Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose
By Catherine van der Meulen
Entrepreneurial Women with PurposeApr 27, 2020
Wendy Sullivan - NZ Landcare Trust
Andree Piddington - Yealands Estate Winery
Dr. Kate Averill - founder Inclusive Sustainable Development & Climate Action Marlborough Committee
Sophia Bristow - Eurotech Design
Ailie Suzuki - GM at Envirohub Marlborough
Girls who Grow - a story of the Future
Penny Wardle - Forest & Bird Marlborough, Te Hoiere Project
Melanie Lynn - co-founder WellNow, Holistic Success Series
Rebekah Anderson - Sanford New Zealand
Bev Doole - Marlborough Environment Awards Co- Ordinator
As a former journalist, Bev is a curious woman, always asking lots of thought provoking questions and wanted to give nature its very own voice.
Through her mahi at Marlborough Environment Awards, Bev uses her journalism skills to uncover all sides of the story.
She has a big vision for Marlborough’s future aligned to creating diverse landscapes and recalls a story from her youth at Marlborough Girls College mapping the landscapes that will remind us what we can achieve.
Bev knows that we can achieve more by working together and has a number of strong calls for action to work as a collective force for nature.
Are you ready to repaint New Zealand’s prosperous future?
This episode of our podcast is proudly supported by Yealands Estate Winery, Marlborough.
Latesha Randell - CoFounder, Raglan Food Co.
Latesha spent her life being home schooled which gave her a lot of time to spend reading and read many great books about global entrepreneurs and their stories. So success for Tesh became about being an entrepreneur and to create financial abundance.
Today her life learnings and experiences have shaped and evolved her view of success to be more about how she feels and who she shows up to be in the world.
Through creating experiences, bringing people together, making them feel loved and empowered she has a clear message with a view on how we can work to change societies perception of success.
Rebecca (Bex) Bell - Remix Coaching
Michelle Bradley - MB Style
Michelle is a beautiful woman with a gift that she packages up as a parcel, gifting it to all the people that she works with.
Michelle has been working behind the scenes styling all of the women in our holistic success series for Marlborough Magazine but we really wanted to celebrate her, her work, her divine nature and how she makes a difference in the world of the people she connects with.
In this series of the podcast we explore the idea of holistic success as a multi- dimensional approach to how society perceives success. Far and beyond wealth and materialism.
Marije Dijkstra - Founder, Tahuna Skin
And from that day she has stuck with the saying that you ‘need to build your wings on the way down’ meaning you just need to start and learn as you go.
Marije has been on an incredible life journey moving from Holland, shifting careers, experiencing a number of miscarriages and began to explore rituals that were unique and brought about a total health of the body through botanicals. And where the evolution of her brand, Tahuna Skin began.
In true Marije style, she has mastered the art of mundane and every day chores like cleaning up her lab, feel much more like a meditative state and grounding experience.
Marije has a bold call for action and looking for someone to join her on the journey to evolve Tahuna Skin and bring to life all of the elements to create holistic and healing experiences.
Tanya Pouwhare - NZ Ethical Employers
Helen Blom - Mills Bay Mussels and Southland Dairy Farmer
Kylie Matthews - AWWA Period Care
Now to changing societies culture to align the variables.
Cassandra Slumskie - founder, Trinity Employment
When starting Trinity she realised that there was a lack of care and kindness in the industry and she was determined that there was another way.
Cassandra is passionate about the agricultural sector in NZ and is carving out change to developing a deep sense of community and connection to remind people that they are never alone.
Kate David, founder - Marlborough Employment Solutions
Martina Suliemen - Co- Founder SkinHub Marlborough
Aimee Pickles - Co Owner, F45 Blenheim
In this podcast we explore the journey of life and how our views of success change over the decades in working towards creating a holistically successful life that encompasses multi dimensions beyond the traditional focuses of wealth, materialism and accolades.
Aimee Pickles has always had a strong focus on health and well-being as a path to creating happiness, independence and living a comfortable life.
