Co-Owner of Matakana SuperFoods
I’d name my autobiography: “Better to be kind than right”
To me success means: Getting the important things right. And for me, the most important things are the relationships I have with the people in my life –my family, friends and employees.
Best advice I’ve been given: Choose your thoughts carefully, they create your reality. And, treat others as you would like to be treated an oldie but a goodie.
I made my first dollar: At the age of 14 working in a pharmacy over the school holidays. I earned the princely sum of $35 a week and that included late night Fridays!
The most rewarding part of my job is… Knowing that our small, NZ-owned company has played an important part in educating and influencing everyday New Zealanders in the way they think about their food, and the potential it has to nourish their bodies and enrich their lives.
Life motto: It’s better to be kind than right.
Favourite book: The book that had a huge impact on me when I first read it back in my 30s, was “You Can Heal Your Life” by the late Louise L. Hay.
My goals for 2018 are: To achieve a better work-life balance; and to live each day being mindful and grateful for everything and everyone in my life.
The women who inspire me: I’m inspired by those unacknowledged women (often solo parents) who support their families through adversity while trying to juggle jobs/careers.
The gender stereotype I can’t stand: That slim women are weak women.
The main challenge for women in business is: Getting past others pre-conceived and outdated ideas of ability based on gender.
We need pay equity because: It’s fair. Disparity in pay based purely on gender is wrong plain and simple.
Gender diversity in the workplace is: Essential for a balanced, cohesive and progressive society.
I advocate for change by: Being open, inclusive and compassionate.
The change I want to see in 2018 is: A greater urgency around climate change and the environment.