Mentor Group: Getting to Start-Up Reality

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THIS MENTOR GROUP HAVE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT THE MENTORING PROGRAMME TEAM IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING A SIMILAR GROUP.

Are you committed to a new business idea and are now ready to crystalize the offering and move it forward? Or are you interested in starting your own business and have a few ideas but would like some help to ensure that the idea is the right one before commiting to this new start-up journey? Either way, this is the mentor group for you! Get the support and advice to move from start-up idea to start-up reality.

Mentor Group: From Start-Up Idea to Start-Up Reality

Dates: Six sessions starting on Thursday 16 April 2015. You must be able to attend all of the following eight dates: 16 April, 30 April, 21 May, 4 June, 11 June, 2 July, 16 July, 23 July
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: near Trafalgar Square, London
Mentor: Avril McDonald

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Avril McDonald grew up in a small beach town in New Zealand, trained as a primary school teacher and then worked hard to become a Managing Director of a Global Digital Entertainment Company in London and became a mum.

She specialises in transforming ideas into reality. Right now she wants to transform ideas that have great meaning to her and a positive sustainable impact on our world. She wanted to create beautiful characters and stories that help kids manage tough emotions and feel brave (because we all have to be a little brave sometimes). She created www.feelbrave.com and continues on the delightful yet challenging journey of trying to develop a global children’s brand both as a business and with a charitable arm that has the vision to give children everywhere access to tools to help them feel brave and reach their pure potential.  

Applications closed: 9am Monday 23 March 2015

Our unique mentoring programme is an ongoing initiative that enables network members to jump-start their own individual journeys towards overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and realising their aspirations in any area of their life. Full details of the programme can be found here.

Dates don't work for you?
If you're unable to make these dates but are really keen to join a group on this theme then let us know and we'll see if we can get another group on the same theme started at some point in the future.

Not interested in this theme but want to be mentored?
New themes and groups will be launched regularly so make sure you are a member of the NZBWN to receive all the latest information. A list of upcoming themes can be found on the mentoring webpage.

Women Creating Change in Business: How Do We Make It Happen?

Written by NZBWN Team.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Kea and the New Zealand Business Women’s Network would like to invite you to 'Women Creating Change in Business: How Do We Make It Happen?' held at New Zealand House on Monday 09 March.

IWD 2015 panelJoin the Kiwi community in London along with panel members Katherine Corich, Director of Sysdoc, Jen Ferguson, Founder of Hop Burns and Black, Milly Olykan, Festival and Events Director at The 02 will now be joined by Lara Bowen, Head of Digital and Content at RedWorks, Simone Lanham of Incognito Artists and Sewell Foundation, and Avril Mcdonald of FeelBrave.  Our panel, who will be introduced by Hilary Timmins of Dream Catchers, will discuss their career/business, how and why they made it happen.  Whilst looking at this year’s focus of “Make It Happen”, addressing equality, growth in women owned businesses, recognition in the arts and financial independence.  Further panel members will be announced next week. 

New Zealand wine has been kindly sponsored by Yealands, with the evening starting with a glass of wine and the chance to meet with other women from Kea and the New Zealand Business Women's Network while canapés are served.

When: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Monday 09 March
Where: The Penthouse, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket SW1Y 4TQ
Tickets: £20 + booking fee, Book Now

Mentor Group: Scaling Your Business

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THIS GROUP HAVE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT THE MENTORING PROGRAMME TEAM IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING IN THIS GROUP.

Are you a business owner or manager of a business unit within an organisation that is going through a time of growth or expansion? Are you responsible for this growth and would like to be around others dealing with the same issues? Then this may be the support you have been looking for!

Mentor Group: Scaling up and taking your business to the next level

Dates: Six sessions starting on Wednesday 4 March 2015. You must be able to attend all of the following seven dates: 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15  April, 29 April, 6 May, 20 May
Times: 6:00-7:30pmEmma Loisel
Location: near Holborn, London
Mentor: Emma Loisel  

Emma Loisel is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Investor in high growthventures. Emma is passionate about innovating businesses, consumer offerings and industries, particularly through the adoption of technology.