She grew up in a small farming town in New Zealand, was always financially driven, with a materialistic view, a regarded career, and the inner voice that said "do what you love and you will never work a day."
After battling with connecting to who she truly was, Aimee has worked with a number of mentors in the recent years to shift her mindset, accepting her introvert nature and tuning in to the knowing of what it takes for her to truly flourish.
Aimee is also a wonderful contributor to the community of Marlborough with the work that she does to support the next generation through The Graham Dingle Foundation - supporting youth from school to the workforce and The Cactus Bootcamp Program.
Aimee shares 5 key tips that support her in staying happy, healthy and passionate to live every day with meaning.
Finn Ross - Lake Hawea Station
Finn describes himself as an adventurer (first and foremost) and a deep nature frother who has spent a big part of his life chasing epic adventures.
With the other part focused studying all over the world, launching diverse and unique entrepreneurial ventures and now whilst doing his PhD at Deakin University, leading the environmental and sustainability initiatives at Lake Hawea Station, New Zealand.
It was during a Climate lecture at a US University where he first had the realisation of climate anxiety, to realise that its not one of the issues of the century it's the issue of now!
When we unpacked the topic of robust family conversations and debates over the dinner table, Finn shared that there have been quite a mix as of late including cultural debates, farm debates, the use of land at Lake Hawea Station and future regen projects.
Finn has some strong calls for action from our community to understand climate change and the intergenerational impact.
Becks Smith - The Whole Story
Becks launched The Whole Story during lockdown in 2020 when she reimagined an alternate future which addresses sustainability, connecting people and facilitating positive change.
Juggling her role as a mother with a young family, a career, farming business and the many hats that go with each she always knows that she needs to serve from a full cup. Becks has also found in the knowing of who she is, being deeply grounded, and looking inwards to be a part of something outwards have served her well to be an inspiring young leader, leading change.
In this podcast, Becks shares some amazing resources in books that she has on the go to connect to yourself, discover a deep place of belonging, reflect on what matters and being grounded by who you are.
Maegan Blom - Mills Bay Mussels
Hailing from an entrepreneurial family, Maegen grew up on a dairy farm in Southland, New Zealand, before her family moved to Marlbourgh after buying Mills Bay Mussels.
Maegan has spent the last few years studying Agricultural Business and Food Marketing, whilst working to find a deep sense of purpose.
She is passionate about supporting others in her generation to make a valuable contribution with their unique talents, and believes for them to thrive there needs to be a feeling of belonging.
Belonging is also a key contributor to being part of a dynamic family business, and in this podcast Maegan shares some of the tools they have been working with to create a more balanced communication structure to making decisions that have impact.
Eve McCallum - University student and young political activist
Eve is a young, educated, passionate leader who describes herself as unapologetically loud and opinionated, curiously acquiring knowledge and discovering life skills through a broad spectrum of interests.
Eve grew up on a dairy farm on the North Island of New Zealand, with many of her life skills coming from learning to horse ride, caring for horses and the entrepreneurial skills needed to manage 4 horses. But after breaking her femur bone in a bad accident she joined her father at a National Party conference in Wellington and officially caught the bug of politics at the age of 13.
In this podcast we explore her journey of life as a 21 year old young woman, her belief that you need to be the change you want to see in the world and the lessons she has learnt through knowing who she is and the self worth that comes with that.
Krista Coningham - owner, Caci Blenheim
In this podcast series, we explore the idea of holistic success through the lens of womens lives from all over New Zealand and how this notion has changed considerably over time from their early years, their 20's and 30's and now as mother's, business women, entrepreneurs and leaders.
Through story telling and sharing, the art of building meaningful lives, activating micro - moments for a successful day and redefining success for future generations these are just some of the juicy topics explored in this dynamic podcast with Krista Coningham.
Our days are our life in miniature, how will your day today be successful?
