To the inaugural Young Regional Leaders Summit Challenging Leaders, Asking ‘What Else?’ on 11 & 12 August 2020, in Armidale NSW

A Must For:

Leaders & Aspiring Leaders aged 18 – 35 years Mentors & Managers of Young Leaders


Challenge default thinking styles e.g. ‘not my job’, ‘no one told me’, ‘wh’ve always done it this way’


Recognise when ‘ego’ gets in the way of great leadership and team building


Learn the subtleties of delegation to maximize team effectiveness


Improve problem solving skills


Take away a toolbox of thinking tools every leader must have


Be a standout in: leading change, agile innovation & strategic future planning


By attending you are making a difference – all proceeds go to BackTrack Youth Works

Asking ‘What Else?’ is the best thought-provoking question for any leader to have in their toolbox so, we decided to hold a Young Regional Leaders Summit for young people (18-35yrs) and mentors to challenge the way we lead. All Summit proceeds go to Backtrack.

Diane Gray

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The Young Regional Leaders Summit offers a high-quality think tank opportunity, challenging the thinking of leaders and potential leaders who are under the age of 35 roles and the people who mentor them.

The world we live in is changing faster and faster therefore the next generations of leaders need to be agile in their thinking and creative in their actions to keep up, yet traditional learning in schools and the increasing number of post school education now online decreases the quality of collective thinking that the social brain requires to develop leadership success.

The workshop and Summit are designed to challenge societal default thinking styles such as ‘spoon-feeding’ of information or ‘we’ve always done it this way’ to do a job. Instead it offers delegates the opportunity to create a toolbox of thinking tools starting with asking ‘What Else?’ that will have young regional leaders being standouts when taking on change; agile in innovation; and empathic to the needs of current and future regional communities.  Saumarez Homestead has been specifically selected as the venue for the workshop due to the history it holds. Appreciating the learning and innovation of the past is part of a thinking process for young leaders to connect the past with present and future that is a critical part of leadership success.

How you lead today determines how people who follow you will lead in the future. Therefore, it is crucial to build and retain young regional leaders within the workplace and the community. Too often young people move away from regional communities like Armidale, to cities for employment and don’t return. We are losing our best future asset to the ‘big smoke’. There is a strong need to nurture their skill development and creative thinking, particularly in leadership to ensure regional businesses and communities are sustainable for generations to come.


Young business and community leaders (18 – 35years) and Executives, Business Owners, Managers, Community Leaders who mentor young leaders.


Includes Summit, workshop, morning tea, lunch, dinner

  • Early Bird – TBC (excl. GST & Ticketing fees)
  • General – TBC (excl. GST & Ticketing fees)
  • Group discounts (must be from same organisation) 3 or more people receives 10% discount.
  • Complimentary ticket to speakers and sponsors

Guest Speakers

  • Samantha Gash (Endurance Athlete, social entrepreneur, World Vision Ambassador, Survivor 2017 Contestant)
  • Mark Wales (former SAS troop Commander, Country Boy from the Pilbara, Survivor 2017 Contestant
  • Adam Marshall MP (former Mayor of Gunnedah, Minister for Tourism,
  • Ian Mason TBC
  • Tom Croft & Dan Emery (founders of Welder’s Dog Brewery)
  • Susan Law (CEO, Armidale Regional Council)
  • Michael Engeman (GM Costa) – TBC
  • David Levingston (COO, Aero Health)
  • Greg Paramor AO – Chairman, Melinda Phillips – GM (BackTrack) TBC

Other Notes

A full day with top speakers and business leaders sharing their experiences, successes and mistakes and incorporating interactive think tank sessions throughout the day, bringing the ideas of the young leaders together with top tips from experienced leaders.

And of course, there are plenty of networking opportunities with other like-minded business and community leaders from around regional NSW, including a relaxing dinner to end the day – not to be missed.

The workshop is a must. It is specifically designed to develop thinking strategies that will leaving asking ‘What Else?’. Gone are the days of expecting young people to blindly accept the teachings of older generations, asking what else opens up exploration of what is beyond the obvious. There is a tool box of thinking tools that will have our young regional leaders standing out in any crowded room as having the best agile, innovative and creative minds of their generation.