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.

Company Director Course™

*Registrations are now closed

Leadership Wimmera and WDA are proud to be hosting the Australian Institute of Directors, Company Director Course™ in August 2022.

The Company Directors Course has been designed to give directors a distinct career edge through a better understanding of their duties and responsibilities. It will also help in developing skills to facilitate sound decision making and imparting best governance practices.

2022 course flyer (398kb PDF).

Flagship Programs

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
  • Participants will work with an existing community group or organisation to complete a community project
Program inclusion:
  • Launch event
  • Opening and closing retreats
  • Six program days - leadership of self and leadership of others
  • Project management training
  • Three program days - regional leadership
  • 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)

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

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders program is designed for people wanting to build leadership skills to increase their influence within the workplace or community groups.

Participants will:

  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn
  • Show genuine interest and involvement in their community
  • Have the time and energy to commit to the program

Program focus:

  • Leadership of self and leadership of others

Program inclusions:

  • Three-day retreat
  • Three program days - focusing on leadership of self and leadership of others
  • End-of-program celebration - including presentation to peers and program supporters
  • Opportunities to enrol in additional Leadership Wimmera opportunities to complement the program and advance knowledge (discounted rate applies)

To register your interest in the 2023 program
go to:

QR code LW expressions of interest

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

Leadership Wimmera Committee Members

Josh Koenig - Chair

Donald Carter, Jo Bourke, Tim Shaw, Geoff Witmitz, Cait Brennan, Luke Austin and Chris Sounness.