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.
Lucy Tupu: New York-based Designer of Rugs, Furniture and Lighting
"I love bringing my Samoan heritage into my designs and work. It's a very important part of my identity and what I want my company, my brand to represent."
Lucy Tupu is a classically trained Industrial Designer with over 20 years of experience producing bespoke rugs, carpets, furniture and lighting. She has lived and worked in New Zealand and Australia and for the last 17 years has been based in the United States.
In 2015 she opened her New York City-based design studio, https://www.lucytupu.com/ (Lucy Tupu LLC) and her debut collection was launched in May 2016 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Her work has quickly built a reputation for its vibrant, graphic and playful designs that also reflect her New Zealand and Samoan roots.
Vic Maclennan: Technology Entrepreneur
"The thing that I would say to women as there is no such thing as a glass ceiling, but there are barriers. So acknowledge those barriers and find ways to push through them."
Vic Maclennan is passionate about many things - growing great companies, raising digital literacy, growing New Zealand’s economy, and equality for women. Her day jobs include Managing Director of data and information specialists OptimalBI, plus investing in and advising a range a great Kiwi startups as they grow.
Vic's community contributions include being co-Chair of NZRise a community of NZ owned digital and technology companies, Chair of the Digital Skills Forum, a cross government and industry initiative focusing on the future of work, and Chair of Digital Future Aotearoa a fabulous charity established to raise the digital capability of all New Zealanders. Victoria is also Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Digital Inclusion and Digital Economy (DEDIMAG).
Vic believes we live in a great country so helping every New Zealander reach their potential in life is something we can all aspire to achieve.
Camilla Rutherford: Award-winning Photographer
"Only 15% of advertising photography you see was shot by women. Yet pretty much all of that advertising photography is aimed at women. There's some amazingly talented female photographers out there who are shooting beautiful campaigns, and just need to be given a break."
Camilla hails from Scotland, and studied at the prestigious Central St Martins College of Art in London. After graduating Camilla embarked on a 5 year winter, between NZ ski fields in Wanaka and Switzerland’s Verbier. On these winters she gained a reputation as a world-class snow photographer, before deciding she wanted a bit more summer, settling in Wanaka and starting to photograph mountain biking as well.
Camilla now calls NZ home and lives deep in the Southern Alps with her family on their high country merino sheep station. She travels when she can shooting editorial assignments and advertising campaigns for adventure sports, travel, and lifestyle companies.
Recently Camilla has grown passionate about photographing regenerative farming practices and started a personal photography project to showcase this called https://www.healtheearthnz.com/ (Heal the Earth). She was awarded the 2020 Professional Photographers Grant from Canon to support this work.
Camilla has twice been a finalist in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year and won the 2015 NZ Press Photographer of the Year. She is incredibly passionate about NZ and its unique and diverse landscapes and loves living, working and shooting here.
Juanita Ryan: Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Corrections
"One of the most memorable moments of my life was walking onto the stage to get my PhD with a four month old and a 19 month old - my two baby girls - in the audience."
Juanita Ryan is the Deputy Chief Executive, Health Services with Ara Poutama, the Department of Corrections. She is responsible for the operational delivery of health, mental health, addictions and disability services for people on remand or sentence with the Department.
Juanita is a Clinical Psychologist by background with a PhD in Psychology. She started her career as a psychologist with the Waikato District Health Board. Juanita joined Ara Poutama 12 years ago and she has held a range of roles there including principal psychologist, Director Programmes and Interventions and Chief Psychologist.
Bridget Williams: Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Bead and Proceed
"Figure out and celebrate what your strengths are. You've been given these magical gifts, so use them and ideally use them for good."
Bridget Williams is the founder of https://beadandproceed.com/ (Bead and Proceed) - a social enterprise working to educate people about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspire action towards them through creativity.
Alongside this, Bridget is also one of the youngest elected Christchurch City Council Community Board members. She studied law, classics and political science originally and was President of the Student Volunteer Army. The first few years of her career were at Duncan Cotterill as a solicitor before she realised her dreams of pursuing a more creative, community-focused career.
Abbie Reynolds: Sustainability Leader
"Being in sustainability is always about having a really future-facing lens. Sustainability is doing what we do today in a way that means that future generations can meet their needs"
Abbie Reynolds is one of New Zealand’s most respected figures in sustainable business. She is Chair of Westpac's Sustainability External Advisory Panel, a Director of Auckland Transport and Trustee for Sustainable Coastlines.
Most recently Abbie was CEO of Predator Free 2050 Ltd, the company established to help deliver the New Zealand government's ambitious goal of eradicating possums, stoats and rats by 2050. From 2016 to 2019 she was the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, and was the key architect in the establishment and launch of the Climate Leaders Coalition in 2018.
Before joining the Sustainable Business Council, Abbie was the head of sustainability at Vodafone NZ and has led sustainability and regulatory work across a number of different industries. Her tireless work earned her a 2019 Women of Influence award in the Board and Maintenance category.
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!