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Cranlana Confidential – Sara Blunt, CEO, of Kalyra Communities – Wednesday 3 June


Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.

In our fourth Cranlana Confidential session we’ll be discussing the challenges of leading an aged care provider through the pandemic. Lead Moderator Peter Mares will be joined in conversation by Sara Blunt, CEO of Kalyra Communities, recognised as South Australia’s aged care provider of the year in 2019. Sara also chairs Aged and Community Services Australia, the peak body for not-for-profit and mission driven aged care providers. A registered nurse, Sara has worked around the world, including on active service with the Royal Australian Navy. She was aide to the Governor of South Australia and has overseen health services in an isolated regional community. Along the way, Sara found time to study business, qualify as a company director and to complete a range of leadership programs including both Cranlana’s Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership program and Executive Colloquium. Sara will discuss the ethical challenge of protecting residents and staff from the virus while respecting the autonomy and rights of older Australians and honouring their emotional need for close contact with friends and family. The pandemic has put extra strain on budgets in an already under-funded sector and added to the long list of matters under investigation by the aged care Royal Commission.  

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03 Jun 2020