Emma began her career as a Criminologist before moving to the City as the Business Manager of KPMG Consulting UK, followed by Chief Operations Officer of Metrius, a creative consulting agency. In 2003 Emma became the Chief Operations Officer of two online media businesses, Atlas Europe and Mediabrokers, which were acquired by a Quantive LLC. Since 2007 Emma has been investing in ventures and providing Board and advisory services. 

 

Applications closed: 9am Monday 16 February 2015

Our unique mentoring programme is an ongoing initiative that enables network members to jump-start their own individual journeys towards overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and realising their aspirations in any area of their life. Full details of the programme can be found here.

Dates don't work for you?
If you're unable to make these dates but are really keen to join a group on this theme then let us know and we'll see if we can get another group on the same theme started at some point in the future.

Not interested in this theme but want to be mentored?
New themes and groups will be launched regularly so make sure you are a member of the NZBWN to receive all the latest information. A list of upcoming themes can be found on the mentoring webpage.

 

Kick-Starting 2015

Written by The NZBWN Team.

Have you set any New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2015? Maybe you have some big dreams you would like to achieve? Or maybe you need a dose of inspiration to help create the year you want?

Come along and hear from a panel of inspiring women who have recently achieved some amazing personal goals or dreams or have set themselves some big goals for 2015.

NZ TV Presenter Hilary Timmins will be sharing a very special project she is creating.

About Hilary & Dream Catchers

Hilary TimminsDream Catchers is the launch of a series about successful New Zealanders in the UK and the reciprocal benefits to NZ and their adopted home. Starting in the UK the series will eventually spread to include North America, Europe and Asia. Aspirational and inspirational, it's a celebration of our tall poppies and the series is designed to show all New Zealanders we can dream as big as we want to.

Dream Catchers will be brought to fruition by well-known TV personality Hilary Timmins. Hilary first appeared on New Zealand Television in 1986 – after studying English literature and ancient history at Auckland University coupled with a busy modelling career – when she began her co-hosting role of the iconic NZ game show, “It’s In The Bag”. In 1992, Hilary began her long association with the New Zealand Lotto; a relationship that continued until 2008 when she left to travel abroad. Meeting a number of inspiring Kiwis here in London inspired Hilary to share their stories to help inspire the next generation in NZ so that they know anything is possible.   
 
Hilary will also be joined by a panel of women from our Network who will share their inspiring stories and how they’ve achieved their dreams and personal challenges.

Our first Panelist is Genevieve Corich van der Bas is one of our youngest members of the Network.
 
About Genevieve

alt19 year old kiwi Genevieve recently completed first year studies in Geography & Business at Auckland University after 8 years in the UK. Concurrent with her studies Genevieve is Project Director - Music Selection for the Les Mills international High Intensity Training series - GRIT. 
 
Genevieve's philosophy is to grab every challenge and opportunity in life. While still UK based, she was part of a film crew working with top European Entrepreneurs creating company videos of country winners in the European Business Awards. 
 
Genevieve recently returned from an aid mission to the Island of Panay in the central Visayas region of the Philippines. While there to help rebuild Carles village which 1 year on was still suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, Genevieve and her team were evacuated as Super Typhhon Hagupit bore down on the islands threatening a similar trail of destruction. Thankfully this largest peacetime evacuation led by the Philippines government meant that the death toll was minimised. However emergency food and medial supplies were urgently needed and Genevieve returned immediately to the village. 
 
Genevieve will share the story of living on the edge, and her insights on the importance of humanitarian work in regions where daily living challenges entire villages. 
 
More panellists will be released early next week.

Our evening will begin with a welcome drink of NZ Wine and nibbles and the chance to meet with other women from the Network. We’ll then here from Hilary and our panel of inspiring women with the opportunity to finish off the evening catching up and making new connections. 


When: Monday 26 January 2015
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: Iris & June, No 1 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG
Closet Tube: Victoria or St James Park
Ticket price: £15 includes welcome drink & nibbles
Buy Tickets: Click Here (just 5 left - 18th Jan.)

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