Category: Governance and Leadership

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So, you’re thinking of becoming a board director?

If you’re new to Professionelle, you may not know that we have at times run training for women who wanted advice and encouragement to apply for governance roles from been-there-done-it senior women Board members. Here’s a story from a ‘graduate’ of those events, and it was wonderful to read it and learn we had played a […]

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Be Bold!

by Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes International Women’s Day is almost upon us again.  If you’ve been with Professionelle for some time, you’ll know that this date usually prompts me to check on the latest stats on New Zealand women’s progress. I dig into the data about how many women are participating at senior levels in a variety […]

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Finding strength and creating brilliant leaders

by Outward Bound Leaning in and leaning out Many of you will have read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, which talks about how women are hindered by barriers that exist within themselves in addition to the external barriers erected by society. Sandberg says that as women we lower our own expectations of what we can […]

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The People behind Professionelle

By Galia BarHava-Monteith I don’t know about you, but my year has started with a bang!  There’s so much on, and all of it is shaping up to be very exciting and invigorating.  As I was reflecting on what we are planning for Professionelle this year, it occurred to me it was high time we […]

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Q & A with Vic Crone

Vic Crone was the CEO of Xero until the end of 2015 when she decided to stand as a candidate for the Auckland mayoralty. It’s been a little while since we heard directly from a senior woman, and we were delighted when Vic agreed to answer our questions about her career, her views on women’s […]

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It’s March 8th: let’s party like it’s 1893!

by Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes International Women’s Day is just around the corner as I write this. You know what that means, don’t you? It means any reporting of the events held to celebrate the day will almost certainly kick off with the indisputable fact that New Zealand took a giant, world-leading stride for women’s rights in […]

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The Female Leader

by Suzi McAlpine of McAlpine Coaching So: here’s what I’ve noticed in coaching highly successful women leaders. Yes, these opinions are based on my own observations only and may not be backed up by scientific evidence, although ironically a lot of them are. For two worthwhile articles, just for starters, try these: How to overcome […]

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Woman takes Board Room Meeting| Women on the NZX | Professionelle
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NZ Update: Women on the NZX

By Sarah WIlshaw-Sparkes In a recent article to celebrate International Women’s Day, Professionelle Trustee Fiona Fenwick reported from a forum on women’s labour force participation. This companion piece on women on NZX boards, by Professionelle co-founder Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes, is to celebrate Professionelle’s eighth anniversary on March 12th. A bit of history first Eight years ago, […]

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NZ Update: Women in the labour market

By Fiona Fenwick Very recently, Professionelle Board Trustee Fiona Fenwick, represented Professionelle at a multi-Government agency seminar on policy issues facing women in the workplace. Below she shares her observations.

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Negotiating the Labyrinth (a talk by Alice Eagly)

Women in leadership seems to be the theme of February for me.  Earlier in the month I attended a two day retreat as part of the one-year Women in Leadership programme that the University of Auckland runs to increase the number of women in leadership positions at the University. Since the inception of the programme […]

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