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Leadership and Development Programs for Shoalhaven Young Professionals

The spba Leadership Compass Professional Development Program was established in 2016 and it is designed to support emerging business leaders and to nurture and build on their leadership qualities.

Development Programs

Compass 2.0

The Leadership Compass Program was established in 2016 and it is designed to support emerging business leaders and to nurture and build on their leadership qualities.

Applications for Compass 2.0 will be open this year.

The aim of Compass 2.0 is to develop leadership skills and to mentor the next generation of leaders and create a self-perpetuating program of leadership and support in the Shoalhaven.

Participants in the Compass Program identified a need to review previous learnings and investigate some topics in more depth including:

  • Business Diagnostic
  • Financial Management and Diagnostic
  • Operational Efficiency and Technology – Systems
  • Marketing
  • People Management
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Team Leadership
  • Future thinking
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Planning

Shoalhaven Professional Mentor Program

The mentor program is proudly sponsored by Shoalhaven City Council, and supported by the University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven Campus.


This program focus includes;

  1. Mentoring & supporting
  2. Learning
  3. Contributing
  4. Collaboration

And aims to deliver

  • Greater connections and networks within young professionals
  • Greater connections and networks widely among Shoalhaven professionals and young professionals
  • Increased knowledge and skills
  • Increased personal confidence
  • Learning opportunities
  • The opportunity for spba members to engage more fully with young professionals
  • Acknowledgement and recognition of Shoalhaven young professionals
  • Increased profile and reputation of spba
  • Delivery of member needs in 2020 for spba
  • Presentation opportunities within spba
  • Increased awareness of knowledge, skills and experience of people in the Shoalhaven.

How it works

The mentor program combines social and networking opportunities with personal development and growth through one on one mentor meetings and Knowledge Tables.

Participants are matched with Mentors and meet once a month over a period of five months.

Participants choose four topics for personal and professional development. Four Knowledge Tables will be delivered on topics chosen by participants and led by an expert in that field. The Knowledge Tables will enable learning by sharing and exchanging experiences and knowledge from within the group, example topics may include: public speaking, presentations, negotiation, writing skills, conflict resolution, e communications, time management, business planning.

Participants also enjoy a monthly social event which is part of the regular syp event schedule. In this way, the program is inclusive of other young professionals who are not on the program but are included in the social events.

Nuts and Bolts

As a participant you are matched with a mentor. Professionals from the same profession are not matched. Matching considers your reasons for taking part in the program, your goals and areas for growth identified in this Expression of Interest.

Your commitment as a participant is to have face to face meetings with your mentor (minimum 5 meetings) over the period of January - June 2020. The time commitment over the five months is 7 hours. The seven hours can be made up with the face to face meetings or other communication means such as online and phone.

You will also be expected to attend the Participant Briefing and debriefing; the four Knowledge Tables, The Great Pitch and the four social events. You will Graduate at the completion of the program.

Program Management

The mentor program is being delivered by Rhonda McGuire, business coach, trainer, and consultant.

Further information - Contact us.