King Country dairy farmer wins place in unique leadership programme

Chelsea Smith is a Dairy Women's Network regional leader.
Chelsea Smith is a Dairy Women's Network regional leader. Photo credit: Supplied

A King Country woman has won a place in a unique leadership programme, thanks to a new Dairy Women's Network partnership.

Dairy farmer Chelsea Smith has won the opportunity to participate in the Edge, a programme provided by The Outward BoundTrust with support from New Zealand's largest network of Chartered Accounting firms, NZ CA.

Smith won the scholarship as part of a new partnership between NZ CA and the Dairy Women's Network, a not-for-profit organisation with a focus of supporting women in dairying in New Zealand to be the best they can be both on and off farm.

Dairy Women's Network CEO Jules Benton said the placement was very exciting.

"Chelsea was so happy when I contacted her to let her know; it's going to be such a valuable experience as she takes the next steps in her leadership journey," she said.

The programme provided by The Outward Bound Trust .
The programme provided by The Outward Bound Trust . Photo credit: Supplied

Benton said the Edge was a unique long term leadership development investment made by NZ CA and is designed specifically to help participants draw on their own personal strengths and develop the mind-set and confidence to lead with their most natural and impactful style.

"As one of our Dairy Women's Network Regional leaders Chelsea will not only learn new skills and knowledge, but will develop a mind-set to lead and influence more effectively that will enable her to provide more value for her Dairy Women's Regional Network and her farming operation," said Benton.

Meanwhile Chelsea Smith said she couldn't wait to attend the course based at Outward Bound in the Marlborough Sounds in late July and early August and November.

"I'm so excited to be given the opportunity to invest in my personal growth and step out of my comfort zone to learn and grow," she said.

"The best part is the opportunity to gain the confidence to lead with influence and pass on my knowledge and experience to others."