Locations and Key Dates

It’s been inspiring to learn from others who share a similar passion for creating social good. SILA has helped recharge me for the next 20 years of my career.”

David Keegan, CEO, HOST International
SILA Cohort One Participant


Cohort Three participants from SA and WA are currently completing the 10-month SILA Program.

SILA is heading to Queensland and Northern Territory in 2024/25. Applications are now closed.

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All costs, including transport, accommodation and meals for face to face activities are fully-funded by the program. Additional funding is provided to regional and rural attendees, and those with accessibility requirements to support their participation.

2024 Program Timeline

  • March – 15 April: Applications open for CEOs (or equivalent) of for-purpose organisations
  • May – June: Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and offers are made to successful candidates
  • 31 July: Program starts with a welcome call; access to the online learning platform; check-in conversations with the Program Manager; and commencement of executive coaching with your assigned coach
  • August: Organisational Diagnostics commence; meeting with coach; organisation plan developed for the duration of the program; retreat preparation, including pre-reading, reflection journal and Step-Up Leader in place for the first retreat
  • 4th – 6th September: First 3-day retreat which allows for an immersive learning environment, and time to connect and reflect.
  • October: Check-in with Program Manager; ongoing executive coaching; continued structured reflections; preparation for the second retreat including completion of pre-reading, reflection journal updated and Step-Up Leader in place for the second retreat
  • 4th – 6th December: Second 3-day retreat, preparations implemented for sabbatical, including hand-over to the Step-Up Leader
  • December – April (following year): Tailored sabbatical for 3-months; executive coaching sessions throughout the sabbatical period and reflection journal maintained
  • 7th – 9th May 2025: Third 3-day retreat, final check-in with the Program Manager; executive coaching concludes; learnings and reflections consolidated; overall reflection piece submitted

Please note, the Tuesday prior to each retreat will be a travel day.

Read the full program overview here.

Watch now: SILA Information Session (21 Feb 2024)