Tertiary Orientation Program Drama & Dance (1984)

CEO Leadership Victoria

In 2009, Jerril S. Rechter was appointed as the Executive Director of Leadership Victoria. It was just recognition for someone who, at every opportunity, has strived for the best. Her professional journey, beginning with the foundation of Stompin’ Youth Dance, has taken her across the globe and earned her countless awards, including a 2006 Fellowship from the Harvard Club of Australia.

Brimming with raw creativity after graduating with a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University, Jerril formed Stompin’ Youth with the goal of shifting dance from traditional performance venues to extraordinary landscapes and new spaces and, in so doing, cross cultural, communal, and personal boundaries.

After Increase the Peace, which focused upon the historic, social, and environmental aspects of Prince’s Square, Launceston, Jerril tapped into her young support base with Action with Attitude, an energetic combination of dance and roller-blading. Jerril’s reputation for exciting productions began to grow when her 1996 show, Grind, received an audience at Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival.

In the same year she created Aboreal, “a unique project focussing on Tasmania’s strong link with its natural environment.” By combining fashionable dancing and the ancient surrounds of Hollybank forest, Jerril encouraged her youth to grow up full of an energy and promise tempered by deep respect for the past.

As word of Jerril’s dances spread across Australia she was invited to contribute as a dance advisor for organisations such as the Tasmanian Secondary Assessment Board, Arts Tasmania, and the Australia Council for the Arts. She also received a Centenary Medal for services in the ‘Tasmania Together’ initiative, a program designed to plot Tasmania’s future.

In 2001, buoyed by her artistic involvement and eager to ply her leadership skills, Jerril enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Business Leadership and proceeded to complete a Master of Business Leadership the following year.

Two years later, Leadership Victoria selected her for its Williamson Community Leadership Program. Over the duration of the program she joined other future leaders and examined a range of activities exploring the critical issues facing Australia in the 21st Century, such as globalisation and sustainability.

Then, in 2006, Jerril was awarded a fellowship from the Harvard Club of Australia. She travelled to Harvard University, met representatives from the Harvard Business School (HBS), and studied the school’s Strategic Perspectives and Non-profit Management (SPNM) course. By examining case studies from a diverse range of non-profit organisations she became better enabled to develop customised strategies and effective implementation plans.

Jerril’s appointment as CEO of Leadership Victoria testifies to her unquestionable commitment to excellence and loyal support of causes and organisations that strike her passions. Box Hill Institute is proud to count her amongst its alumni.