Economic Development Officer, Alice Springs NT
Our guest for this episode, Donna Digby is, a driven and community focussed leader joins us from Alice Springs.
Donna first discovered the beauty and resilience of remote Australia when she took a gap year from her town of Chelsea on the sandy shores of Port Philip Bay Victoria to travel and work 2,400 kms away in Central Australia, NT at 17.
It was here during her gap year and subsequent years she has learnt about the spirit and opportunities that life in remote Australia brings: building personal resilience, strengthening community leadership, bringing a can-do attitude, having a go, supporting others to be their best, persevering and getting the job done!
They say home is where the heart is. With one of the oldest river systems in the world, the beauty of a million stars in a desert night sky, blue skies, vast mountain ranges and red dirt as far as the eye can see and over 60 community events each year, her feet are firmly planted in Alice Springs.
Alice Springs is a dynamic outback town in the middle of everywhere. We think we can claim we ‘live closest to every beach in Australia’.
Donna believes in ‘being the change you want to see in the world’ and is committed to working collaboratively to ensure that Alice Springs, continues to thrive for future generations.
For over 10 years, she has been fortunate to have a diverse career in the Territory where she has contributed to the management of protected areas, feral camels, bushfoods and regional economic development. She was a finalist in the NT Agricultures Rural Women’s Award in 2019 and has recently been accepted into the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
She is an inclusive and community focused leader that believes we can achieve richer outcomes for our communities when we create spaces and opportunities to draw on the ideas, experiences and expertise from within our community as well learn from other communities in Australia.
She is driven to support community leaders to develop their leadership potential through lived experience, creating pathways for leadership development, building networks and mentoring.
In her spare time, she loves walking, learning to sew, baking with bushfoods, spending time out bush and travelling with her husband!
Donna will share her own experiences in managing her own well-being, the importance of self-care and tips to help you thrive during challenging times.
Donna’s top well-being tips:
- Really understand what your well-being cup looks like and think about how you want to spend time in your cup. How can you put yourself first in your cup? You’ve got to be that foundation.
- What do you do for your physical well-being and how can you make a baby step? Can you do that tomorrow? Can you give it a go?
- You can’t underestimate the benefit of rest and recharge. When do you have time for rest? Do you need to cut back from the activities that you’re doing now? How do you recharge yourself? How do you keep yourself strong, happy and engaged?
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Cynthia is a facilitator, coach, mentor, speaker and author with a passion for personal disruption, neuroscience, positive psychology, courageous conversations, human performance and well-being. Her mantra (taken from the latest neuroscience research) is that “Happier people are higher performing,” and she strives to help leaders and teams achieve this in the workplace
Cynthia is passionate about working with people to develop their life and leadership skills and to increase diversity and participation in decision-making in industry, government and the community. She’s a strong believer in bringing people together to identify issues, exchange ideas and develop solutions that work for them, their business or organisation, their family and community.
Louise Thomson is a confident, courageous, and enthusiastic women who contributes her experience and wisdom to those who aspire to be better leaders. With three decades in leadership positions within corporate Australia, NFPs, and her own Leadership Development Practice, Louise has experienced most situations faced by leaders.
She was once described as an outstanding ‘blank canvas’ facilitator; enabling groups to learn from each other while providing dedicated support and expertise in leadership development. Louise also mentors’ future business leaders, hosts several leadership programs and enjoys the larger audience to present her ideas about how to make leadership easy.