When Dr Chelsea Grootveld started her internship on the board of Sport New Zealand, she was told not to worry if she didn’t feel confident speaking up for the first few months. “I said ‘call me out if I don’t say anything after my first month, because that’s just a waste of my time and yours’. It has always been my intention to contribute as fully as I can. The board has definitely created space for me to do that.”
Adding value to New Zealand businesses and being able to bring a fresh cultural lens and strategic eye at a board level inspired Chinese-born Aucklander Carol Cheng to join the Institute of Directors’ Future Directors programme.