Our leadership programs support women and gender diverse changemakers who want to accelerate positive transformation for our environment and climate.
The programs support participants to identify their own approach to leadership, to recognise and step into their power to influence, and to overcome the barriers they face.
These barriers are as diverse as the women who do our programs, including personal, organisational, family, cultural and systemic barriers. Following the program, participants are empowered by the lessons they’ve learnt and inspired by the transformative experience and relationships forged through it.
Take a look at our programs, designed to help you move forward with your ambitions.
“This is a decade where we need to upskill ourselves, be connected together and collaborate to achieve and address the key challenges of our time. The WELA program helps us by skilling us up, connecting us and really being alive to the contribution that we as women are uniquely placed to make for this particular decade and beyond.”
This is the program that’s going to provide you with the key tools you need to really create change.
How we deliver this change is through our curriculum which is centred on four key themes:
This transformational, relational methodology has proven to work time and time again for our alumni.
An annual leadership development program developed over more than 10 years of research and practice.
Available to 20 women across Australia each year.
Mixing online with in-person retreat format, and a diverse range of guest speakers over a 7 month period.
Tailored mentoring, developing skills, building networks and addressing your real-life challenges to transform your leadership.
Applications now open – closing Monday, 6 March 2023.
Need to build the skills of a specific group of environmental and climate changemakers?
We tailor a 3-4 day leadership program to meet the needs of the challenge you face. Whether it’s an organisation, a geographic area, a sector, or an issues-based community campaign, we will deliver a program that gives you the tools to create change.
Available for groups of between 15 and 25 women and gender diverse people.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a tailored program for your needs.
WELA’s Program Producer and experienced facilitator in system change, gender and decolonisation.
An experienced activist educator and leadership wonder woman.
WELA’s Strategic Director and immediate past Chair of Climate Action Network of Australia.
An environmental educator specialising in gender, work and organisational change.
Deborah Clealand, Amanda Dood
and Sylvia Leighton
Our fundraising supplements our program running costs to keep prices lower and we provide a range of full and partial scholarships, which you can read about here.
We also don’t want anyone to miss out on applying for our programs for other reasons. If you find working on a computer difficult or face other barriers, please email us so we can arrange to talk it through.
“WELA has been and continues as a vital educational and support network that has been instrumental in winning a decade long fight, the Rocky Hill coal mine/climate judgement in Feb 2019.
Armed with clear strategies, a global perspective, an understanding of the layers of complexity and the ability to work in a more confident, informed, and strengthened way led to a more concise and effective leadership role as chair of Groundswell Gloucester.”
“WELA is about building strength within the environment movement by enhancing the skills of female environmental leaders. WELA’s power is in the strength of the collective. WELA brings together a group of women to learn from each other, to challenge and inspire, provides a space to network and build relationships so they can return to their work — in community, government, non-government, politics — stronger, more connected and better able to have the impact they need to create positive environmental change.”
“The nurturing of the WELA experience has been life changing. I’ve found fresh inspiration and confidence to forge my personal path as an environmentalist, and stepped into leadership roles for two projects.
The support and mentoring of WELA made it possible to meet the challenges with renewed ambition. After a 25 year working career, ten years in the environment movement, the WELA program has encouraged me to believe my contribution is important and effective and that I can persevere.”
“I would recommend WELA to any women interested in building their leadership skills in the environment movement. The skills you learn and the amazing women you meet will change your life.”