The Network & Learn Series


Emerson Lau Da Silva

Local organization

JCI Sydney

National organization



Emerson Lau Da Silva


From February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022


Young leaders who want to equip their knowledge and their network

Target population


Target avg age


People impacted


Sustainable Development Goal

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Development stage

Education and Economic Empowerment


To connect young leaders with industry leaders to assist them in their professional development


The Network & Learn Series offered 6 different sessions to members and non-members over the course of 1 year.

The sessions are:

Session 1: Dale Carnegie with Steven Zohrab and Jessica Gopalan. They both brought a diverse range of knowledge and experience from their work at Dale Carnegie, who have for over 100 years, helped communities everywhere prosper by improving the personal and financial well-being of the people who live there, and the companies that do business there.

Session 2: Decision Making and Managing Difficult Situations with Louisa Van Mal. Louisa Van Mal - a leader who has broken barriers as a young female leader in a male dominated industry. In 2020, she received the Australian Corrections Medal, for outstanding service to her community and NSW Corrective Services. Join us to learn some key insights into decision making, building a team, and managing in difficult situations.

Session 3: Career Planning with Executive Coach Kate Neser. Kate is an executive coach who works with senior managers and leaders to develop their own effective and authentic leadership style in all stages of their career. This session explored some of the options for approaching a holistic career plan, that is more than simply ‘what will my next role be’?

Session 4: Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Reserve Bank of Australia's David
McKenna. David is a seasoned Manager of Innovation at Reserve Bank of Australia and he has a wealth of experience across the private and public sectors as well as in entrepreneurship. We were able to connect and learn from him.

Session 5: Effective Communication with Kate Neser. This session explored the different types of conversations that are common in the workplace – from conversations for stories and assessments, to conversations to coordinate action, through to conversations for accountability. It also considered the things that impact on our effectiveness, and how we can use the common linguistic tools to make each conversation targeted and effective.

Session 6: How a Single Idea can Make a Lasting Impact with Dr Melina Georgousakis. Melina is the founder of Franklin Women, a social enterprise which aims to create a science sector where women thrive and is currently leading the organisation as its Director.

Actions Taken

Partner with key industry leaders who can share their knowledge
Organise a session schedule with online and in-person sessions
Communicate the sessions in other channels and reach out to other business to attract new members
Keep the communications consistent to attract members


With this project, JCI Sydney was able to create meaningful connections with leaders and professionals from the community. Through their knowledge and experience, JCI Sydney was able to empower members and participants to become better leaders, better critical thinkers, and active individuals.


1 - Continue running the project following a more specific line of thought, such as career planning
2 - Improve communications to reach external potential members


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