Monday 9 December 2019

‘Life-changing experience’ for our next wave of wine industry leaders

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Fifteen emerging leaders from across the Australian grape and wine community today 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. Today’s graduates join more than 100 alumni of the 13-year program.

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark said, “This year’s 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.”

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 SA, 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).

Continuing a tradition set in the Future Leaders 2017 program, the 2019 program participants were asked to put pen to paper and express their thoughts on pressing issues for them, their business or the broader sector, which has been compiled into a book Thought Leadership Volume 2.

Wine Australia invests in the Future Leaders program as part of its policy of investing in sector leadership. In the same vein, it supports the Nuffield Australia program, travel bursaries and post-graduate scholarships.

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