What was it that inspired you to enter the Deloitte Top 200 awards?
The main thing that drove me to apply was the ability to have an impact and inspire someone else, particularly other young women. The more we can see representations of a variety of people, the more we can inspire other people to do these types of roles.
How did you find the application process and what did you take away from it?
I found the application writing process a little bit more confronting than I anticipated. As New Zealanders, we can often get into a position of not associating the things we accomplish with our own success. The entire process helped me to challenge and develop my thinking about my future career and where I could go.
What was the experience like engaging with the judges?
It was an experience like never before! I have never been interviewed by two board chairs and a senior reporter – I found that to be a challenging experience but an extremely valuable part of the process. They asked really challenging questions to stretch my thinking and raised things for me that had never been on the radar before. Even if I hadn’t walked away with the award, I would have taken a huge amount from just the application process.
What would you say to another young executive considering applying for this award this year?
You really benefit from having some diversity in thinking about your own future and going through this as an experience to really reflect on your own career. It’s easy to dismiss applying since everyone is so busy, but I would highly recommend taking the time to complete the application process and help drive your own thinking… and if you do get to interact with the judging panel then that’s a bonus!