Leadership Week 2021: generating ideas for the future

Leadership Week 2021: generating ideas for the future

Leadership Week is coming up soon, from 12–15 July. The week aims to empower and inspire young people at the forefront of generating ideas, setting the agenda, and enacting change. Postgraduate student Blake Steel tells myView what it’s all about and explains how you can get involved.

Students gather outside Parliament during a school strike for climate protest.

Kia ora, I’m Blake, a postgraduate student studying a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Relations.

So, what is Leadership Week and what can you get out of it?

Leadership Week is run by the University’s extra/co-curricular leadership programmes—Wellington Plus Programme (WPP), Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP)— and the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership. This year Leadership Week includes sessions with Vanisa Dhiru, Dr Emalani Case and Transparency International New Zealand. They’ve joined forces to create interactive events (both in person and online) with the aim of celebrating student leadership and encouraging students to engage in our leadership programmes here at the University.

I know from experience the benefits of attending. One of them is getting hear from people who are continually progressing leadership development in a variety of fields.

Leadership Week events can count towards WPP and WILP. Students attending Leadership Week 2021 events can also go in a draw to win 1 of 4 tickets to Festival of the Future.

How you can get involved:

Our programme is neatly condensed into four main events this year. They are:

Navigating Ethical Challenges in the 21st Century—Monday 12 July.
This workshop is presented by Professor Karin Lasthuizen, from the Brian Picot Chair of Ethical Leadership here at the University. Bring your laptop or device to get fully involved in this workshop. Register now.

Women in Leadership—Tuesday 13 July.
Vanisa Dhiru MNZM holds Commissioner roles with the New Zealand National Commission of UNESCO and the Library & Information Advisory Commission, and several advisory and panel roles for NGOs and government departments. Come and hear her speak about her inspiring leadership journey! Register now.

Modern Slavery: Consumerism, exploitation and transparency—Wednesday 14 July
Join us for an online panel discussion about modern slavery in the Pacific. Speakers from World Vision, Walk Free, MOTIF and Transparency International New Zealand will be joining us. This online public webinar titled is co-hosted by the Brian Picot Chair of Ethical Leadership and Transparency International New Zealand. Register now.

Solidarity in the struggle: Embodied Activism in the Pacific—Thursday 15 July
Our final workshop is presented by Dr Emalani Case. Emalani is a lecturer in Pacific Studies right here at Te Herenga Waka. Emalani’s session will reflect on what being in solidarity means, and perhaps more importantly, how we might engage in struggle. Register now.

Head over to the Leadership Week 2021 webpage for all the details and full event information. I look forward to seeing you during the week!

Blake Steel is a postgraduate student studying a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Relations, with plans to do a Master of Arts in 2022.

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