Bridget Ryan

Project manager, Strategic Communication, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)2015 Melbourne Fellowship


I gained strength and confidence in leading, getting creative and deep listening.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

I gained strength and confidence in leading, getting creative and deep listening

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

I was lucky to be raised by environmentally conscious and socially progressive parents in a community that shared resources. While I have worked for a number of years in sustainability and renewable energy policy and communication, I got even more inspired by the state of adversity that the industry was in due to federal political decisions. I wanted to take on the CSL program to enable me to be more confident and clear about the direction I want to take, and to find what that was.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

Now, at the end of CSL 2015, the skills and confidence that I've gained are being put into practice in leading a marketing and communication project, in mentoring a colleague with participative leadership, in generally taking time to reflect and be grateful for the good things and being able to 'let go' of frustration and stress.

In terms of my project, CSL has opened up a creative side that years of academic study, wonky approach to work and words were suppressing. I am tapping into that, with renewed confidence that my ideas might just be good ideas...and could potentially inspire others along the way!


In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

Leaders make decisions that impact us all, so leaders that act for sustainability and know why they are doing that are key ingredients to make sustainability a must be, not 'could be'.


What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

More work on positive payback and the potential investment it can bring to community renewable energy projects; supporting the amazing and inspiring Melbourne CSL 2015 projects; building a bike from scratch and making our Brunswick courtyard productive with fruits & veggies.


What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Mind and heart expanding.


Bridget can be contacted via Email: or Twitter: @poquito_

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