The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is a 5-month mentoring and networking opportunity for women involved in agriculture with a passion for the industry and it’s future.
Designed to support the NFF’s goal to double the number of women in agriculture’s leadership ranks and to make agriculture an inclusive industry for all by 2030, the program offers unique opportunities and new experiences for women who are looking to take their leadership to the next level.
A key component of the program is the mentoring opportunity. In the program, each participant is carefully matched with an industry leading mentor to explore leadership goals and strategies.
In 2023, Participants will come together for a three-day leadership retreat in Canberra 20 – 22 June and again at the completion of the program for a graduation event, held alongside the NFF’s national conference in October. Participants will meet regularly with their mentor and take part in an online webinar series.
Now in its sixth year, the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, boasts an alumni of 52 graduates, who have gone on to pursue high profile and impactful leadership positions and to be change-makers within their community.
The Program is supported by leading agriculture-focussed organisations who have joined with the NFF in committing to make meaningful change towards gender diversity in our sector. Partners report annually on their progress on gender equality.
Applications for the 2023 intake are now open.
In the meantime connect with like-minded community on the Women in Agriculture Leadership Facebook group for leadership opportunities, live Masterclass Q&A sessions with accomplished women (& men!) stories, advice, lessons learned, and so much more.
For more information contact Program Coordinator Kristy Barber: (e) firstname.lastname@example.org (p) 0499 183 171.
The NFF recognises that diversity is more than gender. Diversity includes ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, disability, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, education, socioeconomic background and more. We encourage women of all backgrounds to apply for the program. Find out more about the program here.
The NFF welcomes the support of the partners and their continued commitment to making meaningful change in the representation of women at a leadership level across Australian agriculture. To view the most recent pledges and progress reports from our partners, click here.
The NFF’s Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is building an alumni of skilled female leaders from across the country. The alumni consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills sets, all with one thing in common – a vision for agriculture and a commitment to being a part of the sector’s growth. Graduates of the program have called the experience ‘life changing’.
“Taking part in the program was the professional highlight of my 2019, it was a unique and special opportunity to meet such an inspiring group of women, both the mentees and mentors.”
Western Australian winemaker Cath Oates and 2019 DiALP graduate.
“Through the program I had the opportunity to listen to and work with experienced, likeminded, passionate women from different sectors and from all over the country. The relationships developed during the program continue today. “I now have a heightened understanding of my strengths and have a clear plan forward –professionally and personally.”
Broadacre farmer and agribusiness professional Leonie O’Driscoll, NSW and 2019 DiALP graduate.
Learn more about the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program Alumni below.