Leadership Wimmera

What is Leadership Wimmera?

Leadership Wimmera’s mission is to stimulate, facilitate and sustain leadership in the region. Our year-long community leadership development programs have supported more than 600 people to grow and thrive and contribute positively to the Wimmera Southern Mallee community since 2002.

These graduates continue to utilise the important life and leadership skills they have learned in their roles as business owners, managers, employees, volunteers, parents, friends and community members.

Employers who have sponsored their staff to participate in Leadership Wimmera programs – including year-long intensive programs and shorter-term opportunities to learn new skills – have observed improvements in the individuals’ confidence, performance and willingness to take on greater responsibilities.

Many graduates have stepped up to more senior positions in their workplace, taken on roles of responsibility in the community and sought ways to contribute to the future of the Wimmera Southern Mallee.

Leadership Wimmera’s mission is to stimulate, facilitate and sustain leadership in the region. We provide cost-effective programs to ensure people who want to participate and learn new skills have the opportunity to do so.

Our programs:

  • Provide inspiring leadership learning opportunities to nurture emerging leaders and motivate existing leaders in the Wimmera Southern Mallee
  • Enhance, develop and promote leadership in the region
  • Contribute to regional development by providing opportunities to grow the skills of people keen to make a difference
  • Help to sustain and grow businesses and communities by developing the leadership skills of people in the region
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Provide a resource for other groups

Programs take a problem-solving approach to highlight the opportunities, challenges and wicked problems that exist for the Wimmera Southern Mallee.

Leadership Wimmera participants 2022
Leadership Wimmera 'Change Makers' participants at the 2022 opening retreat

Flagship Program

Change Makers

Change Makers is a program for existing leaders – those who own or run a business and/or who lead a team at work or in their community life and who have demonstrated potential to commit to greater leadership involvement in their workplace or community.

Participants will:

  • Have a proven leadership record OR aspirations with potential for future growth
  • Show genuine interest in becoming involved in community leadership OR existing involvement in their community
  • Potential to commit to leading their community in the future
  • Have the time and energy to commit to the program
Program Focus:
  • Leadership of self, leadership of others and regional leadership
Program inclusion:
  • Launch event
  • Opening retreat
  • Six program days - leadership of self and leadership of others
  • Social awareness training opportunities
  • One regional Leadership program day 
  • End-of-program presentation and graduation ceremony
  • Opportunities to enrol in additional Leadership Wimmera opportunities to complement the program and advance knowledge (discounted rate applies)

Applications for the 2023 Leadership Wimmera Program are now closed.  To register your interest in the 2024 programs contact Vernetta on 0419 114 274  vtaylor@wda.org.au 

Australian Institute of Company Directors - Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course 

Leadership Wimmera are proud to be hosting the Australian Institute of Directors, Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors Course™ in February 2023.
This program will provide participants with an understanding of directors' fundamental compliance & performance-related roles and responsibilities, specifically in the areas of:
  • Governance
  • Risk
  • Financial performance
  • Strategy
WHERE: Horsham Golf Club
WHEN: Friday 31 March 8.45am to 4.30pm & Saturday 1st April 8.45am to 12.30pm
Plus pre-reading
Cost: $999+gst  Valued at: $1400+gst
Subsidised by Leadership Wimmera & WDA
Additional 10% discount for Leadership Wimmera Graduates

 Registrations close Monday 27 February.  
 Secure your place via 2023 LW AICD Registration (surveysparrow.com)  or contact Vernetta on 0419 114 274 for more information.
Download brochure HERE



For further information contact Vernetta Taylor on 0419 114 274 or vtaylor@wda.org.au