It’s all about YOU
You're not your farm, your job or your kids. You, are you.
In your search for confidence and self-worth - your values, strengths, goals and experiences will show you the way.
No matter your stage in life, it's time to re-prioritise you.
It's all about YOU is a two-day personal development programme that uncovers your true value and identity. A chance to break away from your everyday routine, reconnect with yourself and explore new possibilities for positive change in your life.
But you won’t do it alone. Your It's all about YOU experience takes places in a supportive group of likeminded primary sector women. Everyone is a little nervous at first, but sharing in each other’s journey of self-reflection makes for lifelong connections by the programme’s end.
Guiding your group is a professional facilitator who will both cultivate a culture of trust, and support you one-on-one.
- Heather Gee-Taylor
- Wendy Coup
- Amanda Burling
- Cathy Cotter
- Eloise Neeley
- Emma Hammond
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.
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.
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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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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Discover your true value by reconnecting with your strengths, experiences and core values.
Refocus and re-prioritise yourself, no matter what stage of life you’re at.
Explore new possibilities and opportunities to live with purpose.
Build your confidence.
Create lasting connections, join the AWDT network and live #supportedgrowth everyday.
- Two days: 8.30am - 5pm
- Cost: $350 + 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.