As featured in The Country Web 2017 Annual
Emma’s plans for a mentoring program to help young women in agriculture feel confident and supported.
2017 NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award finalist Emma Doyle lives in Armidale in the Northern Tablelands region of NSW and is employed as the sheep and wool lecturer at the University of New England (UNE). After completing her PhD Emma started work as a lecturer 10 years ago. She is currently the only sheep and wool lecturer at UNE which provides specialised sheep and wool units across Australian to 10 other Universities.
Passionate about the Australian Sheep industry Emma is in a unique position to
support professional women in Agriculture, as one of the few academic women in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at UNE. Her long term vision is to create a community of highly educated, competent women in Agriculture, empowering them to
take on senior leadership roles.
Over the years Emma has mentored many young undergraduate women through their
studies and early career. Using her skills and experience she has plans to develop a pilot mentoring network for female agricultural undergraduates from UNE to assist in reducing the gender gap and increasing the retention of women in Agriculture.
‘As a lecturer at UNE I have found that over half of our graduates are female, which is really exciting, but only a third of those are actually in our workforce. I believe a mentoring program like the one I am proposing will help young women to feel confident and supported within the ag industry.’
Emma believes for Agriculture to be sustainable and profitable into the future, investment needs to be made in both innovative technologies and diversity of
people in decision making roles.
‘I think it’s really important for women to have access mentors in the ag sector because having the support and confidence to push into more senior roles is often a lot easier when you have people with the know-how and the knowledge to help you make some really good career decisions.
‘I hope to see flow on benefits where the undergraduates over time become mentors themselves, creating a bigger community of women that are supporting each other
within the Agricultural industry.’
Emma’s longer term goal is to have a fully developed model that can be transferred
across industries such as cropping, meat and livestock, grains, dairy and cotton.
2018 Rural Women’s Award
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