Dr. Libby Weaver - author, entrepreneur and speaker
Dr Libby is a world renowned author, entrepreneur and speaker armed with abundant knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help others recover their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness.
In this podcast, we explore her life's work and impact through the lens of Meaningful Leadership exploring purpose, belonging, personal growth and how the alignment of all of these elements support us to live meaningful lives.
With a focus on her daily writing practice, sharing information to help to make a difference, having no fear of being judged, diving into her values, being energised by solitude and being in nature, eating whole real foods, and the clarity and action that has come by bringing all of these elements together to create meaning.
Helen Townsend - Co founder, EcoSplat Reusable Water Balloons
With an overhanging guilt of single use everything, the world has woken up to realise that through our changes of behaviours we can all contribute to making a positive impact.
Helen and her co founder of EcoSplat Reusable Water Balloons recognised a need and demand for change and still being able to enjoy the fun of water balloons but without the negative environmental contribution.
Through experimentation, creativity and learning through mistakes, they collectively found a new approach and backed it with a scientific approach and curated a business to reflect the needs of the future.
By disrupting a market through a circular economy mindset, Helen has a strong call for action aligned to creating an equilibrium of our ecosystems.
Kim Clarke - Executive Enterprise, MYOB
Kim feels privileged with the work that she does at MYOB, one of the fastest growing businesses, a business that shapes a big part of who she is.
Knowing that community is a central part of connection and that it is within communities and business that fuel you, Kim reflects on the waves of life and how important communities, connection and family have been to making her the woman she is today.
Kim grew up immersed in business with her first job at 10, at Paddy's Market's in Sydney with her family business after a glorious childhood, growing up on acreage on the South Coast of New South Wales.
In reflecting on her most challenged stages of life it was returning to work, 3 months after having her first child and facing a crisis of confidence, the confidence to balance out her two important life roles.
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Bridgette Jackson - Founder, Equal Exes
As an entrepreneur, Bridgette is driven and determined to change the stigma in New Zealand about divorce and separation, and has founded Equal Exes to support couples and their families through divorce coaching.
Bridgette draws on her personal experience of being in a verbally abusive, controlling and manipulative marriage, before leaving the marriage but completely unprepared for what lay ahead. She is teaching the things that she learnt to be able to seperate with dignity.
Covid has shone a light on the cracks and truth of relationships with now 30% higher divorce rates, Bridgette recognised that people needed the support now more than ever.
Vicki Angland - founder iWalkWaiheke
As the naughty bright kid at school, Vicki always knew that a traditional life path wasn't going to be for her and was prompted by someone sharing that life should just be FUN.... and to just enjoy it.
This set her on the path of becoming a super yacht chef for 30 years, embracing her love of starting small businesses, studying natural medicine, and valuing her freedom and health to launch iWalkWaiheke - a multi day walking tour company located on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Vicki admits that she has always had a love hate relationship with the word purpose, and knows that it's an eternal quest of discovery rather than just a place that you just arrive at.
Vicki has a nurturing call for action from our community to find someone in your community that hasn't experienced nature to the extend that you may have and take them out on your adventures.
The more time we spend in nature, the better versions of ourselves we know we can become.
Sarah Vickers - Holistic Health Practitioner
Sarah Vickers is a spiritual being, a registered nurse and holistic health practitioner... what a wonderful and diverse mix.
Sarah is focused on living life to the full with health, heart and spirit aligned. She believes that for her to be the best version of herself it begins each day with a combination of mindful practice through meditation, restorative yin practice and daily gratitude.
Knowing that change is the only constant, Sarah’s passion for continuous learning and growth is evident in how she challenges her mindset and constantly looking through a new lens.
Sarah Wilson - author, entrepreneur, change maker and climate activist.
Sarah Wilson is an author, entrepreneur, change maker and most importantly a climate activist.
When describing who she is the first word that appeared was a nomad, but ultimately a woman striving to her most meaningful life’s work but with the knowing of never arriving. Now that is the art of living.
