Listen to New Zealand's trailblazing women sharing the twists and turns of their career journeys with Leadership Coach Anna Johnstone. An inspiring collection of open, honest career conversations with a diverse range of kiwi women.
From journalists to lawyers, jewellers to farmers, board directors to entrepreneurs - and everything in between! - their career highlights, challenges, and advice will inspire you in your own career.
Gina Dellabarca: GM of Consumer Banking & Wealth at Westpac
Gina Dellabarca was appointed Westpac NZ General Manager of Consumer Banking and Wealth in early 2020, having spent the previous five years as General Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. She is responsible for leading Westpac’s Consumer network, together with the Private Wealth Management division, Contact Centres and Operations.
Since joining Westpac in 1998, Gina has held a number of senior leadership roles. Gina lead both Commercial and Retail businesses across Westpac in both the North and South Island.
Gina holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University and is an accredited Organisational Coach recognised through the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. She is also a member of the New Zealand Global Women network and is a Director of Westpac NZ’s Staff Superannuation Scheme, a Director of Blake NZ Trust and Chair of the We Care Fund, He ora te whakapiri (Strength in Unity).
"Women often want to be perfect and not get things wrong. But actually when you've explored the fact that you are going to get things wrong, then embrace that as just pure learning and move forward with the next step."
Teresa Tepania-Ashton: CEO of Maori Women's Development Inc.
Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM is Chief Executive Officer of Māori Women’s Development Inc.
Teresa is a kind, quiet and respected leader. After a 12 year career working internationally with Citibank (during which time she rose from Service Assistant to Vice President) she put her decades of community and corporate governance experience to work for her people.
Teresa was the CEO of Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi o Ngāpuhi from 2004 – 2011. Today she is the CEO of Māori Women’s Development Incorporated – an inspirational and well-resourced organisation that provides loans and wrap around support for Wāhine Māori in business, and their whānau.
Teresa would never say it, but the people she works with describe her as mindful, decisive, astute and a nurturing and empowering leader. This shows when you consider the awards and acclaims she’s received:
· 2016 New Zealander of the year – Local Hero
· 2016 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to Māori and business
· 2015 & 2016 finalist New Zealand Woman of Influence
· 2009 Dame Mira Szaszy Alumni (University of Auckland)
With 3 children and a growing tribe of mokopuna, Teresa is an inspiring and understated leader. With credibility in hapū and iwi development, Reo Māori development, and governance across all sectors, she is truly a contemporary wahine Māori leader.
"Putting the emphasis on your team, ensuring that your team are ready and capable and confident about what they could do, that's what really makes you as a CEO. Being the CEO is not about you."
How to Network Authentically, Confidently and with Purpose
Many women dislike the idea of networking or cringe at the thought. This episode aims to dispel some myths and provide you with practical skills to help you feel more positive and confident about networking. The episode includes:
What networking is and why it's important
Common worries about networking and how to overcome these with a more helpful mindset
How to craft a professional introduction to make a great first impression
A range of practical networking tips and skills
Tanya Drewery: Circus Artist, Stuntwoman and Social Worker
Tanya Drewery (https://www.tanyadrewery.com/) holds a BPA in Circus and Physical Theatre and was a solo and group performer of circus arts and physical theatre across New Zealand, Germany, Canada, USA and Japan from 2005 – 2016. Since 2011 her focus has been moving from live performance to film and television. Tanya works as a stuntwoman, motion capture action performer, puppeteer and actor and has appeared in films such as Planet of the Apes and Wonder Woman and will be featuring in the upcoming Avatar sequel.
In 2016 Tanya decided to pursue study in Social Work and recently completed her Masters of Social Work. This fitted with her desire to contribute more to community and society. She’s passionate about the work that she does, which includes, among other things, advocating for the rights, health, safety and wellbeing of sex workers in Aotearoa. Her career has taken her so far from hula hooping clown to fighting for human rights.
"One of my proudest career moments was when I was in my first film, Cirque de Soleil: Worlds Away. My mum and my nana flew to Wellington and all three of us sat down in the picture theater and watched my huge face, the size of the movie screen, hammering nails into my nose. It was hilarious."
Komal Mistry: Global Business Unit Director of Sports & Active Lifestyle for Fonterra
Komal Mistry has worked for Fonterra for nearly 10 years and is currently Fonterra’s global business unit Director of Sports & Active Lifestyle based in Singapore. In this role she leads Fonterra’s protein, probiotics and speciality ingredients portfolio within the $US 200b health and wellness market. Her role spans across Europe, USA & APAC regions.
In her previous role she was the General Manager of Fonterra Ventures responsible for building new revenue streams globally for Fonterra and prior to that she held various finance and commercial roles across Fonterra’s Consumer business.
Prior to joining Fonterra, Komal worked for Deloitte across both the London and New Zealand offices. Komal is both a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand as well as a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. She was named New Zealand’s Young Executive of the Year in the 2017 Deloitte Top 200 Awards.
"Right from early on in my career, I've often been the only female in the room. I think when you're different, whether that's gender, or generation, or ethnic background, that means that you have a different perspective. I definitely view that now as a real positive because you come with a different voice that ultimately adds value to the business and to the team that you're in."
Tracy Phillips: From a lifetime career in the NZ Police to the SPCA
Tracy Phillips has spent most of her career with the NZ Police, working across the North Island and involved in dog handling, Search and Rescue, as an LGBTIQ+ ally, police professional conduct and as the Area Commander for Whangarei Te Tai Tokerau. In 2019 she joined the SPCA as their GM Inspectorate. Tracy was made a MNZM in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2018 and also won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games high jump.
"Very simply my advice to anyone is when an opportunity comes up, take it. And when you get those opportunities, take them, work your butt off and get more opportunities."
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Amazing stories from amazing NZ women
Highly recommend this podcast! Anna has an easy and comfortable flow to her interview style, and this brings out the best in each of her amazing guests. It’s great to hear from such incredible New Zealand women and how diverse their success stories are.
Wonderful stories of some amazing women
I’m really enjoying hearing about the careers and stories of these women close to home in NZ. Thanks for putting these together Anna. We have such inspirational women in NZ and I take away something useful from each espiode!