GRADUATES from the 2012 Tasmanian Leaders Program began new journeys as leaders in the community yesterday.
Program general manager Angela Driver said the 24 graduates had gained a lot from the 11-month course, which ran from February to December last year.
"For the participants, their leadership journey is only just beginning," Ms Driver said.
"They can now go into their organisations and their communities as leaders and use their graduation day as a launch pad to start doing great things for Tasmania."
Program participants have often said that the experience has changed their lives - a sentiment that 2012 graduate Frances Bartlett now understands.
"Without knowing precisely when or how, the program has been life- changing," Mrs Bartlett, the chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society of Tasmania, said.
"It is my hope to continue to meet and work closely with the fascinating and talented Tasmanians who shape our community."
While applications for the 2013 program have closed, the 2014 program opens on June 1.