FOUNDER AND OWNER OF HAVEN SKIN SPA
I’d name my autobiography:
To me success means:
Quality of life which, to me, means creating the freedom to make choices that are not based on fear.
Best advice I’ve been given:
Don’t take a “no” from anyone who wasn’t in the position to give you a “yes” in the first place.
I made my first dollar:
Delivering the Auckland Star when I was 11.
The most rewarding part of my job:
Creating employment. Having the freedom to make genuine decisions which aren’t solely focussed
on the bottom line.
Experiences over “things”
I have many! Let’s go with Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
My goals for 2018 are:
My goals for this year mirror my definition of success, so my focus for 2018 is all about lifestyle. For me this means a better work life balance, working on the side of the business I enjoy and creating more time for myself.
The women who inspire me:
Michelle Obama – she is pioneering, confident, has a strong sense of who she is and what she represents; and does it all with grace and humility.
The gender stereotype I can’t stand:
I can’t stand any gender stereotypes.
The main challenge for women in business is:
For me, I feel like there are real challenges for both men and women in business, but we also have a whole lot of advantages. I think women bring a huge amount to the business world which should be embraced and celebrated.
We need pay equality because:
It’s fair! And, no one should have to fight for what is fair. The challenge with this is I know people who still don’t think pay inequality exists – it’s easier to think something isn’t a problem when you haven’t experienced it firsthand.
Gender diversity in the workplace is:
Essential! Decision making is much stronger when people with different experiences and influences are all part of the process.
I advocate for change by:
With my dollar! I consciously make everyday purchase decisions based on products that have the lowest environmental and social impacts.
The change I want to see by the end of 2018 is:
Less fast fashion. Fast fashion focuses on speed and low cost which has driven the over-use of synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon. These fabrics are the number one source of the microplastics that are polluting our oceans.