Embargoed to 11.00am - 9 May 2017


Life-altering opportunities for Illawarra leaders

New partnership announced


The Leadership Illawarra Program is pleased to announce it’s new partnership with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Illawarra to support leaders through the MentorMe program.

Debra Murphy, CEO of RDA Illawarra said “we’re excited to announce our new partnership with JCI Illawarra who will provide their successful MentorMe program to Leadership Illawarra Program participants.  This partnership will strengthen the community leadership pool in the Illawarra as well as grow the mentor and mentee connections across the Illawarra Community Leadership Continuum”, (see diagram below).

“In my view, exceptional mentors can provide life-altering opportunities for our next generation of Illawarra leaders.  I have no doubt that the pool of Illawarra leadership talent will grow exponentially through this new partnership,” said Debra.

The highly successful MentorMe program was developed by JCI Illawarra and is a structured one-on-one mentoring program which establishes links between younger and more experienced professionals in the Illawarrra.  MentorMe provides guidance regarding mentees career journey and fosters opportunities for individual growth.

Alfred Chidembo, CEO and Founder of Aussie Books for Zim, and JCI Illawarra member, was a mentee through MentorMe and said “I got an awesome mentor who helped me grow professionally and challenged me to think differently as a leader.”

The partnership agreement will be signed at a meeting on 9th May.  Alfred Chidembo and Debra Murphy will be available for interviews at that time.

Media welcome:        10.00am to 10.30am   Tuesday 9th May 2017

                                    RDA Illawarra, 87-89 Market Street, Wollongong


About:  The Leadership Illawarra Program is a joint initiative of Regional Development Australia – Illawarra (RDA Illawarra) the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School and The Illawarra Connection.  Further information is available at www.leadershipillawarraprogram.com.au



Media Contact:       Debra Murphy         0417 202 376