The Copland Leadership Program is CEDA’s professional development program for future leaders across corporate, government, academic and community sectors.

“The Copland Leadership Program was exactly what I was looking for to refresh and challenge my thinking in the leadership space. I particularly enjoyed the facilitator and guest presenters sharing their thoughts, ideas and experiences  it made the theory and learning material real! I would recommend this program to anyone who is really looking to extend their leadership thinking and performance.”

This seven-module experiential program provides professionals with the opportunity to develop their organisational leadership skills and define the type of leader they wish to become. Participants are provided with exclusive access to some of Australia’s top business leaders, who will share their insights and experience in highly interactive and informative group sessions.

The program’s intake is limited to ensure an intimate and personalised learning experience. Participants will develop an excellent network across a broad range of industries, aiding their personal and professional development.

Download - 2018 WA Copland Leadership Program brochure and application form.

Who should participate?

The Copland Leadership Program is designed for talented and motivated emerging leaders of any age who are looking to build their leadership skills and accelerate their careers.

Copland candidates will have attained certain success in their chosen professions with demonstrated intellectual rigour, but now want to elevate their performance along the path to leadership.

Participants come from a broad range of sectors including corporate, government, industry bodies, academia and the not-for-profit sector. Each Copland cohort features a dynamic mix of people from different fields of expertise, which enables the group to discuss a diverse range of viewpoints. 

2018 speakers

  • Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Director, Telethon Kids Institute;
  • John Galvin, Executive General Manager, Georgiou Group;
  • ​Nicole Moody, Managing Director, Hunter Communications;
  • Kia Dowell, CEO, Codeswitch;​
  • Dr Paul Hardisty, CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science;
  • Vanessa Torres, Vice President, Operational Infrastructure, BHP Billiton;
  • Gemma Tognini, Managing Director, gtMedia
  • John Langoulant AO, WA State President, CEDA; and
  • Naveen Unni, Partner, McKinsey & Company.

Meet the facilitators

Dianna Vitasovic

Director, Innovation Culture
Masters in Leading Innovation and Change (UK), Grad Cert Change Management, Cert HR, Diploma of Teaching

Dianna has delivered the Copland Leadership Program since 2012 and is highly regarded by past participants.Dianna is one of WA’s leading facilitators with expertise in the leadership of teams and creating opportunities to collaborate and challenge their thinking using learning processes to address business challenges. Dianna’s local and international experience in the fields of organisational development design, cascading strategic initiatives and innovation extends over 30 years across multiple industry sectors.

Benefits of the program

  • Interact directly with some of WA’s most influential leaders, providing a diverse and rich learning experience.
  • Develop a strong professional network and join the Copland alumni.
  • Learn about:
    • Current critical leadership challenges;
    • Cross-sectoral case studies delivered by Australia's top business leaders;
    • Theoretical frameworks for dealing with problems;
    • Academic articles related to the course content.

Program details

Seven sessions in total occurring once a month starting on Friday, 18 May 2018.

Program fee

CEDA members

Early bird rate: $5700+GST per person
Standard rate: $6300+GST per person



Standard rate:  $7000+GST per person


Application deadlines

Please submit applications to tracey.curtis@ceda.com.au by Friday 30 March 2018 (or Friday 23 February 2018 to be eligible for early bird rate).