The awards are a celebration of the commitment women across the country are making by devoting their time, passion and energy to creating real change in communities and industries. By using their influence to achieve great things, they are making an important contribution to the bold and diverse future of New Zealand and the awards night is held to highlight their success.
The following finalists are UC alumnae that we are proud to see recognised as high calibre leaders in their chosen fields:
Congratulations to all finalists on this significant achievement.
Become a leader by empowering women (and yourself)
UC Careers’ annual event empowering women is back! This year we explore a valuable 21st century skill that’s important for all women to develop. The theme of the event is focused on ‘what do women bring to leadership?’ The best thing about this event is that it brings both staff and students together, so make sure you save the date: Thursday 1 August, 5-7pm, Rehua 226 Te Moana.
Our inspirational speakers include:
Hannah Duder, CEO, Indigo & Iris
Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer, Canterbury and West Coast DHBs
Lan Pham, Councillor, Environment Canterbury Regional Council
So what is this event all about, and why should you attend? Besides leadership being an important 21st century skill, we can develop a sense of fulfillment through recognizing our own leadership skills and attributes, it’s a way of empowering others, and making a positive impact by shaping the world in which we live.
UC Careers’ annual event overview, highlights questions and various calls to action that the guest speakers will cover:
Have you thought about what women bring to leadership? Let’s pause and recognize leadership skills and attributes within ourselves and others, and the value of these. Also let’s think about how these can be leveraged to develop and demonstrate leadership.
How would you define leadership? Or have you thought about the meaning women attach to the word leadership? We aim to broaden what we know leadership to be, and celebrate how we can all demonstrate leadership, no matter what opportunities we choose to pursue.
Let’s overcome real/perceived barriers! Sometimes women are held back. What’s stopping women from reaching higher, from taking the lead, and breaking through to the top? We want to break down the barriers holding women back from leadership experiences, so make sure you come and hear the advice these inspirational speakers are keen to share.
Lastly, let’s gather some words of wisdom. A few words and actions can make a big difference. Hear words of wisdom from our guest speakers to support women to embrace leadership.
Remember – Become a leader by empowering women (and yourself)!
Friday’s Women in Leadership | Ngā Māreikura breakfast in Tāmaki-makau-rau Auckland was a successful sunny morning that allowed us to celebrate successful women from and connected with UC, while empowering our next generation of female leaders.
Held at GridAKL in Wynyard Quarter on International Women’s Day, local high school students had the opportunity to connect and workshop with some amazing women including UC alumnae, Sharon Zollner, Emily Gualter, and Aja Trinder.
Engineering graduate from Arrowtown, Emily’s role as an Infrastructure Advisor began by volunteering within the community, and leading projects and events.
Founding her own empowerment, personal development and motivational speaking company, Emily shared a story about choosing her own path, one which led her to MC’ing this event and being an engineer in Arrowtown.
A Prosecutor with the Aotearoa New Zealand Police Prosecution Service, Aja took on leadership roles throughout her time at UC.
Leading students in Te Putairiki, the Māori Law Students Society presented opportunities to learn from and develop tools to overcome challenges she came up against. She helped us understand that overcoming challenges can sometimes mean getting the basics right and embracing embarrassment.
Chief Economist at ANZ Bank, Sharon Zollner almost dropped economics in her second year at UC. Leading a team of 7 economists, Sharon talked about networking and its importance with succeeding in leadership.
Her focus was utilising the networks you have and giving it a go.
We heard plenty of encouraging moments throughout the morning and enjoyed the shared stories of both our guests and UC table hosts.
The confidence shown by attendees as they participated in activities and engaged with each other was highly motivating, and we hope the opportunity to learn from successful women gave them something to be inspired by when embarking on their own journeys.