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Talofa Lava, Tena Koe

We are half way through 2018 – how are you doing in your part of the leadership ecosystem?

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June and July are full-on months for us at LeadershipNZ. In addition to running our leadership programme sessions, we hosted our annual #LeadershipWeekNZ - Dinner with a Difference, launched our Leaders magazine, and I participated in a number of leadership activities – AUT’s Shadow Leader, and a Ministry for Women Leadership Breakfast Panel.

AUT Shadow A Leader #AUTSAL is a favourite event in my calendar. My 5th year taking part in this wonderful programme, I was one of 100 business leaders who spent the day being ‘shadowed’ by an AUT Business student and a Year 13 secondary student. I really enjoyed spending my day with Hui Li (AUT) and Grace Kolone (AKL Girls Grammar). Our day included final planning for the dinner, a recruitment strategy meeting for 2019 Mana Moana Programme, and close-up and personal talanoa with women leaders about their journeys in leadership. My thanks to two stunning leaders and friends Anne Fitisemanu (CEO of TupuToa) and Wyndi Tagi (Owner of WE Accounting & Business Services and LNZ Alumna). And of course, we finished the day off at our Dinner with a Difference at AUT! #AUTSAL18 PhotoEssay

I was also invited to speak at a Ministry for Women, Women In Leadership Breakfast. Hon. Julie Anne Genter MP, Minister for Women, hosted this leadership breakfast at SkyCity to launch the Gender Stocktake report on women in governance, and announce the new state sector boards target of 50% (yes!). Private sector pay attention! Rob Campbell, Chair of SkyCity and strong advocate and champion for women on boards brought a clear message of support and challenge to other male leaders in governance to create space for women! I was delighted to be on a panel of women with Gina Dellabarca (General Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Westpac), Huhana Lynon (General Manager, Te Matarua Education Trust) and Priti Ambani (Director of Innovation, Tech Futures Lab). We were asked to comment on what we thought needed to happen/change if we were to see more women in senior leadership roles. The morning was chaired by Traci Houpapa with video commentary from Mai Chen (two formidable wahine in leadership who are leading the charge!).

The breakfast was live streamed - you can watch the video here. WomenofNZLivestream

Mid-year, mid-winter is a good time to reflect on how we are journeying in our leadership. If you have been thinking about how to expand, enhance, scale up your leadership capabilities, influence and impact, then consider spending a transformational year with us in 2019. We are calling for applications for the New Zealand Leadership Programme, and the Mana Moana Experience. I hope you will consider applying or nominate a leader from within your organisation or communities.

Finally — we are looking for a special person to join our Leadership NZ team!  We are on the lookout for a marketing, communications and events guru all rolled into one.  The role is a flexible part-time role up to 30 hours per week. Reporting to the CEO, this role is one that drives our brand and our values.  You will be the key to connecting our diverse leadership network, sharing leadership stories and news, keeping stakeholders, partners, alumni and wider New Zealand updated through the delivery of key messaging across all platforms. We're really excited about where we are at as an organisation and what the future holds. This role has the opportunity to have a lasting impact and reach across our diverse network. Working from our central Auckland office there is also flexibility to work remotely. Read more here »

If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you! For more information go to SEEK.

Please do stay connected with us - we appreciate getting your ideas, feedback, and for those of you online, you can find us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @leadershipnz.

Nga mihi nui



Sina Wendt
Chief Executive