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Leadership Lunch with Vanisa Dhiru

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Leadership Lunch with Vanisa Dhiru

We're excited to announce our second Leadership Lunch in Wellington! 

AYLI Leadership Lunches are informal and small (with everyone sitting around the same table) and an opportunity to discuss perspectives on leadership and on the exciting and challenging issues affecting our world - over kai.

Each Leadership Lunch event will feature a guest speaker who'll open the conversation by sharing some of the issues they're passionate about and speaking about their own leadership journey.  For this lunch, we're really excited to be joined by the amazing Vanisa Dhiru!

So - come along to hear from Vanisa and have an amazing discussion with her and some fabulous other young changemakers!  All, of course, accompanied by an awesome meal. 

A bit about Vanisa

Born and bred in Palmerston North, Vanisa Dhiru is the National President for the National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ). Founded by Kate Sheppard, NCWNZ is an umbrella organisation leading the Gender Equal NZ campaign.

Her past community involvement has helped her become the only Kiwi in the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Global Network. During her paid working career, she has been in leadership roles within the not for profit sector, including CEO of Volunteering New Zealand, Chair of ComVoices, Executive Director of the 20/20 Trust, and acting General Manager of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand. For a day job, she is the Community Manager at InternetNZ. Vanisa’s key achievements include “50 Women of Achievement 2016” women to watch about progressing gender equality; and she has been an Executive Judge for the NZ Awards panel after being named a finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year in 2010.

She is a government advisory member on a number of groups - the Department of Internal Affairs’ He Tohu Board, Statistics NZ’s Data Ventures External Advisory Group, and Inland Revenue’s Diversity and Inclusion Group, Te Manu Korihi.

She is passionate about equality, developing young people and cultural relations.


Can you cater my lunch to my dietary requirements?
Yes!  Just let us know your dietary needs when you register.

Who should come to this event?
This event is open to any self-identified young person aged 16 and over who's excited about leading change.

Will you be taking photos?
Yes, we will - if you don't wish to be in any photos please let us know (if you don't, we may use photos we take of you to promote AYLI events or activities in future).

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