• Connecting Business Leaders with Future Leaders
  • Inspiring Dreams with Real Experience
  • Understanding True Leadership Under a Mentor

CEO for a Day connects local, aspiring Year 10 to 12 students with a Senior Executive in their community in a field that they’re interested in, giving them the opportunity to walk in the shoes of a local leader.

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We are excited to announce that we are expanding CEO For A Day to more areas and cohorts!

We will soon be opening CEO For A Day to:

  • the Liverpool area
  • the Strathfield area
  • Youth who are no longer in school

Are you a young person wanting more advice and guidance? Are you an aspiring mentor looking to support our future generation? Sign Up for our program now!

Why Sign Up?

Many of our youth in Canterbury-Bankstown and Western Sydney don’t realise just how many opportunities are out there waiting for them.

From professional opportunities to personal and social growth, there are a myriad of career and lifestyle options available for our young people. This is why the Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce started this Initiative: CEO for a Day!

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What Our Community Says About CEO For A Day

  • The ‘CEO For A Day’ program is a fantastic local initiative.

    Robert Macey, Transdev Managing Director
  • [CEO For A Day] was great and I learnt very important life skills.

    Participating Student, Bankstown Girls High School
  • CEO for the Day for 4 hours allowed Xuyen to get a perspective into different fields.

    Rosanna Mendez, Zip Water Executive Assistant
  • [The CEOs] assisted me to make good decisions about my future career path by advising me.

    Participating Student, Bankstown Girls High School
  • Mona is a future leader if she chooses. She is destined to good things.

    Jo Johnston, Collappor8 Director
  • I thank the CBCC for delivering this initiative and encourage CEOs, business and community leaders and schools to get involved in this year’s program.

    Robert Macey, Transdev Managing Director
  • Excellent Program!

    Participating Student, Bankstown Girls High School
  • High level introduction for CEO For A Day.

    Rosanna Mendez, Zip Water Executive Assistant

As a Mentor:


  • Encourage participation and discussion
  • Set clear expectations and boundaries
  • Organise their day appropriately to showcase their professional leadership

As a Student:


  • Take the initiative to ask questions
  • Engage with their mentor’s day as much as possible
  • Observe, broaden their horizons, and don’t hesitate to challenge themselves

How Does it Work?

Local business leaders, CEOs, and community leaders will volunteer 3 days across 3 terms to mentor an aspiring Year 10 to 12 student interested in their field.

The students will shadow their day and walk in their shoes, broadening their horizons, and inspiring new ambitions.

From daily work activities to community engagements that come with being an industry leader, students will get a taste of what a prospective day as a professional leader might look like for them in their future.

Tackling Youth Concerns

CEO for a Day is designed to tackle the three foremost concerns that students have when they think of work. These are:

  • Lack of Skills
  • Lack of Experience
  • Lack of Connections

By joining our program, students not only gain valuable perspectives on work, leadership, and life, but also connect to the current industry professionals in their mentor’s field. Throughout the day, students will be able to hone their interests and bolster their confidence.

For our youth, the world is their oyster. CEO For A Day will inspire them to dream big whilst gaining insight and knowledge on how to achieve their dreams.


Youth Expo 2023 – Where future begins

To celebrate our youth initiative “CEO for a Day!” we hosted a special event: CBCC Youth Expo 2023.

This exciting free event inspired and empowered young people aged 14-24 and their families to explore their potential and opportunities for their present and future.

Click here to visit the photo gallery of the event

This project was jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the New South Wales Government.

A Glimpse into CEO for a Day!

Discover the transformative experience of our CEO for a Day program as we open the doors to bright local students at Zip Water.

Our program participants get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings, from the innovation centre to the executive suite.

Listen to what these future leaders have to say about their exciting day as CEOs. Their reflections and takeaways from the experience are a testament to the impact of our CEO for a Day program.

Join us in fostering the next generation of industry leaders and change-makers.

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