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

Date:

03 Jun 2020

Time:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

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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Cranlana Confidential – Chris Hotham – Wednesday 10 June

Date:

10 Jun 2020

Time:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

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.

Chris Hotham, Deputy Secretary (Infrastructure) at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services. Since the COVID19 pandemic hit, we have looked primarily to government to respond.  Chris has been at the forefront of this effort in Victoria. He’ll discuss the challenges of managing staff working under intense pressure, navigating uncertain evidence and policy advice, as well as meeting the expectations of political leaders whose words and actions are subject to greater scrutiny than ever. All this in the context of a national cabinet, and differentiated responses to the crisis across the states and territories. 

Before his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Chris’s primary roles at DHHS were in housing, including driving social housing reform and whole-of-government initiatives such as Homes for Victorians. Prior to joining DHHS in 2017, Chris held a number of senior roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet which included economic strategy with a focus on jobs, investment and long-term prosperity; energy and climate change with a focus on forging key relationships between the government and private sector, carbon pricing and leading the foundational work for the Victorian Climate Change Act.



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Cranlana Confidential – Rebecca Cody – Wednesday 17 June

Date:

17 Jun 2020

Time:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

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.

Rebecca Cody will discuss leading through the pandemic as the Principal of Australia’s largest coeducational boarding school — Geelong Grammar School. Along with residential aged-care facilities, boarding schools are identified as one of the most high-risk places for the transmission of viruses. While closing down any school poses challenges, these are magnified when over half the pupils live on site. The safety of students and staff was the primary consideration guiding Rebecca’s decision-making, but how does this sit with other imperatives like psychological wellbeing, educational outcomes, parental expectations, revenue targets and board governance. When Rebecca commenced as principal of Geelong Grammar School in 2018, she was the first woman and the first Australian-born educator to hold the post. She has taught and led schools in Tasmania, Western Australia, New Zealand and Victoria for more than twenty years and in 2012 received a WA Business News 40-under-40 award for her change management at Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth. As a Principal, Rebecca Cody frames her responsibilities in terms of Chief Educator, Learner, Strategist, Coach and Ambassador.



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Saturday Session, Melbourne

Date:

20 Jun 2020

Time:

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:

CANCELLED

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion, finishing with fine wine and a bite of something delicious, will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

The location and topic will be confirmed a month or so prior to the Session.



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Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 20 June

Date:

20 Jun 2020

Time:

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.

The topic for this sessions is –

Are empathy and compassion overrated?

Empathy is usually defined as the capacity to share or understand the feelings of others. The linked term, compassion describes the feelings that arise when we witness another’s suffering. The two words have different etymologies — empathy, comes from the Greek, compassion from the Latin — but both describe emotional states that are assumed to be a necessary precursor to rendering assistance to another person or group. If we don’t sense someone’s pain, then why rush to help them when they fall? If we cannot imagine the pang of hunger, then why donate to famine relief? We generally regard empathy and compassion as positive human traits that are fostered through art, especially story-telling arts like literature, drama and film.


In this Saturday Session we’ll debate a provocative alternative view — that compassion and empathy are fickle indulgences and that the story-telling arts are just a distraction. Rather than spurs to action they serve as emotional palliatives, enabling us to feel good about ourselves, without having to do anything substantial to address the inequities that surround us. 



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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 22 June

Date:

22 Jun 2020

Time:

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times.  Registered
participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.

The topic for this Session is:

Are empathy and compassion overrated?

Empathy is usually defined as the capacity to share or understand the feelings of others. The linked term, compassion describes the feelings that arise when we witness another’s suffering. The two words have different etymologies — empathy, comes from the Greek, compassion from the Latin — but both describe emotional states that are assumed to be a necessary precursor to rendering assistance to another person or group. If we don’t sense someone’s pain, then why rush to help them when they fall? If we cannot imagine the pang of hunger, then why donate to famine relief? We generally regard empathy and compassion as positive human traits that are fostered through art, especially story-telling arts like literature, drama and film.

In this Saturday Session we’ll debate a provocative alternative view — that compassion and empathy are fickle indulgences and that the story-telling arts are just a distraction. Rather than spurs to action they serve as emotional palliatives, enabling us to feel good about ourselves, without having to do anything substantial to address the inequities that surround us. 



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Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 18 July

Date:

18 Jul 2020

Time:

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. As with previous Saturday Sessions, topics will be confirmed a month prior to the Session. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.


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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 20 July

Date:

20 Jul 2020

Time:

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. As with previous Saturday Sessions, topics will be confirmed a month prior to the Session. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.


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Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 22 August

Date:

22 Aug 2020

Time:

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. As with previous Saturday Sessions the topic will be confirmed in the month prior to the event.  Participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom invitation a few days prior.


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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 24 August

Date:

24 Aug 2020

Time:

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.


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