Apply now: Leadership and Mentoring Program 2021

Green and purple Victorian Rural Women's Network social media tile stating the words, 'Victorian Rural Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program, Apply now' and picturing a rural woman in a field holding an iPad

The Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes, launched the 2021 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program (the Leadership Program), supported by Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Rural Women’s Network, on 22 July 2020. The launch marks the start of the program’s third round of applications.

The Leadership Program is open to Victorian-based rural women connected to agriculture or the agriculture supply chain who are keen to step up into leadership positions. Funded places are available in 2021 on leadership programs catering for emerging to experienced leaders through three partners: The Observership Program, Regional Leadership and Leadership Victoria. Since 2018, 24 women have successfully undertaken a funded place in the program.

Vanessa McGrath, recipient of a funded place on the 2019 Williamson Leadership Program for experienced leaders, said the program was life-changing. “The networking opportunities at Williamson were amazing. I really benefitted from learning how to unpack different ideas and see things from different perspectives. It’s really taken my leadership to the next level,” says Vanessa.

Find out more about Vanessa’s experiences in a video on the Victorian Rural Women’s Network Facebook page and read more about the Leadership Program, including information on eligibility, opening dates and how to apply, at the Network’s website.

Until restrictions allow, programs will be delivered online. For more information and to apply, go to extensionaus.com.au/VRWNetwork/leadership-and-mentoring-program/. If you have a question, email vrwnetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

Congratulations to the 11 women selected to date for the 2020 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program:

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Michelle Baddenhorst

Jayne Newgreen

Carly Noble

WILLIAMSON LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (Leadership Victoria)

Kate Wallis

THE OBSERVERSHIP PROGRAM

Hannah Anderson

Kirsten Diprose

Georgie Selman

WOMEN’S BOARD LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (Victorian Office for Women)

Kirsten Larsen

Tania Luckin

Olivia Lineham

Denise McLellan

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