AC Regional Event: Dignity and Indigenous Leadership with Jason Ardler
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When: Thursday 16 July 2020
12.00 - 1.00pm AEST
Where: Online Webinar
Contact: Marcella Lazurus

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Jason Ardler, PSM


One x 60 + 30 minute interactive online discussion

Date & time Thursday 16 July @ 12.00noon - 1.30pm (Australian Eastern StandardTime)

Webinar Rate

Members AU$25* (£15) Non-Members AU$45 (£27)

*approximate currency conversion based on rates at the time of publishing

**VAT is applicable for any participants based in Europe (including UK) who book onto this webinar


Dignity and Indigenous Leadership

The desire to be treated with dignity is an inherent human yearning. When we are treated with dignity, we flourish. When our dignity is violated, we suffer and if these indignities are not named, acknowledged and redressed, they take on an energy of their own, creating obstacles to human connection, growth and development (Hicks; 2010).


In February this year, our guest speaker, Jason Ardler attended a lecture by Donna Hicks at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Dr Hicks argued that her 10 essential elements of dignity – in essence, treating people as though they matter - are a formula for trust and good leadership.  


Jason believes that Hicks’ work on dignity provides a valuable framework for understanding the nature of Australia’s relationship with its First Peoples’.   The myth of terra nullius, successive government policies of protection, assimilation, intervention and practical reconciliation, along with the denial and deliberate misrepresentation of First Peoples’ aspiration for “a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia” (Uluru Statement from the Heart; 2017), represent fundamental failures of leadership to understand what it means to be human and how to treat one another.


Join us in this interactive discussion with Jason Ardler, where we will explore and discuss:  

  • What are the 10 Essential Elements of Dignity (and the 10 Temptations to Violate Dignity)
  • How do these 10 essential elements of dignity relate to leadership in the Australian context
  • What would treating our First Peoples with the dignity they deserve and need to flourish look like.
  • How can we as coaches and leaders, support the development of leaders who demonstrate care and attention for the inherent dignity of themselves and others.
 Stay online after the session to reflect and network with other participants.

Resources and Recording

  • Copy of Slides
  • Recording

Speaker Bio

Jason Ardler is an Aboriginal man from the Yuin nation of the NSW south coast, and a Founding Director of Thirriwirri, a 100% Aboriginal owned business venture.  Jason and David Major established Thirriwirri to share their extensive knowledge and experience with others, and support them in building their own strong, successful and adaptive communities and organisations.

Thirriwirri is the Muktung word for Ironbark. It is tough, textured and enduring, rooted deeply and firmly in Country and culture. It represents Thirriwirri’s commitment to working with tenacity and perseverance to deliver quality services and solutions.

Jason is an experienced Senior Executive and Board Member passionate about improving the well-being of others, their communities and their environment. He has a reputation for achieving things others say can’t be done, and finding innovative solutions to difficult problems. Before establishing Thirriwirri, Jason was the Deputy Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs. NSW and for more than 20 years he successfully led strategy and reform in complex public policy areas for the NSW Government. In 2018, he received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to Indigenous people in NSW and in 2019, was made a Fellow of the Australian New Zealand School of Government.

Price and Special Offers: 

As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members. This series has been designed with Australian and Asia-Pacific coaches and professionals in mind, at an Australian /Asia-Pacific friendly time.


AC member: Your investment for this online event is only AU$25* (£15) Non-Members: AU$45* (£27) (*approximate currency conversion based on rates at time of publishing)

For this price, you get

  • One x 60-minute interactive virtual session at an eastern Australian friendly time
  • Access to a leading Australian thought leader
  • Opportunity to network and discuss the topic with fellow coaches and practitioners after the session
  • Post resources, including the webinar recording to explore the concepts and apply your learning
  • A Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certificate at the end of the series

For any questions, please contact Regional Contact: Marcella Lazarus, Online Events NSW/ACT, Australia at

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