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Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose

Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose

By Catherine van der Meulen
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose is focused on empowering, educating and inspiring women through a lens of purpose beyond profit and using the vehicle of business for the greater good of the world. Join the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose team and their guests as they share, guide and support you to elevate and amplify your story.
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Kate David, founder - Marlborough Employment Solutions
Holistic Success Series through the lens of diverse, authentic, creative, brave and courageous women from across Marlborough, New Zealand.
June 07, 2022
Martina Suliemen - Co- Founder SkinHub Marlborough
Martina shares the evolution of how the idea of success has changed and evolved for her over the years, to now as a doctor, mother, wife and business owner.
April 06, 2022
Aimee Pickles - Co Owner, F45 Blenheim
In this podcast we explore the journey of life and how our views of success change over the decades in working towards creating a holistically successful life that encompasses multi dimensions beyond the traditional focuses of wealth, materialism and accolades. Aimee Pickles has always had a strong focus on health and well-being as a path to creating happiness, independence and living a comfortable life. She grew up in a small farming town in New Zealand, was always financially driven, with a materialistic view, a regarded career, and the inner voice that said "do what you love and you will never work a day." After battling with connecting to who she truly was, Aimee has worked with a number of mentors in the recent years to shift her mindset, accepting her introvert nature and tuning in to the knowing of what it takes for her to truly flourish. Aimee is also a wonderful contributor to the community of Marlborough with the work that she does to support the next generation through The Graham Dingle Foundation - supporting youth from school to the workforce and The Cactus Bootcamp Program. Aimee shares 5 key tips that support her in staying happy, healthy and passionate to live every day with meaning.
March 01, 2022
Finn Ross - Lake Hawea Station
Finn describes himself as an adventurer (first and foremost) and a deep nature frother who has spent a big part of his life chasing epic adventures. With the other part focused studying all over the world, launching diverse and unique entrepreneurial ventures and now whilst doing his PhD at Deakin University, leading the environmental and sustainability initiatives at Lake Hawea Station, New Zealand. It was during a Climate lecture at a US University where he first had the realisation of climate anxiety, to realise that its not one of the issues of the century it's the issue of now! When we unpacked the topic of robust family conversations and debates over the dinner table, Finn shared that there have been quite a mix as of late including cultural debates, farm debates, the use of land at Lake Hawea Station and future regen projects. Finn has some strong calls for action from our community to understand climate change and the intergenerational impact.
February 17, 2022
Becks Smith - The Whole Story
Becks Smith is a passionate life long learner and is always looking for new opportunities to grow. Becks launched The Whole Story during lockdown in 2020 when she reimagined an alternate future which addresses sustainability, connecting people and facilitating positive change. Juggling her role as a mother with a young family, a career, farming business and the many hats that go with each she always knows that she needs to serve from a full cup. Becks has also found in the knowing of who she is, being deeply grounded, and looking inwards to be a part of something outwards have served her well to be an inspiring young leader, leading change.  In this podcast, Becks shares some amazing resources in books that she has on the go to connect to yourself, discover a deep place of belonging, reflect on what matters and being grounded by who you are.
February 16, 2022
Maegan Blom - Mills Bay Mussels
As a proud New Zealander (with deep Dutch roots), Maegan Blom is a savvy, authentic and aspiring young leader.  Hailing from an entrepreneurial family, Maegen grew up on a dairy farm in Southland, New Zealand, before her family moved to Marlbourgh after buying Mills Bay Mussels.  Maegan has spent the last few years studying Agricultural Business and Food Marketing, whilst working to find a deep sense of purpose.  She is passionate about supporting others in her generation to make a valuable contribution with their unique talents, and believes for them to thrive there needs to be a feeling of belonging.  Belonging is also a key contributor to being part of a dynamic family business, and in this podcast Maegan shares some of the tools they have been working with to create a more balanced communication structure to making decisions that have impact.
January 30, 2022
Eve McCallum - University student and young political activist
Eve is a young, educated, passionate leader who describes herself as unapologetically loud and opinionated, curiously acquiring knowledge and discovering life skills through a broad spectrum of interests.  Eve grew up on a dairy farm on the North Island of New Zealand, with many of her life skills coming from learning to horse ride, caring for horses and the entrepreneurial skills needed to manage 4 horses. But after breaking her femur bone in a bad accident she joined her father at a National Party conference in Wellington and officially caught the bug of politics at the age of 13.  In this podcast we explore her journey of life as a 21 year old young woman, her belief that you need to be the change you want to see in the world and the lessons she has learnt through knowing who she is and the self worth that comes with that.
January 30, 2022
Krista Coningham - owner, Caci Blenheim
In this podcast series, we explore the idea of holistic success through the lens of womens lives from all over New Zealand and how this notion has changed considerably over time from their early years, their 20's and 30's and now as mother's, business women, entrepreneurs and leaders. Through story telling and sharing, the art of building meaningful lives, activating micro - moments for a successful day and redefining success for future generations these are just some of the juicy topics explored in this dynamic podcast with Krista Coningham. Our days are our life in miniature, how will your day today be successful?
January 17, 2022
Dr. Libby Weaver - author, entrepreneur and speaker
Dr Libby is a world renowned author, entrepreneur and speaker armed with abundant knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help others recover their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness. In this podcast, we explore her life's work and impact through the lens of Meaningful Leadership exploring purpose, belonging, personal growth and how the alignment of all of these elements support us to live meaningful lives. With a focus on her daily writing practice, sharing information to help to make a difference, having no fear of being judged, diving into her values, being energised by solitude and being in nature, eating whole real foods, and the clarity and action that has come by bringing all of these elements together to create meaning.
January 07, 2022
Helen Townsend - Co founder, EcoSplat Reusable Water Balloons
With an overhanging guilt of single use everything, the world has woken up to realise that through our changes of behaviours we can all contribute to making a positive impact. Helen and her co founder of EcoSplat Reusable Water Balloons recognised a need and demand for change and still being able to enjoy the fun of water balloons but without the negative environmental contribution. Through experimentation, creativity and learning through mistakes, they collectively found a new approach and backed it with a scientific approach and curated a business to reflect the needs of the future. By disrupting a market through a circular economy mindset, Helen has a strong call for action aligned to creating an equilibrium of our ecosystems.
October 29, 2021
Kim Clarke - Executive Enterprise, MYOB
Kim feels privileged with the work that she does at MYOB, one of the fastest growing businesses, a business that shapes a big part of who she is. Knowing that community is a central part of connection and that it is within communities and business that fuel you, Kim reflects on the waves of life and how important communities, connection and family have been to making her the woman she is today. Kim grew up immersed in business with her first job at 10, at Paddy's Market's in Sydney with her family business after a glorious childhood, growing up on acreage on the South Coast of New South Wales. In reflecting on her most challenged stages of life it was returning to work, 3 months after having her first child and facing a crisis of confidence, the confidence to balance out her two important life roles.
October 29, 2021
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October 29, 2021
Bridgette Jackson - Founder, Equal Exes
As an entrepreneur, Bridgette is driven and determined to change the stigma in New Zealand about divorce and separation, and has founded Equal Exes to support couples and their families through divorce coaching. Bridgette draws on her personal experience of being in a verbally abusive, controlling and manipulative marriage, before leaving the marriage but completely unprepared for what lay ahead. She is teaching the things that she learnt to be able to seperate with dignity. Covid has shone a light on the cracks and truth of relationships with now 30% higher divorce rates, Bridgette recognised that people needed the support now more than ever.
October 22, 2021
Vicki Angland - founder iWalkWaiheke
As the naughty bright kid at school, Vicki always knew that a traditional life path wasn't going to be for her and was prompted by someone sharing that life should just be FUN.... and to just enjoy it. This set her on the path of becoming a super yacht chef for 30 years, embracing her love of starting small businesses, studying natural medicine, and valuing her freedom and health to launch iWalkWaiheke - a multi day walking tour company located on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Vicki admits that she has always had a love hate relationship with the word purpose, and knows that it's an eternal quest of discovery rather than just a place that you just arrive at. Vicki has a nurturing call for action from our community to find someone in your community that hasn't experienced nature to the extend that you may have and take them out on your adventures. The more time we spend in nature, the better versions of ourselves we know we can become.
October 20, 2021
Sarah Vickers - Holistic Health Practitioner
Sarah Vickers is a spiritual being, a registered nurse and holistic health practitioner... what a wonderful and diverse mix.  Sarah is focused on living life to the full with health, heart and spirit aligned. She believes that for her to be the best version of herself it begins each day with a combination of mindful practice through meditation, restorative yin practice and daily gratitude.  Knowing that change is the only constant, Sarah’s passion for continuous learning and growth is evident in how she challenges her mindset and constantly looking through a new lens.
September 17, 2021
Sarah Wilson - author, entrepreneur, change maker and climate activist.
