CEO seminar highlights absence of diversity on NZ boards
Having a clear purpose, delegating around that purpose and good communication skills are among the qualities Nicki Crauford, Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors, believes are necessary when leading organisations today.
Ms Crauford delivered the third seminar in the UC MBA CEO series to a large group of MBA alumni, students and members of the Canterbury business community.
During the seminar Ms Crauford spoke about her leadership experiences as a senior manager and Chief Executive, as a director of nine years and as a woman in leadership roles. She highlighted the ongoing challenge and the reality of the "glass ceiling" for women aspiring to leadership roles and board of director positions.
Less than 10 percent of the NZSX top 100 directors and ASX 200 are women. Ms Crauford believes this issue needs to be explored further and last year was part of a government and business partnership that brought the business case for more women company directors to the larger community through ‘Women on Boards: why women on company boards are good for business’.
Prior to her role at the Institute of Directors, Ms Crauford held senior management roles at Transpower NZ and is currently a director of Genesis Energy and the Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Ms Crauford has also had an international sporting career in fencing at the World Cup and Commonwealth levels, representing both England and New Zealand.
The 4th seminar in the MBA CEO series will be held on Wednesday 11 August with Rod Quin, CEO of Westland Milk Products NZ. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.