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Diversity in Agricultural Leadership

Australia’s farm leaders are calling on agribusinesses to even the gender ledger on their Boards and in their senior executive ranks.

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is a new initiative, led by National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) which asks agribusiness, representative bodies and other farm-focussed organisations to commit to meaningful change to enhance female participation.

“For as long as farming has been contributing to Australia’s prosperity, women have been at the coalface of agriculture,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.

“Despite this, women are still under-represented at the senior levels within agribusinesses and farm representation.”

AACo Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Killen said the benefits of increased gender diversity were well recognised.

“Women bring differing views to all aspects of business from investment, risk, managing people and understanding stakeholders.”

“Increasing female representation is not only the right thing to do, it undoubtedly makes sound business and strategic sense.”

The Program

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership program will see aspiring female leaders matched with accomplished mentors – male and female.

To be involved, agribusiness, representative bodies and other organisations - key to the fabric of Australia’s farm sector - will need to commit to change.

Organisations must commit to auditing the gender diversity within their leadership teams and pledge to make ‘meaningful change’ towards achieving enhanced gender equality.

How it will work

  1. During December 2017 applications will be called for from aspiring leaders female. A selection committee will select 10-15 successful applicants.
  2. The programme will bring together participants with potential mentors at a ‘mentor matching session and luncheon featuring inspiring keynote speaker/s.
  3. With their mentor, each mentoree will be required to establish ‘leadership goals’, outline steps to achieving these goals and, and put in place steps to measure progress towards these goals.
  4. The Program would culminate in a Graduation and the establishment of a DiALP Alumni. The Graduation will also be an opportunity for those organisation who have made the commitment to meaningful chance to share their achievements and the realised benefits of increased gender diversity. 

Next steps

Expressions of interest are now invited from agribusinesses, representative bodies and other farm-focussed organisations – public and private – who wish to be a part of the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

Individuals who wish to further their agriculture leadership aspirations can apply to be a part of the first Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Mentor Program when the application process opens in December 2017.

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