Expressions of interest for the 2020 mentoring programme

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

The NZBWN mentoring programme enables network members to get started on their own individual journeys to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and realise their aspirations. 


Be in quick - have your say now for our mentoring programme for 2020  

Expressions of interest are now open for mentees and mentors for the 2020 mentoring programme. Please click on the links below to register your expression of interest to become a mentee or mentor in 2020.  


Mentee                    Mentor


The mentoring programme is a themed peer-mentoring programme comprising of multiple mentoring groups that are being rolled out during the year (the 2020 programmes are scheduled to start in March and September 2020).  Each mentoring group consists of six selected individuals united by a common theme. The programme consists of six sessions over a 12 week period that are led by a mentor who will provide leadership and guidance. After those initial sessions the groups are encouraged to continue with group-facilitated peer-mentoring.

Every group offers network members a supportive environment to unlock their potential and enables esteemed leaders from within the network to give-back to our community by sharing their wisdom, experience, best practices, and connections.

Mentor group members will be challenged, motivated, and/or inspired in ways that help them identify opportunities, evaluate options and overcome obstacles.

There are some amazing topics being considered for 2020 but need your help to decide which topics to launch.  Potential topics for 2020 include:

  • Boards - board ready, on first board or researching being on a board in the near future
  • Leadership - new managers and leaders
  • Career accelerator / progression - starting out or established in career and wanting to explore next steps 
  • Business - freelancing, one person businesses, just starting out
  • Mind the gap - returning to work after a career break
  • Productivity - how can I work more effectively
  • Personal branding - what is my personal brand and how to sell it to others
  • Public speaking and presentations - confidence to speak to a group


If you are interested in exploring one of the mentoring programmes as a mentee or mentor, please complete the short expression of interest form at the link below.    

Mentee                    Mentor


Getting to know our NZ networks – Kiwi Kids Abroad

Written by NZBWN Events Team.

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Living abroad provides access to a wider understanding of the world, but knowing your heritage and culture is just as important, especially for those of us that have children while living away from New Zealand.

That’s why Kiwi Kids Abroad was set up in by Kent Gardner and his wife Gaye, whose children Freddie, Harry and Will were born in London.

They are well known to many of our members from their time in London and many will remember Kent is past winner of UK New Zealander of the Year.

 The family moved back to New Zealand 18 months ago, but are committed to growing Kiwi Kids Abroad and return regularly to stay connected to their London roots.

For Kent and Gaye, stepping back into the New Zealand way of life was easier, as they had prepared their children by making sure they had a solid connection while they

Review - Start With Why - Business Book Brunch

Written by Bronwyn Huband.

StartWithWhyStart with Why

Author: Simon Sinek

Reviewer: Bronwyn Huband

I joined the NZBWN Book Club with two goals – one to finish a book and second to be able to read something that would challenge me.

Luckily when I turned up to my first book club at Ozone in North London on Sunday I wasn’t the only one to confess to not having quite finished the book and as I am still 15 pages off the end – no spoilers here I promise. If reading a book feels a bit daunting there’s always the audio option or Ted talks to give you an overview.

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why was the very first book read by the book club back in 2015. It was a perfect combination and still is - coffee, brunch and a good honest conversation about a book that aims to give us rich ideas and content to discuss, debate and implement into our lives. 

Given so many of us working in roles going through transformation or change, Start with Why is one of those must reads. It really provides the opportunity to stop and think about why you and/or the leadership you work does what they do. It all starts with why.

A Decade of Connecting – Happy Birthday NZBWN

Written by NZBWN.

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One woman’s vision to connect career-minded women in the middle of the financial crisis has resulted in thousands of women connecting, supporting and building each over the past decade.

The roaring buzz #WeSpeakKiwi chatter of 200 Kiwi women coming from the atrium of Clifford Chance was testament to Bronwen Horton’s vision at the 10th birthday celebrations last week. They were just a few of the thousands of women who have used the network to connect on a professional and personal level, providing everything from mentoring to networking, to lifelong relationships.

MC for the night Emma Keeling, who many of us will remember as TVNZ’s Europe correspondent, paid tribute to the 10,000 plus hours Bronwen has given to the network.

“Bronwen, this is all made possible thanks to your vision and drive. We thank you for having this dream and allowing us to be a part of it.”

Relationships to the Power of X was fittingly the theme for the night, with some of the best speakers from over the years inspiring the crowd with their stories of building businesses and their brands. We’ll be bringing you their inspirational stories over the coming months through the newsletter. In the meantime here’s a taster of their key messages and top tips.

Speaking from New Zealand Maggie Eyre, who has had an amazing career, including as Helen Clark’s media advisor, shared her story about the connections and how one connection changed her whole career – just by sharing her story. She also plugged her new book, ‘Being you. How to build your Personal Brand and Confidence.’

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