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  • Sunday, May 08, 2022 6:57 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    The Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2022

    Young People Creating the Positive Leadership the World Needs

    The Nelson Mandela Youth Leadership Summit 2022 on 18 July (Nelson Mandela Day) promises to be an exciting and engaging event. The Summit brings together a diverse youth population from Shepparton, Regional Australia, urban Australia and Asia-Pacific to create a group of connected future leaders of the region and Australia. 

    Born in Shepparton, the COVID lockdowns took the Summit online and allowed us to share the 2020 and 2021 summit experiences with young people and leaders spreading from New York to Africa.  Young people chose the topics, and they were designed to assist them to grow into leading community players and act on the immediate most pressing challenges. 

    This year the historic Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Victorian Parliament in Melbourne will be the venue allowing the young leaders to experience speaking in a chamber still used by the Victorian Parliament and used by the Australian Parliament before the construction of Canberra's Houses of Parliament.

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  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 12:24 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Lisa Gray, GSA Management Consulting

    “What makes me optimistic is the kindness of others, engaging in selfless deeds to support and lift others up with no expectations except to put a smile on someone else’s face.”

    Kindness and Optimism


  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:27 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Dr Jane Addis, Mayor of the City of Boroondara and Psychologist

    "For me, optimism is related to a positive mindset and this comes from several factors, including:

    • Gratitude – noticing and focusing on the good
    • Realistic goals and expectations – of self and others
    • Having a sense of purpose and doing things that allow me to use my talents
    • Trying to distinguish what really matters from day to day inconveniences
    • Distinguishing needs from wants
    • Remembering that I do not always get what I want.

    What is Optimism Quotable Quotes


  • Wednesday, February 09, 2022 6:22 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Sangeeta Mulchandani, co-founder of Australian Professionals of Colour (APOC)

    "My belief that each of us has the potential to achieve whatever we desire by simply putting our mind to it keeps me optimistic. Knowing that every situation you find yourself in is rigged in your favour is the best way to stay optimistic and open to whatever comes your way."




  • Monday, February 07, 2022 1:16 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Vineti Anand, Co-Founder of Australian Professionals of Colour

    "I stay optimistic in any given situation through my ability to see the bright side of any case. I remind myself that every emotion is temporary: My strategy is to shift emotions to the positive by focussing on what truly is my vision in life.”

    Australian Professionals of Colour (APOC) community


  • Sunday, February 06, 2022 7:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Let us start each day with prayerful optimism,” says The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr Alfred Adewale Martins

    Optimism, Spirituality and Religion


  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8:54 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Denise van Huyssteen, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in South Africa

    "Now, during these times of great uncertainty, we need courageous and optimistic leaders who can inspire hope and rally others to join them in shaping a positive vision for the future."


    Read More on Optimistic Leadership

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