Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program – Katherine, Barkly and Greater Darwin Northern Territory

The Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program Katherine, Barkly and Greater Darwin is open to people aged 18 years and over living in Katherine and the Northern Territory.

The program provides a learning experience that will challenge and support you to develop the skill, knowledge, mindset and networks to lead your community into the future. Become part of a forward-thinking network of people committed to embedding resilience thinking in their communities and to influencing change.

Applications will open on 31 January 2022.


Session 1 | 3 days in person

3 – 5 May 2022


Themes: Self-awareness, adaptive leadership, change theory, personal and community resilience

Session 2 | 2 days online

26 – 27 May 2022


Themes: Climate science, problem-solving, creativity, mental and physical wellbeing

Session 3 | 3 days in person

21 – 23 June 2022

Greater Darwin

Themes: Scenario planning, influence, network leadership


A team of people committed to leadership development, climate adaptation and wellbeing in regional rural and remote Australia.

Michelle Deshong

Owner | Deshong Consulting

Michelle is a facilitator and
advocate in leadership,
governance, human rights and
Australian and International
politics. She is committed to
indigenous affairs, community
development and strategic
planning. Michelle holds many
awards including NAIDOC Scholar
of the year and a Churchill

As the program’s regional lead in the Northern Territory, Michelle is promoting the program locally. She can be contacted with questions about the program via email.

Dr Anika Molesworth

Scientist and farming sustainability advocate | anikamolesworth.com

Anika is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She helped form Farmers for Climate Action and connects land managers to researchers
through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture to help build resilience into farming communities.

Tom Henderson

Director Polykala

Polykala will explore the ideas of adaptive leadership experientially.
They will encourage participants to explore leadership through their own professional and personal
experience. Participants will be
on their feet learning in real-time through creative and reflective

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