Jacob Wallace

Principal Project Officer, Environment, Department of Health and Human Services2015 Melbourne Fellowship

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I built confidence in my strengths and learned invaluable tools for emotionally intelligent leadership.

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

I built confidence in my strengths and learned invaluable tools for emotionally intelligent leadership.

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

Sustainability for me has always been common sense. Camping in my childhood gave me a deep love and respect for nature.

There was never really a question in my mind that I would study and work in an environmental field, as I've always wanted to bring that common sense to the mainstream, so I can't pinpoint a single moment where I decided to be a 'change-maker'.

As an Australian returning home from several years working overseas however, CSL provided me with a great opportunity to kick-start my local network and get exposed to fresh ideas.

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

Its built my confidence in my capabilities as a leader, and has undoubtedly contributed to the sustainability successes that I and my colleagues have had in my workplace over the past year.

CSL has also emphasised the value of personal sustainability for me, and given me the tools and techniques to reinforce that.

Finally CSL has provided me with a group of 25 remarkable people who are now both collaborators and friends. I look forward to co-creating the future with them.

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

Sustainability is not optional, and requires considerable change. To make the transition required, we need systems thinkers who are also great engagers, communicators and doers. With this kind of leadership we can realise the best possible future for our communities.

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

To continue to innovate and collaborate across disciplines within my sustainability role with the Department of Health and Human Services. There are great positive social and environmental impacts that can be achieved through this work.

Through CSL, I've also gained some great side-projects, including Food Out Front, which I look forward to continuing to take shape over time.

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

Life changing. Fun.


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