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ECHO First Nations Women's Leadership Program

The ECHO program provides a culturally appropriate and safe space to build on participants’ unique leadership roles in their family, community, workplace, businesses and broader society.

Elevating Connections Healing Ourselves

First Nations women routinely hold valued roles and responsibilities in families, communities and nations – and it’s important that they are also represented in formal leadership roles and positions of influence across our state. 

The 2023 ECHO Program is now closed.

What does the program involve?

Fourteen First Nations women will participate in a leadership development program led by Karen Milward Consulting and team, including Karabena Consulting and a range of expert First Nations facilitators and community members.

Program participants also engage in:

  • cultural activities to promote cultural connection and strengthen identity
  • coaching and mentoring support from Elders and program facilitators
  • working together as a team – participants will be paired/buddied up as part of the program
  • activities to build on the unique strengths, capabilities and experiences of participants.

Elders in residence will share their wisdom, stories and guidance with participants.

The program was designed by a diverse group of Victorian First Nations women and piloted in 2021. The design and pilot phases were led by Karen Milward Consulting and overseen by a First Nations Women’s Advisory Group.

The 2023 ECHO Program will run from late September to late October 2023.

Contact us

For questions about the program, email

Read past participants' experiences