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One Huge Thank You!

By Nick Walshe
March 12 2017

Posted in Announcements, Blog, Community, Employer Stories

Launching Summer of Biz would not have been possible without some very dedicated volunteers and sponsors. Summer of Biz is a non-profit volunteer run initiative initiated by passionate industry folks with a share passion for bridging the skills gap for HR and marketing students. So we want to pause for a moment to say ‘thank you’.

For Ruth McDavitt @ruthmcdavitt, CEO of Summer of Tech there was “no question” about partnering with Summer of Biz and welcoming us into the Summer of Tech family. “The Summer of Biz team bring an excellent mix of industry knowledge and connections, and shared values.”

Ruth has been an invaluable mentor as she has shared her experience, wisdom and guidance while we set the programme up and it’s been a delight working with her!

‘Thank you’ to our core group of volunteers – a bunch of good people doing good stuff to help others. In no particular order, a massive shout out goes to:

‘Thank you’ Daniel Shaw our web developer and Amy Potter @hellomisspotter for branding, and all the others that have shared ideas and contributed in some way.

It’s great when people share your passions and so we must thank our Principal sponsors and supporters Adella Kenny @adellakenny and Cath Randall from the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) who backed us from day one and gave us the seed funding to launch Summer of Biz.

Cigna New Zealand are the first of our Gold Sponsors. Their belief and passion in the value of skill based training and internships is clear with two of the team being involved from our conception. And now having the support of Cigna sponsoring us shows a tremendous belief in what we are all trying to achieve.

“Cigna are delighted to be involved with this great initiative which is supporting upcoming HR and marketing talent as they make the leap from study into the workforce.  It’s another way that we can give back to the community in which we live and work here in Wellington.

We’ve had some great young talent join us at Cigna over the years and, at a purely personal level, I get a huge kick out of seeing them develop and progress through their careers.  Summer of Biz adds a new dimension to this and we can’t wait to see more opportunities for graduates emerge as a result of the programme.” Lance Walker CEO

Thank you to our friends at Victoria University who have kindly sponsored our venue space for the boot camps. Noelle Donnelly, Richard Norman, Liz Medford – cheers for your support!

So ‘thank you’ – everyone! Without your joint support this wouldn’t be possible.

This is a programme that will live or die by its volunteers, sponsors and employers.  We need more so if you want to get involved – students, newly graduated people and experienced industry types – we would love to hear from you. To find out more about becoming a sponsor click here. To get involved as a volunteer, speaker or in any other way please fill out this form and we will be in touch.

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