International Women's Day - Women In Leadership Luncheon - 08 March 2021
By Otago Chamber of Commerce | Posted: Monday February 15, 2021
Join us for a Celebration of International Women's Day on 08 March 2021.
Otago Chamber of Commerce with support from CA ANZ and Deloitte are delighted to invite you to a networking luncheon and panel discussion featuring three fabulous female leaders from the Otago Region. Hosted by MC Melanie Kerr it is sure to be an event filled with insight and inspiration.
Enjoy delicious nibbles and the chance to mix & mingle with other attendees, before sitting down to hear our panel discussion. Register here.
Named a Time Magazine’s next-generation leader in 2018, with 14 years of experience including 7 years in executive leadership positions, Rasha had a difficult road. After years in war-torn Gaza, Palestine she led a generation, rife with unemployment, to new jobs and hope through technology.
Rasha is the Co-founder of GGateway - an ICT Impact Sourcing Social Enterprise which connects tech-savvy Gazans to companies with remote working opportunities. She specialises in designing impact business growth strategies and supporting business development. Currently, a fellow at the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) in New Zealand, a fellowship organisation with the mission of incubating solutions to global problems from Aotearoa New Zealand and making a lasting positive impact on the world.
Melissa Jenner has spent 30 years working in major global corporations in New Zealand, London & New York (such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Microsoft and Barclays) before returning to New Zealand to follow her passion for design. Trained at Stanford University in Design Thinking, she is now Founder & Director of START Now – an organisation that helps individuals and leadership teams to design sustainable jobs and businesses.
Her philosophy on leadership is:
I approach everything in life from a human centred philosophy. Everything we do in life - whether it is leadership, love, friendships or careers – is measured by the impact we are having on the people around us.
My foundational belief is that we are all created equal – it is the systems in which we find ourselves operating, which foster inequality. If we start with that mind set, then we can set-out to rise above systems and in fact create more fertile paradigms of working and living together.
I also believe that we are all learners and all leaders – whether we are currently a President of a company or country, or a high school graduate – we have the capacity for leadership, if we remain learned. When I am therefore asked to be a leader, it is my job to continuously learn – have empathy - listen and watch, what will enable others to become their best selves. Removing the conditions and the attitudes that might disable that ability, is the job of a leader.
I don’t see myself as particularly female or male in my leadership style, as I think if we can view each other first through a lens of equality – listening and learning about what makes us similar, then unique and different, we can all collectively move to becoming our best selves.
I plant the seeds of advice, courage, business tools and sensitive support to help directors and business owners to make decisions, grow their business and think strategically so that they can harvest healthy results in the years ahead.
I’ve worked hard through good times and bad to build both a business and a life that is more grounded, resilient and happy – and love helping others to do the same. Some would say my specialist skills are governance, my legal background and facilitating workshops. I’d prefer to be known as someone trustworthy, supportive and wise – and I’m still working on the wise bit. It is true to say I spend a lot of my time in and around board rooms and directors. I love taking the “bored” out of board meetings – and out of work generally!
I thrive on helping leaders and businesses keep sight of the key ingredients for growth including compassion, balance, and resilience while acting as a safe person to talk to about the difficult decisions they must make.