Ella Mroczek (Spatial Adviser at our Auckland office) recently had the pleasure of organising a Women in Spatial (NZ) breakfast event. The event was focused on professional development and leadership with talks by Natalie Scott and Renata Porter. Natalie is a Principal Spatial Adviser at Abley and Renata is Director of Business and Information Systems at Auckland UniServices.
She shared her thoughts on the event:
Natalie’s presentation was about different options for professional development in a GIS context. She talked about how to build skills that are lasting and transferable between roles. She was able to give valuable advice to those seeking to gain their GISP-AP certification having just become recently certified herself.
“Look for opportunities. Take them. Use them.”
Renata focused her talk on techniques for leaders to communicate with their team. She discussed the importance of honest, open and transparent communication with emphasis on feedback, quality debate and casual conversation.
“Common sense is not always common practice. However, when you make common sense common practice, you get uncommon results.”
These presentations complemented each other well, with take-home messages for attendees interested in progressing their professional development as well as the managers and leaders in the room seeking to learn more about techniques for communicating as a leader.
Special thanks to Natalie and Renata, to Abley and Geographic Business Solutions for co-sponsoring our breakfast, and to Auckland Council for providing the venue.