She has also been active in moving the firm towards greater diversity, her speaking and seminar involvement and as a mentor for women in the professional and business community, she is also a highly proficient lawyer.
As a deal maker with the firm she has also been involved in a range of major transactions including for clients Fonterra, Telecom’s demerger and working on the Meridian and Mighty River Power IPOs.
A force to be reckoned with on the business and law front, an adherent to the principle of ‘disobedient thinking’ (ie pushing the envelope) her role as a leader, in particular for women professionals, sees her well placed to continue her involvement as a powerful influence in the years ahead. She is married to investment banker husband with two children.
She was quoted as saying people needed to use “disobedient thinking” to create success –
I first heard this phrase recently at the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards. Award winner Geraldine McBride referred to disobedient thinking in her acceptance speech as the winner of the Information and Communications Award. This is about feeling free to challenge the status quo, push the envelope, come up with new ideas for doing things. Why not? What have you got to lose? In the words of Steve Jobs “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes…the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things…they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Last Year – No. 36