The changing face of New Zealand – Survive, Thrive & Lead

Are you ready to be inspired?
Are you interested in sharing your personal story or hear other people’s stories about “Surviving”, “Thriving” or “Leading” in New Zealand?
If the answer is Yes, read on.

Date: Thursday 28 November, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm to 7 pm-ish
Venue: BNZ Partners Centre, Level 10, Ricoh House 1 Victoria St, Wellington 6011

You are invited to an informal Soap-box networking event coordinated by NZAL Wellington Committee.

What is a Soap-box networking event?

It’s an informal, fun way of expanding your network. 

The event is kicked off with a panel discussion starring three inspiring and superdiverse Asian leaders – Meng Foon, Race Relations Commissioner, Jacinta Gulasekharam, Co-Founder of Dignity and Partnership Manager at FlexiTime and Carlo Lim, Co-founder, Youth Outreach NZ and Auditor, Ernst & Young.These leaders will share their journeys of surviving, thriving and leading in New Zealand. 

What happens after the panel discussion?

We open the floor up to all attendees where you will have an opportunity to share your own story (maximum 2 minutes each) on surviving, thriving or leading in New Zealand. 

We will use the latest in audience participation technology, so you can participate in the panel discussion real time.

This will be followed by an informal networking with refreshments.

I do not want to stand on a soap-box and talk. Can I still come?

Absolutely. Just listen to other people’s stories and join an informal networking session for a chat.

How do I register?

Thanks to the generosity of Bank of New Zealand, this event is free to all attendees. Just click on the register button below. 

About the Speakers

Meng Foon
Race Relations Commissioner

Meng Foon has taken up the appointment of Race Relations Commissioner, after 24 years at the Gisborne District Council. Mr Foon was elected as a councillor in 1995 and in 2001 he was elected Mayor, a role he held for 18 years. He is one of a handful of people of Chinese descent to have become a mayor in New Zealand. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Te Reo Māori.

Jacinta Gulasekharam
Co-Founder, Dignity and Partnership Manager, FlexiTime

Jacinta Gulasekharam is a second generation half Sri Lankan, half Kiwi living in Wellington. She grew up in the small rural town of Feilding and moved to Wellington in 2014 where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Public Policy. 

She is a co-founder of Dignity, a social enterprise which provides period products to those in need through a buy one give one model. Jacinta is also a mentor and facilitator Viclink entrepreneurial bootcamp and the Partnership Manager at FlexiTime

Carlo Lim
Co-founder, Youth Outreach NZ and Auditor, Ernst & Young

Carlo has a diverse perspective being born in the Philippines and growing up in New Zealand! He feels extremely fortunate to have had more opportunities to thrive and grow, which also passionately compels him to create and find opportunities to positively impact others.