But it wasn't all light and happiness, and recalls some of her darkest days, anxiety and the desire to commit suicide.
She knew that the universe had another plan for her and offered her a violent shove of awakening, which she then made the decision to live and truly live.
Sarah encourages us all to stay with a problem longer, get creative, spend time in stillness and follow those worth following.
Lani Evans - Vodafone Foundation & Thank you Payroll
Lani is an adventurer at heart with a strong desire to see an equitable society and is forever exploring whats possible.
She admits that one of her biggest hurdles and challenges has been herself with expectations and barriers and has had to learn to get out of her own way to create the path of her life that is fuelled by purpose.
A key secret for her has been in reflective practice, deep thought and learning to listen which has stemmed into some of her recent work with The Vodafone Foundation to deeply understand what the community needs.
As an advocate for continuous learning, has a strong focus on being a contributor and living a meaningful life, Lani encourages us all through to share from a place of generosity of the spirit.
Lisa Pagotto - Founder, Crooked Compass
Lisa is an adventurer, a boundary pusher, challenging the status quo who founded an adventure travel company - Crooked Compass to share the world with fellow adventurers to get off the beaten track, connect through cultural exchanges and engage with diminishing tribes.
The past 18 months has been a series of pivots, twists and turns but in true entrepreneurial spirit Lisa has been able to read between the lines to explore new opportunities and find solutions to creating a sustainable organisation. Through encouraging and stimulating curiosity, educating to broaden horizons, Lisa creates life altering travel experiences that open us up to a whole new world.
Crooked Compass is in the rebuilding stage of their business cycle but now knowing that the core of this needs to be in sustainable ways as we've now had the opportunity to press RESET on the planet and to start again.
Andy Hamilton, Co Founder - Manaaki
As a lover and supporter of small businesses, after many years at The Icehouse, Andy fell into building a platform during 2020 lockdown that would support small businesses with advice and support to get through challenging situations.
Today this wonderful organisation is known as Manaaki which brings together over 330 advisors and thousands of small businesses to support and have a positive impact.
Andy shares some of the trials and tribulations relating to their current capital raise to have even further impact and letting go of the rejection when investors say no.
With the knowing that “opportunities never shout, they whisper” he encourages us all to tune in, observe and take action.
Caroleen Moise - Filmmaker
Caroleen Moise was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and grew up fascinated by the creativity of writing poetry, watching films and acting to grow into a life as a filmmaker with some of her recent work Defying all Odds, Trouble and We love Paleo.
She believes that creativity can be applied to so many things and not just the arts and really is the ability to think outside the square through creative thought.
In filmmaking, Caroleen has faced criticism and not the constructive type and in launching her career felt like she needed a lot of bravery and courage to put herself out there to work through vulnerability knowing that living with the regrets of not stepping forward would be far too painful.
Her mission is to make films that inspire, educate and are bound into her purpose which is to leave a lasting legacy.
Sebastian Terry - founder 100 thing
12 years ago, Sebastian Terry lost a great friend, had started a business, had begun navigating a university degree and decided to throw it all in and focus on his pursuit of living a happy life.
What began as a list of 100things that Seb travelled the world experiencing including Delivering a Strangers baby, Living on a Deserted island for a week, Marrying a stranger has evolved 12 years on to a life of purpose, fuelled by passion to support millions of people across the globe to live happy, adventurous, fun filled lives that are the most meaningful to each person individually.
Seb believes that the why are we here or what is your purpose is a question that is overly asked... and feels that the first question that we need to ask ourselves is Who are we? as the starting place to truly live a life of authenticity and truth.
Seb spends his day activating the things that he loves and what make him the best version of himself with some of this weeks activities including daily French classes, learning classical piano, surfing and learning new breathe work all part of living true to bringing his 100things to life.
Seb is full of character, soul, spirituality and humour and has a big call for action from our community - here's to writing a list!
