WELA Northern WA Leadership Program

WELA Northern WA Leadership Program

  • What – WELA Northern WA Leadership Program
  • When –¬†Tuesday 30 April – Friday 3 May 2024
  • Where – Eco Beach Retreat, 1.5h south of Broome, WA

Are you ready to bring your unique leadership approach to the biggest environmental challenges we face?

About the WELA program

Designed by and for women and gender-diverse people tackling the big issues, the WELA Northern WA Leadership Program, with support from the Conservation Council of Western Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation, is part of Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA.  

The WELA Northern WA Leadership Program will bring together 20 women and gender diverse people for a three day leadership development program in WA Tuesday 30 April – Friday 3 May 2024.

WELA Leadership Programs are transformational for participants who want to accelerate positive change. We empower people to identify their own approach to leadership, and to recognise and step into their power to influence. While the National Leadership Program is a 9 month intensive online and retreat-based program, this program is a shorter deep dive into the program content, with specific sessions tailored to participants’ needs.  

The WELA Northern WA Leadership Program is a special program co led  by First Nations Josie Alec, with the aim of attracting equal numbers of First Nations and non First Nations participants to tackle the big climate/environment/justice issues facing the northern parts of WA together.  Participants will strengthen the networks needed to increase sharing of resources and ideas across women and gender-diverse people working for positive change in the north of WA.

The program invests in supporting women leaders across the environmental, climate change and justice movement, not for profit organisations, all levels of government and business to deliver long term system change. Your staff and volunteers that become part of this program will go on to lead stronger and more inclusive projects and initiatives, achieve greater environmental outcomes, step up in leadership roles for impact, and support others in their leadership.

Are you...

  • Working across the environmental and climate change movement, in not for profit organisations, all levels of government and business to deliver long term system change for our environment
  • Wanting to identify and grow your own style of leadership
  • Facing barriers you need support to overcome - these barriers are as diverse as the women who do our programs, including personal, organisational, family, cultural and systemic
  • Overwhelmed with the lack of positive change and sameness in the leadership styles and solutions to date
  • Curious about pathways to increase diversity among climate change leadership, including engagement and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women of colour, working class women
  • Looking for a leadership network and greater collaboration in Broome, Western Australia

Then you're in the right place.

What's included

Our programs are designed to help participants create the change the world needs through:

Transformational content

– challenging the status quo and inspiring new approaches, creating strategy to lead to actions.

Tailored focus

Рto help mainstream climate change work through more women’s leadership and working together


Three days, three nights with accommodation, lunch and dinner included, at Eco Beach Resort, Broome, WA.

Community support and connections

Рthe WELA community supports participants through and beyond the program.  Participants join and connect with other WELA  diverse, incredible women who will continue to support their growth!

Experienced changemakers

Рparticipants will learn from skilled leaders  in the environment and climate sector through guest speakers, WELA facilitators and staff and the participants.

Comprehensive resources and materials

– with diverse tools from leadership tools to audio, movies, books, and creative practices.

Your facilitators

They are supported by special guest speakers and CCWA. Participants are also invited to present sessions during the program to showcase their experience and expertise in the group.


Lead facilitator, WELA Program

Louise has a PhD in sustainability and technology policy, and experience in  directing and managing landcare, farm forestry, watercare, bushcare, sustainable farming, revegetation, environmental protection and research projects in Western Australia. She also facilitates leadership programs, particularly for women working in environmental and community development fields.

Louise is a Director of Gondwana Link Limited and founder of Green Skills Inc, a not-for-profit environmental organisation focused on sustainability and integrating project management, training and employment programs for WA industries.


Guest facilitator, proud Kuruma Marthudunera woman and ACF’s First Nation’s Lead



Malgana woman from Gutharagudu, otherwise known as Shark Bay. WELA participant 2023.


Yaruwu woman & Karajarri Jarndu woman. Lead Country Manager Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd WELA participant 2021.

Louise and Josie are supported by Monica Edgar Yaruwu woman and Bianca McNeair Malgana woman assisting the facilitation team and special guest speakers. Participants are also invited to present or co-facilitate table talks during the program to share their experience and expertise in the group.

Our curriculum is centred on four key themes:

Personal development

 Increasing wellbeing, resilience, self reflection, confidence and effectiveness.

Evolving your leadership

Increasing leadership at workplaces, the visibility and effectiveness of women and gender diverse people in their environmental and social change efforts

Approaches to impact

Community building and change making skills and tools to understand and respond to impacts of gender bias, inequality and climate change and how to lead action to maximise impact

Systemic change

Understanding the big picture of power within society and how it links to climate change, and how gender and leadership are constructed and influenced by them and where to intervene

WELA Alumnae Testimonials

  • We can build strong relationships and work collaboratively across the sector to create the change that we want to see in the world

    Bernadette Thomas
    Former Manager Sustainable Environment, Hume City Council,, WELA Alumna 2017
  • WELA is an incredible group of leaders, supporters, educators and champions of women, whether that is in a traditional paid or volunteered workspace.

    I have gained some incredible skills in management styles, leadership strategies an understandings of and how some of the work challenges we face today evolved and how to apply practical solutions to solve these challenges.

    WELA is a life-changing opportunity, for you our environment and for future generations.

