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11/03/2015

One week left to apply for Future Leaders 2015

Applications for Future Leaders, a leadership development program aimed at go-getters in the industry, close in one week.

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) are offering 15 spots to applicants with open, creative, inquisitive minds and already demonstrating leadership potential.

Since 2006, there have been 75 Future Leader graduates across the grape and wine community including winemakers; grapegrowers and viticulturists; business managers and marketers; suppliers and researchers.

Tom Ward, Swinging Bridges’ winemaker who was part of the third Future Leaders intake in 2009, said the program for him was life changing.

“I’ve been very lucky – I have been to university and I have been part of the Len Evans Tutorial but Future Leaders was the biggest game changer for me,” he said.

“It taught us to run our businesses well, to be strategic in the workplace, but also to expand our thinking beyond day-to-day issues.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the Future Leaders program.”

Katherine Brown from Brown Brothers and 2012 graduate said encouraging people to get involved is particularly important in smaller regions where it can be hard to find mentors or develop networks.

“I took so much out of the program. You’re sharing time and ideas with winemakers, viticulturists, marketers and administrators from all states and from companies big and small, and these are people who care about the industry and where they want it to go.

“Everyone I speak with is positive about it. There’s a feeling not only that we need more younger leaders in the industry but also that we need to expose younger people to concepts that challenge their thinking and allow them to look outside the industry for ideas and strategies.”

Martin Grandsen from Cumulus Estates Wines agreed, “It can change the way you think about problems and give you the tools to tackle them.”

AGWA is encouraging individuals in the grape and wine sector to give a tap on the shoulder to potential applicants for Future Leaders, the sector’s leadership development program.

Visit the Future Leaders 2015 website to apply and ‘tap someone on the shoulder’ via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.

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