Our purpose - to provide a trusted and enabling environment for all agri women to realise their potential and grow the agricultural sector.
Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT)
Never underestimate a woman on a mission. Last year I delivered a half day programme for RWNZ for their inspiring leaders programme, its one of the ways the AWDT live it core values of providing development for all. Eleven inspirational women from throughout NZ attended and as you can imagine I was inspired by them all. Debbie Evans, a Northland member of RWNZ was on this programme .Debbie is a powerhouse in her community and before the programme had even finished she started to plan about how she could provide an opportunity for development for Northland women. Like most amazing women she wasn’t thinking small-No Debbie wanted an event for 150 women. We started talking and I thought getting 150 women to an all day event was a big ask-let alone finding the funding for it. Debbie identified correctly that women struggle to fund days like this, so she wanted to provide not only the day of training but lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Small wasn’t in her vocab. At one stage I said “ Look Debbie get the women to bring a cut lunch and their own morning tea, we can all muck in. But she wasn’t having a bar of this idea-she was focused on treating the women to a fabulous day of development, a day especially for them. Well like most amazing women-she did it, she raised the funds through organisations like GOGGS and Lottery and has harnessed her local RWNZ team to support this event. Her only mistake, underestimating the numbers! Not only did she get her 150 she got 60 on the waiting list! So next week I am heading to Northland to deliver the REVEAL programme. I will take women through a day of uncovering and revealing skills and knowledge to them- so they can go forward with confidence, know what holds them back and be bold about speaking up and being heard. All because one amazing woman wanted to provide and give back the opportunity she had been given. Go you Debbie Evans.
Our Understanding Your Farming Business Programme is now available for 2015. Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership, UYFB aims to better engage women as critical partners in farming businesses by building business knowledge, skills and confidence. Click here for more info and dates and venues so far for 2015.
AWDTNZSully Alsop wowing the Ashburton participants in AWDT Understanding your Farming business on Module One. http://t.co/hqSSFE26lu
AWDTNZUnderstanding Your Farming Business for 2015 is funded by the RMPP: for sheep & beef women -critical farming partners http://t.co/qzVG1WMhL6
AWDTNZNZ Ag has lost one of its brightest stars. A thought leader committed to training young people for our Industry RIP Donnovan Wearing.
AWDTNZAWDT heartily congratulates AWDT Escalator Alumni Dawn Sangster on her election as a second term Alliance Meat Company Director. Good stuff.
AWDTNZOff to B+LNZ Xmas do. Looking forward to celebrating a great year with the Amazing B+LNZ team