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    Jessica Koenig.

Cultivating new leaders – Jessica Koenig

Jessica Koenig

Business-organisation and role? Centre for Participation, social enterprise Laneway Cafê Without Borders manager.

Which Leadership Wimmera program are you participating in? Change Makers.

Why are you participating in a Leadership Wimmera program? I am participating in this brilliant program to grow my skills and leadership. Life is evolving and I feel we all need to take any opportunities that emerge to grow as humans.

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What do you hope to achieve and-or learn by participating in Leadership Wimmera? I hope to achieve goals I have set myself in communicating stronger and having more genuine conversations. I hope to learn much more about other people’s characteristics and how to lead a team more cohesively. 

What has been the highlight of the program so far? The highlight for me of the program so far has been meeting amazing, like-minded people, hearing their stories and learning so much from them has been invaluable.

The Weekly Advertiser, in partnership with Leadership Wimmera, continues to present weekly profiles of this year’s leadership program participants.

Leadership Wimmera has provided opportunities for the development of emerging and existing community leaders across the Wimmera and southern Mallee in Victoria since its inception in 2002.

Graduates from the program, which is overseen by Wimmera Development
Association, use life and leadership skills they learn in the program in their roles as business owners, managers, employees, volunteers, parents, friends and community members.

It has two flagship programs and runs several other development opportunities annually. 

The Change Makers program is for existing leaders – those who own or run a business and-or who lead a team at work or in their community life and who have demonstrated potential to commit to greater leadership involvement in their workplace or community.

An Emerging Leaders program is for people wanting to build leadership skills to increase their influence within the workplace or community groups.

People can find out more by calling project officer Vernetta Taylor on 0419 114 274 or emailing

The entire May 25, 2022 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire May 25, 2022 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!