The inaugural cohort is made up of a broad range of expertise from branch management, IT, real estate, category management, production, insurance and finance.
Over the past twelve months the group participated in an intensive one-on-one mentoring program with a collective of experienced leaders as mentors, as well as online and virtual training and personal development opportunities. The group were also able to hear from a variety of inspirational people who shared their personal journeys into leadership.
Nutrien Ag Solutions Managing Director Rob Clayton says more needs to be done to ensure women are given the opportunity to develop their skills to progress their careers and participate at senior leadership levels.
“Our vision is to be the employer of choice for women in the Australian agricultural sector and we are determined to ensure our business is a diverse and inclusive place for everyone,” says Mr Clayton.
“The Mentoring program is one of the ways to build a pipeline of women ready to take on leadership roles in our business and help create opportunities for women to progress their careers in agriculture,” says Mr Clayton.
Chair of the Nutrien Ag Solutions Gender Working Group Carissa Buckland says the group demonstrated incredible resilience as they completed the program with limited face-to-face time due to challenges presented by Covid-19.
“The graduates have formed important connections, had meaningful conversations about the future of agriculture with industry leaders, and had the opportunity to focus on their own personal and professional development,” says Ms Buckland.
This is a really important step forward as we aim to achieve gender diversity within our organisation.
"Although Covid-19 has delayed our formal celebration I want to acknowledge and congratulate our first cohort of graduates – they are all very inspiring, committed and highly-skilled at what they do,” says Ms Buckland.
Applications for the 2021 program have closed and the cohort will be announced in July.