Scholarship Recipients

John Kuot, 2020 Scholarship recipient

Ring was awarded the 2019 Leadership Victoria Alumni Scholarship for the Folio Leadership Program. The Scholarship was offered by the LV Foundation in partnership with 2017 Folio Program Alumni (prior to forming CALD2LEAD), targeting an aspiring leader seeking to impact their community.

Ring needed new ideas to serve his vision of a transparent South Sudanese community. “It was important for me to learn leadership skills, because this is a complex, beautiful, vibrant young community. Young people want to be somebody and need encouragement to engage."

“The Folio Program transformed the way I look at leadership and the way it is run in my community. It changed me. In my community, leadership is often quite rigid. Young people don’t play a role, women don’t play a role. I learnt that influencing people is more powerful than setting up rigid rules and saying, ‘take it or leave it’.”

Ring’s biggest takeaway from Folio was learning how to influence interactions positively. “Now I have a softer mind and heart; it’s not just ultimatums. I learned that everyone’s stories matter. Listening to them is vital.”

Ring now realises that leadership is dynamic, not static, and is always changing.“I’m seeing it, feeling it and living it.”

Folio took him out of his comfort zone, giving him the confidence to open himself up to the world. “It makes you willing to take the risks, risks you can manage because you have the leadership skills to mitigate the risks.”

This changed style of communication means he “sits back” and takes time to consult. These skills are immediately applicable to his community.

“There is so much potential in my community, there are many well-educated young people looking to join the beautiful mainstream of Australian society, looking for opportunities in employment, in businesses, socially, culturally. I’m saying to them: integrate. And a lot of young people are listening. People over the age of 18 are emerging from the shadows…wanting to be part of the Australia’s bigger success story”

The other big benefit of the Folio course for Ring has been collaborating and networking with high-level leaders.“I’m so thankful to Leadership Victoria for that: I never used to have that network. People have got a huge interest in hearing the stories of my community.”

Ring’s future is not aimed at a specific position, but it is focused. “I want to be a driver of change. I want to be part of a bigger Victorian story. I want to continue contributing and changing my community and the perception of mainstream Australia about my community.”

Ring was well-chosen for the Folio scholarship. Consider the title of his upcoming book. Transforming South Sudanese Community in Victoria: Social Disruptions and Humble Lessons Learned in a Deeply Polarised Community.

Based on an article published by Leadership Victoria and published with permission.

Ring Mayar, 2019 Scholarship recipient

We are delighted to announce John Kuot from the Department of Premier & Cabinet has been accepted into Leadership Victoria’s signature Williamson Community Leadership Program for 2020.


CALD2LEAD has co-funded John’s program participation jointly with Leadership Victoria & John himself.


John is now the 2nd recipient of funding support from CALD2LEAD.


We know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support.


We founded CALD2LEAD in 2019 determined to make an impact for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.


The core of our efforts is to work with CALD communities and fund their emerging and existing leaders into high calibre leadership development programs via scholarships.


We congratulate John  on his acceptance to the Williamson Community Leadership Program and look forward to following his progress throughout the program on his leadership journey.