Sarah Wilson is an author, entrepreneur, change maker and most importantly a climate activist.  When describing who she is the first word that appeared was a nomad, but ultimately a woman striving to her most meaningful life’s work but with the knowing of never arriving. Now that is the art of living. But it wasn't all light and happiness, and recalls some of her darkest days, anxiety and the desire to commit suicide. She knew that the universe had another plan for her and offered her a violent shove of awakening, which she then made the decision to live and truly live. Sarah encourages us all to stay with a problem longer, get creative, spend time in stillness and follow those worth following.
September 01, 2021
Lani Evans - Vodafone Foundation & Thank you Payroll
Lani is an adventurer at heart with a strong desire to see an equitable society and is forever exploring whats possible. She admits that one of her biggest hurdles and challenges has been herself with expectations and barriers and has had to learn to get out of her own way to create the path of her life that is fuelled by purpose. A key secret for her has been in reflective practice, deep thought and learning to listen which has stemmed into some of her recent work with The Vodafone Foundation to deeply understand what the community needs. As an advocate for continuous learning, has a strong focus on being a contributor and living a meaningful life, Lani encourages us all through to share from a place of generosity of the spirit. 
August 26, 2021
Lisa Pagotto - Founder, Crooked Compass
Lisa is an adventurer, a boundary pusher, challenging the status quo who founded an adventure travel company - Crooked Compass to share the world with fellow adventurers to get off the beaten track, connect through cultural exchanges and engage with diminishing tribes. The past 18 months has been a series of pivots, twists and turns but in true entrepreneurial spirit Lisa has been able to read between the lines to explore new opportunities and find solutions to creating a sustainable organisation. Through encouraging and stimulating curiosity, educating to broaden horizons, Lisa creates life altering travel experiences that open us up to a whole new world. Crooked Compass is in the rebuilding stage of their business cycle but now knowing that the core of this needs to be in sustainable ways as we've now had the opportunity to press RESET on the planet and to start again.
August 26, 2021
Andy Hamilton, Co Founder - Manaaki
As a lover and supporter of small businesses, after many years at The Icehouse, Andy fell into building a platform during 2020 lockdown that would support small businesses with advice and support to get through challenging situations.  Today this wonderful organisation is known as Manaaki which brings together over 330 advisors and thousands of small businesses to support and have a positive impact.  Andy shares some of the trials and tribulations relating to their current capital raise to have even further impact and letting go of the rejection when investors say no.  With the knowing that “opportunities never shout, they whisper” he encourages us all to tune in, observe and take action.
August 18, 2021
Caroleen Moise - Filmmaker
Caroleen Moise was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and grew up fascinated by the creativity of writing poetry, watching films and acting to grow into a life as a filmmaker with some of her recent work Defying all Odds, Trouble and We love Paleo. She believes that creativity can be applied to so many things and not just the arts and really is the ability to think outside the square through creative thought. In filmmaking, Caroleen has faced criticism and not the constructive type and in launching her career felt like she needed a lot of bravery and courage to put herself out there to work through vulnerability knowing that living with the regrets of not stepping forward would be far too painful. Her mission is to make films that inspire, educate and are bound into her purpose which is to leave a lasting legacy. 
August 05, 2021
Sebastian Terry - founder 100 thing
12 years ago, Sebastian Terry lost a great friend, had started a business, had begun navigating a university degree and decided to throw it all in and focus on his pursuit of living a happy life. What began as a list of 100things that Seb travelled the world experiencing including Delivering a Strangers baby, Living on a Deserted island for a week, Marrying a stranger has evolved 12 years on to a life of purpose, fuelled by passion to support millions of people across the globe to live happy, adventurous, fun filled lives that are the most meaningful to each person individually. Seb believes that the why are we here or what is your purpose is a question that is overly asked... and feels that the first question that we need to ask ourselves is Who are we? as the starting place to truly live a life of authenticity and truth. Seb spends his day activating the things that he loves and what make him the best version of himself with some of this weeks activities including daily French classes, learning classical piano, surfing and learning new breathe work all part of living true to bringing his 100things to life. Seb is full of character, soul, spirituality and humour and has a big call for action from our community - here's to writing a list!
August 05, 2021
Julie Demsey - Hypnotherapist & Transformation Mindset Coach
Julie Demsey is a recovering people pleaser, living life on her own terms, ex Silicon Valley, life long learning woman who landed in Australia on a mission to work with individuals on their mindset to have a positive impact. Julie has a habit of saying YES to things that feel scary or are unknown and saying NO to things that no longer serve her. A potent potion to enabling a prosperous, full and meaningful life as the best version of ones self. With morning yoga, time in nature and continuous self reflection for growth, Julie sets her intention filled with purpose to activate the day. Check out her newly released book which after 10 years, had the time and space to complete during Covid.
June 16, 2021
Phoebe Garland - Garland & Garland Fashion
Phoebe jokes that her and her husband have been given the life sentence of being immersed into the world of fashion, knowing that there have been incredible highs, all time lows but ultimately through the lows have enabled new opportunities to see life through a different lens. Through this vulnerable, honest and humble interview, Phoebes pinpoints two pivotal moments of bravery and courage in being open to sharing more about the hardships of her life through being adopted as a child and the recent diagnosis of her husband with Parkinson's disease.  Phoebes highlights that through this vulnerability she has seen more respect, empathy and reciprocal love shown with the values aligned businesses and people she is surrounded by now in her life. In this podcast, Phoebes shares some key and fundamental learnings of life immersed in the fashion world that apply to any industry and working through challenging situations by looking within to get to the heart and truth to enable change. Phoebes has a powerful call for action that she asks us all to ponder and action.... we know it's something that all women will relate to.
June 09, 2021
Andi Lew - Author & Wellness Expert Presenter
Andi Lew is a best selling author & wellness expert presenter and has recently published a book, "Connected - a paradigm shift in how we view health". Andi has always been inspired to live a better quality of life and really does walk the talk to holistic health and from a place of love. Although Andi has been knocked down quite a few times she has always stood back up to fight, but from a place of love and empathy. Andi believes that through educating in prevention and looking after our human frame that the health of our nervous systems will ultimately give our bodies the optional time to function. As a morning person she rises with the sun and embraces the morning to look inward to have the greatest awakening of self.
June 04, 2021
Jo Burston - entrepreneur, Inspiring Rare Birds, Job Capital and
Jo Burston describes herself as an accidental entrepreneur after waking up at 27 to realise that she needed a serious career as she had some audacious financial goals. Years later after winning an award, Jo returned to her junior and high schools in Sydney to connect and learn directly from students about what they envisioned as an "entrepreneur" which was a catalyst in activating her entrepreneurial ventures. Jo explores the idea of growth when we are in unknown and uncomfortable spaces and connects to her purpose knowing it's what she has been put here to do and create positive impact. Knowing that her health is her number 1 commodity, she is an early riser, a lover of healthy and nutritious food and values her sleep far more than she did in her younger years. Jo has a big call for action from our Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community which we would love for you to take action on.
June 01, 2021
Lisa Booth - founder Kete Kai
As a mother, an entrepreneur and a big vision thinker, Lisa describes herself as creative, crazy and often a powerful explosion of energy. Through her work at Kete Kai, Lisa has been reimagining the food system of New Zealand to ensure that the stats of 1 in 5 New Zealanders living with food insecurity dramatically change. Lisa is on a mission to end hunger by 2030 through meal kit affordability, being brave, trusting herself, being curious and a quality we most admire - vulnerable. Lisa spent years in a corporate role, not feeling valued and her work often not recognised and through a misalignment of values stepped out to show her children what was possible.
May 28, 2021
Lillian Grace - founder Figure Group & Huatau
Lillian describes her life as a curly path of adventures, with her most recent focused on founding Figure Group and Huatau. When Lillian and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen first connected the conversation evolved into a learning experience to unpack the idea of periods of deep thinking to redesign, solve and challenge the way things have always been done.  Lillian feels that as a child she wasn’t aware that ‘thinking’ was a specific skill that could be honed and trained, but after working at a Think Tank, she was trained to think, to think strategically, ask good questions, created space for the thinking and then she applied the model to all parts of her life. Lillian encourages us all to stop looking through the same lens, explore the depths of our minds, re evaluate the idea of continuous learning and embrace the power of collective radical change. Read here to learn more about her Deep Thinking process
May 26, 2021
Marina Passalaris - founder, Beautiful Minds
Marina spent her early career as a booking agent at a modelling agency and soon recognised that beyond the beauty of the models there were also internal struggles and began to have conversations that would go on to shape Beautiful Minds. Beautiful Minds is a global organisation, which tackles the tough topics surrounding young people’s social, digital and wider world. They bring them to light in a transparent manner so they feel empowered, educated and supported as they advance down an often-challenging school journey. Rather than focusing on Mental Health, Beautiful Minds talks about Mental Fitness and a big part if this is about the daily rituals and routines to support people to be the best versions of themselves. Marina sets her intentions each day for the things that she wants to achieve, and when we unpacked this question, you will be blown away by the projects she has in the mix. Catherine spent the entire recording of this podcast smiling. Smiling with pride of the incredible achievements of Marina and her meaningful work at Beautiful Minds.
