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CHATBOX Virtual Leadership: Tackling the Challenges and Embracing Innovation

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (AEST)
  • online


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This event will be live at 9:30am Sydney Australia timezone. Please convert to your timezone. League members can access recordings and takeaway information at all times in the member portal.

The League ChatBox is a new program offered online for small groups to engage and discuss important issues.  Get answers, share ideas, learn together.

Face to face meetings and informal chats in the work kitchen seem like a distant memory as we all settle into the normalcy of virtual working environments.  Whether you manage a team of two or a team of twenty two, keeping your staff motivated and focused can be challenging.  

More than ever, we need to be agile and innovative in our thinking, pivoting our leadership styles to be poised and ready to tackle the unknown challenges ahead.  

In this ChatBox Session, Jo and Kirk will share their experiences of leading teams virtually - both pre and amidst COVID-19.  Despite the challenges, they have been pro-active in leading their teams to be ‘solutions based’.  You will hear about the successes and challenges of leading virtually, practical take-aways for your own professional context, and the opportunity to share your thoughts and make it a meaningful and compassionate experience for others.


Kirk Doyle Associate Director, International Relations and Partnerships ACU International Australian Catholic University 

Kirk has been working in international education since 2001 and currently oversees the management of International Partner Development and Learning Abroad for Australian Catholic University (ACU). He also directed the ACU Centre for Languages in its delivery of international pathway programs and languages. Most recently, he chaired the course development committee for ACU’s Foundation Program, which was launched in 2020. 

In his previous roles at The University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) he was responsible for a broad range of international services including the development of international leadership programs, student exchange and international student mobility, Australia Awards scholarship programs, government relations, compliance and international student support services. 

Kirk is an executive member of the Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum (AUIDF).

Jo Byng Director International Strategy, Mobility and Operations Western Sydney International, Western Sydney University 

Jo Byng is the Director International Strategy, Mobility and Operations at Western Sydney University with responsibility for international strategy, student mobility, marketing, compliance, sponsored students and scholarships. Jo has over 20 years of experience working in the international education industry, including international education roles at Macquarie University and Western Sydney University. Jo is an Executive Member of the Australian Universities International Directors’ Forum (AUIDF) and is the immediate past Head of the AUIDF Benchmark Learning Abroad Working Group.


LEAGUE HOST: Dawn Hewitt,  Director, Global Connection Asia Pacific, The Global Leadership League AND Director and founder, The International Group

With more than 20 years of experience, Dawn is passionate about the transformative possibilities that global learning offers. Throughout her career, she has made a contribution to the intellectual discourse on the internationalisation of higher education through research, publications and presentations at major conferences and forums. Dawn has worked in the international offices of RMIT University, La Trobe University, and Macquarie University and for not for profit organisations - The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) and the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). 


Our members come from different backgrounds, abilities, levels of experience, and parts of the world. Our goal is to embrace this diversity and encourage relationships across generations and experience levels for the benefit of all involved. 

The Global Leadership League was started by a group of women in the field of international education for the purposes of advancing women’s leadership skills, knowledge, and connections.


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