Julie Demsey - Hypnotherapist & Transformation Mindset Coach
Julie Demsey is a recovering people pleaser, living life on her own terms, ex Silicon Valley, life long learning woman who landed in Australia on a mission to work with individuals on their mindset to have a positive impact.
Julie has a habit of saying YES to things that feel scary or are unknown and saying NO to things that no longer serve her. A potent potion to enabling a prosperous, full and meaningful life as the best version of ones self.
With morning yoga, time in nature and continuous self reflection for growth, Julie sets her intention filled with purpose to activate the day.
Check out her newly released book https://founddating.com which after 10 years, had the time and space to complete during Covid.
Phoebe Garland - Garland & Garland Fashion
Phoebe jokes that her and her husband have been given the life sentence of being immersed into the world of fashion, knowing that there have been incredible highs, all time lows but ultimately through the lows have enabled new opportunities to see life through a different lens.
Through this vulnerable, honest and humble interview, Phoebes pinpoints two pivotal moments of bravery and courage in being open to sharing more about the hardships of her life through being adopted as a child and the recent diagnosis of her husband with Parkinson's disease.
Phoebes highlights that through this vulnerability she has seen more respect, empathy and reciprocal love shown with the values aligned businesses and people she is surrounded by now in her life.
In this podcast, Phoebes shares some key and fundamental learnings of life immersed in the fashion world that apply to any industry and working through challenging situations by looking within to get to the heart and truth to enable change.
Phoebes has a powerful call for action that she asks us all to ponder and action.... we know it's something that all women will relate to.
Andi Lew - Author & Wellness Expert Presenter
Andi Lew is a best selling author & wellness expert presenter and has recently published a book, "Connected - a paradigm shift in how we view health".
Andi has always been inspired to live a better quality of life and really does walk the talk to holistic health and from a place of love. Although Andi has been knocked down quite a few times she has always stood back up to fight, but from a place of love and empathy.
Andi believes that through educating in prevention and looking after our human frame that the health of our nervous systems will ultimately give our bodies the optional time to function.
As a morning person she rises with the sun and embraces the morning to look inward to have the greatest awakening of self.
Jo Burston - entrepreneur, Inspiring Rare Birds, Job Capital and startup.business
Jo Burston describes herself as an accidental entrepreneur after waking up at 27 to realise that she needed a serious career as she had some audacious financial goals.
Years later after winning an award, Jo returned to her junior and high schools in Sydney to connect and learn directly from students about what they envisioned as an "entrepreneur" which was a catalyst in activating her entrepreneurial ventures.
Jo explores the idea of growth when we are in unknown and uncomfortable spaces and connects to her purpose knowing it's what she has been put here to do and create positive impact.
Knowing that her health is her number 1 commodity, she is an early riser, a lover of healthy and nutritious food and values her sleep far more than she did in her younger years.
Jo has a big call for action from our Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community which we would love for you to take action on.
Lisa Booth - founder Kete Kai
As a mother, an entrepreneur and a big vision thinker, Lisa describes herself as creative, crazy and often a powerful explosion of energy.
Through her work at Kete Kai, Lisa has been reimagining the food system of New Zealand to ensure that the stats of 1 in 5 New Zealanders living with food insecurity dramatically change.
Lisa is on a mission to end hunger by 2030 through meal kit affordability, being brave, trusting herself, being curious and a quality we most admire - vulnerable.
Lisa spent years in a corporate role, not feeling valued and her work often not recognised and through a misalignment of values stepped out to show her children what was possible.
Lillian Grace - founder Figure Group & Huatau
Lillian describes her life as a curly path of adventures, with her most recent focused on founding Figure Group and Huatau.
When Lillian and founder of Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, Catherine van der Meulen first connected the conversation evolved into a learning experience to unpack the idea of periods of deep thinking to redesign, solve and challenge the way things have always been done.
Lillian feels that as a child she wasn’t aware that ‘thinking’ was a specific skill that could be honed and trained, but after working at a Think Tank, she was trained to think, to think strategically, ask good questions, created space for the thinking and then she applied the model to all parts of her life.
