Women’s Leadership Program Launch
Orientation Retreat- Participants, Facilitators and His Excellency Ambassador John Langtry
The third Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) commenced 14 October 2016, with 20 men and women selected from the talented graduates of the Australia Awards Mongolia Program (AAM) who applied. The WLP is a sub-component of the AAM and has over 40 alumni. It is designed to improve the leadership capacity of participants and enhance their professional development. Having completed an Australia Awards Scholarship, the WLP provides participants with a comprehensive leadership and development program through activities focused on developing a unique and gender-aware leadership style. Participants have the opportunity and receive support to design and implement personalized community development projects, addressing issues close to their hearts.
To begin the eight-month program, participants attended a 3-day Orientation Retreat that centered on two overarching program outcomes: leadership and gender equality. It provided a context for the entire program. The orientation covered self-reflection, team building, leadership styles, project management and gender and leadership theory. Participants practiced team building and leadership skills through a range of exercises, while considering and discussing gender-related issues. Ms Carolyn Peterken (Queensland University of Technology) and Mr Walt Jenkins (Zorig Foundation) facilitated leadership and team building sessions, while Ms Oyuntsetseg Oidov (Gender specialist) delivered a seminar on gender equality. Australian Ambassador, His Excellency John Langtry, joined the participants and presented a closing speech to the weekend.
In process: team building activities
Participants were welcomed to the program by distinguished guests including:
– His Excellency Ambassador John Langtry of Australia who provided a closing address
– Ms. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Head of Zorig Foundation, Former Minister for Environment
– Ms. Tsetsgee Yundendorj, Country Program Manager, AAM
– Ms. Enkhtuvshin Lunden, Human Resources Development & Partnership Manager, AAM
– Ms. Unurjargal Lkhanaa, participant of cohort 2 Women’s Leadership Program
– Ms Carolyn Peterken, Leadership Specialist from Queensland University of Technology
– Mr. Walt Jenkins, President of Zorig Foundation US.
In session: WLP 2017