ADC Leadership Retreat 2010


Just six days after the federal election delivered Australia its first hung parliament in 70 years, participants arrived at the 2010 ADC Leadership Retreat with open and expectant minds, ready to tackle a program centring on the theme of ‘Building Resilience’.

The Retreat drew together an energetic and dynamic group of leaders who took up the challenge to share ideas, engage in vigorous debate and discuss ways of building a resilient and prosperous world.

Amid concerns about the uncertain political climate and the absence of political leadership demonstrated during the  campaign, the conversations on Hayman Island quickly turned to the basic concept of leadership and the desperate need for strong, thoughtful and visionary leaders to deal with the myriad and complex challenges confronting the world today.

Several keynote speakers brought the challenge and opportunity of climate change and the green race to the fore. They emphasised that there will be winners and losers in this economic paradigm shift, and that businesses, countries and regions that act earliest and most decisively will be in the best position.

The strong presence of international speakers at the Retreat gave a fascinating picture of the changing geopolitical and global economic landscape. The future of Australia’s relationship with the United States and China was a prominent discussion. The enormous opportunities for Australia in connection with Indonesia and India were also explored.

On the domestic front, reforms to the healthcare and education systems were debated. Others discussed the challenge of developing inclusive, resilient cities in the face of the great wave of urbanisation affecting Australia and the world. The real consequences of inequality and social injustice were laid bare and the developments in governance and democracy that may help resolve them explored.

The ADC Leadership Retreat 2010 Report outlines these key dialogues from the Retreat, offering insight into the diverse and divergent perspectives of the participants. It is intended to offer inspiration and, most importantly, continue dialogue and discussion beyond the event.

The ADC Leadership Retreat 2010 would not have been possible without the generous support of our Partners and Support and Knowledge Partners.


  • Accenture
  • Bain & Company
  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • L.E.K. Consulting
  • Mallesons Stephen Jacques
  • Minter Ellison Lawyers

 Support and Knowledge Partners:

  • Australian Government
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Business Council of Australia
  • Business Spectator
  • Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation
  • Monash University
  • Mulpha Australia
  • Oxford Analytica
  • RMIT University
  • St James Ethics Centre
  • The Australian National University
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Queensland
  • Victorian Government
  • Victorian Opera