Six highly motivated Rural Women NZ members graduated from the Agri-Women’s Development Trust Escalator course in November, after a year spent honing their skills in the areas of finance, governance and strategy, communication and leadership.
At the prestigious ceremony held in Wellington, Fiona Gower said, “At the start of the year I wasn’t completely sure where it would take me, but as it went on I gained enough confidence to step up and put myself forward for a couple of roles on my local community board and the Rural Women NZ national council.”
The course challenged participants to learn about themselves and realise their potential.
“The course gave me greater confidence and belief in myself, which is priceless. I really have to thank Beef+Lamb, who gave me the opportunity to attend this course through a scholarship. Without this, I do not think I would have pushed myself to attend!”
Fiona would recommend the AWDT Escalator programme for anyone considering taking on a leadership or governance role, whether in their communities or professionally. And for those just beginning their journey, the AWDT First Steps programme will give them the confidence to get started.
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