Are you a future leader

Applications are open for the 2019 vintage of Australia’s grape and wine sector leadership development program – Future Leaders.


People with the skills and leadership drive to contribute to the future success of the sector are invited to apply for the program, which has been reshaped to utilise the collective wisdom across Australia’s grape and wine community.

Wine Australia Senior R&D Program Manager Jo Hargreaves, who is co-ordinating the 2019 program, said that Future Leaders would guide participants on a personal leadership journey and ask them to consider the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.

“Through our partnership with Pragmatic Thinking Future Leaders 2019 participants will explore cutting edge leadership skills, hear from world class speakers and receive state of the art input on topics such as innovation, thought leadership, culture and sector impact,” Ms Hargreaves said.

Previous alumni and long-serving individuals in the grape and wine community will be asked to mentor throughout the 2019 program, to provide wisdom, build greater networks and support an exciting future for our community

Future Leaders – funded by Wine Australia and supported by Australian Vignerons and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia – has sounded the call for leadership since 2006 and many great leaders have stepped up, taking both their businesses and the sector to the next level.

2017 Alumnus Sarah Collingwood, CEO of Four Winds Vineyard, said Future Leaders had a significant impact both professionally and personally.

Australia’s grape and wine community members are being encouraged to give their peers a tap on the shoulder “If you know someone who’s ready to step up and “be next” – encourage them to apply,” Ms Hargreaves said.

Up to 15 places are being offered in the Future Leaders 2019 intake. Visit the Future Leaders website for information and to submit an application. Applications close on Friday, March 15, 2019.

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