Catherine Fox, WLNZ's Director of Diversity, on the importance of women coming together.

Catherine Fox, Director of Diversity at Women & Leadership New Zealand, talks about the importance of women coming together, cupcake feminism, and grassroots activism in the workplace.

SUZI FINKELSTEIN SHARES HER INTENTIONS FOR 2019​

Our Director of Leadership & Advocacy, Suzi Finkelstein, sets out her intentions for the year. Her intentions are set to words that she will use as guidance throughout the year. What will your words be?

The year that was: Celebrating 2018 for Women & Leadership Australia and New Zealand.

This year was a really big one for Women & Leadership Australia and New Zealand. We had events in Auckland and Christchurch, and over in Aus we ran the #100daysforchange campaign. It has been a big year for Women & Leadership!

Some of the key takeaways from the latest report on how women interact with the workplace.

A new report by McKinsey & Company and Lean In has uncovered that there has been little improvement for women in the workplace. However, they also make some great recommendations about what workplaces can do to fix the status quo

The Leadership Interviews: Kathryn Crofts, Founding Board Member of Road Sense Australia

We interview Kathryn Crofts, one of our ALP Alumni, about her experiences as a leader, what she learnt and her advice for aspiring leaders.

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Women's Leadership Symposium Series: What will Makaia Carr do next?​

Makaia Carr

We are so excited about the upcoming NZME New Zealand Women's Leadership Symposium, so we decided to interview one of the conference’s speakers, Makaia Carr, to find out a bit more about her journey.  

Recently we caught up with the incredibly talented Makaia Carr. You have probably heard of Makaia. She is the founder of the inspirational Motivate Me New Zealand and M Fit. Lately, though, her career has taken a different direction.  

Makaia, you recently sold your existing businesses and now you are embarking on a new venture. Can you tell us more? 

Yes, you are right. I recently sold both of my businesses. My plans were actually to take most of this year off and spend more time with my kids, as well as dedicate more time and energy to my mental and physical wellbeing.

However, a few amazing opportunities presented themselves that I felt I could not resist. So now I am just taking my time to properly review my options and then I will decide what I will take on. 

Going back to where it all started, why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? 

To be honest, I think true entrepreneurs know from a very young age that that is the sort of person they are. It is something that is in our makeup. We know we have something to share and a special knack as to how we will get it out there in the world. 

So that is just how I have always felt, really. That becoming an entrepreneur was not really a choice. Instead, it was a path that I was always on that I just knew I would follow.  

That is incredible, how powerful and inspiring. Would you have any advice, though, for women who are realising right now that entrepreneurship is the path for them? 

Dream your dream inside and out, dream until the detail becomes so clear you can see yourself taking the actions required to make it happen! 

We agree with you there, especially from an action perspective. And we all know that one of the actions we need to take to ensure our businesses succeed is to network. What is your networking strategy?

Well, to be honest, I normally say I am not very strategic with my business. However, I think I am actually quite intuitively strategic and have just not realised it. I do not network a lot but when I find myself in a position to network, I listen. I am a good listener; I listen and talk about the other person’s business, their goals, their journeys, challenges and so on. 

I guess what I am saying is that when I network, really I think more about how I can help the people that I meet, rather than how I can help myself, if that makes sense? For example, I think of who I can connect that person with, who they can collaborate with and if there is a way I can help with any of their current challenges. 

This approach seems to work, actually, as flow-on opportunities seem to come their way – and they also come my way, too.  

We like that a lot, and we are all about helping other women because we know that sometimes, it really is not easy. On that note, what do you think the biggest challenge facing female entrepreneurs (and females in terms of career more generally) is at the moment? 

It is the old age problem of trying to find the ‘perfect’ balance in all areas of life. Figuring out how to prioritise what is important to our businesses or careers, what is important to our families and friends and also what is important to our own personal wellbeing. It is a never-ending challenge that sometimes feels impossible. 

Want to be inspired by Makaia Carr and many more successful female leaders just like her? Join us at the NZME New Zealand Women’s Leadership Symposium on June 21 and 22 June at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. Tickets are selling fast, so register now.

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