! The library has grown so there are many podcasts to choose from.