The NZ Young Professionals (NZYP) Networking Series

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The NZYP Networking Series is an open forum for like-minded Young Professionals* (YP) who want to actively shape their careers and create long term professional relationships.

The Network is an opportunity for self-development, sharing new ideas, creating connections and facilitating debate about the world we live and work in. This happens through a series of seminars and events with guest speakers who provide insight into hot button business and industry issues whilst providing the opportunity for networking across a wide range of industries.

The Networking Series was founded in 2013 by a group of GHD YPs, who were eager to connect to other YPs in their industry. Participating organisations have hosted events across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and in the first year, 10 events were successfully run. Topics explored include relationship management and the importance of networks with NZ’s only LinkedIn representative, Damian Newland; to Iwi management with local Iwi representatives, Malcolm Paterson and Craig Pauling. BNZ’s chief economist, Tony Alexander, provided a YP-focused economic update; GHD’s Russell Hawken talked about his experience working abroad; and Fonterra’s Ben Mayson spoke about corporate strategy and his road to success as a young professional himself.

In 2014, 11 events were held across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton. The forums covered topics such as leadership and career progression, achiever and leader behaviour, loan-to-value ratios and the implications for first home buyers, as well as innovation and collaboration around the Christchurch rebuild, politics, and economic updates. The final event of 2014 saw the network reach an all-time high, hosting the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key in Christchurch.

In 2015, three key themes have been identified that are critical for YPs making an impact on tomorrow’s world – fresh thinking, inspirational leadership, and sustainable infrastructure.

Through these themes, we look forward to growing our national network in 2015. If you are interested in joining us, please email Abi Goodhew

*Young Professional – someone in the first 10 years of their career

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