How did you find the application process and what did you take away from it?
There was a lot more to it than I was expecting, but it was surprisingly fun – although tricky at the same time. I don’t think it comes naturally to us Kiwis to put ourselves forward for awards or to ‘blow our own trumpet,’ but going through the process of reflecting on some of the cool stuff that I’d done and consider what’s important for me was really rewarding. The application makes you think about the impact that you’ve had, and that is something I don’t think we spend too much time doing normally.
What was the experience like engaging with the judges?
It was an interesting conversation and an incredible panel of judges to talk to. They’ve incredible careers themselves, so getting a chance to speak with them was interesting in and of itself. They were inquisitive, but also supportive. It felt like they were really trying to get to get to know me and were super easy to have a conversation with.
As a recent finalist, what have you got from the awards in the months following?
One of the things that I took out of the application process was the way it requires you to think about what it is you’re looking for next in your career, and what impact you want to leave on the world. It also introduced me to the other incredibly talented finalists who I have since connected with.
One thing that was quite unexpected was all the messages of support and reconnections that I got with people from throughout my career. It was incredible to get comments from people saying amazing things – an unexpected but nice outcome.
What would you say to another young executive considering applying for this award?
It is a fantastic opportunity, and it’s great to reflect on what you’ve achieved as well as what you might like to do going forward. It is also an amazing way to connect – or to reconnect – with quite a vast network of people from your past, and other incredible New Zealanders. If I had one thing to say to another young executive, it would be: Go for it – just do it!