Resilience & Perseverance in Leadership

Thursday 27th July, 2017

The leadership journey is filled with unexpected twists and roadblocks.


In this session, participants will hear from speakers’ whose story has taught them the skills of resilience and perseverance, and how

they apply this into their lives.

Speakers will demonstrate what they draw on (mentally, spiritually and physically) to persist, regain their faith, hope and ‘hunger’ during the challenging times, and how participants can adapt these skills

into their own leadership tool-belt.

Session Speakers

Brad Pettit was elected as mayor of Fremantle in 2009 and subsequently re-elected in 2013.


He was previously the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University and was appointed to the Heritage Council of WA in 2014. Brad has been a member of and chaired a broad range of working groups and committees including the Urban Development Advisory Committee, Transport Committee, Climate Change Adaptation working group and the City Centre Strategic Sites working group.


Brad will share stories of resilience & perseverance from his beloved City of Fremantle.

Pilar Kasat holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Sustainability and Social Change and is currently undertaking doctoral studies at Curtin University. She has worked in the arts sector for over twenty years and has been involved in high-level national forums on arts, cultural policy, sustainability and cultural diversity.

Pilar’s commitment to the transformative power of the arts began while growing up in Chile under an oppressive military regime. Since arriving in Australia Pilar has worked with underrepresented communities using arts and culture to create social change. Until November 2015, she held the position of Managing Director of the Community Arts Network Western Australia (CANWA). In 2012 she was appointed by the Federal Arts Minister to a reference group to develop Creative Australia – a national arts and cultural policy. In 2010 Pilar was elected to the Board of the Chamber of Arts and Culture of WA- the premier advocacy body for arts in WA, and was elected by her peers, for three consecutive terms.

Pilar is an avid traveler and is passionate about the arts and social justice.

Levi Islam is an Australian of Aboriginal heritage identified as a Koori from Victoria being of Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri descent.

His upbringing as an indigenous man has provided him with a strong understanding of the strengths and challenges that surround Aboriginal community members.


Up until recently Levi was employed as a Prison Officer for 7 years by the Department of Corrective Services now Department of Justice. He currently works for the Department of Justice employed as the Operations Manager of the Aboriginal Visitors Scheme which provides a visiting mentor and welfare service to Aboriginal people in custody across Western Australia. The service focuses on reducing and preventing the risk of Self-Harm and suicide of Aboriginal people in custody.


Outside of his current employment and where able, Levi enjoys learning, adapting and passing on elements of the Aboriginal culture in order to promote positive awareness, pride and acceptance of Aboriginal culture to both indigenous and non-indigenous communities throughout Western Australian schools and prisons.


Levi has a faith in God coupled with a balanced understanding of his Australian and Aboriginal identity and spirituality that has helped him navigate through struggles and challenges that many people face in order to help others overcome and see their potential.

Greg Hire is the current Vice-Captain of the Perth Wildcats. Starting his career as a development player in 2010, Greg has since become an integral part of a team that has won 3 NBL championships and was named runner-up finals MVP in 2013/14.


Whilst Greg has achieved many feats and accolades on the court, it is his outstanding community work in which he is most passionate & proud of.


A 2014 Pride of Australian medallist in the 'Inspiration' Category; Greg continued his work by launching his own initiative called 'A Stitch in Time'; focussing on mental health illness and providing a platform for individuals to connect.


As the founder of A Stitch in Time, he is focusing on the benefits of mentoring and how they can be incorporated into communities.