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New date for luxury leadership event announced

The Rise Leadership Retreat will move from its early February date to late May, to accommodate concerns about the rising infection rates of the Omicron variant of COVID.

The invitation-only retreat will be held at the luxurious W Hotel in Melbourne from Wednesday May 25 to Friday May 27, and includes workshops, collaborative sessions and discussions with Australia’s boldest thinkers in real estate and management performance.

Founder of the Rise Initiative, Chris Hanley, said the latest wave of the COVID virus, plus expectations it would peak with the return of school, had driven the decision to prioritise the safety of attendees.

“When I speak to principals across the country, it’s clear that this virus is making life extremely difficult in real estate with high levels of staff illness and increased workloads,” Mr Hanley said.

“We really want the retreat to be a time for leaders to take the time to reflect on their businesses and leadership styles and provide them with the space to examine their mindsets and the areas that might be restricting them or their teams.

“One of the lessons of the past two years is that you have to be flexible, so moving the event to May gives everyone time to breathe and get over this latest hurdle.”

Mr Hanley said an additional advantage was the Leadership Retreat would now take place immediately after the main Rise Conference on Tuesday May 24 at MCEC.

“We’re very excited about this because it means we now have a week of Rise,” Mr Hanley said.

“Principals can bring their teams can come to the main conference and be inspired by stories and insights from some of the best speakers about performance, wellness and mastery, and then principals can learn how to embed these into their businesses by attending the Leadership Retreat.

“COVID has taught us more than ever the value of human connection, and real estate is all about human connection. We believe this is going to be one of the most powerful weeks in Australian real estate.”

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