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NSW and Victorian women awarded inaugural FMC LEAD Program Scholarships

Creation date: 08 July 2021

FMC, an Agricultural Sciences Company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies, today announced Tamworth’s Kareena Pritchard and Bendigo based Malkah Muckenschnabl as the two winners of the 2021 inaugural FMC LEAD Program scholarship, valued at more than $12,000 each.


The FMC LEAD Scholarship Program offers recipients an opportunity to Learn Evolve Apply Develop (LEAD), providing more pathways for women to participate and thrive in agriculture, whilst driving innovation. It targets aspiring female leaders in Australia or New Zealand who are involved in agriculture and are aged between 18-35.


FMC ANZ Managing Director Kristina Hermanson said this type of program benefits the industry through diversity and supports women in agriculture as they progress towards the leadership levels.

“Australian agriculture can only benefit from supporting women like Kareena and Malkah, who can offer more diversity of thought. Seeing more young female graduates entering the sector is promising, but the key is bringing that diversity through the ranks to senior management to continue building diversity in decisions and strategic direction,” said Ms Hermanson. 


“The FMC LEAD Program is something that I am passionate about as it offers personal development in three key areas – sharing ideas, networking and a tailored education – that helped me on my leadership journey and which I believe will be particularly advantageous to these talented women.”


Selected by an independent panel of four diverse judges, 2021 winners Kareena and Malkah will receive a tailored education through a fully subsidised short course in leadership/management, sustainability or innovation at either the Australian Graduate School of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, or Harvard (online).


The women will also have the opportunity to share their ideas and speak with confidence, joining FMC at the National Farmers Federation 2021 National Conference in September. They will also present their LEAD program submission ideas at FMC’s 2021 National Ag Day lunch in November.


A Group Financial Controller at Pursehouse Rural in Tamworth (NSW) Kareena Pritchard is passionate about rural communities and the opportunity to share her ideas. “I’m excited about being selected for the FMC LEAD Program as this will provide another platform to voice my ideas and hopefully I will be able to inspire other young women to do the same,” said Ms Pritchard.


“I like that the FMC LEAD Program will let me focus on all the things I’m passionate about because business is more than just knowledge; it’s about people skills, strength and compassion too. I genuinely believe if we’re able to get young women in key management positions in rural industries then communities, organisations and the ag sector will reap the benefits.”


Meanwhile, Bendigo based Agribusiness Graduate for ANZ Bank, Malkah Lara Muckenschnabl, is keen to use this scholarship opportunity to help address sustainability challenges through her idea of developing an innovative recruitment strategy for the ag workforce. “I look forward to having the opportunity to meet like-minded industry peers and leaders who share my ideas of creating a sustainable ag industry by bringing the young generations into the ag workforce,” said Miss Lara Muckenschnabl.


“I believe the networking opportunities, study and professional development offered through the FMC LEAD Program will help me make further progress in turning this industry challenge into a commercial solution that will help others.”


There will be opportunities for the two winners to network, an essential part of growth and development, with current sector stakeholders and through connecting with diverse industry partners for learning and local field trip opportunities.


                Kareena Pritchard and Malkah Lara Muckenschnabl.

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