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Alicia Curtis is one of Australia's most experienced mentors of emerging leaders. She develops and facilitates highly interactive and challenging leadership programs, tailor made for the organisations that she works with. She has managed her own leadership development consultancy since 2002, working with thousands of young people aged from 12 to 35 years old.
In 2013, Alicia was contracted by 3 aged care organisations to encourage and empower young leaders to engage with the aged care sector. She coordinated a very successful Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards project including a Young Leaders Program engaging with 20 young leaders as well as a series of 'Unconvention'events to educate the aged care sector of the potential of young leaders. The program was awarded best New Project at the Aged and Community Services WA Awards and since the program, a number of young leaders have been chosen for Board and Committee positions.
In 2010, Alicia developed and facilitated the Young Women’s Leadership Program through the Muslim Women’s Support Centre with national government funding. The six month program worked with 25 young women from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds. The participants authored the booklet ‘Journey to Leadership’ writing about their experiences of the program. In 2012, Alicia secured funding to run three more 3-month programs with 25 young women each, with each program facilitating their own one-day youth leadership conference with 100 high school students as well as creating the Connect2Culture booklet. The Young Women's Leadership Program received a Highly Commended at the Multicultural Community Service Awards.
Since 2007 Alicia has grown Emergen, a collaborative community activating young emerging leaders in Australia. The community is home to over 900 young leaders across Australia and encourages like minded young leaders to share their experiences with others both online and face to face.
Over the past 10 years, Alicia has developed and facilitated countless leadership programs for a wide range of young people. These programs have included school based programs such as Year 8 Leadership programs, Student Council and Perfect training camps, Indigenous Leadership programs, Newly Arrived Migrant Leadership programs and Young Women's Leadership programs. Alicia has coordinated the development of youth leadership conferences such as the Children and Young People Are Key Stakeholders conference, the youth component of the Foster Care conference and the Australian Association of Environment Education Youth Conference in Darwin.
Alicia's newest community project is called the 100 Women Project and aims to gather 100 exceptional women in Perth to donate $100 per month which when brought together with others, awards $10,000 to 12 causes/projects/people that empower women.
Alicia has been recognised internationally for her leadership training and community service. In 2013, she received the Isolde Fritsch-Albert, International Prize for Excellent Professional Performance and in 2011, Alicia was awarded the Business and Professional Women (BPW) International Power to Make a Difference Award for her commitment and achievements in women’s leadership. Alicia authored the Keys to Achievement professional development booklet that was launched nationally throughout BPW in Australia in 2007 and since then, launched in many other countries around the world. In addition to this, during 2007 – 2010, Alicia was the National Young BPW Director on the National BPW Board.
Alicia holds a Masters in Leadership and Management and is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA). Through this association, she has received the prestigious national Kerrie Nairn scholarship for emerging speakers, the Western Australia Excellence in Speaking Award from the WA Chapter of NSAA as well as being accredited as a Professional Member. In 2010, she led the Western Australia chapter as President.
Alicia has had a diverse range of leadership experiences, including attending the first United Nations International Children’s Conference on the Environment in 1995 when she was 12 and then going on to co-found her own Children’s Conference in Perth with three other young people when she was 13 years old. The organisation still existed today as Millennium Kids and Alicia is on the Adult Advisory Board.
Alicia has also been privileged to receive State Youth Environment Award at the State Youth Awards in 2000, WA Young Australian of the Year Environment Award in 2001, Volunteer of the Year as well as being recognized as a finalist in the Business Owner and Young Businesswoman awards at the Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards in 2007.
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