May 21, 2021
Cristina Casares - Ray White Auckland
Cristina spent most of her life as a film producer and creator, however with the great passion for this life role, it was taking away much needed time from herself and for her children. As a single mother of two she needed to make the challenging decision to step away from the known to have more flexibility of time. Her role at Ray White has given her life balance with a values aligned organisation that is enabled through technology and innovation to work smarter. Bravery and courage have recently shown up in Cristina's world after reinvigorating her passion for wind foiling and getting out onto the harbour in the cold of winter, in a solo sport, braving sharks below the waters surface. Cristina is focused on being a woman of inspiration with the many roles she plays as a mother, a business woman, a philanthropist, a change maker and advocate for self love.
May 20, 2021
Ranjna Patel - founder Tamaki Healthcare Group & The Gandhi Nivas family violence prevention programme in New Zealand
Ranjna Patel is the founder of Takami Healthcare Group and The Gandhi Nivas family violence prevention programme, who provide healthcare services to the highest needs communities in New Zealand.  Recognised as the 2021 Innovator of the Year and a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year Awards, Ranjna is constantly challenging the status quo and boundaries for how things have always been done.  After recognising that 4 in 14 women impacted by family violence were Indian, Ranjna undertook a family violence course to better understand the issue and went on to establish a program to support men through counselling and accomodation to support them in behavioural change, to create safe environments.  Ranjna has an emotional and heart felt call for action from the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community.
May 19, 2021
Deborah Crowe - Co founder, Usedfully
In a powerful opening to the connection with Deborah, she shared her Pepeha (a way of introducing yourself in Maori) that aligns her mountain, her river, her roots and creates a deep sense of being. As a school leaver, Deborah wasn't able to fulfil her desire to do a fashion and textiles degree and instead followed the path of an Engineering degree that gave her a great love of systems, which has now aligned her backgrounds and passions that have enabled Usedfully. Knowing that we are all in service for the benefit of all beings, the environment and nature, Deborah has an unwavering connection to source and has learnt to listen to herself and to nature. Deborah shares a powerful call for action that asks our community to step back, out and back in through the art of listening.
May 14, 2021
Tory Archbold - Founder of Powerful Steps and TORSTAR
Tory Archbold founded TORSTAR in her 20's, and without giving away her age, many years later and after an incredible career, accolades and global recognition, but also personal trauma, Tory decided to hang up her publicist heels. After feeling like she always wore two masks, she experienced an incredible break through to find herself, and invested in self care to break the patterns and knew there was a bigger journey ahead. Knowing that closed doors are just the universe's signs of telling you that it's in fact not your door, she has trusted the process of life, which has culminated into the crafting of Powerful Steps. Through her work in Powerful Steps her focus is on human connection, stepping outside of comfort zones and leaning in to ignite conversations. Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose are incredibly proud of the journey that Tory has come on and grateful to her fo sharing her wisdom with us.
May 14, 2021
Roxy Lehmann - founder, Dress for a Night
Roxy is the founder of Dress for a Night, a dress rental business that was created after a realisation of not wanting to spend a fortune on a dress you would wear once, and knowing the impact of fashion on our beloved environment through the cycle of waste. When Covid hit and all events across Australia were cancelled, Roxy's business was driven into a minus on the balance sheet. But through her entrepreneurial spirit and driving nature as an innovator, they were able to enable a try on service and enhanced their digital capabilities to reach more people across Australia. Through her daily practices of meditation, 10 things she is grateful for and reflecting each night on one favourite thing of her day, Roxy has been able to enable the best version of herself, as a woman, a business woman and leader. The last few years have shone a stronger light on sustainability, packaging waste and plastic elimination in the business which has addressed individual business contributions to being the change.
May 07, 2021
Lauren Branson - CEO, Your Food Collective
As the CEO of Your Food Collective and mother to 5 small humans, Lauren knows the value of time and space, to create and activate change. Lauren is driven by curating a positive environmental impact even though she often feels challenged by the path through trials and tribulations, learnings and the experiences but ultimately having the guts to step off the edge. Through her faith and belief in what's possible, Lauren works alongside local Australian growers and producers to be able to support in nourishing families through Your Food Collective.
May 07, 2021
Nikki Hind - Founder, Blind Gtit
Nikki Hind is Australia's first blind fashion designer, a mother and a gentle disruptor activating change through her work at Blind Grit. With a strong sense of purpose being to enable and value people who live with a disability, she found that fashion was the most powerful way to communicate this message.  Nikki has incredible strength after living with the feeling of feeling totally invisible, and a strong ability to fail and not fall apart. She believes that saying YES to everything allows you to step out of your knowing and to grow into your human potential. Nikki's call for action is incredibly powerful and one that we should all consider in a silent moment. 
April 30, 2021
Becky Cashman - founder, Goodbye
Becky Cashman is recreating who she is each day, but with a thread of commonality with her life being devoted to the divine and a strong sense of belief that we are all connected in a 5D way. After living a life of adventure as a river and mountain guide, Becky landed in New Zealand only to meet the beloved sand fly and endeavoured to create a product and a range of products from essential oils that repelled these wonderful creatures. Covid was a birthing ground for Goodbye as Becky opened herself to community to ask and learn, learn and ask and ask and learn again. Through allowing, listening and regenerating, Becky has allowed the space to listen and to see the business as its own garden ecology, evolving, growing and regenerating.
April 29, 2021
Dianna Somerville- Bridge Hub and Regional Pitch Fest Australia
Dianna Somerville left her home town of Wagga Wagga, Australia to drive war ships in the Navy thinking she would never return to regional Australia.  But after meeting her husband she returned 15 years ago and now advocates entrepreneurship, innovation and regionalisation that enables people to think openly about living and working in the regions of Australia.  Through her work at Bridge Hub in the agri-tech space and Regional Pitch Fest she is shining a light on the possibilities now with an awakened audience.
February 24, 2021
Helen Lea - Chief Employee Experience Officer, MYOB
As a former organisational psychologist, Helen is a leader of diverse functions within the frame of MYOB.  Knowing that MYOB is a very different organisation than when she first joined 3 1/2 years ago, she feels it has grown, transformed and reshaped in a rapidly evolving tech world.  Helen looks at leadership as 3 key components. Head, Heart and Hands ensuring a strategic alignment of purpose, with the depth of authenticity and care and enabled by the execution to deliver.  Knowing that small businesses are the life blood of the Australian and New Zealand economy, MYOB wants businesses to Start, Survive and Succeed.  With waste being the enemy of productivity, the team at MYOB are constantly considering new ways of operating for the prosperity of the future, through digitally enabled businesses.
February 19, 2021
Dr. Michelle Dickinson - founder, Nano Girl Labs
Dr. Michele Dickinson spent a long time as one of the only female engineers in a male dominated world and often felt quite lonely, had to work three times as hard, and was often dismissed as the lead engineer on a project. Michelle launched Nano Girl Labs as a social enterprise bringing profit and purpose together to create a dynamic and evolving organisation measuring the business both financially and the impact being created. The magic happens outside the comfort zone, so while inventing solutions for the world, in 2020 when her global tour had been wiped clean, Michelle and the Nano Girl Labs team launched a global digital science solution for schools in 135 countries. Knowing that children make up their minds about science by the age of 12 she knew that her impact would create life long learnings.
February 16, 2021
Elle Bell - Space to Co.
To enable Elle to get over her fear of rejection through connecting with people, she joined an Improv Theatre group, after realising that part of being an entrepreneur and business woman would involve sales and cold calling to get herself out into new spaces.  But it was the need for spaces to solve her own problem that she launched the New Zealand arm of Space to Co. - the Air b&b of community spaces.  They now book thousands of gatherings for Bonsai, Mahjong, Language and Zumba lessons to name a few.  Elle calls for action from our community to go after finding solutions to things you think are fixable.
January 18, 2021
Candice Pardy - Founder, Jobloads
The notion of nurturing the seed and it will blossom is something that Candice attributes to her Maori heritage and that has been engrained in her throughout her life.  Growing up with 7 siblings and a single mother, Candice recalls the struggle, which has helped shape her resilience and strength.  Although she didn’t thrive in the education system, through hard work and persistence Candice was accepted into University to go on to complete her Masters where she nurtured her vision for a meaningful future.  Many people along the way were highly critical of her business model but she felt the imbalance for the workers being unhappy and exploited and wanted to create more equilibrium.  As a ride share model with high transparency she now has a flourishing business which has recently been further enabled by radically generous women in the SheEO network and encourages all women to empower all other women on their journey’s.
