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LGBTQIA+ Executive Fellowship

Accelerate your leadership career with Australia’s first program for LGBTQIA+ leaders from a leading business school
Lead strategically, creatively and authentically to grow your personal and organisational impact

This specially designed, one-week program gives you the leadership, strategy, communication and decision-making skills to confidently shape the culture and respond to the challenges of tomorrow.

You will return to work with new capabilities, techniques, and mindsets to lead with confidence, shape the play and tackle complexity. You will be supported on this journey by your new professional network of other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning executives from a diverse range of industries.

Key Benefits

This unique program delivers transformative leadership growth through an overarching theme of “unlearning, " which challenges traditional managerial wisdom and adapts it to your context and lived experience. 

You will:

  • Develop your personal leadership style with a unique understanding of the influence your LGBTQIA+ identity imparts.
  • Unlock your authentic leadership presence and become a more dynamic, impactful and inspiring communicator.
  • Strengthen your strategic leadership capabilities.
  • Leverage the power of a design thinking mindset to unleash creativity in your leadership and strategic thinking.  
  • Build a powerful and dynamic network of LGBTQIA+ peers for ongoing support and collaboration.

Next course dates:

Monday 3 June – Friday 7 June 2024


The University of Sydney Business School
Sydney CBD Campus
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000


$9,000 ex GST

Apply now.

LGBTQIA+ Executive Fellowship experience

Over five transformational days, you will work with fellow LGBTQIA+ leaders to tackle challenges and embed the skills that will launch you into the next phase of your leadership journey.

Your experience will culminate in a personal action plan to transform learning into immediate action. You will take part in:

  • Live action project work
  • Simulations
  • Interactive and experiential sessions to challenge traditional thinking and take you beyond your comfort zone.
  • Guest speaker sessions, where an impressive array of speakers will share their personal journeys, key insights and lived experiences.

The program will run from 9 am – 5 pm at our Sydney CBD Campus, with evening events including a welcome dinner, a celebratory dinner to close the program, and hosted networking opportunities to facilitate community building and collaboration and strengthen inter-industry networks.  

Who should attend?

  • Mid- to senior-level LGBTQIA+ leaders with at least ten years of professional experience and five years of management experience.
  • LGBTQIA+ leaders from any size company or institution and any industry, including not-for-profit, and the public sector.
  • LGBTQIA+ leaders who have recently or are about to step up from a technical specialist to a leadership role.
  • Allies responsible for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), talent management or leadership development interested in fostering LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
I was taken outside of my comfort zone. But it was absolutely enthralling and reminded me of the need to challenge myself more and think outside the 'norm'.
Andrew Heinrich, Head of Products - ALT & Operations | National Co-Sponsor, Australia IRIS Network Herbert Smith Freehills
The program offered insightful and thought-provoking discussions, inspiring guest speakers, and engaging workshops that allowed me to gain valuable knowledge and insights into the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ leaders community in the corporate world.
Tom Roets, Executive Director (Technology), Russell Reynolds Associates
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Pictured: Associate Professor Massimo Garbuio

Program Director

Associate Professor Massimo Garbuio

Massimo Garbuio is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney. His approach to research and training involves helping others – whether they’re students or seasoned strategists – imagine, ideate and design new sources of value. Massimo is passionate about the human impact that good ideas can make given the right approaches and skill-sets, whether within start-ups seeking a firm footing or organisations envisioning a new future.

Massimo holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and has also trained at University College London and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Design Research Society and the Academy of Management.

In proud alliance with

The Pinnacle Foundation

The Pinnacle Foundation is Australia’s LGBTQIA+ education charity. Its flagship program awards educational scholarships, mentoring and opportunities to young LGBTQIA+ Australians to realise their full potential.