The Wellington launch of the Bell Gully Women Leaders' series took place on Tuesday night with a thought-provoking address by business leader Rosanne Meo.
Rosanne Meo was among the first professional women company directors in New Zealand and the first woman to chair a State Owned Enterprise and a company listed on the NZSX. As well as extensive directorships, she also shares her expertise and leadership with arts and community organisations, including the Auckland Philharmonia.
An audience of professional women from a variety of Wellington-based public and private sector organisations enjoyed Rosanne's frank and insightful comments on the latest research on the lack of women in senior management and on boards, including why more hasn't been achieved in New Zealand despite the country's impressive record of women in high profile public office.
Rosanne entertained and inspired by sharing some of her diverse and impressive personal experiences as a leading woman in business. Of particular note was her challenge for women to carefully consider their priorities, and, if they want to rise to high level senior management and board-level positions, to make sure they acquire the skills, attributes, and experience to make them attractive candidates for those roles.
Bell Gully partner Jenny Cooper, who leads the Women at Bell Gully programme, says the firm was delighted to have such an inspiring leader in business to launch the Wellington programme.