Helen Clark – the Future of Leadership
By Julia Hitchcock
The ‘Future of Leadership’ was the overarching theme for NZBWN’s intimate dinner event with Helen Clark at the lovely Modern Pantry.
Helen spoke to a room filled of NZBWN members as part of a celebration of our successful mentoring programme.
This included current mentees on our leadership group, previous mentees from the last few years, current mentors and guest speakers, industry and community leaders and our mentoring programme team.
The evening began with each table discussing their respective leadership-focused questions covering diversity, support, challenges, examples, sources of inspiration... and the rest!
Helen then spoke to the attendees on leadership in the political and corporate world as it stands and the evolution of these throughout her career. She spoke both about the positive change that she has seen concerning females in leading roles and the obstacles that are yet to be overcome.
Helen answered questions regarding where she finds support herself, her role models and what she deems as the Future of leadership going forward.
The night concluded with each table reporting back on their assigned topics with insights into real world examples of role models, constructive leadership traits and how women can support each other to both shape and continue to be the leaders of the future.
The event was an amazing success and a memorable night for all!
Helen is truly tuned in with the economic and political worlds and her perspective on the evening’s topic was hugely inspiring.
The golden nugget of the evening was Helen’s clear message that all of us in the room needed to help women up the ladder from behind and this could be as easy as a few words of support.