Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program

This innovative online and in person program will build seafood women’s entrepreneurship and leadership skills and capabilities

The Turn the Tide Entrepreneurship and Leadership program is designed to train women in entrepreneurial and leadership thinking to solve key issues facing women in seafood workplaces and communities. 

We take participants through a journey of shared problem identification, and collectively developing practical and measurable actions and tools to address the problem. 

The highly regarded Affectus will guide you through all parts of the program with a line up of experts to help you on the way.

Key outcomes for participants to take into their work and personal lives are:

  • Entrepreneurial and leadership thinking and skills
  • A process for collective action
  • A new support network and relationships with a diverse group of women in seafood
  • Connections to industry leaders and influencers

This 6 month program is online and in person and is free to WISA members (including travel and accommodation). 

We work together online for 6 months and then the final part of this annual feast of women’s brilliance is a ‘Round Table’ in person gathering in Canberra where women participating in the program come together.  You will hear about the amazing work done to address the five burning issues, be motivated by some awesome speakers and influencers, connect with industry leaders, deepen your network, work with Affectus building more leadership and entrepreneurship knowledge, and genuinely have a fabulous time!

We encourage anyone in the Australian seafood community to apply to be involved.

Applications are now closed. Applications will reopen in 2025. If you missed the online introduction to the program view it here!

About the Program

There are 2 ways to participate in the program:

Facilitator training (APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED)

Five women will be offered an incredible opportunity to train as an Entrepreneurship and Leadership facilitator.

You will receive training to build skills to provide leadership to a group through facilitating discussions. These sessions will be very practical. You will have the chance to test your new skills by helping the Turn the Tide team facilitate the Leadership and Entrepreneurship small group program by shadowing and co-facilitating. The expectation is that you will be able to transfer these skills to your role in the seafood industry.


Entrepreneurship and Leadership small group program
(Applications are closed)

You will work online in small groups over six months, to develop and action your personal plan to achieve your entrepreneurial and leadership goals, based on a shared group issue. The Affectus team (and facilitators above) will guide you and experts will help you throughout.

You will work in small groups of 5-8 women. First you will decide which issue to tackle. In 2023 the participants chose to tackle the following issues:

Developing skills and strategies to build, manage and grow your business as a woman in a male dominated industry.

Navigating the network: Overcoming exclusion and isolation from the existing network to break through the “glass ceiling”.

Raising the visibility of, and opportunities for, women in leadership

Growing deeper and stronger connections, teams, and networks among seafood women to build resilience and opportunity

Building strategies, tools and ideas for increasing the confidence of women



Groups form around shared topics participants are most interested in actioning. In online meetings groups will discuss, decide, action plan and take action on their shared issue – supporting and working together to make change in the industry on issues that matter to you. 

Affectus will also provide you with skills along the way to help you build your entrepreneurial and leadership thinking.

Time commitment to the program:

  • For participants in Action Group program:
    • 5 x 3hr online sessions (29 May, 19 Jun, 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 2 Oct)
    • In person Round Table 3 day event in Canberra (18-20 Nov 2024)
    • Working online with your group in between online sessions as required
  • For facilitator program
    • As above for Action Group program with 15mins pre meeting and 45mins post group meeting for facilitator catch up with Affectus
    • Additional 2 x 3hr facilitator training sessions pre program (10 Apr, 8 May)

PART 3: Round table

The final part of this annual feast of women’s brilliance will be a ‘Round Table’ in person gathering where women participating in the Turn the Tide project will come together. You will hear about the amazing work done to address the five burning issues in the small group Part 2, be motivated by some awesome speakers, and work with Affectus and WISA to build greater leadership and entrepreneurship knowledge.

Hotel Realm – Canberra 13-15 November – Round Table – View 2023 PowerPoint presentations
Facebook Live Recording of Action Group Presentation 2023


Key dates :

Entrepreneurship and Leadership program Introductory workshop 15 February 2024 12:30-1:30 AEDT
Applications for E&L program open 15 February 2024 1:30 AEDT
Applications for E&L program close 15 March 2024 5:00pm AEDT
Facilitator Training Workshop 1

Facilitator Training Workshop 2

1O Apr 12.30pm – 2.00pm AEST

8 May 12.30pm – 2.00pm AEST

E&L Small Group Training Workshop 1

Facilitators 29 May 10.00am – 2.00pm AEST

Small Groups 29 May 10.00am – 1.30pm AEST

E&L Small Group Training Workshop 2

Facilitators 19 June 10.00am – 2.00pm AEST

Small Groups 19 June 10.00am – 1.30pm AEST

E&L Small Group Training Workshop 3

Facilitators 24 Jul 10.00am – 2.00pm AEST

Small Groups 24 Jul 10.00am – 1.30pm AEST

E&L Small Group Training Workshop 4

Facilitators 14 Aug 10.00am – 2.00pm AEST

Small Groups 14 Aug 10.00am – 1.30pm AEST

E&L Small Group Training Workshop 5

Facilitators 2 Oct 10.00am – 2.00pm AEST

Small Groups 2  Oct 10.00am – 1.30pm AEST

Annual Round Table 18 – 20 November 2024 (Canberra)


What is Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship is an action – it is something you choose to do. It is the ability and readiness to develop, organise and run an enterprise, along with any of its uncertainties in order to make a profit or a difference. There are different types of entrepreneurship, including in small or large business, startups, social enterprises or as researchers.


What is Leadership?

At Turn the Tide, we define leadership as an action you take. That action might be obvious to the world or might be subtle and only known by you. It may be in your workplace or in your community. It may be a big thing or a small thing. Leadership is seeing a need to take action and intentionally stepping into that space, having your intended action articulated, seen and heard, and then doing it. Through taking this considered action, others then can choose to follow your leadership direction.


If you have any questions or would like to know more, please read the Program Overview and FAQs brochure or contact the team:

Jill Briggs, Affectus

Heidi Mumme, Affectus

Malinda Moreton, WISA

Kirsten Abernethy, WISA