Congratulations Sharni Campbell – a scholarship in the Future Leaders Program

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​Sharni Campbell has been accepted on the Kristen Keegan Scholarship in the Future Leaders Program for 2020 through HunterNet. HunterNet is a Cooperative of Manufacturing, Engineering and Specialist Industry sector organisations in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Central Coast. Only one scholarship is awarded per year, so, as you can imagine the process was quite competitive.

Sharni is currently a specialist recruitment consultant at CMG in the Newcastle branch. She was able to work with her manager Shanelle through the submission process. This involved a written application, with response to criteria and questions related to your aspirations and achievements. Sharni shared her keen interest in wanting the region to be on the map as a global economic contributor. She says, “I believe that developing strong, dynamic and adaptable organisations in our region is what it will take to see us succeed in today’s globalised market environment. I aim to empower businesses through finding them the best talent and partnering with them on subjects such as, flexible workplace and diversity strategy.”

Sharni was also required to interview with a panel with representation from various HunterNet member organisations. Sharni has regularly attended HunterNet networking and information events which was likely a positive contributing factor to her success as well.

What does the program entail?

The program is pretty intensive – it requires about 10 hours per week of personal time. There are dynamic workshop sessions that encourage participants to share their own knowledge across several industries, allowing participants to interact directly with high level presenters. The program also involves the need to complete a major project within a team that focuses on relevant topics in the current business climate.

The benefits are vast, not only will it take Sharni to the next level through exposure to industry leading presenters, cross functional networking and intense scenario-based project experience. But she will also gain in depth knowledge to help her career surrounding emotional intelligence, teamwork, mental health in the workplace, strategic planning, high performance culture and much more. It also means that Sharni will get access to some of the more significant CEO’s in and around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Sharni shared with HunterNet that;

Being named the recipient of the Kristen Keegan Scholarship for 2020 is an absolute honour. I am excited for the opportunity to grow and learn alongside the future leaders of our region.

I am passionate about our region and hope that the skills and knowledge I gain from this program will allow me to honour Kristen in promoting our region and shaping its future.

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