2020 Alumni Leadership Scholarship
Executive Education is proud to partner with the University of Auckland Alumni Relations office to offer the Alumni Leadership Scholarship for the seventh consecutive year. The successful candidate will receive a fully funded place on the six-day Leadership Mindset Programme. Applicants must have a University of Auckland degree qualification.
- Session 1: 16–17 September 2020
- Session 2: 21–22 October 2020
- Session 3: 10–11 November 2020
Apply by midnight, Friday 31 July 2020
Previous Alumni Scholarship recipients
2019 Recipient | Jessica Pearless
“As co-director and key decision maker of my own company, the Leadership Mindset Programme has empowered me to lead with confidence from within my business as well as outwardly into the wider creative sector. It is a course with up-to-date theory, where learning is firmly situated in a series of practical applications, enabling real-life application of the knowledge acquired.”
Jessica is an Auckland-based artist, creative entrepreneur and educator who holds a Master of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from Elam School of Fine Arts. Jessica has exhibited extensively in public, private and commercial art spaces throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her work in the visual arts has received numerous accolades, including the inaugural Artists Alliance Artist in Residence (2011); a prestigious AMP National Scholarship (2011); and merit awards in The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2013 and 2014). In 2014 she was a finalist in the prestigious Westpac Women of Influence awards in the arts category.
Alongside her creative practice, Jessica is the Director of Paragon Matter Art Services, a specialised art services agency established with Jonathan Organ in 2018 to serve the arts sector in New Zealand. Through Paragon Matter, Jessica has developed specialised consultancy services including artist mentoring, art collection management, art education courses, valuation and advisory services, and exhibition management. Jessica is an Artist Mentor for Boosted, the Arts Foundation of New Zealand’s creative industries crowdfunding initiative, a mentor on The Big Idea Mentoring Programme and contributes to the Elam Advisory Board for the University of Auckland.
2018 Recipient | Fraser Morgan
“The support provided by the University of Auckland Alumni Leadership Scholarship for me to go on the Leadership Mindset Programme has been priceless for me and my team. The Leadership Mindset Programme far exceeded my initial expectations. The group on the course came from a diverse range of organisations, but the leadership challenges we were facing were very similar. The invited speakers were engaging and offered a number of unique viewpoints that supported our learning with clear and targeted insights.
“Thank you to both Executive Education and the University of Auckland Alumni Relations for supporting the Alumni Leadership Scholarship.”
Fraser is the Science Team Leader for the Landscape Policy and Governance team at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and completed a PhD (Geography) at the University of Auckland in 2011.
2017 Recipient | Nicky Smith
Nicky Smith was the 2017 recipient of the University of Auckland Alumni Leadership Scholarship.
Nicky is a Chartered Professional Engineer who has been working in the road construction and maintenance sector for over 20 years. In her role of Maintenance Operations Manager for HEB Construction, Nicky oversees the delivery of HEB’s road maintenance business. Her role takes her to a range of communities across New Zealand, from the busy inner Auckland suburbs to remote rural areas of Marlborough.
Nicky completed a Diploma in Engineering in the early 1990s, and after eight years managing a range of construction projects she moved into consulting work, during which time she also completed a Masters of Engineering Studies in Transportation at the University of Auckland. She returned to the construction industry six years ago and is passionate about recruiting and advancing more women through the industry. This motivated her to start her PhD at the University of Auckland, with a focus on the retention of women in engineering.
After spending all of her career in technical roles, Nicky was delighted to have the opportunity to develop her leadership capability. “I am so grateful to the University of Auckland Alumni Relations and the New Zealand Leadership Institute for providing this opportunity to focus on building a leadership mindset.”
2016 Recipient | Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop
The 2016 recipient Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop (pictured) joined the Army after graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce. Esther has been in many roles during her 22 years in service and applied for the alumni scholarship “to develop a different leadership paradigm – learning from those who have leadership experience outside of a military organisation.”
Esther is one of the New Zealand Army’s senior women, and was deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan where she worked with New Zealander David Shearer, who runs the 15,000 strong mission as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
Esther says “My experience in UNMISS has definitely been enhanced by the Leadership Mindset Programme and really tested me in the ‘work of leadership’ and ‘leadership from within’, rather than the traditional model of leading from the front. I’m loving it.”