Announcing the 2023 Emerging Leaders in the Association Sector

09 Nov 2023 10:10 AM | Sarah Gamble (Administrator)

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) together with the Adelaide Convention Centre are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship program. This program is dedicated to fostering leadership qualities within the association sector, nurturing emerging leaders, and creating a network of dedicated individuals to take their association management careers to new heights, contributing to the future success of the Association sector.

The 2023 Emerging Leaders program bring together a group of diverse professionals working within associations and not-for-profit organisations to engage with current and relevant themes that will shape the industry's future at the 2023 AuSAE Conference & Exhibition (ACE) in Canberra.

We are delighted to introduce the six (6) dynamic and highly skilled members of the association community who have been selected for the 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship program:

Meet our 2023 Emerging Leaders:

  • Stephanie Carde – State Liaison Officer, Fundraising Institute Australia
  • Tuva Carli – Communications Coordinator, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Blake Cugley – Marketing Coordinator, Australian Cabinet & Furniture Association
  • Alex Gorford - Marketing Manager, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
  • Jenny Nicol - Manager Professional Education, Speech Pathology Australia
  • Mikaela Stewart – Policy Officer, Australasian Railway Association

AuSAE would like to acknowledge all the nominees for their submissions and dedication to the sector and congratulate the 2023 Emerging Leaders. Toni Brearley, AuSAE’s Chief Executive Officer, says, "We are delighted with the high calibre of applicants for the 2023 Emerging Leaders program; this year’s applications were outstanding. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with our Emerging Leaders and are excited to see our rising stars' future progress."

Toni further emphasised the diversity and representation among the successful applicants, with professionals from different industry representing the association sector. The collaboration between emerging leaders from across the industry promises to yield innovative solutions and strategies for the association sector's future.

Martin Radcliffe, General Manager - Adelaide Convention Centre, noted the significance of this partnership, saying, “Adelaide Convention Centre was delighted to once again partner with AuSAE on this important initiative designed to support and empower the next generation of association industry leaders. The successful recipients came from a highly competitive field, and we warmly congratulate each of them, along with all participants in the 2023 Emerging Leader Program.

By supporting the next generation of association leaders today, we hope to inspire a bright future for the association sector. We invite you to learn more about the 2023 Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program recipients by visiting our website at

The 2023 Emerging Leaders promise to be a driving force in shaping the future of the association sector, and we can't wait to witness their remarkable journey.

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

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