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It’s all about YOU

It's all about YOU  is a two-day personal development programme for women involved in the primary sector or rural communities.

You’ll discover your true value, refocus on what is important, explore possibilities and create new networks.

Each programme is limited to just 14 participants so our professional facilitators can ensure individual attention in a supportive and trusted environment.  

Download the programme flyer here 

'It's all about YOU' has now finished for the year and we are planning the 2021 programmes.  Please click 'Register your interest for a future programme' below to let us know where you're based and we'll be in touch as soon as dates and locations are confirmed.

Thanks to CRS Software and DairyNZ who subsidise the full $1,000 cost of the programme, the cost to you is just $295+GST for two full days dedicated entirely to YOU!  


You can view our fee refund policy here.


Register interest for a future programme

Her Story

  • Heather Gee-Taylor
  • Wendy Coup
  • Amanda Burling
  • Cathy Cotter
  • Eloise Neeley
  • Emma Hammond
  • Heather Gee-Taylor

    Q. Tell us a bit about yourself Heather?

    A. I grew up on a sheep and beef farm, and realised very quickly that agriculture was where I wanted to take my future. I then decided to head to Lincoln to do my Ag Comms degree. Straight after finishing Uni I was invited on a trip to Canada with Charolias breeders NZ, as I also own my stud. After I returned, I tried out Rural banking but discovered that I wanted to be back on farm. I also hit the ground running with my campaign to be elected onto the Manawatu District Council, Rural ward and got in.  Just this week I have also completed a week of shearing school as I’m always wanting to learn new skills and develop myself.

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  • Wendy Coup

    Realising a vision

    For Wendy Coup, the ‘creating your vision’ exercise during Agri-Women’s Development Trust’s (AWDT) It’s All About YOU programme was the start of creating her dream job and a more fulfilling life.

    Originally from Australia, Wendy was farming with her husband Martin on their King Country sheep and beef farm when she did the programme (then called First Steps) in 2012.

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  • Amanda Burling

    Five years ago, Taranaki accountant, farm manager’s partner and mother of three young children, Amanda Burling, felt like she had completely lost her way.

    “I was a stay-at-home mum.  My life revolved around the kids, school and playcentre, I was stressed out, felt completely dependent on others and not feeling in control.

    It was full on with three little kids and we needed a new vehicle which we couldn’t afford. I had thought about going back to work but just couldn’t see how it could work and couldn’t see a way forward. I had completely forgotten who I was and felt totally dependent on my partner.”

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  • Cathy Cotter

    Understanding own potential benefits others
    When newly-appointed Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) South Island Convenor Coordinator, Cathie Cotter, went along to First Steps to see if it was a suitable course for her convenors she got much more than she expected – the start of her own personal development journey.

    “I had talked to other women about the programme, but hadn’t thought about it from my own perspective. First Steps not only gave me a new awareness of my skills, but permission to start my own personal journey as a respected industry professional, as well as a dairy farmer, wife and mother.”

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  • Eloise Neeley

    Life-changing new pathway

    Timing was everything for Eloise Neeley when her life turned on its head and she returned to Whangarei after farming in the South Island for 20 years.

    “The move north was a catalyst for reinventing myself as I’d been away from Northland for so long I didn’t know many people. I had heard about First Steps and had it in the back of my mind so it was perfect timing when it came to Northland.”

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  • Emma Hammond

    Course identifies leadership strength

    Winton farmer, wife and mother of three, Emma Hammond, has moved into representation roles in Fonterra and education after reconfirming her skills, identifying new ones and gaining newfound confidence through First Steps.

    “I’d had a successful career prior to leaving my job after the birth of my second child and had become a bit lost and disillusioned that I’d lost my identity. I did the farm books but needed more mental stimulation, while still being there for my family.

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Hear from our graduates

It's all about YOU helped Becks Tosswill put clarity around her purpose, vision and new skillset - setting a pathway for her future.


Programme Content

  • Discover the true value your skills, strengths and experiences
  • Refocus, re-prioritise – no matter what stage of life you’re at
  • Explore new possibilities and opportunities
  • Build your confidence
  • Create lasting connections and become part of powerful support networks with other women and AWDT

Programme Details

  • Two days: 8.30am - 5pm both days
  • Cost: $295 + GST 
    AWDT and our programme partners, CRS Software and DairyNZ, invest in you by subsidising the $1,000 cost of the programme.
  • Option to add a professional coaching session post-programme.

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