It’s a power trip with a difference.
Eighteen young women, winners of the Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition, will meet influential politicians and CEOs in the nation’s capital next month.
The winners – from every state and territory – will be rewarded for their ideas about diversity and leadership, Country to Canberra CEO Hannah Wandel explained.
“We continue to be impressed by the innovative thinking and bold ideas of young women. Now in our sixth year of the Power Trip prize, the quality of winners was higher than ever,” Ms Wandel said.
“These girls now get to represent their communities and advocate side-by-side with decision-makers in Canberra.”
The Power Trip, includes a Powerful Women’s Breakfast at the Hyatt Hotel, meetings with federal ministers, a careers fair, a tour of Parliament, leadership and public speaking training, Question Time and more.
“It’s all about empowering rural girls to reach their leadership potential, by combating both gender and geographical barriers to success,” Ms Wandel said.
Imogen McDonald, a 16-year-old from Inverell in NSW, is keen to do her hometown proud.
“I’m honoured to represent my community and advocate on all the issues I am passionate about,” Ms McDonald said.
Northern Territorian Tahli Stimpson is keen to build her skills.
“I can’t wait to hear from inspiring female leaders, especially on issues like gender equality,” the 16-year-old from Nhulunbuy said.