January 18, 2021
Rosie De Malmanche - Our Closet
Rosie defines herself as someone that is passionate about empowering women and supporting them to optimise on under-utilised assets.  Rosie has lead a series of different lives, across different industries and in different countries, but could never get comfortable with the negative impact of the affects on our beloved planet.  After moving solo to London, Rosie launched "Our Closet" - a dress rental business off the back of connecting a few friends to her wardrobe and finally curating a system to build a business from. Now back in New Zealand, Rosie is empowering women to curate an income with the things they own. Rosie is a great lover of listening to podcasts particularly when she is out walking in her thinking and dreaming time and believes that that you can have a "mentor in your own hands" with every new podcast you listen to... which we couldn't agree more on.
December 10, 2020
Nicki Douglas - Te Awara Lakes Trust
Nikki Douglas has always held a strong constitution to the planet, knowing that we are all part of the earth and the wondrous ecosystem that it is.  With service being in her core, Nicki has held roles in the Department of Conservation and now at Te Awara Lakes Trust in leadership roles, often as the only indigenous woman in a male dominated environment.  Through empathy and the ability to connect, a sense of flexibility in thinking and often taking the hard road, Nicki has recognised that you often need to step back and be the observer before then leaning in. And knowing that the harmonious culmination of the two of being an observer and leaning in is truly where we see the magic happen. With a strong focus now on securing clean water quality of New Zealand's Lakes and mobilising the activities with alignment to climate change alongside the Governments commitment Nicki is a true ambassador for living and breathing on purpose.
December 10, 2020
Hilary Walton - Chief Information Security Officer of Kordia and sharer of Digital Culture Ideas
Hilary Walton is a strong advocate to the next generation that you don’t just grow up to be one thing and that you can never pick the way you go as often these paths find you.  As a trained psychologist, Hilary worked for the London Olympics in her first people management role and felt completely out of her depth. She felt she failed to apply some of the fundamentals of being human in a complex world. But as we all know through perceived failures are valuable life lessons.  As a mother of three and returning to work she often felt a deep sense of Guilt to make both of her life roles work, and shares some valuable tools to shed the guilt and unravel yourself from getting into a state of overwhelm in the eternal art of balance. Hilary describes herself as an extravert who is always taking on new things, setting up new initiatives and has her sights set on a role as a CEO, to become a true digital leader with empathy and empowering leadership.
December 02, 2020
Kaarin Gaukrodger - UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand Board Member
Kaarin is taking the lead this year on the UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand and global campaign -16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.  #OrangeNZ #16days Gender based violence comes in many forms including emotional violence, physical violence, control and financial and in many parts of the world even more extreme.  Through empowering initiatives that enable women’s equality, giving a voice to women and enabling more female champions of change armed with the messages and awareness, we can move the needle for future generations.  In the 16 days of activism from 25th November- 10th December 2020, we will walk alongside UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand to support change for women in New Zealand and the Pacific.
November 27, 2020
Ingrid Cronin- Knight - Country manager, MYOB
Ingrid is a contemporary leader who is constantly evolving and analysing what kind of leader she wants to be, and has adopted a much more collaborative approach to when she first joined MYOB. Moving away from the notion of "leading the team out to battle" to learning the power of influence, Ingrid has a strong moral compass and one that is intent on ethical alignments. With considerable research undertaken this year, MYOB understands small business, their mindsets and what SMB's need to enable themselves to survive, thrive and move forward. Knowing that drastic innovation, investment in technology and to be courageously authentic have been on many to do lists for years, 2020 shone a sharp light to step up on all of these levels, to keep the ship afloat. We love her advice - "Ask the Questions that most people don't ask. Ask the questions that everyone wants to know, but too afraid to and have the courage to hear the answer."
November 27, 2020
Anita Vaafusuaga - DNA 1st Solutions
Anita dropped out of school at 13 and spent many years working with the team at Nutrimetics.  When the 3rd party contractor was no longer able to fulfil their commitments, Anita put her hand up and said that she would take over the opportunity.  After consulting with her family, she decided to take the leap and immersed herself into launching the business.  Over the years they have restructured many times, to create a safe place for their team to ultimately become a 2020 finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.  With her team comprising of 95% young females from diverse backgrounds, Anita is able to deeply relate to them, and knows that they are depending on her bravery, courage and often crazy traits to be able to keep it all going.
November 26, 2020
Christina Bellis - CEO, Thank you Payroll
As a socially minded, environmental advocate and change maker, Christina encourages us all to adopt practices of the past to enable us to go forward.  From leading the EnviroClub at school to leading organisations to change the way we do business, Christina is passionate about supporting companies and customers in behavioural change, enable informed decisions, creating carbon neutral operations and bridging the digital divide for the centuries ahead. In her role as CEO of Thank you Payroll, their focus is about putting profit and purpose side by side as they build the depth of this social enterprise to create time for small businesses.
November 22, 2020
Nada Piatek - co founder, Again Again
With a strong call for action focused on creating a positive impact to ensure that millions of non recyclable coffee cups don’t end up in landfill, Nada calls for us to challenge our own beliefs on waste and the negative impact that our one coffee cup or our one sushi take away packaging can create. Again Again is a cup lending system that after 2 1/2 years is curating a new system that creates a positive influence, designs out waste and has to date saved 800 000 coffee cups from being absorbed into landfill. Knowing the nature of entrepreneurship, its great successes and true challenges, Nada has been most challenged by the push back of consumers and businesses to change their behaviour for the way things have always been done. It takes community advocates who are ultimately champions of change to drive the movement forward. Check out the Again Again Crowdfunding Campaign to support the equity raise for investment into a new technology platform that further enables their positive impact:
November 18, 2020
Anne - Marie Brook - Human Rights Measurement Initiative
As a great lover of learning, Anne - Marie has always been a big picture thinker with a more recent calling to Human Rights. After working in both the private and public sectors she partnered with two global Human Rights experts to curate the Human Rights Measurement Initiative. In exploring the notion of innovation she describes it as innovating a process, co creating and human centred design. Although Anne- Marie describes herself as an introverted person, she has often needed to dig deep to discover more extroverted qualities to go out in the world and make it happen, knowing that the benefit will be those at risk, in suffering and challenged by the state of the world.  She believes that what gets measured, gets improved and we couldn't agree more.
November 10, 2020
Christine Liggins - Co Founder, Debtfix
Over the last 16 years, Christine has been passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge on financial literacy and began to dig deeper beyond an advisory role on budgets.  Although she doesn’t feel very brave and courageous, she is pushing the boundaries, challenging the known, asking bold questions and advocating on change to the red tape by creating solutions to debt.  Christine believes that through collaboration, joining forces and working together we can create a future model where everyone wins
November 10, 2020
Ziena Jalil - Independent Director, Strategic Consultant and Diversity and Inclusion Advocate
Ziena Jalil has had a career of diverse roles where over time she was able to develop her own voice driven by a deep sense of purpose and passion (which you can definitely hear in her voice).  With a strong belief in fairness and equality she has learnt through generations of leadership in her family focused on integrity, hard work and respect.  As a young woman of migrant descent, a brown woman (as she describes herself) she has been extremely fortunate to have the senior roles that she has lead but always felt she had to work twice as hard to prove herself.  With a strong focus on making a difference, changing lives, giving others a voice and creating a meaningful life, her most important life role is that as a role model to her children.  She encourages our community to be that person who takes a chance on someone no matter their background or circumstance.
November 10, 2020
Julie Trell - Country Lead, SheEO Australia
As the Country Lead for SheEO Australia, Julie believed in the mission and the changing landscape of capital flow change and how female entrepreneurs were leading, driving and activating that change. Believing that "patience is. a virtue", Julie has put courage and bravery as leading traits to step forward and navigate the challenges of launching a new brand into the market a few years ago with big audacious dreams. Julie is a big believer in stepping out of your comfort zone, reinventing yourself, building the notion of "play" into every moment of your day and having. the curiosity  to step into the uncomfortable spaces and really leaning in. As an advocate for equitable communities, she is learning more about the hard asks and allowing the space for those more challenging asks to find their space.
November 09, 2020
Holly Carrington - DVfree and Policy Advisor, Shine
Starting out on the volunteer help line at Shine some 20 years ago, Holly always felt passionate about the cause and delved deep into the details and policies that surrounded Domestic Violence in New Zealand. With systemic barriers, safety and support walls and the general public attitude towards the issue, Holly wanted to share knowledge and insight and raise awareness to create prevalence on the topic. Holly is focused on build a world where we can be safe, shifting the culture of New Zealanders and bringing attention to an issue that was amplified during lockdown and an onslaught of demand of the services of Shine. She calls for action from our community to use your influence to play a part and advocate at a local level to get this agenda into the hearts and minds of senior leaders of New Zealand.
November 05, 2020
Annie Newton - Jones, Tearfund New Zealand
As a Corporate Advocacy Specialist at Tearfund New Zealand, Annie is passionate, creative and full of spirit working to create a movement of positive change in the fashion scape and supply chains. Starting her career in the fashion industry, she had her eyes wide open to the complexity of the industry and the fashion system, and a long standing interest in advocacy. She has ultimately brought these two together to create impact with the Tearfund New Zealand Ethical Fashion Guide and annual report. With the faith that LOVE ultimately conquers all, the heart of what Tearfund does is being a voice for vulnerable workers and calls for action from us as consumers, customers and humans to ask more questions, be more conscious in our purchases and purchase garments that are made to last.  
