Go forward with Dairy Women’s Network
Our passionate team of 86 volunteer regional leaders across New Zealand are invaluable to the influence and reach of Dairy Women’s Network, helping the network to make a difference to farming communities and businesses nationwide, says CEO Jules Benton.
“Making connections, sharing experience and learning new skills is the basic function of the 35 Dairy Women’s Network regional groups, as we endeavour to reach women in dairy across New Zealand” Jules explains.
“Our regional leaders are at the forefront of connecting rural women and facilitating Dairy Women’s Network workshops that enable better business practice.”
There are regular workshops in every region, offering valuable insights into best practice for running a dairy business. Learning modules this year included successful calf rearing, the benefits of herd testing, building emotional resilience, how to get the most out of employees, coaching conversations and budgeting.
Dairy Women’s Network regional leaders are also behind several coffee catch-ups, ladies’ nights and wellness events in their communities – all of which are designed to provide fun and valuable social opportunities for women to connect and forge a network of support.
In turn, Dairy Women’s Network is committed to the personal development of regional leaders, providing exclusive access to experiences that instil self-confidence through better leadership.
“The Network is highly appreciative of the time and effort that regional leaders put into supporting our network initiatives” continues Jules. “And in return, we’re committed to helping them develop better leadership skills, empowering them to be business and community leaders immediately. And possibly leaders for the industry in years to come.”
A key part of professional leadership development training for regional leaders is attending an annual Leadership Forum hosted by Dairy Women’s Network.
Appropriately themed “Value me”, the 2018 Leadership Forum was held in Auckland and funded by DairyNZ. Designed to inspire, equip and motivate regional leaders, learning included public speaking skills, networking and connecting, event organisation, presentation tools and communication.
Post-forum feedback from regional leaders pointed to big gains in self-confidence, which many felt would be positively reflected in their own businesses.
“I am more self-aware and happier to share my views/opinions” said one.
Another noted that “To date (being a regional leader) is giving me more networking opportunities and visibility in the industry, which is fantastic. I can’t wait to see what else I get from being part of this organisation and the benefits for myself personally and for my company.”
Why be a regional leader?
Here’s an exciting opportunity to extend your leadership journey in the dairy industry.
- Network with a raft of people – industry reps, media, agri-businesses and your community
- Boost your profile in the industry
- Gain new confidence with formal professional leadership development
- Be part of a team who are committed to their community and driving the industry forward
- Open yourself to new opportunities in governance, employment or other forms of leadership
Interested in volunteering for Dairy Women’s Network?