Graduate selected as Obama Leader
21 November 2019
Tongan-born, New Zealand-raised, lawyer, model, and activist, Lanu Faletau, has been named as an Obama Foundation Leader for the Asia-Pacific Region.
Building upon the considerable legacy of Michelle and Barak Obama, with a focus on shared values and ethical leadership, the Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia-Pacific Program is a one-year leadership development and civic engagement course that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across the region.
Lanu, who has a BA, an LLB and an LLM from the University of Auckland, will be heading to Malaysia next month to participate alongside 200 other recipients from 33 nations and territories across the Asia-Pacific region.
Over the course of five-days, the former President and First Lady, as well as other prominent speakers and thought leaders, will join invited participants for discussions around progress and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region, and values-based leadership.
In addition to the plenary sessions, Lanu will participate in skill-building workshops, leadership development training, and a community service project, among other activities.
Lanu, who works as solicitor for Auckland City, hopes to equip herself with the tools, mentorship, and guidance to empower communities; both within the Asia-Pacific region and generally.
I have a strong passion for encouraging our youth and especially our
more vulnerable communities to not only pursue higher education but to also
find a balance with what they are passionate about.
“I have a strong passion for encouraging our youth and especially our more vulnerable communities to not only pursue higher education but to also find a balance with what they are passionate about,” she says.
“As a lawyer, model, and activist, I feel that it is my responsibility to share what I have been privileged enough to learn. I hope that I can share all the teachings that will be bestowed on me from the Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific program to help others.”
Lanu’s journey will continue remotely for a year after the gathering, through webinars and a virtual speaker series, as well as support, amplification, and other opportunities from the Foundation.
To find out more visit the Obama Foundation
Miranda Playfair | Media Adviser
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