Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ulmer was this week the special guest speaker in the latest event in the Bell Gully Women Leaders' Series.
Sarah gave an inspiring address sharing insights from her sporting career, business and family life, as well as her thoughts on leadership and success, with an appreciative audience at Bell Gully's Auckland office.
During a Q&A session hosted by Bell Gully partner Rachel Paris, Sarah, in her trade mark naturally engaging style, spoke of how she came to launch a cycling career straight from school, some of the challenges of competing on the world stage, key people who had inspired or help her along the way, and the lessons and perspectives she now applies in her business and personal life.
Sarah won gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004 becoming the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal in cycling. At that time she held the Olympic, Commonwealth Games and world records for the 3000m individual pursuit and also went on to have a successful road cycling career before retiring from competition due to injury. For the last six years she has run her own business focused on events, clothing and cycles, under Sarah Ulmer Brand (SUB), as well as a charitable trust set up to promote health and fitness among women. She also became a first time mum last year.
Bell Gully is running the Women Leaders' Series in Auckland and Wellington as part of its broader Women at Bell Gully programme. Other speakers do date have included former Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley and leading businesswoman Rosanne Meo.