COUNTRY to Canberra’s 2017 leadership competition will give at least 10 young Australian rural women a chance to rub shoulders with politicians and chief executives, participate in leadership and public speaking training, tour parliament and much more.

Country to Canberra chief executive Hannah Wandel said the program, now in its fourth year, aimed to show girls there was no limit to what they could achieve.

“From Julie Bishop to Tanya Plibersek, our past Victorian winners have met inspiring leaders, built confidence, and have gone on to make an incredible impact in their local communities,” she said.

“The power trip prize is also an amazing opportunity to connect with other young rural go-getters.”

To enter, girls should submit a two-minute video or 400 words answering the question: “from primary school to Prime Minister, how can we create strong pathways to power for women?”

“Just 25 per cent of ASX 200 board positions are held by women, and only 32 per cent of federal politicians are women,” Ms Wandel said.

“We want to change this by empowering students and giving them an opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.

“We target high school, because it’s a critical time in a young woman’s leadership pathway.

“We also know that distance, time and funding barriers can make life tough for rural students.

“Through our competition and prize, we provide access to training and mentorship, no matter a girl’s background and no matter how far away she lives.”

Winners also receive mentoring sessions and access to Country to Canberra’s alumni network.

Country to Canberra is a nationwide not-for-profit empowering young rural women to reach their leadership potential.

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Entries close on September 8 at 11pm.

From the Gippsland Times, August 15, 2017.