November 05, 2020
Heather Harrison, ASPECT Skincare and Advanced Skin Technology
Heather is a woman who is all about human connection but firstly through connecting to who she is, by allowing space and time to think and reflect. After 25 years in her role at ASPECT and Advanced Skin Technology, she is clear about her path, what her values are and discovering the things that matter, and has chosen things along her journey to meet her values. Knowing that we are stronger together, even through pivots and change, she is a strong advocate to ensure there is always a mutual win with fair, just and equitable behaviours in the decisions she makes each day. Although she is a strong believer in risk, ensuring that the risks are calculated, well thought out and are acting with intent for the greater good of the world and supporting people to be the best versions of themselves. With a strong call for action to act locally, care for your community that will ultimately have a wave of impact on a global level.
November 04, 2020
Becks Smith - Founder, The Whole Story
As a passionate mother of two, a vet, a farmer and founder of The Whole Story, her journey is a culmination of life experiences all coming together to who she is today.  With a strong focus on the agricultural industry and driving it forward through the lens of sustainability, it is often surrounded by controversy and negativity through a lack of understanding and fear.  Even when she often is faced with push back from the industry as it challenges their core value set, Becks pushes forward with a deep sense of kindness and an openness to living a life of purpose.  With her purpose being to Inspire sustainable change from the ground up, Becks has engaged in stimulating thought process, times of deep thinking and allowing the words that shape her to flow through her, to build on the foundations of that purpose. She knows to be the best version of herself each day needs to be Active, Outside, Connected and Human (keeping it real). Although she often feels that the staircase seems challenging especially to tackle at once, she encourages all women to step forward disabling the risk of doing nothing at all.
November 04, 2020
Rachel Petero - Rise2025 Global
As a Maori Indigenous Woman, Rachel is an advocate for gender equality with a strong focus on empowering indigenous women, an innate characteristic that she embodied as she grew up, and observing the roles of women in her community. Launching Rise2025 Global, Rachel left the safety of her corporate role and jumped into the unknown as something didn't quite fill her cup. The stats for women in leadership were dismal, she always took her mistakes as learnings and often called it out for women to let the ladder down for other women. Through daily mindful walking, the practice of gratitude and reciting the Maori Karakia - prayers used to invoke spiritual guidance and protection, Rachel has a big year ahead lead by growth, scale, opportunity and partnerships. As the co-author of Take Your Space a book for all women, supported by interviews with 14 women and their secrets to success. A 2020 Westpac Women of Influence, Global category finalist amongst other international accolades she continues to lead the way for Indigenous women. She calls on all women to make and create space for other women, through support, coaching, mentoring and connecting and leading the next generation with great role models.
October 31, 2020
Chrissie Cowan - Chief Executive at Kapo Maori Aotearoa New Zealand
After working for 10 years in the Public Service, Chrissie had the curiosity to combine and bridge her Western Learnings & Maori Learnings from her upbringing and discovered that her passions ultimately lay in the combination of the two. Through change and evolution, listening and learning, appreciation of cultural differences, Chrissie used the notion that as a Maori woman that you "weren't expected to achieve much" as a catalyst and motivation to strive even harder. Chrissie has a passion in supporting the Equality of Rights in supporting Indigenous People with a disability to be able to ACCESS employment, health care and education. With a strong call for action - Chrissie calls on our community to Not be afraid to ask, ask hard questions, be curious to dig deeper and find comfort in uncomfortable places and spaces.
October 28, 2020
Nikki Connors - founder Propellor Properties
As a successful, savvy and influential woman of the world, Nikki has lived through layers of trials and tribulations, learnings and experiences to get to where she is today.  Nikki believes you need to fail to know who you are, and was often called stupid and that she had no value and hit an all time rock bottom in her late 40’s and entered a dark time in her life.  With a mantra of belief to start every day like it’s the beginning, Nikki is now working to support emerging entrepreneurs and business women to align their business desires to the needs of the world and its prosperous future.
October 28, 2020
Camia Young - Founder of Ohu and Collett’s Corner Project
Camia is an architect at heart with the soul of an entrepreneur. With 2 masters under her belt, she always had a passion for the evolution of cities and landed in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She however, didn't just take the traditional lens of development and developed the evolution to the age of belonging, where people could connect and build a deep sense of community. With her current project development focused on Collett's Corner they are curating a building with a difference. A People Powered Property Development with its purpose rooted in the Lyttelton community it serves and is supported by the hundreds of people across Aotearoa who collectively own it. Since inception, the project has been shaped together with the community. During this project, Camia has become increasingly aware of anxiety which shows up as electricity in her body. Knowing that anxiety is something that many people struggle with, we dug a little into this topic and how she has learnt after 5 years of deep practice to listen to it and tune into it to know that when she is anxious something is out of alignment. She spends 2 hours a day walking or cycling knowing that her creativity arrives in motion, when there is blood flowing through her body, reading mind food books to nourish and grow her spirit and being careful about her behaviours to ensure she is working to be the best version of herself.
October 19, 2020
Eva Pemper - founder and winemaker EP Wines
Eva Pemper founded the brand EP Wines with a desire to continue her family legacy in the wine industry from the 80's in Croatia. With courage and bravery naturally in her blood, Eva took the leap to move to NZ leaving her family and friends and starting again, with Eva believing that both courage and bravery are two key pillars of success and propelling forward. A key driver to her success as a female winemaker in Marlborough through the challenging year of 2020, has been through continuous learning and development, to rethink her business, learn from others who had done it before and embracing the digital world.
September 25, 2020
Brooke Roberts - Co Founder, Sharesies
Founding Sharsies alongside 6 other diverse mindsets, Brooke and the team at Sharsies are on a mission to create a Financially Empowered Generation to support people to engage with their financial futures.  Brooke always wanted to be an entrepreneur after engaging in the Young Enterprise Scheme at school, has a strong focus on building High Performance teams, lead by the fear of not doing something meaningful.  As a people centric organisation, Brooke has a strong focus on supporting the next gen of leaders to be brought alongside them and creating space for them to flourish.
September 22, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Mandy Lacy, MQ meeting intelligence
Mandy was fortunate to grow up in a rural upbringing which she feels has had an earthing impact on her to be able to support the work that she does to lead family and whanau into a new way of being.  Taking design principles, fitting into a digital space, having diversity of teams and factoring in interventions.  All of these have culminated into the change and transformation space.  Mandy believes that personal and professional development in unison is key to our growth for the future.
September 11, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Jennifer Mills, Jennifer Mills & Associates
Jennifer Mills is the founder of Jennifer Mills & Associates and has often been described as taking the more difficult route, bucking the system and open to failing which has crafted her true entrepreneurial spirit, within a legal frame. She has always been challenged about being a female at the leadership table with a collective of internal politics within the organisations she was part of and feels that women lack the support network to empower them for the future.  With a strong sense of purpose and a belief that it is an evolution of our growth that comes from our inner being, she is courageous, caring and determined to live as a whole human.
September 08, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Tracy Ahern- founder Au Natural Skin Food
With a passion for the skin being part of Tracy’s DNA, she is on a mission to create fearlessly healthy faces by using less and just what the skin needs.  With an obsession in reducing waste, she believes that reusing is the answer and calls on Entrepreneurial Women to say no to single use anything.  With a strong sense of transparency built into every stage of the business she feels that as a business they are not very good at celebrating what they do well. This may well be a trait that many struggle with.
August 28, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Niamh Buchanan, fiftyfive5
Niamh has always had a passion for people and through her work in research and insights has used this passion to uncover new opportunities which have often needed courage and bravery to step forward.    With a fascination in understating what drives peoples "why" to do what they love combined with what the world needs, overlapped by a deep sense of values, Niamh has crafted a succinct purpose of her own. Niamh lives by the saying "Feel the Fear and Do it anyway"and shares that by simply saying yes to the things she fears most is a successful approach to leaning in to them and moving through them.
August 24, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Niamh Given
When our founder Catherine first met Niamh she was nesting in Hong Kong empowering innovators and entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate. Now perched in New Zealand, with a number of important life roles on the go, she is on a mission to find the ultimate balance between entrepreneurialism and being a mother.  With a strong self belief, embracing the unknown, continuous reading and learning have shaped her to have a strong impact for the future.
August 13, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Vicki Saunders - Founder SheEO Global
As a solutions oriented, creative woman, Vicki Saunders has been an entrepreneur for over 30 years with a strong focus on doing good and making money... and the powerful movement when these two forces collide. SheEO is all about harnessing new models and new mindsets with 68 current global ventures and initiatives being activated all over the world by the dynamic SheEO community. Success for Vicki is certainly a new approach to the one we were probably all taught and that is a focus on contributing the gifts that she has, being radically generous, sharing her wisdom, stepping into fears and a focus on abundance.
