12 episodes

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.

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The Female Career. Trailblazing New Zealand women share their career journeys The Female Career

    • Careers
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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.

https://www.thefemalecareer.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/thefemalecareer/

    Abby Foote: Professional Director, Chair of Z Energy

    Abby Foote: Professional Director, Chair of Z Energy

    Abby Foote is a professional director with over 12 years’ governance experience, including both publicly listed and Crown companies. With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has covered both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions. Abby is Chair of Z Energy, and currently serves on the boards of TVNZ, Sanford Limited and Freightways Limited. Abby’s previous governance roles include Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Transpower New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA). She’s also a strong advocate for encouraging diversity of thought, background and perspective at the Board table.

    • 32 min
    Chlöe Swarbrick: Green Party MP and Changemaker

    Chlöe Swarbrick: Green Party MP and Changemaker

    Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick shares her inspiring career journey as part of The Female Career podcast.


    Chlöe has been a law student, journalist, business owner and a community project leader. When interviewing politicians of all stripes on daily issues she found that too often they had become out of sync with everyday people’s lives. She couldn’t see herself, her friends, or her whānau in politics.


    So, in 2016 Chlöe did what any reasonable, disillusioned 22 year old would do. She ran to be the Mayor of Auckland. Almost 30,000 Aucklanders gave her their vote after Chlöe and her team campaigned for just 4 months on a shoestring budget.


    As a next career step, Chlöe stood as a candidate for the party whose values matched hers and was elected as a Green Party MP into Parliament in 2017 after a particularly gruelling campaign.


    She is the youngest MP in Aotearoa for over 40 years. She entered parliament to show people that politicians can look a little different, sound a little different, do things a little different, and to drive home the message that politicians work for people.


    Chlöe is the Green Party spokesperson on issues that she can really get her teeth into: Education (including Tertiary), Internal Affairs, Sensible Drug Law Reform, Local Government, Arts Culture & Heritage, Small Business, Broadcasting and Youth.


    "Whatever you do in your career, things are going to be hard at points along the way. And to me that demonstrates a massive sense of empowerment because regardless of whether you choose to work nine to five desk job that perhaps you hate or pursue your passion and start something from the ground up, both of those things are going to be hard in quite different ways. You will go through periods of suffering, of ups and downs and that's what it means to be alive. You know that you have things to contribute and you know that there is more to come."


    If you would like to be one of the first to hear other inspiring career stories of a diverse rang of women of Aotearoa New Zealand, please do sign up to our mailing list - you can find the sign up form at the bottom of The Female Career website. (https://www.thefemalecareer.com/stories)

    • 39 min
    Jo Blair: Social Changemaker, Community Builder and CEO

    Jo Blair: Social Changemaker, Community Builder and CEO

    Jo hails from Ōtautahi Christchurch and has had a varied career, from media to wine sales and she even trained as a chef! She also worked for a number of years for the Christchurch City Council, bringing to life events such as the World Buskers Festival. In 2013, she tapped into her entrepreneurial roots and set up her own business, social change agency Brown Bread, who specialise in partnering with social purpose organisations to revolutionise giving and fuel creativity. Throughout her career, there’s been a strong thread of creating movements around big ideas and building communities around great causes. 


    In this episode, Jo shares:


    How the 'wiggly-woggly' variety of roles in her early career have helped her enormously in running her own business


    How she combines purpose, profit, and passion


    How she agreed with her husband that he'd be the stay-at-home parent for their son while she runs the business

    • 31 min
    Traci Houpapa: Professional Director and Trusted Advisor to Māori and Government

    Traci Houpapa: Professional Director and Trusted Advisor to Māori and Government

    Traci is an award winning company director and a recognised industry leader. She is also a trusted advisor to Māori and Government on strategic and economic development. Traci is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand.


    Traci has been named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness and the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand. She won the Westpac Fairfax Media Women of Influence Board and Management award and has been named on Westpac’s New Zealand Women Powerbrokers list. Traci has been awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Māori, and named amongst the BBCs 100 Most Influential Women in the World. Traci has recently been made a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, the highest level of the IODs Chartered categories, making her a nationally recognised role model for other directors and business leaders.


    Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.


    In this podcast episode she shares:


    How broad work experience early in her career has helped her in her variety of governance roles


    How she handles incidences of racism or chauvinism that she encounters in her life and work


    That her life is busy but she tries to also keep it 'simple' - taking care of herself and asking for support when needed

    • 33 min
    Louisa Wall: Politician, Sporting Legend and Advocate for Gender and Sexual Minorities

    Louisa Wall: Politician, Sporting Legend and Advocate for Gender and Sexual Minorities

    Louisa Wall (Ngati Tuwharetoa me Waikato) is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and has been an MP since 2008. She has held a variety of roles across the public sector and her work is founded on a commitment to universal human rights together with promoting the rights of gender and sexual minorities. Louisa also had a highly successful sporting career as both a Silver Fern and also a Black Fern, including being named NZ Women's Rugby Player of the Year in 1997.


    In this episode, she shares her career story including:


    How her sporting career taught her focus, determination and teamwork


    Why she doesn't let criticism and being called 'abrasive' stop her from fighting for others' rights


    The challenges of sexism, racism and homophobia she's faced along the way in her career

    • 38 min
    Laura Douglas: Tourism Business Owner and Builder of Confidence

    Laura Douglas: Tourism Business Owner and Builder of Confidence

    Laura grew up on a sheep and deer farm in Southland, New Zealand. After 10 years of a varied corporate career, she returned to her farming roots, swapping high heels for gumboots. Here she shares her journey to starting her own farm tourism business Real Country and finding her purpose in helping NZ girls build their confidence.


    In the episode, Laura shares:


    How she's coped with the challenges of Covid-19 for her Queenstown tourism business


    Why feeling satisfied is more important to her than being happy


    How she shifted through several roles and companies in her 20s, never staying for more than 18 months at a time, before finding her career purpose


    How anyone can build their confidence - but it involves taking on unfamiliar, uncomfortable tasks

    • 30 min

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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!

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