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University of Waikato Women in Leadership Day

Preparing for the Future – the University and You

The Women in Leadership Day is about women, not solely for women and is part of the leadership development programme at the University of Waikato. This annual event, launched in 2009, is aimed at raising awareness around issues for women in leadership and providing support for women in, or aspiring to, leadership roles within the University.

The 2013 Women in Leadership Day was held on Friday 23 August on level 1 of MSB..


PROGRAMME

8.45 Karakia (Associate Professor Margie Hohepa) / Welcome from DVC (Professor Alister Jones)
9.05 Mayor Julie Hardaker – The University and Hamilton City - 2020 
9.20 Introduction from Chair (Professor Linda Smith) – overview of issues, scene setting
9.45 Elena Fa'amoe-Timoteo - Le ala i le pule ole tautua
10.00 Anna Bounds – It’s your future, get ready for it
10.15 Morning Tea
10.45Workshops: How to start doing something
 Note that the four workshops are repeated, so you can attend one in the morning and another in the afternoon 
1
Take the lead: putting your best foot forward online (Dr Noeline Wright, Tracey Morgan, Samantha van der Sande, Harriet Waffenschmidt)
2
Being the alchemist of your future (Associate Professor Kathryn Pavlovich)
3
Preparing for the perfect interview  (Professor Linda Smith, Liz Smyth, Lauren Hartnoll, Sonya Saunders)
4
Navigating change: The mentoring compass (Jenny Ferrier-Kerr, Michèle Morrison)
12.05 Lunch
1.00 Keynote speaker: Dr Helen Anderson: Leadership: is it magic?
2.00 Workshops: How to start doing something
1
Take the lead: putting your best foot forward online (Dr Noeline Wright, Tracey Morgan, Samantha van der Sande, Harriet Waffenschmidt)
2
Being the alchemist of your future (Associate Professor Kathryn Pavlovich)
3
Preparing for the perfect interview  (Professor Robyn Longhurst, Liz Smyth, Lauren Hartnoll, Sonya Saunders)
4
Navigating change: The mentoring compass (Jenny Ferrier-Kerr, Michèle Morrison)
3.20 NZWiL possibilities  (Michelle Jordan-Tong)
3.30 Summary by Chairs
Karakia whakamutunga
3.50 Refreshments

 

Dr Helen Anderson – key note speaker

Helen is interested in governance roles in areas that impact directly on New Zealand's prosperity, in particular technology, agriculture, construction and natural resources.

She is currently a Chair or Director of a variety of boards such as BRANZ, NIWA, DairyNZ and Fulbright New Zealand and draws on her experience as a Chief Executive in the public sector and background as a scientist. She was a member of the Technical Inquiry into Building collapse in Christchurch and a recent review of the Defence Technology Agency. She chairs advisory committees for IRL, LINZ and in the construction sector. She was an active researcher in geophysics and seismology for nearly 20 years before joining the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology first as Chief Scientific Advisor and then Chief Executive.

Helen was a Fulbright scholar and is a Companion of the Queens Service Order, the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Institute of Professional Engineers. Further information about Dr Helen Anderson’s career is available on http://www.globalwomen.org.nz/Our+Members/Helen+Anderson.html

Workshop descriptions

Take the lead; putting your best foot forward online

Online spaces feature in our work environment and are likely to be increasingly important for networking, communication and collaboration. Online is now where we develop our personal and professional profiles – where people find out about us. How and where we operate online is critical to our ‘presence’ and how it is interpreted. This workshop will demonstrate some online tactics and suggest ways to establish a favourable online presence and how to manage it professionally. This includes how to present yourself, how to develop your networks so that they work for you, and tips about how to stay safe online.  It’s your online presence, make it work for you!

Being the alchemist of your future

Leadership is about our moral character and the ethical legitimacy of our values, actions and organisational processes.  I suggest that when these are aligned, we become the alchemist of our own leadership.  We begin the workshop by examining what our desired future could look like.  Then, we create a personal legend, building on our virtues and strengths. This aspect of the workshop will include leading-edge studies that demonstrate a different way of being.  Finally, we interactively experience what collective connectivity feels like and then discuss what this means in terms of creating our future.

Navigating change: The mentoring compass

Individual and organisational change varies in form, duration and effect. It can be initiated and imposed, enabling and limiting, invigorating and enervating. Personal, professional and organisational growth requires us to navigate change and lies at the heart of mentoring endeavour. Mentoring can guide mentees in developing insights into organisational politics and the rationale for change, and support individual career development.  This workshop will explore ways in which mentoring can sustain an individual’s resilience and efficacy, and build leadership capacity.  Participants will engage in practical activities to examine how they navigate change and how mentoring can contribute to this.

Preparing for the perfect interview

Don’t miss out on your perfect job by messing up the interview!  The success of a good interview is about knowing how to prepare and knowing how to put the best ‘you’ forward with confidence, which is something women often do not do well. This workshop will provide thedos and don’ts of interviews as well as some key interview skills and ideas for preparation. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare, get ready and prepare for your moment. Remember, if you think it’s the perfect job, others will too and they will be preparing to do their best.


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