Our leadership programs are designed by and for 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 participants 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.
Take a look at our programs, designed to help you move forward with your ambitions.
WELA’s Learning Experience Designer Asmaa Guedira leading a workshop at the WELA x Green Music Australia Sound Country Artists’ Leadership Retreat in March 2023. Photo: Anna Brozek.
“Before WELA, I was lacking in confidence and I didn’t feel like a leader, and since being in the program my confidence has definitely grown and the skills that I have gained have helped me realise that I can cope with many different situations and I have tools to work through different situations, which I wouldn’t have been able to do before I entered the program. If you have the opportunity to do it, go for it, because it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
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.
In 2024, for the first time we will be running TWO programs, each open to up to 25 women and gender-diverse participants.
Mixing online with in-person retreat format, and a diverse range of guest speakers over a 7-month period for each program.
Tailored mentoring, developing skills, building networks and addressing your real-life challenges to transform your leadership.
For more information and details on how to apply, see our National Leadership Program page.
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 Learning Experience Designer 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.
Our fundraising helps supplement our program running costs, allowing us to offer lower prices. We also provide a variety of full and partial scholarships, which you can read more about here.
Additionally, we don’t want potential participants to miss out due to any barriers. If you have difficulties using a computer or face other challenges, please email us, and we can discuss possible solutions.
“As a participant of the WA WELA program the most important thing I took from the weekend was the importance of connection. Where you fit into the environmental sector and the importance of YOU.
Programs such as WELA are so important for helping women become stronger in their fight for the environment. It offers tools to take away with you to use straight away with whatever you are working on. I had such a great time and now I can’t wait to start the national WELA program.”
“WELA helped me build connections and a clearer understanding of how to be impactful in my work. It expanded my mind and confidence that what I do matters and that I can be and do more.
Since the program I have expanded my on-ground environmental program work, strengthened my networks and collaborated on new projects. I have also been asked to speak at leadership forums, been invited to represent regional communities in the plan towards decarbonisation and consulted on environmental accounting projects.”
“I’ve started thinking in a more strategic space, I’ve started having a longer view, and the support I might need from that, I’m more assertive in the ideas I have — last year when I had an idea
I internalised it and lacked confidence. I don’t have that feeling or nervousness anymore. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities this last year and I think that’s largely been from the confidence I’ve gained through the WELA program.”
“Having these strong Wāhine/women that have been in the environmental movement for many years… their passion and their love hasn’t waned. It has gotten stronger by giving opportunities like the WELA program and giving those opportunities to us.
I have felt very inspired to be with a cohort of women that are just so passionate about affecting change – the change that needs to happen. The inspiration that the cohort gives me by networking, by bringing all of our strength, our thoughts, our aspirations together. [They] can only bring a change for the future.”