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An absolute masterclass in leadership” -Shane McManaway, award founder


'Embarking on the Zanda McDonald Award Mentoring Trip is an extraordinary chance for young agricultural leaders to broaden their horizons, gain invaluable insights, and cultivate their skills. This transformative journey provides a unique platform for aspiring leaders to connect with industry experts, explore groundbreaking practices, and forge meaningful relationships.

"The trip was phenomenal! Everyone was so welcoming and open to us. Both John and I have learnt so much. And connected with so many amazing people; feeling extremely grateful to have had this opportunity!" Rozzie O'Reilly,  2021 Australian winner.

'"The Zanda McDonald award genuinely changed the way I look at life, expanded my network massively, and was a fast track in understanding growth, leadership and the concept of standing by your values'" Sam Vivian Greer, 2022 New Zealand Zanda McDonald Award winner.

"The networks and new friends you meet is by far the greatest thing to come from the award. It is also an absolutely incredible experience to fly around the countryside in your own private plane, visiting and learning from some of the most successful agricultural businesses.⁠" - Richard Rains.

Through a curated program, participants are exposed to a diverse range of perspectives, innovative practices, and networking opportunities.


These trips offer participants an unparalleled opportunity to expand their knowledge base. By engaging with industry experts, visiting leading agricultural enterprises, and participating in workshops and seminars, young leaders gain profound insights into the latest trends, technologies, and practices. This exposure to a multitude of perspectives enables them to challenge their preconceived notions and deepen their understanding of the agricultural sector. For example, during the trip, participants may learn about sustainable farming techniques, precision agriculture, or the profound impact of climate change on the industry. Equipped with this knowledge, they can contribute to the development of innovative solutions and drive positive change within their own communities.


The mentoring trip also plays a pivotal role in the development of leadership skills among the participants. Through interactions with industry leaders, they gain firsthand experience of effective leadership styles and strategies. They witness how successful leaders navigate challenges, inspire their teams, and propel organizational growth. Moreover, the mentoring trip often includes workshops and activities focused on leadership development, such as communication skills, decision-making, and strategic planning. These opportunities allow young leaders to refine their abilities and bolster their confidence in leading others. By honing their leadership skills, participants are better equipped to tackle the complex issues facing the agricultural industry and drive sustainable growth.


One of the most significant advantages of the Zanda McDonald Award Mentoring Trip is the opportunity to establish invaluable connections within the agricultural industry. Participants have the chance to network with industry leaders, fellow award recipients, and potential mentors. These connections can prove instrumental in terms of career advancement, collaboration on future projects, and access to resources and opportunities. By cultivating a robust network, young leaders can tap into a wealth of knowledge, support, and guidance, which can significantly contribute to their personal and professional growth.

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