The Nature's Leading Women workshop

This year we hosted the first Nature's Leading Women workshop. From October 30 to November 2 2017, more than 30 women leaders from the Pacific Islands and northern Australia:

  • Learned from each other, sharing experiences of being a woman leader in their country.
  • Learned important skills in conservation, leadership and business development.
  • Visited nearby conservation reserves managed by Queensland Trust for Nature.
  • Were supported by women mentors from Australian businesses, including Global Sisters, Maddocks, the June Canavan Foundation and ANZ Bank.
  • Developed a 'Big Idea' for conservation and social enterprise, to take back and implement in their local community. Read about the women's projects here.

The women presented their project to 200 people at the final celebration on 2 November 2017.

Kia community KAWAKI representative, May Ngai posing in the shallow waters of Kerehikapa Island. © Tim Calver

Global Sisters

We were fortunate to run the workshops in partnership with Global Sisters. Global Sisters is a not-for-profit organisation that assists financially excluded, low income women to develop sustainable incomes and become financially independent through self-employment. Through their workshops, Global Sisters provides women with the tools, networks and resources they need to establish or grow a business.

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Photos from the field trip and workshops.

Thank you to photographers, Jodie Jansen and Ruth Konia!

What did we do, over the week?

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017

The women leaders arrived in Brisbane from the Pacific Islands and northern Australia. On Sunday 29, we travelled out to Ivory's Rock (see information about the venue, below).


Day 1: Monday 30 October 

Community & Conservation Leader Talks. Field visits to Aroona Nature Reserve and Koala Crossing (see below for more information).


Day 2: Tuesday 31 October 

The Conservation Challenge: focus on vision, the conservation context and the business idea.


Day 3: Wednesday 1 November 

The Business Canvas: focus on business ideas, business models, branding, finance, marketing and communications.


Day 4: Thursday 2 November

Business Plan, Pitch Prep and Next Steps: focus on developing a business plan, practicing a pitch and creating an actionable plan for the future. And ... the Nature's Leading Women celebration!

Friday 3 November

The women returned to their home regions, ready to tackle conservation challenges, and to share what they learned with their community.

Where was the workshop held?

The workshop was held in the Scenic Rim, at a nature-based venue about one hour south-west of Brisbane. Ivory's Rock encompasses 600 hectare of private parklands and natural forested conservation areas. It's also nestled among a number of conservation reserves that the women visited on field trips, before the workshop began.

Field trips to nature reserves

On Monday October 30, the women visited a number of local nature reserves run by Queensland Trust for Nature, including Aroona Nature Reserve. There, the women learned about ecotourism, species conservation management and captive breeding. Thank you to QTFN's Tanya Pritchard, Felicity Shapland and Nerida Bradley for your generosity.