E-Leaders Program

What is an E-Leaders Program?

Over the past four years the National Rural Women's Coalition has delivered a range of online learning and leadership programs to women living in rural, remote and regional Australia.

Applications for the 2015 E-Leaders Program have closed. Please email  projects@nrwc.com.au to register your interest for future programs.

 

2015 E-Leaders Program

Growing our Rural Leaders

“Since 2011, the National Rural Women’s Coalition has been offering leadership programs via webinar technology. We are pleased to announce this new ‘pick and choose’ program which offers greater flexibility to rural women.  With a combination of webinars and a face-to-face event, we maintain a commitment to the continued investment in the leadership journey of rural women.”

Dr Pat Hamilton, NRWC President.

 

 

  • Are you keen to make a difference to your industry, business or community?
  • Do you want to grow your leadership capacity? 
  • o you want to learn more about effective communication and negotiation?
  • Do you seek to understand more about the political process?
  • Do you want to grow your leadership capacity……….this program is for you!  

 

Our flexible E-Leaders Program options are:

  • Option 1 - Part A:  A face-to-face muster in Canberra, including visit to Parliament House. 
  • Option 2 - Part B:   Webinar Series - participate from the convenience of your own home.
  • Option 3 -  Part A and B:  Face-to-face and webinar delivery (Part A and Part B).

 

We know you are busy rural women! We have designed the 2015 E-Leaders Program with flexibility in mind. The 2015 E-Leaders Program is designed so you can pick and choose what you would like to do.

 

Part A

This is a face-to-face 3 day Muster in Canberra on 17th – 19th March where you can network with fellow rural and remote women and learn skills which will enable you to advocate effectively on issues facing your business, industry and/or community. The Muster includes a better understanding of the political process (at local, state and federal levels), including visiting Parliament House in Canberra.  An introductory webinar will be offered 7 days prior to the Muster.

Part A will suit rural and remote women who are in a position to take time out of their home and business and travel to Canberra.

 

Part B

We understand many rural and remote women want to learn more about leadership, however leaving home / children / business and community commitments can be a challenge.

Part B of the E-Leaders Program is a series of webinars and will include topics on leadership, as well as effective communication for nurturing relationships, handling conflict and tips for effective negotiations. Participants will also learn skills to effectively engage with the media as well as policy makers and advisors. This program is suited to rural and remote women who hold key positions in their community (i.e. this could be in volunteer roles) and/or industry.

To participate in Part B you will need to commit to attending taking part in 8 webinars.


NRWC Desired Program Outcomes

 

  • Further grow and nurture leadership skills of rural women in order to increase the voice of rural Australia.
  • Increased knowledge of the political system.
  • Rural women using skills to engage with policy makers and advisors.
  • Communication skills including building and nurturing relationships beyond rural Australian.
  • Knowledge of ways to build resilience and maintain positive self-esteem.
  • Understanding media engagement including effective liaisons with policy makers and advisors.
  • Networking opportunities.

 

 

About the E-Leaders Program

Part A

Face-to-Face Event

“The Path to Great Advocacy and Making A Real Difference”    (Canberra)

 

Session Details

Date

Duration

Time (AEST) i.e. Qld Time

Test Run

3 Mar 15

15-30mins

8:00 - 8.30PM

Formal Welcome Webinar

10 Mar 15

2hrs

7:30 - 9.30 PM

Part 1 – Path to Great Advocacy                                                  Note: Speakers will be advised in due course

Day 1 Canberra

17 Mar 15

 

 12 noon

Day 2 Canberra

18 Mar 15

 

 8 am

Day 3 Canberra

19 Mar 15

 

 8 am

 

 

Part A of the Program is a face-to-face gathering in Canberra on the 17th March (half day); Wednesday 18th March (full day) and Thursday 19th March (half day).  The Muster will have the theme of “The Path to Great Advocacy ……….and Making A Real Difference” and will encompass a range of speakers who will share their personal advocacy experiences including framing an advocacy issue, bringing an issue to the attention of policy makers, working politically, shaping public opinion and strategies to have your voice heard.

There will be time spent in Parliament House Canberra in order to give E-Leaders a strong insight into political decision making processes.  Evening events include dinners featuring guest speaker Daniela Stehlick (Chair at Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation) and a “Think Like a Queen” Leadership Forum.  Each E-Leader will also be required to present a short ten minute presentation to the assembled group on the first afternoon.  The focus of this presentation is you – we invite you (using PowerPoint and props, if desired) to introduce yourself, your community and business roles to the group.  What has been your life’s journey thus far that has led you to the Muster in Canberra? This will provide a fabulous way for each attendee to get to know each other and what is important to us.

 

Participants will fund their own travel to and from the Muster whilst the NRWC will fund motel, meals and travel to and from Parliament House whilst in Canberra.  We promise a fabulous 3 days of networking, learning, laughing with a touch of bling! Before applying for Part A, please ensure you are available to be in Canberra on 17th – 19th March, and that you are prepared to fund your travel costs to and from Canberra.

 

 

Part B

Webinars

“Leadership and Communication In Action ” 

“You won’t just ‘sit and listen’ – you can actively participate!”

 

We use a collaborative webinar platform that allows for interactive learning, communication and networking. The participants can speak with each other and the presenter. The technology is used by educational institutions such as universities and has been highly successful for e-workshopping. It is the next best thing to everyone being in a room together!

 

Session Details

Date

Duration

Time (AEST)

i.e. Qld Time

(1) The Resilient Leader - Self-awareness, self-esteem, resilience, growth for effective leaders, fundamentals of  communication with family, colleagues, mentoring and personal growth, staying on track to leadership pathway.

