AWDT’s range of fit-for-purpose programmes, events and support services have evolved and grown since 2010 to meet the needs of industry organisations and individual participants.
So far we have worked directly with more than 4,500 women in primary industries and rural communities to build their skills and confidence. They are now making a big impact at all levels – in farming businesses, in boardrooms, in management and in communities.
As AWDT graduates understand their purpose and begin to fulfil their potential, they are taking on new challenges and increasing their contributions. This creates a ripple effect that is transforming, farming businesses, communities and the wider industry.
Read our impact stories
- Escalator Alumni
- Critical Farming Partners
- Wāhine Māia, Wāhine Whenua
- It's all about YOU
- Working with industry
The Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme has been building leadership capability in the Food and Fibre Sector since 1979.
During that time, over 1000 scholars have graduated.
These talented people completed the programme and left armed with the ability to think and act strategically, and to make a positive impact on the Sector.
For more information on how you can apply for 2023
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Our programme to prepare farming partners to adapt and thrive through change is back.
Our Resilient Farming Business is a chance for you and your business partner to take time out to work purely on your business instead of in your business.
It starts with calm and open minds, and business plans & financial accounts open. Take time out to make a plan to manage risks, take opportunities & share the load together.
Secure your place on our face-to-face programme in Feilding (starts 27 Oct), or the online pilot programme (starts 8 Nov).
Register now at
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Agri-Women's Development Trust (AWDT)We empower women with the mindsets, skills, confidence and connections to create positive change.
Congratulations to seven members of our #EscalatorAlumni - elected by their communities to lead and govern the people and places they care about. #keepingitreal #creatingpositivechange
Adrienne Wilcock - Mayor, Matamata-Piako District Council
Tracey Collis - Mayor, Tararua District Council
Donna Cram - Councillor, Taranaki Regional Council
Claire McKay - Councillor, Environment Canterbury
Eileen Lawson - Councillor, Hastings District Council
Fi Dalgety - Councillor, Rangitikei District Council
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Congratulations 👏 great to seee women stepping up into leadership roles all over the country.
A fabulous line up of very capable women leaders, so great to see. We wish you all the best on your journey and you have our sister support embracing you ❤
Excellent news well done everyone and best wishes for the job ahead.
So good! Proud to be associated with you all as you bring your very best to local government. You are all superstars in my eyes! Well done x
Congratulations ladies. I look forward to hearing about your impact.
Thanks Jane Wright, I took the plunge. Close race but specials shouldn't change the result.
Some brilliant talent in that line up... Though one of us looks a little older lol
Amazing, well done ladies
Well done ladies! 👏
"Escalator will help you discover what drives you. It will give you the freedom to care deeply. This drive and care will propel you to be an even better version of the person you already are.
Escalator graduates make lifelong friends and become part of a supportive community of inspirational agri-leaders."
Helen Blom - Farmer & Chair, Escalator Alumni Inc.
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Love that Helen "will give you the freedom to care deeply." Definitely where ones WHY comes from.
Awesome lady, family.
Escalator 2023 applications close this Monday.
Accelerating progress & change in our food & fibre sector and rural communities needs new leaders to stand up. Women like you.
Escalator is about unleashing your true self in the service of others. Build on your strengths, embrace your leadership style and develop the hard and human skills that define modern, mission-oriented leadership.
Across the 10-month programme, form life-long connections with your cohort of female leaders and connect with progressive primary sector New Zealanders, including Escalator Alumni.
Applications close 5pm Monday 10 October Learn more here
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