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Cairns CEO Sonja Johnson Awarded Leadership Scholarship

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tropical North Chief Executive Officer Sonja Johnson has been awarded a McKinsey Executive Leadership Program scholarship to further develop her leadership skills in the age of complexity and disruption.

Ms Johnson is one of 27 not-for-profit leaders to participate in the hands-on program, which sharpens self-awareness and strategic thinking and provides an exclusive support network with peers across Australia and New Zealand.

“I am very excited to take part in a program designed to further develop my negotiation, leadership and conflict resolution skills through one-on-one mentoring by seasoned executives,” Ms Johnson said.

“Through the program, I will gain a better appreciation of the macro environment and geo-political issues so that I can bring these insights into RDA Tropical North’s development of the TNQ Economic Development Strategy. 

“The real-life examples about effecting long-term change through collaborative governance models will further develop my ability to position the Tropical North for place-based policy development and investment pitches to both the public and private sectors.”

RDA Tropical North Interim Chair Brett Moller looks forward to bringing Ms Johnson’s enhanced skills and knowledge to the organisation.

I am sure that the RDA Tropical North Board members and team will benefit greatly from Sonja’s experience in the Leadership Program, and I thank the Australian Scholarships Foundation and McKinsey and Company for this worthwhile professional development opportunity for the not-for-profit sector – Mr Moller

Regional Development Australia Tropical North Inc is an independent organisation driven by community leaders to broker regional development solutions that will create jobs and grow the Far North Queensland economy.

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