August 10, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Lisa King, Eat my Lunch
As the founder of Eat my Lunch, Lisa began this journey with strong foundations of purpose and that was that in a country fuelled by fairness (New Zealand) why was there so much disparity with many children going to school each day without food or the basics of white bread and chips. After becoming disenfranchised by her role in corporate New Zealand, a passion for food and socially lead business she set out to start her business on a one for one model inspired by the very shoes she was wearing at the time, Toms. Lisa had the courage and bravery to step away from the known which have been pivotal to her success, alongside hard work, trials and tribulations.
August 10, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Lauren Parsons, Lauren Parsons Wellbeing
As the owner of Lauren Parsons Wellbeing, founder of the Snack on Exercise movement and Thrive TV show, Lauren has certainly crafted a life for herself and her family that is founded on healthy lifestyle principles and values. But it wasn't always this way. She describes her youth feeling like she wished the ground would swallow her up to becoming a woman that was capable of far more than she ever imagined through the belief of one person that empowered her in her early journey.  With daily rituals of reading and listening to TED Talks, walking, 4 second hugs with her family and leaning into uncomfortable spaces, our interview with Lauren is dynamic, thought provoking and action oriented.
August 10, 2020
Entrepreneurial MAN with Purpose - Greig Brebner, founder Blunt Umbrella’s
As a product design engineer, Greig spent much of his early career working to invent a product, to really create something extraordinary.  It wasn’t until he spent a year in the UK and was inspired by the volume of umbrellas and the lack of function and style that he began to craft out what is today known as Blunt Umbrellas.  The design, aesthetics and craftsmanship went against the grain and had to disrupt the deep roots of the industry.  After much disruption, they now have a single minded vision, are measured in their approach and have depth in their values.
August 07, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Olivia Reid, Pulse Yoga and The Honour Festival
Olivia has been engaged in the active practice of yoga, the philosophies and the lifestyle for many decades and launched Pulse off the back of her great love of everything that it brings to light.  With the recent launch of The Honour Festival being hosted in Hanmer Springs in Feb 2021, Olivia wants to share her love of nature, beauty, health, clean living with a like minded collective of people through a shared experience. With movement a big part of who she is and how she shows up everyday knowing that without it she would not be enabling the best version of herself, Olivia is still on the moving and ever evolving journey of discovering and connecting to her authentic purpose.
August 06, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Teresa Tepania - Ashton, Maori Women’s Development Inc
As the CEO of the Maori Women’s Development Trust in New Zealand, Teresa is navigating, pivoting and adapting their organisation just as quickly as the needs of their clients who are operating businesses in New Zealand. She describes her calling to this role as an adventure and a great alignment to her purpose to be working alongside her own people. As both an intrapreneurand an
August 04, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Karen Walker, Karen Walker the Brand
Karen Walker enabled her early signs of creativity when she was able to dig through a box of old fabric and jump on her mothers 1960's Bermina sewing machine. Shortly after at 18 she started her brand, which wasn't a time in New Zealand to be young and creative and Karen began to challenge many of the social norms through her early expressions of creativity. With a strong focus on having great products, services and experiences this has formed the depth and layers of her brand to become one of New Zealand's most iconic fashion brands. Doing what's right, through times of change, giving and taking in an eco system of people, Karen has navigated her business through 5 sizeable global disruptions and believes that if we can harness our people, enable them the space to be bold and utilising the next generations youthful energy as a gift in staying relevant in a diverse and unique market. 
August 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Faye Langdon, 21C Skills Lab
As a curious, co creating entrepreneurial woman, Faye Langdon is re imaging education as we know it by crafting learning models for the future. When she first launched the business, her and her business partner knew that they needed to back and believe in themselves and be decisive in their approach. Faye believes we have a rare opportunity and a blank canvas to re write the blueprint for our next generation and the million Gen Z's leading NZ.
August 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Kylie Matthews, AWWA
As the co founder of AWWA, Kylie and her business partner Michelle crafted a period product that encapsulated all the elements that were important to them and what they wanted to share with their children.  With sustainability an important part of this, they have created reusable period underwear with innovation at the core.  In this podcast, we explored the notions of growth vs purpose for which Kylie quickly reiterated that they both go hand in hand and one can’t happen without the other, which we are excited to share her perspectives on this.  Not only have they been creating growth with purpose but also championing the government to alleviate period poverty that prevents girls in marginalised communities from attending school.
July 28, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Terry Shubkin, Young Enterprise Trust
As the Chief of Excitement at the Young Enterprise Trust, Terry is leading, driving and activating an entrepreneurial mindset (and skill set) in school students across New Zealand through their incredible programs.  Like all organisations, they have needed to reimagine their organisation model with a globally changing landscape and get out of the small organisation mindset and think big with no limits.
July 27, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Paula Steed, ASB
As the Chief Of Internal Audit at ASB, Paula knows a lot about the complex layers of risk and the fine balance between jumping in head first and taking calculated risks. With risk a key trait of entrepreneurs, Paula encourages Entrepreneurs to understand risk intrinsically as with great risk comes great reward to be able to set yourself up safely. Paula's call for action from the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community is focused on shifting your thinking, focusing on the positives and asking the right questions of yourself with a reflective and forward thinking approach.
July 27, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Bernadette Casey - The Formary
Growing up with the family motto of “To the brave and faithful, nothing is difficult” it has allowed Bernadette to question the status quo, challenge systems and enable change for a better future.  Embedded into the depths of the fashion industry from an early age, Bernadette and the team at The Formary are on a collective mission to be at the forefront of innovation through the end of life of textiles.
July 27, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Christine Langdon, co founder The Good Registry
As the Chief of Good at The Good Registry, Christine is on a fast tracked mission to change the culture and behaviours around giving.  As a social entrepreneur and communicator with a passion for having a positive impact for people and planet, Christine wants to enable giving to be simple, sustainable and kind.
July 26, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose founder Catherine van der Meulen, by Christine Langdon
With an impromptu request from Christine Langdon from The Good Registry to hear more about Catherine’s very own hero’s journey, they decided to flip roles and unpack who Catherine is, what’s important to her and the 40 years prior that culminated into crafting Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose. Catherine moved with her young family to NZ last year after being disenfranchised by a busy life in Sydney that was lacking a deep sense of purpose. With space and time her new trading commodities living in a rural community in Marlborough NZ, it enabled Catherine to bring all of her great loves aligned to education, equality, good health and wellbeing, economic growth and partnerships together to form Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose. Catherine has crafted a life centred around her children, adventurous experiences and a great love of their 3 laying ladies.
July 23, 2020
Jemima Briggs - GM Sales & Marketing at Red Shoots
Jemima spent a career in roles she describes as privileged where integrity, values, challenging the status quo and for the greater good of the world were ranked highly on their values system.  But when she realised that if a true sense of purpose was not at the centre of decision making, it can begin to compromise your values and a deep sense of the soul hurting.  In this vulnerable, raw and real conversation we are so glad to hear that Jemima’s soul is once again singing with the great love for the work she is doing to support New Zealanders become healthier inside and out at Red Shoots.
July 23, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Florence van Dyke, Chia Sisters
Florence is one half of the duet of Chia Sisters working collectively with her sister Chloe to create a positive impact on nutrition, innovation and sustainability through their Nelson (New Zealand) based brand. Being the the first solar powered juicer and having a strong focus on being carbon zero Florence is an advocate and champion of change. This is through supporting the reduction of carbon emissions and offsetting their remaining emissions through planting natives in Golden Bay. Florence has a strong call for action from the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community on this very subject.
July 01, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Yvonne Lorkin, Wine Friend
When Yvonne Lorkin's friend and now Co Founder approached her with a mysterious text message followed by the delivery of an NDA to sign, Yvonne knew that this ferociously intelligent woman was onto something as they navigated the design of their personalised, unique approach to wine subscriptions.  With all of her learning on the job, crafting the art of asking for what she wanted and building a trusted brand, Yvonne has certainly cemented the brands place in the personalisation, hand selection of wine delivered to your door each month.
June 29, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Indigo Rowe, The Paper Rain Project
The Paper Rain Project didn't launch as a traditional Social Enterprise but is certainly living and breathing every aspect of one.  Social enterprises are purpose-driven organisations that trade to deliver positive social, cultural and environmental impact. Through the sale of their apparel range, handcrafted boards and incredible designs they are impacting so many wonderful social, community and environmental projects including Trees that count, Mental Health Awareness, The Wildlife Hospital and Extinction Rebellion to name a few. A key learning for Indigo along the way has been in the Art of Asking for advice and help, and never stoping learning on topics and subjects that you are interested to learn more about.
