Students attend invite-only leadership forum

21 May 2014
Katya and Abigail with others at the Aspiring Leaders Forum

Two students spent time in Wellington this month, attending an invite-only forum for New Zealand’s young leaders.

Katya Curran and Abigail Hyland, who are both studying towards conjoint degrees in Law and Arts, attended the Aspiring Leaders Forum, an annual four day event that brings together young leaders from across the country to “debate and discuss the ideas and philosophies of leadership.”

The workshops centred on values and beliefs highlighting the need for leadership to values-driven.

“The speakers were so encouraging; the forum built my confidence in the leaders of New Zealand. I learn that self-belief can help you make a difference,” said Abigail.

For Dunedin-born Katya, the trip was an extension of her leadership journey, having graduated from the University’s 360° Leadership Programme, and one she would encourage others to get involved with. “I made connections for the future, met young people with huge desires and motivations. It was a great networking experience.

“I just want to encourage everyone to go for these kinds of things. Once you start building your leadership skills, a snowball effect happens – it opens up so many doors,” said Katya, who, along with Abigail, has already scheduled in future meetings with other participants to keep the conversation going.

The pair’s trip to the Beehive was supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Arts Support Fund, which offers financial support for students that have been selected to represent New Zealand or the University and are in need of financial support for costs associated in attending national or international events.

The Aspiring Leaders Forum ran from 8 to 11 May, and was held at The Beehive in Wellington.

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