“Having the opportunity to undertake the Rural Women’s leadership Program has been a fantastic opportunity! The course has assisted me personally with finding my direction and purpose and exploring what drives and motivates me. The program has enabled me to build wonderful interstate networks and explore ways we can collaborate innovatively”
2017 recipient, Sarah’s experience

Sarah received her grant under 2017’s Women in Leadership category.

Grant activity

Sarah Halligan used her grant to take part in the renowned Rural Women’s Leadership Program held in South Australia. The leadership program helped build Sarah’s skills so she can continue the development of the Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WiSA) leadership group founded in Victoria in 2016. The group provides women in the Port Phillip and Westernport region with ongoing opportunities to develop, enhance and share their skills, knowledge, confidence to promote sustainable agriculture.

The Rural Women’s Leadership Program included the Stepping into Leadership course held in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The course helps women understand and build their personal leadership skills and strengths, identify core values, and build industry support networks through one-on-one coaching, mentoring and workshops throughout the year.

The experience has helped Sarah continue to expand the work of WiSA and is giving her a chance to explore collaboration opportunities between South Australia (Adelaide Hills) and Victoria (Port Phillip & Westernport region), two peri-urban regions with similar landscapes. The grant experience has encouraged links between South Australia’s rural women’s network, Women Learning Together, and the WiSA group. Greater collaboration:

  • provides innovation in capacity building among agri-women
  • builds regional and interstate capacity
  • increases natural resource management knowledge and extension across regions.

Sarah and other attendees at the Stepping into Leadership program in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Attendees come from multiple primary industry sectors all around Australia.

Sarah with her mentor Kim Blenkiron, Executive Officer from Women Learning Together at the Mentoring workshop held at West Beach, South Australia in February 2018.

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