Fifteen emerging leaders from across the Australian grape and wine community have graduated from the intensive five-month leadership development program Future Leaders 2019 ready to make their contribution as confident, committed wine sector professionals.
Future Leaders 2019 has taken the participants on a journey to learn new skills and refine existing ones, develop networks and different ways of thinking, and build a solid foundation of knowledge and enthusiasm to contribute to the future of the grape and wine community.
The Future Leaders program is coordinated and funded by Wine Australia and supported by Australian Grape & Wine. These graduates join more than 100 alumni of the 13-year program.
Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said, “These Future Leaders embraced the personal and professional challenges the program presented and have shown a commitment to the success of our sector. I’m delighted that the program has helped them to develop the skills, networks and confidence to positively influence the future of our entire community.”
Australian Grape & Wine Chief Executive Tony Battaglene said, “People are the most important asset our sector possesses. We have backed this program from the beginning and its success is evident in the professional progression of its graduates and the growth in their role as thought leaders in the sector.”
The graduates of Future Leaders 2019 come from all parts of the grape and wine value chain – from viticulture and winemaking to marketing, sales and export, business investment and market development, managers, directors, event management, sommeliers and research.
Future Leader Catherine Kidman from Treasury Wine Estates said, “I learnt many amazing concepts, some of which challenged me and others that left a lasting imprint. The opportunity to learn from talented experts and interact with coaches and past alumni has been so rewarding. I feel our crew entered as individuals on a quest and are leaving as friends and importantly allies as we navigate our future paths. The program has challenged me and shaped me to be an inspired future leader very much upskilled, ready and excited for the future of the wine sector and my role within it.”
Fellow Future Leaders graduate Associate Professor Armando Maria Corsi from the University of South Australia said, “Put simply, a life-changing experience. The Future Leaders sessions radically changed my approach to tackle problems and gave me the chance to review how to set up personal and professional life goals. Plus, I had the opportunity to meet some pretty spectacular human beings along the way, who are motivated by the very same goal: to make our wine sector better.”
The Future Leaders 2019 are:
- Andy Clarke, The Dirt Dude Ag Advisor (Bendigo)
- Armando Maria Corsi, University of South Australia, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science (Adelaide)
- Carrah Lymer, Emerge Creative Agency (Griffith)
- Catherine Kidman, Treasury Wine Estates (Coonawarra)
- Chris Thomas, Dowie Doole (McLaren Vale)
- Dylan McMahon, Seville Estate (Yarra Valley)
- Hayley Purbrick, Tahbilk (Nagambie)
- Jessica Chrcek, Moothi Estate (Mudgee)
- Kavita Faiella, Shaw and Smith (Adelaide Hills)
- Keira O’Brien, Tasmanian Vintners (Hobart)
- Marco Gjergja, Kooyong Wines Port Phillip Estate (Mornington Peninsula)
- Mark Fogarty, Fogarty Wine Group (Western Australia)
- Matthew Bahen, DeBortoli Wines (Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley)
- Nadja Wallington, Philip Shaw Wines (Orange)
- Tom Donegan, Voyager Estate (Margaret River).
This article was first published in Leading Agriculture magazine.