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Escalator is an established leadership and governance programme for women involved in primary industries and rural communities.  It equips them with the tools, confidence and support they need to successfully lead and govern in their chosen fields. 

Participants are engaged and challenged by cutting-edge content delivered by leading experts in a highly-supportive environment of personalised learning.

The coaching, support and mentoring participants receive from AWDT, industry leaders and each other put Escalator in a class of its own. Each year 14 women are selected for the programme which begins in February and ends in November. Download the 2019 programme flyer here.

Applications for Escalator 2019 are now open and close on 28 September 2018.

For an application pack please email or phone 06 375 8180.  


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Her Story - Escalator Alumni

  • Adrienne Wilcock
  • Tracey Collis
  • Mihirangi Hollings
  • Kathryn de Bruin
  • Sandra Matthews
  • Linda Cooper
  • Adrienne Wilcock

  • Tracey Collis

  • Mihirangi Hollings

  • Kathryn de Bruin

  • Sandra Matthews

  • Linda Cooper

Programme content

Five core development areas focus on the why, what and how of leadership through Wellington-based modules, distance learning, professional coaching and practical application.

  1. Building individual potential
  2. Leadership
  3. Governance, Strategy, Finance
  4. Communication, Media training
  5. Future direction, Graduation

Graduates complete the programme with:

  • tools, confidence and support required to take on new governance and leadership roles
  • ability to influence and effectively engage at higher levels
  • a clear vision of where they want to engage, goals and an action plan
  • a significant support network that includes a mentor where appropriate.

Who is an Escalator woman?

An Escalator woman is defined by her desire to lead and contribute rather than her career or position. She has invested significant time and energy into her community, career or business and wants to develop her skills.  She:

  • may already be involved in leadership but wants to be more effective
  • is often at the forefront of local issues and is prepared to step up and engage
  • may be a grass-roots farmer, a community-minded contributor or employed by a large company.

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