Laughs, debate and inspiration at VRCLP leadership summit

The Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program’s Secretariat (VCRLP) is delighted to present the 2017 VRCLP Leadership Summit – Embracing Intergenerational Leadership.

In 2017, we are growing capability by exploring what intergenerational leadership means. Particularly, what does it mean for women in regional and rural Australia?

We invite you to join us, hear from some inspirational speakers, network and grow your capabilities. In 2017 the VRCLP Leadership Summit is excited to feature some passionate, inspiring and successful regional and rural women, who will explore how you as a business and/or community leader can practically embrace intergenerational leadership in your workplace, community and/or board.

Does your organisation or community embrace a culture of intergenerational leadership? Why is it important to embrace intergenerational leadership? How does this translate for women living and working in regional and rural areas?

With the summit designed to question traditional systems, challenge the status quo and smash open the ‘thinking box’, the program includes an exciting line-up of successful and inspiring business, social justice and community leaders, and will conclude with The Great Leadership Debate, featuring renowned comedians Fiona O’Loughlin and Lawrence Mooney, and young up and coming comedians Nayuka Gorrie and Rob Braslin.

This year we have invited speakers to jump on their ‘soapbox’ or engage in a table conversation to share their tips, tools and techniques on how you can embrace intergenerational leadership in your workplace, community and/or board.

Bridie Edwards is a rural journalist at The Land and Agriweb. After growing up in a small country town in North East Victoria and being from a farming family, Bridie has a real passion for agriculture. Bridie will share her personal experiences in battling mental health issues and her plans for changing the way mental health is looked at in rural and regional communities.

Jemma Walsh is a Political Science and International Relations Student at Australian National University. Jemma moved from rural Victoria to the nation’s capital at the beginning of 2017, at the age of 19. With a passion for rural education Jemma will share her experiences about being a young leader who is helping to break the cycle of poverty through increased literacy levels. Jemma will share her personal insights into her own leadership challenges and her plans to help education unite the globe.

Melissa Neal is an Agribusiness and Community Development Consultant working with RRCLP. Melissa is a young woman that, through her volunteering journey of more than 15 years, has been welcomed, discouraged and empowered. Melissa will explore the question “when your passion aligns with an organisation whose people are the average age of 60, how do you become a valuable part of the team in your 20s?”

The Great Leadership Debate

Nayuka Gorrie will be a team member of the Great Debate at the summit.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance writer. Nayuka’s writing focuses on self-determination, feminism and social justice. Nayuka will partner with Lawrence Mooney for the Great Leadership Debate to argue one side of the debate on Intergenerational Leadership.

Don’t miss out on attending the 2017 VRCLP Leadership Summit on 22 August at the Waurn Ponds Estate, Geelong. Tickets are available still available until Friday 11 August.

Note Rural Women’s Network members will receive a discount on registration price. Click here to find out more about the event or to register.

The Victorian Rural Women’s Network will be in attendance come and see us at our stand.



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