Our Corporate Partners’ Journey & Stories
Air New Zealand
When Air New Zealand joined us as a corporate partner not long after Simpson Grierson, we couldn’t have been prouder. It confirmed to us the value that corporates see in us. Air New Zealand liked our unique approach of being inclusive to all, and our offer of high quality professional development on topical issues dedicated to advancing women’s careers. They also saw the value we have to offer through our focus on the professional development of women at all stages of their careers through delivering high quality, relevant content in a safe and inclusive environment.
Air New Zealand chose to focus our seminars on their staff, and men were welcome too. Since 2013 we have delivered seminars to hundreds of women in Air New Zealand on a wide range of topics, from the ‘how of networking’, through the ‘struggle of the juggle’ to ‘building your personal brand’.
The response from the women (and men) who attend our seminars in Air New Zealand has continued to be extremely positive. We are always heartened to see how many of their staff clear two hours of their day to join us and focus on their careers. Attendees have been generous with their feedback and support of the women around them. We have had so many great conversations and gained many insights in these workshops.
Without corporate partners like Air New Zealand, we would not be able to continue continue to run the Professionelle website with its free resources and we would lack the funds to make our public networking seminars affordable and accessible to all New Zealand working women. As a Charitable Foundation, we rely on our corporate partners’ ongoing support to make it possible for us to continue to develop and deliver relevant, high quality, professional development to support, develop and connect women in their careers!
The national law firm, Simpson Grierson, was the first corporate to partner with Professionelle Foundation after we became a Charity in August 2012. Simpson Grierson valued our offer of research-based in-house networking seminars that are open to their female staff and clients. They have truly embraced our unique approach of being inclusive to all, and our offer of high quality, professional development on topical issues designed to advance women’s careers.
Since Simpson Grierson joined us as corporate partners in 2013, we have run workshops for them in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on topics ranging from ‘career secrets of successful women’ and ‘playing to your strengths’, through to a unique workshop we tailored for their young women lawyers on ‘career advice your mother never gave you’.
We’ve had over 200 women attend our events at the firm, including staff and clients. The feedback has been consistently positive, with one client sending the following email to her colleagues after attending one of our workshops:
“I went a Professionelle seminar recently, which ended up as a pithy talk about three things that help in female professional life. My initial thought was that a “once over lightly” in a lunchtime seminar was probably not going to change my world…. I was wrong. The talk was fascinating – and it rang true…” (Extract).
Simpson Grierson’s commitment to diversity is further evidenced by their achievement of the ‘Rainbow Tick’ as they were first company in New Zealand to attain this recognition as an organisation that embraces those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Without corporate partners like Simpson Grierson, we would not be able to continue to run the Professionelle website with its free resources and we would lack the funds to make our public networking seminars affordable and accessible to all New Zealand working women. As a Charitable Foundation, we rely on our corporate partners’ ongoing support to make it possible for us to continue to develop and deliver relevant, high quality, professional development to support, develop and connect women in their careers!