Program Overview and Cost

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SILA is a 10-month program for up to 24 select CEOs, running from July 2021 – May 2022, and available to participants from NSW and the ACT. (Year two will be open to VIC and TAS, other years are still to be confirmed.) Selected participants will need to be available to commit to all aspects of the program outlined below.

Curriculum Outline (click to open)

  • A series of individual online leadership and wellbeing pre-assessments: Each CEO and Step-Up leader will undertake assessments to provide greater insight into personal and professional leadership styles, strengths and weaknesses and overall wellbeing.
  • Executive coaching: Weaved throughout the program will be executive coaching for both the CEO and Step-Up leader to guide a process of learning and reflective practice.
  • Three multi-day, mid-week retreats: An immersive learning environment exploring self-leadership, leading within a complex social ecosystem, and aligning the self, organisation, and systems leadership for social change. Each retreat is curated to the leadership needs of the cohort and is facilitated by the program facilitators. Retreats provide short opportunities throughout the ten-month program for the Step-Up leader to lead, in addition to the sabbatical period.
  • Tailored three-month sabbatical: Each CEO will undertake a three-month sabbatical, tailored to their individual skills and well-being assessments, alongside executive coaching. CEOs will be required to develop a learning intentions plan and an organisation plan for the duration of the sabbatical.
  • Organisational Capacity Fund: Each organisation of the participating CEO will receive up to $30,000 capacity funding. The funding remains untied and is intended to support the participating CEO to participate in SILA.
  • Wraparound organisational capacity support: To assist organisations to effectively expend against the allocated Organisational Capacity Fund. Wraparound support is provided in partnership with the Australian Graduate School of Management, at UNSW Business School (AGSM@UNSW).

Program timeline

  • February – May 2021: Program applications open.
  • June 2021: Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and offers made to successful candidates.
  • July 2021: Program starts with the welcome call; access to online learning platform; check-in conversations with the Program Director and commencement of coaching.
  • August 2021: Organisational diagnostics completed; meeting with coach; organisation plan developed for program; prepare for the retreat, include pre-reading, reflection journal and Step-Up Leader in place for the first retreat.
  • September 2021: First three-day retreat including welcome dinner and drinks; immersive learning environment and time to connect and reflect.
  • October 2021: Check-in with Program Director; ongoing coaching; continued structured reflections; prepare for the second retreat including completion of pre-reading, reflection journal updated and Step-Up Leader in place for the second retreat.
  • November 2021: Second three-day retreat including welcome dinner and drinks, immersive learning environment and time to connect and reflect; preparations implemented for sabbatical including hand-over to the Step-Up leader
  • December 2021 – March 2022: Tailored sabbatical for three months; coaching sessions throughout sabbatical and reflection journal kept.
  • April 2022: Third three-day retreat including welcome dinner and drinks; immersive learning environment and time to connect and reflect.
  • May 2022: Final check-in with Program Director; coaching concludes; learnings and reflections consolidated; overall reflection piece submitted.

Program Cost

SILA is a fully-funded program by The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Paul Ramsay Foundation, and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Participants do not have to pay any up-front cost to partake in the program.

In order to build organisational and sector capability, SILA will provide each organisation with up to $30,000 to fund capacity building programs and cover additional salary costs for the duration of the program.

The funds are to be expended based on the organisation’s capability and capacity priorities which will be identified as part of the onboarding process.