    Sherie Bruce
    Protect Country Strategist, Queensland Conservation Council, WELA Alumna 2020
  • ‚ÄúThis 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.‚ÄĚ


    Monica Richter
    Senior Manager Low Carbon FuturesSenior Manager Low Carbon Futures, WWF-Australia, Advisory board chair for the Urban Transformations Research Centre (UTRC), WELA Alumna 2022
  • WELA was absolutely transformative for me. I learned so much on so many environmental, political and leadership topics, laughed and danced, and met and spent time with some serious legends of the Australian feminist and environment movements, and felt placed in a network of powerful women around the country working to reimagine environmental leadership, and get stuff done. It coincided so beautifully and significantly with the major success of Forests last year and I’m enormously grateful to everyone who makes WELA possible. I cannot recommend it highly enough.¬†

    Jess Beckerling
    Convenor of the WA Forest Alliance, who in 2021 won their decades-long campaign to save WA native forests from logging, WELA Alumna 2020
    Jess Beckerling
  • I’ve come to the WELA retreat here in Commonground to make more connections with likeminded sisters like myself caring for country. And I’ve been able to make so many connections here. I’ve got sisters all over the country now.¬†

    Bianca McNeair
    A proud Malgana woman from Gutharagudu, otherwise known as Shark Bay. McNeair is an artist, and has also worked in ranger programs and in the co-design of restoration projects in Western Australia, linking scientists, traditional owners and local community. She is a member and previous co-chair of the steering committee for National First People’s Gathering on Climate Change.

Are you ready?

Here's the details


The program will be located at Eco Beach Resort located 1.5hrs south of Broome, WA. The space is a lovely beach side location with exceptional eco friendly accommodation, great views of the Indian Ocean, and eco friendly amenities.  Lunch and evening meals are provided as is bed linen & towels! 

The program fees have been kept to a minimum to make this opportunity affordable.  Participants will bring their own breakfasts and are invited to make a contribution to afternoon teas by bringing home made goodies, nuts, dips or fresh fruit to share if they can.

We will ensure COVID-safe precautions and measures are taken throughout the weekend.

Travel is NOT included in the program fees (except for bus to and from Broome to venue for 10 participants see below).

Program fee

Full program fee: $2741 GST Inc. 

Limited subsidised place: $1380 GST Inc

There are a limited number of fully subsidised places are available for First Nations participants.

If applying for a fully subsidised place fill in the simple question which is part of the application form (scholarships will be prioritised for First Nations participants).

WELA has received philanthropic funding to assist with the costs of this initiative resulting in the affordable fee structure and provision of subsidies for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.  Your organisation can support the running of this and further programs by supporting staff and volunteers to be part of this important initiative. Your organisation can also pay it forward to support smaller organisations and First Nations participants to join this event. 

WELA asks for payment on acceptance of applicants into the program to ensure commitment to the program and that other potential participants do not miss out if applicants do not take up their places.



The program will run Tuesday 30 April at 4pm  to Friday 3 May 2024 mid afternoon WST

This weekend program is designed to encourage everyone’s active participation. There will be free time each day for participants to enjoy the environment, to exercise or take time out to nourish themselves.

Time for work is limited and it’s recommended that people take the time off completely. 

How to apply

Complete the WELA Northern WA Leadership Program Application Form.

Applications close COB Wednesday 3 April 2024.

In your application, please share: 

  • Why you would like to participate¬†
  • Your experience and what you‚Äôre looking for from the program¬†
  • If applying for a scholarship fill in the simple scholarship application question which is part of the application form (a limited number of scholarships are available, and will be prioritised for First Nations participants).

If you struggle with working online, don’t let that be a barrier to applying! Word document or hard copy application forms can be provided if required. We can also phone you to gather information. We actively encourage a wide diversity of participants.

Submit your application by Wednesday 3 April 2024.

Applicants will be advised whether they are successful by Thursday 11 April 2024 and will be expected to confirm acceptance of the program by mid-April. 

Selection criteria

If you identify as a woman or gender diverse person with a demonstrated passion for our environment, climate, and justice issues and are committed to step up in your leadership for greater impact, then this program is for you!

WELA is  committed to supporting the diverse and thriving community of women and gender diverse people in the North of WA working for our environment/climate/social justice action. Women and gender diverse people from First Nation communities, people of colour, or culturally and linguistically diverse communities from all ages, social backgrounds and ability and in paid or volunteer positions,  and from across all sectors are encouraged to apply. 

Applications close Wednesday 3 April 2024

More information

WELA is empowering and supporting women’s leadership for our environment, and transforming Australia’s response to the climate and environment crises.

This program is designed to develop your skills, self-reflection, support and networks to take the next steps in your leadership for a better future.

The WELA Northern WA Leadership Program will take place from  Tuesday 30 April РFriday 3 May 2024 at Eco Beach Resort, Broome, WA.

Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA)

The Conservation Council has been the premier peak environmental organisation in WA for over 50 years representing more than 100 environmental organisations. CCWA campaigns and lobbies across nature and wildlife, waste and recycling, climate change, environmental and pollution regulations and controls.  The CCWA staff is  significantly driven by women and this is mirrored in many of its member groups.

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)

Australia’s national environment organisation. Since 1965, protecting the nature we all love ‚Äď our unique wildlife and our beautiful beaches and bush.

Driven by the power of people, influencing governments and businesses to protect the animals, rivers and reefs close to our hearts and hold decision-makers to account without fear or favour. Everything ACF do is evidence-based and helps nature and people thrive for generations to come.

Green Skills Inc

Green Skills is an innovative organisation that develops and manages environmental and community projects across Perth and regional WA.

Green Skills is a driver of change towards a more sustainable community. Our mission is to promote and demonstrate sustainability in action through creation of employment opportunities and the provision of training, research and on-ground projects.

Green Skills is an incorporated Not-for-Profit organisation. In addition to our many community and environmental development projects we run successful enterprises such as our Ecojobs teams, Tip Shop operations and Professional Consulting services to support our vision.