24 Mar 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(2) Leadership – Introduction to leadership theory. Learn about the leadership stages and how you can be an effective leader.    

31 Mar 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(3) Leadership In Action – Part II of leadership. Includes further workbook activities and application of leadership theories and case studies. Challenges leaders to be in the “stretch” zone. 

7 Apr 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(4) Building & Nurturing Relationships - including communication principles, conversation (crucial conversations), behaviour, building and nurturing relationships.

14 Apr 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(5) Communication management - negotiation, strategy, conflict.

21 Apr 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

Group mentoring and discussion session

28 Apr 15

2hrs

7:30-9:30PM

(6) Media and public presentations – Learn how to prepare media releases and effectively communicate using various media channels. Challenged to do a presentation in public report back on 19/5, group to prepare media release.

5 May 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(7) Media and communication in political arena - Includes continued media strategy as well as how to engage with politicians & advisors, engage policy makers and government agencies.  

12 May 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

Group mentoring and discussion session - Report back on public presentation.

19 May 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

(8) Rural Leadership In Action - Issues, challenges & strategies, the future, where to, review and implementation / plans going forward.

26 May 15

1.5hrs

8:00-9:30PM

*Note: this program is correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

How to Apply

       

  • Applications open on 17th February at 8am AEST and close on 27th February 2015 at 4pm AEST*.  *Please remember to adjust for your time zone and daylight savings if applicable.
  • Complete the online application form by going to www.nrwc.com.au.
  • Places are limited to 20 positions and the first 20 applications for Part A and Part B will be accepted.  Please note you have to indicate your preference for Part A only, Part B only or both Parts A and B.
  • Successful applicants will be advised via email on by Monday 2nd March and will need to confirm their participation in their chosen parts by Wednesday 4th March.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email.


Cost

  • Webinars – Free; however need connected computer and time commitment.
  • Travel to Canberra – At E-Leaders own expense
  • Canberra Program – Free, however need to be available to attend 3 days of face-to-face workshop. 

 

Commitment

  • As outlined in the Proposed Program Delivery Schedule.
  • Participants are expected to take part in the 8 live webinar sessions and 2 group mentoring / discussion sessions. However, if a session is missed, it can be viewed after the event.
  • A  Certificate of Participation will be provided upon completion.
  • Participants are required to complete a feedback and evaluation form, as well as weekly online reflection surveys. 


Resources

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.  (Some satellite services can support the software - contact the project coordinator for more information).
  • A plug in headset with microphone (readily available from computing stores).

 

 

 

 

 

Applications close on 27 February 2015 at 4pm AEST

Apply online

www.nrwc.com.au

For more information contact

 

Email

projects@nrwc.com.au 

 

Phone

Kerryn Suttor

Project Coordinator

0448 629 647

 

About the National Rural Women’s Coalition

The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) provides a collaborative national voice for women living in rural, regional and remote Australia.  The NRWC seeks to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women in our rural townships and on farms.  Member organisations include the Country Women’s Association of Australia, Australia Local Government Women’s Association, Australian Women in Agriculture, the National Rural Health Alliance and Women’s Industry Network – Seafood Community. The NRWC considers its member organisations to be the heart and soul of the organisation and continues to nurture strong and meaningful links with its core groups. By virtue of having many highly networked women working with and for the NRWC as volunteers, the NRWC maintains exemplary connections with state RRR women’s groups and government departments. 

 

Note: This program is correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

 

Applications close on 27 February 2015 at 4pm AEST

Apply online

www.nrwc.com.au

For more information contact

Email

projects@nrwc.com.au 

 

Phone

Kerryn Suttor

Project Coordinator

0448 629 647

 

Note: This program is correct at time of printing and may be subject to change.

 

 

For further information,  please contact the e-leaders Project Coordinator.


What Do Past Participants Have To Say?

Our 2013 E-Leaders evaluation report is here.

The 2014 E-Leaders Alumnae Muster Report is here.

The 2014 Social Media E-Leader Report is here.


2014 Women Towards Sustainability E-Leader - Erica Blumson from Mt Molloy, Queensland.

“Participating in the E-Leaders program has been fantastic for me as I didn't have to leave the house, my family or work commitments!  The program allowed me to access the best speakers from across Australia and I could network with other women in similar roles".



"I looked forward to the weekly webinars to get inspiration from others in rural communities.  The webinars were inspiring and often my head would be swimming with ideas and questions afterwards!  The feedback from other participants and from the presenters gave me confidence to keep moving forward with my project" 

Emma Taylor - 2013 E-Leaders Program Participant

 

"Being part of the e-leaders program, I felt connected and engaged and my joy of learning was re-ignited.  It was a real chance to develop the life skills and knowledge I needed to contribute to my rural community through positive actions and a constructive approach".

Megan Baker, 2013 E-Leaders Program Participant


"It really was a fantastic opportunity.  I am always one to look for new opportunities for personal growth and develoment and also to learn new skills that I can take back into my community and share.  I saw the e-leaders opportunity and thought the online concept would work very well with my busy workload and family commitments.  I have a satellite connection and often I could not interact, however I was still able to listen and learn from the recorded sessions".

Ley Webster, 2013 E-Lleaders Program Participant

 

For More Information About the e-leaders Program, please contact the E-Leaders Project Coordinator -  Kerryn Suttor.

Email:  projects@nrwc.com.au

Phone:  0448 629 647

For information about the NRWC, contact the Program Manager.  pm@nrwc.com.au

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