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THE Governor’s Leadership Program is aimed at people who are, or will develop into, South Australian leaders. It is a challenging leadership development program – an unconventional, unmatched and life-changing experience.

Mardi Longbottom, senior viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is one of the three dozen participants in the 2014 program.

“This year’s program started in February and will finish in November, it has involved about three days each month contact time where we have spent lots of times in seminars and had lots of time for interaction and networking,” Longbottom said.

“It has been brilliant and I’ve already been able to draw on the connections I’ve made.”

People at the launch of the AWRI’s ‘Opportunities In A New Climate’ got to see one of these connections through the chocolates made using alternative variety wines.

While this year’s program is approaching its final weeks, applications for the 2015 program are currently open, but potential applicants will have to move quickly because the closing date is Monday 8 September.

There is also a scholarship opportunity for a female leader involved in agribusiness in country South Australia, sponsored by The Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

Click here for more information about the program and the scholarships (https://leadersinstitute.worldsecuresystems.com/programs/governors-leadership-foundation/index.html)

“The fact there’s a scholarship for women in agriculture available is fantastic,” Longbottom said.

Past participants working across the grape and wine industry include Andrew Downs (Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia), Andrew Miller (Pernod Ricard Winemakers), Anita Poddar (Accolade Wines), Ben Gibson (Pernod Ricard Winemakers), Samantha Hellams (formerly with the GWRDC) and Vanessa Altmann (Temple Bruer Wines).

The program stretches participants intellectually and personally and develops practical wisdom.

Participants return an immediate positive impact to their organisations through improved judgement, interpersonal awareness, greater leadership capacity and maturity, personal insight and a more balanced view of the interactions between economy, society and environment.

Key elements of the program include:

– Official launch at Government House;
– Monthly issues-based seminars;
– Three field trips and retreats involving nights away;
– High level out-of-program requirements (reading, reflection, action learning);
– Personal leadership development and individual coaching sessions;
– Group case study work;
– Action learning project work;
– Community service; and
– Graduation ceremony.

Your commitment:

– 10 month program;
– Two-to-three half or full day modules per month;
– High level out of program requirements (reading, reflection, action learning); and
– Three field trips and retreats involving nights away.

Participants commit to a challenging, action packed ten months, participating in regular experiential sessions (including sessions on farms, in businesses, in a prison, in Parliament House, an Aboriginal community, homeless centres, Government House and more) and three weekends away between February and November.