Kiernan Ironfield

National Recruitment & Outreach Officer, Murrup Barak, The University of Melbourne.2015 Melbourne Fellowship


CSL helped me achieve clarity over life's competing priorities and the confidence to chase my dreams now.

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

CSL gave me a structure to articulate my dreams and the confidence to start chasing them.

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

To me sustainability is all about making decisions that are good for our people and our planet. The focus of my CSL journey has been on making decisions that are good for our personal sustainability, in particular aligning passion with work.

It was in a CSL workshop where we were going through Theory that I decided to make a change in what I was doing for work, and align my work with my passion. Making a decision on how I would spend my time gave me the confidence to make the switch in work. I've not looked back since making the switch and am stoked to have changed where I am directing my energy.

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

CSL helped me achieve clarity over life's competing priorities and the confidence to chase my dreams now.

CSL gave me a platform where I was forced to look within and articulate what was important to me in life. The network of people and process that we went through was a catalyst in helping me to redirect my life.

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

It's easy to do what's always been done. Sometimes what's being done isn't good. Sustainability leaders question the status quo and direct change for good

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

I plan on making decisions that align with my personal sustainability. I plan to travel and experience different cultures of the world, meet with people who have set up social ventures and develop my photography. I want to strengthen my cultural connection to Darug people and my country.

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

Catalysing, clarity, authentic

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