June 25, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Kate Billing - Blacksmith
As one of the founding New Zealand B Corps and leader of Conscious Capitalism in New Zealand, we knew a conversation with Kate was going to be aligned, dynamic and juicy. But we didn't anticipate just how juicy. As an early riser and deep thinker she has a strong sense of drive for achievement and is learning to become more self-is to not only give but also contribute time to herself.  Although she believes the idea of being more selfish or self-ish can be uncomfortable we know that true growth and new pathways for impact can come from those deep spaces. Kate has a strong sense of who she is and who she wants to become, and shares how taking a true sense of personal leadership and embodying strength and grace as a woman can only lead to a better state of humanity. As a humanist rather than a feminist, Kate encapsulates a woman on a mission to take all of humanity on the journey. Through Blacksmith, Kate has connected to better ways of doing business through having a higher purpose, conscious culture and a whole stakeholder approach.
June 25, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Vanessa Bennett (née Green), Eye Magazine
Vanessa has been the CEO, Editor and Publisher of Eye Magazine since 1996 after seeing a gap in the market whilst working in the media and print sphere. With a no fear attitude, she feels that our best learnings come from our failures and is at a stage in her life where the 1 dimensional model of success has become far broader and is now aligned to working less but still building success to create a better lifestyle. Vanessa strives to bring effortless luxury through her magazines, both printed and online, and high-end events where she actively supports charities such as The Heart Foundation.
June 23, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Susan Goodfellow, Leftfield Innovation
With a strong alignment and focus to Good Health & Wellbeing and Partnerships to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, having Susan share her call to adventure, trials and tribulations, learnings and experiences and future impact was a perfect fit for our community. Although she is very future focused which she describes often over complicates things, her Entrepreneurial mindset and vision are very much on keeping things simple for what is needed now and the future. With accumulated impact, getting to uncomfortable places for greater learning to evolve, Leftfield Innovation are creating a strong contribution and reason for being.
June 23, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Kristen Lunman, Hatch
Hatch was born with a collective of intelligent people (as Kristen describes her co founders) to support New Zealanders to create financial freedom through self expression. With some early challenges in the hiring process at Hatch, they are now focused on build a culture where initiative, hunger, a mutual respect and that special sauce can culminate to have positive impact for the organisation.  Through authentic conversations and fostering micro communities, Kristen encourages people to educate yourselves, build jargon free financial acumen and engage in Hatch "Getting Started" courses, to invest in your financial freedom for now and the future.
June 22, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Faye MacGregor, All Good
As a lover of quotes, kindness warrior and General Manager of All Good, Faye is committed to sustaining and growing an ethical business, with people and their stories at the heart of the organisation. She was humbled following a trip to Ecuador last year to visit the growers of All Good Bananas, to hear their stories and connect in a meaningful way to the work that they do, and to be able to authentically share their stories and educate New Zealand consumers about the work they do.
June 22, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Niki Schuck, NSPR
Niki Schuck leads, manages and drives change from her role as founder and Managing Director of NSPR (Niki Schuck Public Relations).  At the core of who she is - she is a woman who is hugely passionate about helping other people whether that be professionally or personally. With a positive outlook, no matter how grim situations seem at the time, she loves what she does and you can feel that at every touch point of her business and her role as an Activator for SheEO. Niki was working in the corporate world and toyed with the idea of starting her own business but like many women she was locked into layers of self doubt and the concerns around not having income to support her family. The NSPR model is one that supports women with the premise of health and family first.
June 21, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Josie Pagani, Executive Director at The Council for International Development
With Josie’s best life learnings coming from a place of challenge, she has become an incredibly valued contributor having meaningful impact with the many life roles that she has played.  As the leader of The Council for International Development she has a deep and authentic understanding of purpose and why they do what they do and how the time during Covid has accelerated change, broken down barriers and enabled organisations to collaborate more.
June 17, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose- Jennifer Boggiss - CEO and Co Founder, Heilala Vanilla.
Heilala Vanilla was founded after Jennifer’s retired father had returned to Tonga and had seen the needs and support required to develop a sound economic sustainability of the communities he spent time in and proposed the idea of Vanilla to Jennifer.  The business is on a mission to be the global leader in genuine and real vanilla; sourced sustainably and empowers grower communities.
June 15, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Annah Stretton, founder Annah Stretton the Label and Foundation
With 5am starts embedded into Annah’s routine since her days at University it’s no wonder this incredible woman can wear so many different hats and have so much positive impact.  She has discipline, structure and a considered approach all whilst balancing out creativity and continuously stretching her mind with education. Annah attributes her focus to eating well, moving regularly, having simple practices, and creating a lifestyle that enables these.
June 15, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Louise Aitken, Akina Foundation
Louise is a strong advocate for social responsibility and impact, driven to make meaningful change through positive impact being put at the heart of the economy. With many pivots during the time of Covid - 19, Lou has been focused on the foundations of developing an Impact Economy that small businesses, corporates, governments and organisations can contribute to in a meaningful way. Knowing that this is fast becoming a licence to operate, businesses need to move towards this across all facets of their organisation.
June 09, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Sel Leigh, founder Leigh Development
Sel launched Leigh Development to support organisations to develop and grow specialising in start ups and purpose driven organisations.  As a business coach, strategic planner, enabler of impact, a sustainable development champion and all round purpose driven woman we needed her to tell her story.
June 08, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Lindy Nelson, founder Agri Women’s Development Trust
As the founding Executive Director to the Agri Women’s Development Trust, Lindy has always been focused on capturing the stories of women, to give women a voice in the community, industry and on boards.  From what she describes as an early failure (which only lasted 2 days) she built confidence and leadership to step up and into a role which contributes and connects at a human level.  Although Lindy is no longer in the day to day operations of the Trust, her role on the Board supports the strategy and guides the Trust from a place of Purpose.
June 08, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Bridget Unsworth, Angel Association New Zealand
With many life roles and hats, Bridget landed in the investment world by default with a role in the UK which changed the whole trajectory of her life.  Bridget works alongside New Zealand’s highly talented and inspiring entrepreneurs who are working to create a positive impact on the world.
June 07, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Dairne Burns, Hey Mama Movement.
What started as a garage gathering, this movement of women is fast becoming an experience to engage, motivate and support lasting habits for women.  With extensive research done of women, Dairne Burns is focused on supporting women to put their health and fitness as a top priority with practical tools and tips from qualified trainers, dieticians and physiotherapists.
June 04, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Jemma Whiten, EcoStore
As a strong believer in business as a force for good to drive significant positive change in the space of Sustainability, combating climate change and alleviating poverty, Jemma believes that through collective action we can shape and create a healthier world.  An Intrapreneur in her role as Group Marketing Director at EcoStore she is championing her focus on people and the planet to re make and rebuild the new norm.
May 27, 2020
The Art and Science of Journaling
Unpacking your mind, spirit and heart.  Our founder, Catherine van der Meulen has been avidly journaling for the last 15 years and began to see a thread of conversations with others who had the same great love for it, felt the benefits and used it as a daily ritual.  This podcast not only shares Erica Austin, Jess Stuart and Fiona Deehan’s perspectives but also supported with the facts, the research and the science and some tangible actions to help you to step into it.
May 21, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Rebecca Percasky Co Founder, Better Packaging Co.
Over the years before launching Better Packaging Co. she became aware and horrified at the amount of packaging waste being generated by the eCommerce industry and began researching sustainable packaging options.  Determined to improve the state of the environment their solutions consider the complete life cycle from raw materials to the end of life disposal.
May 11, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Cassie Roma, founder CR&Co
As the founder of CR&Co which she launched just weeks before the world restructured with COVID 19, Cassie has learnt how to adapt, build resilience and build more than one version of a business plan. At the heart of who she is, is an unwavering belief that good business can do great things to bring out the best in extraordinary people. And that the world needs more #kindnesswarriors
May 11, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Victoria Carter, Business Woman and Company Director
With a strong call for action from Women from all across New Zealand to work together, collaborate and get creative with our thinking for our future, Victoria has learnt this through her many life roles, hats and experiences.  As a business woman and company director her life roles have included The President of Aucklands Northern Club, serving as a councillor on the former Auckland City Council, multiple independent directorships across commercial and charitable enterprises.  As an entrepreneur in 2007, Victoria founded Cityhop - New Zealand’s first car sharing service which aligned to her environmental values and reducing our Impact.
May 08, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Aimee Whitcroft, founder Data 4d
Aimee has a great love of data, governance and ethics and how they have all collided to create a fascinating career. Her career has culminated with a keen interest in and knowledge of openX - open data, open government and civic technology and has worked for a number of New Zealand’e most prominent scientific, internet and tech organisations.
May 07, 2020
Fiona Deehan, Cara Consulting - Curiosity and Worthiness
Fiona first connected to Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with a curious and inquisitive mind.  In the first series of podcasts one of the topics that appeared were aligned to values and the value that Curiosity and Worthiness play in her life and business.  We were keen to unpack these further and share with our community their meaning and how we can best use these values to build successful organisations.
