Welcoming our new Advisory Board
In 2017, Summer of Biz was all about setting up, hoping it all worked and trying to get some of our hard-working HR & Marketing students into summer internships!
Initially, we set ourselves a target of 20 internships for 2017/18, which quickly stretched to 30. We advertised 29 roles, filling 23 of them, and ran 17 bootcamps. Not a bad first effort!
Now, in 2018, our second year has been all about how we can mature and grow the programme. None of us had ever attempted to do anything like this before, but we had a team of enthusiastic volunteers and a vision! We wanted to replicate the success of our older sibling Summer of Tech and raise Summer of Biz to the next level.
We’d made a great start, but we had several key areas we needed to build on. These included:
- Building our visibility and engagement – with the universities, with students, with employers
- Building our Boot camp attendance numbers
- Eventual expansion to other centres
We realised pretty quickly that we couldn’t do all that alone, so we looked for some really cool people to form an Advisory Board. We wanted people with the right attitude and industry mana from their careers in HR & Marketing, with a track record of giving students amazing opportunities.
We managed to find nine amazing HR & Marketing experts to join the Summer of Biz Advisory Board:
- Richard Westney — co-founder of Summer of Biz, and an independent HR Consultant
- Nicole Williams — Co-founder of Summer of Biz, and a Product Manager at TradeMe
- Ruth McDavitt — CEO of Summer of Tech
- Peter de Boer — General Manager of Uprise Digital
- Nina Ive — Manager, Strategic Engagement, Tertiary Education Commission
- Rebecca Clarke — NZ Membership and Partnerships Manager RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services Association)
- Ritsa Magiannis — digital strategist working as a private contractor
- Danni Williams — Associate Director in Management Consulting at PwC
- Cath Randall — Skills Development Manager, Business Growth & Innovation at WREDA
After meeting for the first time recently, the Advisory Board has set their mission and are ready to help Summer of Biz grow.
So what exactly are they going to do, you may ask? Good question. Essentially, they will help us in several different ways. Their main functions will include:
- To provide strategic direction
- Be ambassadors/advocates for the programme
- Help us spread the word amongst their networks
- Be a sounding board
Already they are full of great ideas and have started getting involved. If you would like to get to know more about the incredible people on board, click here to visit our Advisory Board page.