Last Thursday and Friday, 120 Village Managers from across the country joined for the first time at the Sofitel Darling Harbour.
Across two days they experienced 22 of the country’s best motivational and leadership speakers, plus leading Village Managers, operators and allied speakers.
Industry veteran Peter Inge commented in his 40 years in the sector he had never experienced so many Village Managers in one room before. (Check out his presentation below).
The objectives included recognition that Village Managers are central to the success of individual retirement villages and the overall goodwill of the sector.
With 51% of Village Managers entering and leaving the sector within three years, it is vital that professional development and a career path be established, and for Village Managers to recognise their value and the opportunities the sector provides.
The response was overwhelming.
“It was a fabulous conference, I can honestly say the best I have been to. I think this was because I walked away with a list of things I can implement today and the coming weeks. It was very action orientated, not just information based.” (Victorian regional marketing manager)
“I took 25 pages of notes so I can share with our colleagues. Thank you to all your team. What an amazing couple of days as I learnt a lot and had a chance to speak to many other team members.” (National operator village manager).
“I’ve returned to the office today feeling energised and ready to share as much information as I can with my team (and beyond). It was a transformational two days”. (National operator village manager)
“I loved the Summit, it was very engaging and the guest speakers were very inspiring, also a great opportunity to meet others in the industry and compare notes on how other do things, there is a huge need for this information sharing”. (Tasmanian village manager).
An indication of the engagement was a response to leadership speaker Peter Baines who flew in from Thailand that morning to attend, bringing over 100 of his books with him to raise funds for his orphanages. He sold out with a queue of people missing out.
On Friday we launched our village management professional development program and peer network.
Check it out HERE plus we will provide a full rundown tomorrow.