May 06, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Nadine Hickman, Pep Talk Media
Pep Talk Media was born from a raw place for Nadine, who had been working to define her path and life’s purpose.  She was amazed after reigniting the flame on her recently launched magazine Pep Talk that everything just went in a state of flow when she had finally curated The Why? The How? And the What?
May 04, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Michelle Sharp
After establishing that she in fact wears 9 hats in her life roles, Michelle is one incredibly busy woman even though at the moment she feels she has more time, which is a wonderful state to be in.  As a digital innovator for Impact and Transformational Leadership, Michelle is best known for her role as CEO of Kilmarnock where she transitioned it from a charity based model to one of NZ’s leading social enterprises.  She has recently returned to the telecommunications sector again leading transformational impact at Vodafone to have positive impact for communities across New Zealand.
May 04, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Mai Chen - Managing Partner, Chen Palmer
In a very reflective state, Mai joined us on Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose to share the most important things that she has learnt at this time of change, and where she will focus her energy next to have the most positive impact.  As the Managing Partner of Chen Palmer, Mai is a New Zealand constitutional and administrative law expert, Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, Director of BNZ amongst many other leading roles.
May 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Lisa Mead, founder Social Currency NZ
As an accounting and impact reporting firm for purpose driven businesses, Lisa has cultivated her business with a focus on social impact as the driving force behind the launch. With a mission to support at risk children, the profit from her business is injected into projects to create a better future.
May 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Nicola Turner, founder Mainstream Green
Nicola spent 15 years understanding shoppers behaviours in the supermarket to orchestrate things to make people buy more and drive consumption. Something that she never thought to question.  Mainstream Green was born as a social enterprise to use her understanding of human behaviour to get people to consume less.  With a mission to educate a shift in thinking to support people in making better and more informed choices before purchases.
May 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Elisha Watson, founder Nisa
Elisha began her career as a Lawyer at a firm in Wellington before realising that the world had another calling for her. Like all great stories there was a catalyst and a desire for change, and she began to learn more about the Social Enterprise model to create Nisa, an underwear label that aims to help women from the bottom up. Sewn by women from a refugee background, they are on a mission to provide meaningful and interesting paid work while making kick ass undies. 
May 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Futurist and Company Director
With many life roles and hats being worn at any given time, Melissa started her journey as an Entrepreneur at the age of 20.  As a single mother and a 2 year old in toe she launched her first entrepreneurial venture as she wasn’t able to afford child care.  Now Melissa is the Chair of Little Yellow Bird, the Deputy Chair of RadioNZ, an Independent Director of Beef + Lamb to name just a few.  She is continually growing her educational mindset to lead with both heart and mind through personal and professional development.
April 30, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Abbie Reynolds, former ED Sustainable Business Council
Abbie a Reynolds has cared about the environment and equity since she was young. From helping out on a Whale Stranding mission at 15 to setting up a paper recycling program at school at 16. Her focus has always been on creating a world where nature and people flourish. Whilst leading the Council, she was the key architect of the Climate Leaders Coalition and presented to the UN on Aotearoa New Zealand’s performance against the Sustainable Development Goals.  Previously the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, Abbie now promotes sustainability, climate change action & systems change for a better future for the people and nature of Aotearoa.  She was a 2019 Woman of Influence winner, and now serves as a Trustee for Voyce Whakarongo Mai and on Westpac's Sustainability Advisory Panel.
April 30, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Angela Meyer, Co Founder Double Denim
Although on first glance you may think that Double Denim may well be an uber chic street wear label, this savvy female lead duet is an independent creative agency specialising in gender intelligence.  With a bold statement made that they ‘Know Women’ it comes from having convinced thousands to dance in Lycra to a Bon Jovi classic in Cathedral Square, starting a dating revolution, writing a personal memoir about sailing across the world with a one year old founding the Ace Lady Network and of course Double Denim.
April 29, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Dorenda Britten
Dorenda is a challenger and future thinker, helping people who want to make a difference to see the reality of, and opportunities within, the big picture. With experience in the design space and as founder of The Britten Institute, her goal is to reframe design around a set of principles that apply to any sector of human enterprise that will secure our environmental, social and financial future.
April 28, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Carissa Fairbrother co founder - Rival Wealth
As a financial advisor, financial wellness warrior and keynote speaker, Carissa believes that financial resilience is only born when we have a Plan B. A Plan B meaning to have assessed your risks, access to cash reserves, and have the welfare of your team at the centre of all of your business decisions.
April 28, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Annika Andresen Blake NZ
In 2019, Annika was shocked to be awarded Westpac Young Woman of Influence a Award after her then boss and partner conspired and nominated her. As a key advocate to supporting more New Zealanders to go beneath the surface of the water to explore the great depths of the ocean, she is leading this through her role at Blake NZ as a Virtual Reality Environmental Educator.
April 27, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Jacinta Gulasekharam co founder Dignity NZ.
Dignity NZ is a true social enterprise creating access to sanitary items for all women. With a buy one give one model, corporate workplaces across NZ give their teams access to sanitary items to ensure young girls in High school are provided with the equivalent products. A key and intrinsic part of the Dignity NZ model focus' on Corporate Partnerships resulting in hundreds of new schools, womens organisations and youth organisations having access to products and as a result of the Dignity initiative women in the corporates feeling 85% more personally supported and 72% of the schools have reported that the students were able to stay at school during their period.  Jacinta was the campaign lead for Positive Periods and has teamed up with others in the period industry to start a campaign calling on the government to commit to better menstrual education and to provide access to period products for all students.
April 27, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Jess Stuart.
With a passion and two decades of experience in personal development, Jess has a strong focus on mindfulness, achieving authentic and meaningful success, change and resilience to unlock the true potential in people.
April 20, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Flora Brons founder of FLORA
FLORA was founded to help educate and influence the community on sustainable living through Flora’s knowledge of plants and the eco system. With a passion for plants, nature and people she has created handcrafted and unique products that encourage all New Zealanders to begin their journey to self sufficiency by growing their own plants.
April 20, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Kat Gee founder of Kagi Jewellery
As an entrepreneur, designer and storyteller Kat Gee is not only creative and dynamic but a savvy business woman. After selling Kagi Jewellrey a few years ago she is currently mastering the art of full time parenting.
April 20, 2020
Business Continuity Planning - Gareth Bayliss and Catherine van der Meulen.
Small and medium sized businesses from across New Zealand are the heart beat to the country. Through this Podcast we unpack some of the tools, strategies and resources to creating a sustainable organisation design for the future.
April 20, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Erica Austin from E.A. Curation
As an experience curator, social entrepreneur, facilitator, architecture graduate, photographer and #ChChAmbassador - Erica is certainly a multi - potentialite. Combining her knowledge in architecture, her ability to deliver high level events, conferences and festivals, and experiences in the Start Up ecosystem to be Chief Experience Curator at E.A.!Curation all whilst juggling a new born baby.
April 19, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Sarah Perriam from Perriam Media
As a leading voice in New Zealand agriculture, Sarah has worked for a decade behind and in front of the camera in rural media, recognised for her extraordinary commitment to telling an often untold story about how our food and fibre is produced.
April 19, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Hannah McKnight - Ngatahi Communications
As the founder of Ngatahi (meaning to come together) Hannah spends her days focused on social impact projects and empowers organisations to consider their role in building a better world and amplifying their influence.
April 19, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with The President of UN Women Aotearoa NZ- Suzanne McNabb
As the President of UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand leads and drives the organisation to have positive impact on 4 key focus areas including Women’s Economic Empowerment which is the key project that Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose supports through the profit from our launch series.
April 19, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Carmen Vicelich from Valocity Global
An incredibly savvy entrepreneur, status quo challenging, mother to 4, Carmen has been disrupting and innovating through technology and data to solve problems and deliver game-changing value.
April 06, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with Fiona Deehan - Cara Consulting
As a leadership, wellbeing and learning partner, Fiona supports people and organisations to realise their potential and improve wellbeing.
April 06, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard QC
Dame Lowell Goddard is an astonishing woman, a former New Zealand High Court Judge and the first person of Maori ancestry to have been appointed to the High Court.
April 05, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose with Dr. Anita Perkins
After connecting on Linked In on the topic of Purpose, Dr. Anita Perkins and our founder Catherine van der Meulen explored Anita’s own Hero’s Journey, her unique education and what enabling social and environmental change through words and connection means to her.
April 05, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose episode 2 featuring Bridget Williams from Bead and Proceed
Bridget Williams founded Bead and Proceed after leaving a career as a solicitor. With a vision to bring more awareness and ultimately more impact through the UN Sustainability Development Goals by connecting people through a creative process.
April 03, 2020
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose - Becky Lloyd
Becky Lloyd is the CEO of Toitu Envirocare and is a passionate leader with a mandate for New Zealand to be Carbon Zero by 2050. With this mission embedded into her spirit, Becky shares how she began this journey, whats important to her, how she educated herself in areas of interest to empower her to take on such a key role for what the world is crying out for.
April 02, 2020