Generation Change

Young women, bringing purpose to food & fibre.


A one-day workshop and mentoring programme preparing young women to make an impact in food & fibre.


The primary sector of the future will be a place for new ideas and modern thinking. To get there, we need collaborators, innovators and Kaitiaki for our land, water and wildlife. We need people driven by purpose. 

But we get it. As a young woman in tertiary study or training, or in the first few years of your career, finding the first step to meaningful work, and making the right connections, can be hard.

That’s why we’re delivering Generation Change – a one-day workshop and ongoing mentoring programme to help you bring your true self to the sector. 

It’s about answering the questions that matter. What do you stand for? What does impact mean to you? What’s step one? By connecting with your values, strengths and purpose, you’ll walk forward with the first draft of your career roadmap and one progressive food & fibre leader as a mentor. 

On your journey to positive impact in the food & fibre sector, Generation Change is your first step.  



‘Generation Change’ connects young women with progressive New Zealanders across the food and fibre sector to cultivate their sense of purpose and ability to make impact. It starts with a one-day workshop for 100 participants, across five sessions:

  1. Reflecting on you – connecting with your strengths and values.
  2. Defining what positive impact means to you.
  3. Planning your first steps towards a life of meaningful work.
  4. Stories to inspire - personal primary sector journeys and a glimpse into the future of work.
  5. Gathering allies - connecting with your mentor and networking with progressive people across the sector – from farmers to food system builders, product developers, marketers and more.



Location Date
Christchurch Tuesday 30 May - Programme delivered
Hamilton  Monday 2nd October @Wintec



Generation Change is co-funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund and AGMARDT



Victoria Agyepong, Otago

When I moved to New Zealand as a young mum of two who had left a managerial role, I was happy to join my family and finally get funded to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD program at Lincoln University where I am developing a new analytical framework to curb misinformation in AI-led pathogen management in NZ Forests. However, I was terrified at the prospect of potentially starting all over again after working so hard to get into a leadership role in my career. 

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Registration is available to women currently in some form of tertiary study or training or in the first few years of their career.


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‘Generation Change’ is for young women in tertiary study/training, or the first few years of their career interested in making positive impact in New Zealand’s food & fibre sector.


Thanks to support from The Ministry for Primary Industries and AGMARDT, 'Generation Change' costs just $50.00 inc GST to attend. Click here to view our Fee Refund Policy



You will leave ‘Generation Change’ inspired to make your mark in the food and fibre sector – part of a group of young women ready to bring their true self to meeting our world’s great challenges and opportunities. ‘Generation Change’ works to four outcomes:


  • Reflect – Connect with your personal values and strengths and cultivate a growth mindset.
  • Plan – Describe what meaningful work feels like to you and design an action plan to realise it.
  • Understand – Learn about purpose, change and impact first-hand from progressive food and fibre leaders. Understand the mega trends shaping the future of work and your sector.
  • Connect – Cultivate your network of primary sector people, connect with a mentor for one-to-one support and be welcomed into the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, Rural Leaders NZ and NZ Young Farmers whānau.


“The most worthwhile thing I have ever done to inform my future.” 

“Inspiring, makes me proud to be a woman in the agricultural industry.” 

“A great reminder to follow my passions, be authentic, try new things, be open to opportunities and to create and keep working on a career plan. Fantastic!” 


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