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Publish Date : 27 Jun 2022
Inspiring Leadership

As the local elections edge closer, this panel discussion aims to inspire people of Tāmaki Makaurau from all walks of life, to stand and represent their community in our super diverse region.

Key discussion points at the Auckland Conversations event – Inspiring Leadership online Wednesday 29 June at 5.30pm, will be the importance of diversity in decision making, and why diverse communities should be better represented. With such a broad spectrum of backgrounds, each panellist will bring their own flavour and experiences to the conversation.

Great leadership comes from all different environments and expertise. So we’ve asked three Aucklanders with a range of accomplishments and from a mix of backgrounds (who will not be standing in the elections) to give us their take. Bharat Mahajan, Brianna Fruean and Robett Hollis will provide their perspective on what modern leadership means to them and what skills they believe will be required to be a successful elected member. They’ll draw on their own lived experiences as Mr Gay NZ, a global climate activist and a Māori entrepreneur.

Meet the panelists

Bharat Mahajan has dedicated much of his career to helping and providing care for others in the health industry. Alongside his practical experience in nursing, Bharat has held leadership positions in operations and influencing change to improve health services. Last year he was celebrated as New Zealand’s first Mr Gay of Indian heritage. Bharat’s caring nature and unique background are sure to inspire those who want to help and take the lead.

Climate activist and environmental advocate, Brianna Fruean, is well known for delivering her unforgettable speech to world leaders at the COP26 climate summit. Delivered to President Joe Biden, Prince Charles, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and others, Brianna’s speech was a reminder of the climate crisis we are in and to motivate more climate action. Her experience leading grassroots climate action projects and advocacy for vulnerable communities should take the conversation on a journey that could lead to much-needed actions for Auckland’s future.

Serial entrepreneur, investor and communicator, Robett Hollis is poised to bring a wealth of leadership experience and innovative thinking to the table. Currently focused on the media and technology industries, Robett advises companies and executive leaders here and in the United States. He is passionate about New Zealand and its wins and is determined to tackle the tall poppy syndrome in our culture. Robett’s insights will be key to unlocking fresh ideas for Auckland and its decision-makers.

Be part of the conversation

Tune in for an inspiring evening without leaving the house.

Visit Auckland Conversations – Inspiring Leadership to watch the recording.

Our energetic and incredibly diverse panel of leaders share their ideas about what it might take to stand in the Auckland local elections. Can you inspire Auckland? You can.


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