Wine Industry Mentor Program

The Wine Industry Mentor Program is proudly supported by Wine Communicators of Australia and The University of Adelaide. The program is designed to pair young communicators with respected wine sector leaders and to provide them the chance to refine their skills and explore further opportunities by tapping into the experiences and insights from the best in their field.

This program aims to boost both personal and professional development in a future generation of wine communicators by giving them:

  • Access to a wealth of knowledge from respected wine sector leaders
  • Greater career clarity, direction and satisfaction within the wine community
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded, ambitious young wine communicators
  • Assistance with setting and achieving personal and professional goals and advice on career progression

Wine Communicators of Australia’s role is to support Wine Communications in all its forms and we do this under two primary banners: 

  1. Awarding Excellence
  2. Advancing Excellence

The Wine Industry Mentor Program, in one of the pillars within the WCA programs that supports the growth of excellence in wine communications and we are very proud to be bringing this important program to the Australia wine sector.

Applications for 2020 Wine Industry Mentor Program have now CLOSED. 

The Wine Industry Mentor Program is designed so that both mentee and mentor gain value from the program and foster strong relationship with each other and their peers. At the conclusion of the program, it is anticipated that:

  • Mentee will:
    • Develop their career and leadership readiness skills, self-awareness and emotional intelligence and ability to communicate their views and opinions to people in a professional context
    • Construct and monitor a plan for career preparation and early career development
    • Reflect critically and self-evaluate on their skills, capabilities and needs in relation to career preparation and early career performance
    • Achieved the initial objectives and goals as well as have program expectations met
    • Enhanced understanding of the wine communications profession and sector
  • Mentor will:
    • See the growth and development of their mentee
    • Develop a touch point of young wine sector professionals of today
    • Have enhanced awareness and inclusive leadership capabilities through reflections triggered by the perspective of the mentee

The Wine Industry Mentor Program runs for 6 months over the period of October – April.

Pairing of mentor and mentee
Each successful mentee is paired with a mentor based on personality-fit, experience and interests, desired career path and location.

Administration of the program
The WCA Executive Officer and administration staff will administer the Wine Industry Mentor Program with the support of The University of Adelaide for the 6 month duration.

Program deliverables and events
During the program the mentee, with the support of the mentor, will have certain obligations including:
• Attending the initial meet and greet (in person or via phone/digital)
• Attending one-on-one meetings at least once per month for 6 months (in person or via phone/digital)
• Submitting to WCA post-program feedback and testimonial

This program aims to boost both personal and professional development in a future generation of wine communicators by:

  • Giving a new generation of wine communicators access to a wealth of knowledge from respected industry leaders
  • Targeted and expert training of future and young wine communications professionals in the industry by those already respected in the field
  • Forging relationships between current and future leading wine professionals
  • Networking within peer groups, with like-minded, young wine industry communicators; forging these connections early in their career
  • Giving applicants greater career clarity and advice on developing their own direction to pursue within the industry
  • Assisting applicants set and achieve personal and professional goals and advise on career progression
  • Lifting the standard, cohesiveness and volume of wine communications
  • Connecting the WCA to both the current and future generation of wine communication professionals

To be eligible for the Wine Industry Mentor Program, a Mentee must:

  • Be an Australian resident for the duration of the program
  • Have gained at least two years’ work experience in the wine industry, preferably with a communications focus.
  • Be an existing WCA member or willing to join if application is successful
  • Must be prepared to stay in contact with the mentor and WCA for the term of the agreement (program length) and undertake each of the activities in the program toolkit
  • Understand and discuss their expectations for the program, the purpose and how it will work in practice with their mentor
  • Attend regular one-on-one or virtual meetings – venue, dates and time to be arranged by the mentee in consultation with the mentor. The monthly time commitment of the program will be a minimum of one hour depending on the relationship built and personal style
  • Submit to WCA post-program feedback and testimonial (template will be provided)
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  • Must be prepared to stay in contact with the mentee and WCA for the term of the agreement (program length) and undertake each of the activities in the program toolkit
  • Understand and discuss their expectations for the program, the purpose and how it will work in practice with their mentee
  • Attend the Mentor information/training session (in person or remotely)
  • Attend regular one-on-one or virtual meetings – venue, dates and time to be arranged by the mentee in consultation with the mentor. The monthly time commitment of the program will be a minimum of one hour depending on the relationship built and personal style
  • Submit to WCA post-program feedback and testimonial (template will be provided)

 

Mentors

What an outstanding line up for experienced wine professionals we have to launch the 2020 WCA Wine Industry Mentor Program (scroll down to see listing).  All of our mentors are passionate about wine and the future of the Australian wine industry and are giving their time willingly and voluntarily to support and foster the growth of the Australian wine sector.

The role of the mentor is to facilitate the learning and development of the mentee, to advise and provide knowledge and an experienced perspective on their chosen career paths.

The WCA Wine Industry Mentor program boasts Australia’s most highly respected and experience wine sector leaders, who are passionate about wine and the future of wine communications.

Applications for Mentors for the 2020 Program have now closed. 

Expressions of interest to be involved in the 2021 Program can be sent to exec@winecommunicators.com.au

 

“The Wine Communicators’ Australia Mentor Program can change lives for the better.

Being a mentor has opened my eyes to the wealth of unaddressed talent just waiting to be recognised and helped early in their careers. I have been fortunate to work with an amazing and talented young woman who has the potential to excel as a wine writer. She has natural talent, a top-rate trained palate, enthusiasm to burn, an intelligent and questioning mind and fantastic writing skills. She’s taking a massive leap of faith, and I see my role as helping her succeed. And she will!”

Jeni Port, Independent Wine Writer
Max Allen (VIC)
Max Allen (VIC)
Gary Baldwin OAM (VIC)
Gary Baldwin OAM (VIC)
Amelia Ball (VIC)
Amelia Ball (VIC)
Angie Bradbury (VIC)
Angie Bradbury (VIC)
Jing Cao (SA)
Jing Cao (SA)
Toni Carlino (WA)
Toni Carlino (WA)
Marni Cook (SA)
Marni Cook (SA)
Armando Maria Corsi (SA)
Armando Maria Corsi (SA)
Dan Coward (SA)
Dan Coward (SA)
Shirley Fraser (SA)
Shirley Fraser (SA)
Alex Gibbs (NSW)
Alex Gibbs (NSW)
Gill Gordon-Smith (SA)
Gill Gordon-Smith (SA)
Rob Hirst (NSW)
Rob Hirst (NSW)
Geoff Krieger (NSW)
Geoff Krieger (NSW)
Ali Lockwood (SA)
Ali Lockwood (SA)
Tony Love (SA)
Tony Love (SA)
David Lowe (NSW)
David Lowe (NSW)
Annabel Mugford (SA)
Annabel Mugford (SA)
Nick Ryan (SA)
Nick Ryan (SA)
Robin Shaw (SA)
Robin Shaw (SA)
Katie Spain (SA)
Katie Spain (SA)
Richard van Ruth (SA)
Richard van Ruth (SA)
Michael van der Sommen (SA)
Michael van der Sommen (SA)
Catherine Wansink (VIC)
Catherine Wansink (VIC)
Milton Wordley (SA)
Milton Wordley (SA)