Be. Leadership 2020 Opening Retreat

A blog from one of our 2020 Be. Leadership Participants, Karley Parker

Headshot of Be. Leader, Karley Parker smiling and looking slightly to the right

Be. Leadership 2020 Session One: Leadership – what is it and why me?

Kia ora!

It is my pleasure to write the first blog post for Be. Leadership 2020! 

The opening retreat was a unique and exciting opportunity for us all; there are twelve leaders in the programme this year (also known as the twelve disciples). For me personally,  I was extremely nervous about the opening retreat. However, it was undoubtedly a brilliant experience!  Although daunting meeting new people,  everyone was very friendly, welcoming and also felt the same level of nervousness!   

On the second day of the retreat,  we had the pleasure of Minnie Baragwanath sharing her magic with us. Hearing Minnie’s journey excited us all and ignited our souls about the realms of possibility for our leadership ventures.  

Minnie's talk gave me hope and courage as I am currently at a crossroads in my life – fresh out of study where I completed a degree in social services specialising in disability support. I find myself unsure of where to go from here.  However, I understand the importance of holding on to hope for myself to figure things out throughout this year with Be. This also gives me the courage to find out who I am - to find my voice and stand tall. 

To the Magic Minnie - best of luck on your new journey! We are all excited as you discover the limitless endeavours of the Centre of Possibility! 

Happy 10th year Be. Leadership! We are going to have an awesome year together! It is a privilege to be part of such a dynamic team.

I would like to end this post with a poem Sue shared with us on the opening night.  I feel that this poem has great meaning to trust ourselves as we plunge into the year:

Come sit down beside me, I said to myself.
And although it doesn’t make sense,
I held my own hand as a small sign of trust
And together I sat on the fence.

Michael Leunig


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