Deaf Leadership Program Launch and Networking Event

On Friday 28 February, Expression Australia launched our new Deaf Leadership Program at Tradeblock Cafe. Over 50 emerging and established leaders attended to find out about the new program. Our Projects and Engagement Officier, Olivia Beasley, began the evening by running a fun activity that made everyone reflect on what their own style of leadership is.

Expression Australia President, Gavin Balharrie addressed the evening and reflected on the role Deaf leadership has played in his life. He also discussed the need for the Deaf Leadership Program and its aims, which include:

  • Identify and connect Deaf leaders
  • Develop key leadership skills and share resources
  • Create a culture of continuous Deaf Leadership with opportunities for community participation

Director of Language, Partnerships and Innovation, Brent Phillips also shared some history into the Deaf Leadership programs that he was involved in and how it helped steer his career. 

The evening saw Deaf leaders such as Phil Harper, Meg Aumann, Bryn Davies, Natasha Ravlich and Hadley Johnston talk about their experience and what Deaf leadership means to them. They also discussed why they believe this program is important for the Deaf community.

Above: Deaf leaders, (from left) Phil Harper, Hadley Johnston, Natasha Ravlich, Bryn Davies and Brent Phillips

The Deaf Leadership Program will be run over four workshops that cover the below topics:

Resilience and self-care, partnership and collaboration, governance, Deaf leadership

In September, there will be a Community Debate Event that is open to the community and there will be a wrap-up event in November. More information about these events will be shared soon.

Applications for the Deaf Leadership Program are now open. To apply, click here to download the application form available here and email it to (you can also submit your applications in Auslan).

More information on the Deaf Leadership Program page on our website. click here to view

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