Lillian encourages us all to stop looking through the same lens, explore the depths of our minds, re evaluate the idea of continuous learning and embrace the power of collective radical change.
Read here to learn more about her Deep Thinking process
Marina Passalaris - founder, Beautiful Minds
Marina spent her early career as a booking agent at a modelling agency and soon recognised that beyond the beauty of the models there were also internal struggles and began to have conversations that would go on to shape Beautiful Minds.
Beautiful Minds is a global organisation, which tackles the tough topics surrounding young people’s social, digital and wider world. They bring them to light in a transparent manner so they feel empowered, educated and supported as they advance down an often-challenging school journey.
Rather than focusing on Mental Health, Beautiful Minds talks about Mental Fitness and a big part if this is about the daily rituals and routines to support people to be the best versions of themselves.
Marina sets her intentions each day for the things that she wants to achieve, and when we unpacked this question, you will be blown away by the projects she has in the mix.
Catherine spent the entire recording of this podcast smiling. Smiling with pride of the incredible achievements of Marina and her meaningful work at Beautiful Minds.
Cristina Casares - Ray White Auckland
Cristina spent most of her life as a film producer and creator, however with the great passion for this life role, it was taking away much needed time from herself and for her children. As a single mother of two she needed to make the challenging decision to step away from the known to have more flexibility of time.
Her role at Ray White has given her life balance with a values aligned organisation that is enabled through technology and innovation to work smarter.
Bravery and courage have recently shown up in Cristina's world after reinvigorating her passion for wind foiling and getting out onto the harbour in the cold of winter, in a solo sport, braving sharks below the waters surface.
Cristina is focused on being a woman of inspiration with the many roles she plays as a mother, a business woman, a philanthropist, a change maker and advocate for self love.
Ranjna Patel - founder Tamaki Healthcare Group & The Gandhi Nivas family violence prevention programme in New Zealand
Ranjna Patel is the founder of Takami Healthcare Group and The Gandhi Nivas family violence prevention programme, who provide healthcare services to the highest needs communities in New Zealand.
Recognised as the 2021 Innovator of the Year and a finalist in the New Zealander of the Year Awards, Ranjna is constantly challenging the status quo and boundaries for how things have always been done.
After recognising that 4 in 14 women impacted by family violence were Indian, Ranjna undertook a family violence course to better understand the issue and went on to establish a program to support men through counselling and accomodation to support them in behavioural change, to create safe environments.
Ranjna has an emotional and heart felt call for action from the Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose community.
Deborah Crowe - Co founder, Usedfully
In a powerful opening to the connection with Deborah, she shared her Pepeha (a way of introducing yourself in Maori) that aligns her mountain, her river, her roots and creates a deep sense of being.
As a school leaver, Deborah wasn't able to fulfil her desire to do a fashion and textiles degree and instead followed the path of an Engineering degree that gave her a great love of systems, which has now aligned her backgrounds and passions that have enabled Usedfully.
Knowing that we are all in service for the benefit of all beings, the environment and nature, Deborah has an unwavering connection to source and has learnt to listen to herself and to nature.
Deborah shares a powerful call for action that asks our community to step back, out and back in through the art of listening.
Tory Archbold - Founder of Powerful Steps and TORSTAR
Tory Archbold founded TORSTAR in her 20's, and without giving away her age, many years later and after an incredible career, accolades and global recognition, but also personal trauma, Tory decided to hang up her publicist heels.
After feeling like she always wore two masks, she experienced an incredible break through to find herself, and invested in self care to break the patterns and knew there was a bigger journey ahead.
Knowing that closed doors are just the universe's signs of telling you that it's in fact not your door, she has trusted the process of life, which has culminated into the crafting of Powerful Steps.
Through her work in Powerful Steps her focus is on human connection, stepping outside of comfort zones and leaning in to ignite conversations.
Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose are incredibly proud of the journey that Tory has come on and grateful to her fo sharing her wisdom with us.