Inspiring our leaders of tomorrow

What skills and qualities are required for your role?

Why is this role important to your organisation?

How much do you earn??

These and a myriad of other questions were all on the table when Sydney Olympic Park Authority hosted a group of young Indigenous leaders as part of The Smith Family’s Work Inspirations Program.

The 9 students, along with their mentors, came from as far away as Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin. They quickly made themselves at home, investigating all the different careers to be found at Sydney Olympic Park.

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The day started with a speed-connections exercise where students rotated through rapid-fire career conversations with staff from Sydney Olympic Park Authority. From landscape architecture to place management, arts programming and event management, marketing and communications to ecology and education, the young leaders really made the most of every interaction. A common career story was that despite many winding pathways, people often find a way back to their area of passion.

The rest of the day was spent exploring behind the scenes of the Park with an all-access-pass taking students through careers at the Aquatic Centre, Operations Centre, all around the parklands and wetlands and even meeting our Artists in Residence at Newington Armory.


The main aims were to engage and inspire, to broaden students’ horizons and encourage their aspirations. If their long lists of potential careers were anything to go by, the day was an outstanding success.


Manager Education Programs, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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One comment on “Inspiring our leaders of tomorrow
  1. Luisa says:

    Wonderful work! It`s fascinating to see how a world class precinct operates. It`s great people that make great places that the world talks about!

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