Your Say Rachael Wee

Brand Manager (local Roast & Ground coffee portfolio at JDE) and volunteer

I’d name my autobiography: Love, Life and Laksa.

To me success means: Doing and achieving what’s important to me.

Best advice I’ve been given: Is actually a quote by Maya Angelou that I discovered a wee while back now, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

I made my first dollar: Working in the storeroom at Max Fashions after school three days a week.

The most rewarding part of my job is… working alongside as well as collaborating with some pretty smart people. I love working with others that are as passionate about coffee as me.

Life motto: The best is yet to come! (because it really is)

Favourite book: Memoirs of a Geisha. Anything non-fiction is my go-to.

My goals for 2018 are: To spend more time with my family, don’t sweat the small stuff and make what seems impossible, possible.

The women who inspire me: Are those that are true to themselves.

The gender stereotype I can’t stand: Where do I start?! The number of stereotypes that all genders face is pretty ridiculous. My advice is to stand up and speak up when you see something that you don’t agree with.

The main challenge for women in business is: Being labelled ‘bossy’.

We need pay equity because: it’s well overdue. Women deserve to be paid the same as men across all jobs and industries.

Gender diversity in the workplace is: gaining momentum but still needs a lot of work.

I advocate for change by: giving back to my local community as a volunteer leader for Girl Guiding NZ.

The change I want to see in 2018 is: working toward stronger animal welfare regulations. Especially those which directly relate to our farming industry.