FINding purpose at the 2021 newday summit

The Newday Summit showcases courageous trailblazers from Australia and around the globe who motivate, challenge and prepare the audience to become the type of leader they want to be. The WIS SA Newday Summit Scholarship is funded by the WIS SA Committee, and allows two of their members to attend the one-day Summit. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Alicja Grant and Angela Scarfo – both from Statewide Super. We asked them what they thought about the experience.

 

Alicja Grant

What was the highlight of the day?

It is impossible to choose the highlight of the day as there were so many. The day was filled with wonderful speakers who shared their incredible stories, experiences and insightful wisdom. It was a truly inspiring day filled with tears, laughter, creativity and deep reflection.

How do you think this will change your day-to-day approach to work?

I am going to focus more on ‘why’ not ‘what’ I am doing and try to find a purpose in all my actions. Listening to various speakers made me understand that purpose that pushes us forward is more durable than a sense of achievement.

What was one key learning that you will take forward with you?

Again, there were so many!!! But if I have to pick one, it would probably be implementing what Vicky Welgraven said, “Leadership is about walking along side people. Walking together”. Don’t walk in a front of people or behind them but walk together so that everyone feels that they can add their value and feel that what they do matters. I really liked it.

Would you recommend this experience to others?

Definitely. Newday leadership summit is an inspiring day, a well-being and life changing event, where the audience has an opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, sharing their extraordinary experiences. From practical advice on finding our purpose to tips on how to express ourselves through art and reflection, the day was filled with big ideas. I loved every moment and I am really looking forward to attending next year.

 

Angela Scarfo

What was the highlight of the day?

This is a very difficult question to answer because every single session was so enriching in its own right, including the incredible story told by Tim Jarvis, the brutally honest, heart wrenching yet beautiful discussion by Peter Baines, Annalise Jennings’ amazing story about how she changed a community, Taryn Brumfitt’s hilarious yet insightful session, Vicky Welgraven’s lovely session on respectful relationships, Bec and Bel’s incredibly useful mental fitness training (with some art therapy in the mix) and Adirupa Sengaupta’s valuable session on common purpose.    

However, from a learning perspective, it has to be without a doubt Zach Mercurio. His session was truly life changing for me. I loved his discussion around finding your purpose. For the first time ever, I finally understand that purpose is within us and there is a difference between purpose and being purposeful. Practically applying this through Zach’s teachings does not seem so daunting, as I have previously found when thinking about my purpose. Zach says, ‘the most extraordinary people do ordinary things with an extraordinary perspective.’ I love this!   

How do you think this will change your day-to-day approach to work?

Zach’s findings will absolutely change the way I interact with my team – and with my colleagues more broadly. Using one of Zach’s phrases, I can’t ‘unthink’ what I have learnt! The biggest way I will do this is through shifting my focus to contribution thinking, being and doing. I will ask myself how do my strengths impact those around me? How will what I’m going to do impact other people? How can I create mattering with those around me? What should my life do for others? What problems can I best solve with my strengths? This is an extremely powerful shift in thinking – imagine what you can do with this?!      

What was one key learning that you will take forward with you?

As I said, there are so many learnings from the Summit. If I have to pick one, I loved Peter Baines’ discussion around clarity of purpose. If we know what’s most important, what’s not negotiable, we can make decisions and get things done. I love this. It encourages us to understand - and stay true to - our core values, make decisions around those values and stand behind those decisions – despite how difficult they may be. This is powerful in both our personal and professional lives.

Would you recommend this experience to others?

Absolutely! Without a doubt. If you’re looking for something that you can apply across every aspect of your life – this is it. The Summit was filled with some many amazing speakers with extraordinary stories – and broken up with fabulously fun activities and interesting pop up stores throughout the day. 

 

 

The WIS SA Newday Scholarship is offered annually. For more detail on the other scholarships Women in Super offers, check out our Scholarships page!

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