About us


WELA's story

We exist because leadership in Australia has failed to respond to the environmental and climate crises we face. We’re here to change that.

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Our programs

Learn how to bring your unique leadership approach to the biggest environmental challenges of our and future generations.

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Meet our community

We are building a community of women and gender diverse people to lead and support positive change for our environment and climate.

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Leadership programs

Develop the leadership skills and confidence for the transformational change Australia needs for our environment and climate.

Join our community

Connect with our growing community of women and gender diverse people for support, opportunities and positive change.

Our events

Build relationships, gain knowledge and energise your environmental passion through our online and in-person events.


Find out how you can directly support women-led environment and climate action – and see the power it brings.

Building a community for positive change

Women’s leadership can revolutionise the way society, politics and business respond to the environmental and climate crises. But it takes people who believe it is possible and who back the women putting their hands up to lead.

We are empowering and funding women’s leadership. We’re also building a community for positive change where ideas, knowledge, action and networks are shared. Because we believe in the power of community.


What people say about us
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    Sherie Bruce
    Arrente and Yolgnu woman, Environmental Scientist and WELA alumna (2020)

    “I have gained some incredible skills in management styles, leadership strategies and understandings of why and how some of the work challenges we face today evolved and how to apply practical solutions to solve those challenges. I also experienced substantial personal growth, overcoming my imposter syndrome, that feeling I am not good enough, not experienced enough, that I shouldn’t have a seat at the table, wherever that table might be. I am more confident and a better communicator. If you get the chance, please join WELA and embrace all the amazing team has to offer.”

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    Cécile van der Burgh
    Co-founder and Director of Kids in Nature Network, Education Manager at Port Phillip EcoCentre, and WELA alumna (2018)

    “The WELA program gave me confidence and helped me find the courage to take the next steps for Kids in Nature Network. I was empowered to create connections, energy and ideas and to continue on my authentic leadership journey. With WELA, you’ll be in a space where you belong.”

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    Sanaya Khisty
    Chief Strategy Officer Beyond Zero Emissions, and WELA alumna (2020)

    “WELA has provided me a steady stream of support and wisdom in a year full of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure what to expect from online programming, but I can say with confidence that WELA delivered in spades. I feel so close to and supported by my cohort and the WELA team, and am grateful for the opportunity to have connected with such kind and talented women. I know that their support and advice will continue to sustain and strengthen my work well into the future.”

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    Kelly O'Shanassy
    CEO Australian Conservation Foundation

    “More women in leadership roles will make our environment better. That’s my firm belief and why I’ve supported ACF staff to participate in the WELA program every year that it has run. The self-confidence, approach to teamwork and collaboration, and the strategic vision that ACF women have developed through their participation has been of great benefit to ACF and our movement.”

Our stories

We come from all walks of life. We are volunteers, managers, creatives, strategists and much more.

Here are some of our stories.