Meet the #YSQUAD
Founder of Pretty Smart, Angela is a mother of two a wacky hats and wig lover and a senior marketing communications professional with extensive experience that includes the launch of 42 Below vodka. She is a sought after freelance writer and is passionate about young women’s body confidence. Angela is responsible for partnerships and sponsorship revenue at the Y.
This is our Insights Specialist Anna, she's been working for the Y for many years and always turn up in the office with style. She is a feminist by heart. I grew up in Dannevirke, a small farming service town near the Ruahine Ranges in Southern Hawkes Bay. My best memories are of being outside, animals and nature, and of teenage bogan parties in sheep sheds. If you could give your younger self (aged 18 or 21) some advice what would it be? Women's rights and social justice has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I had been working part-time (for the amazing Positive Women Inc.) and raising my kid for four years. I was ready for a new challenge and I leapt at the opportunity to put my feminism at the heart of my work.
Dellwyn is our fearless leader. She's passionate about gender equality and wants to amplify the voices of young women as New Zealand moves to more equitable outcomes for all its people and embraces the changes that will face us this century. She has 30 year’s experience in corporate and private business, has led a family foundation (the Stevenson Foundation) and a major charity (Cure Kids). Among her governance roles she has served on the Board of Philanthropy NZ. In 2017, Dellwyn founded New Zealand’s first Women’s Fund, bringing an idea to New Zealand that is mobilising women around the world.
Meet Grace our Operation Manager and accountant guru. She wants women to feel safe wherever they are in their homes, workplace, public places and while travelling. This was the only job she applied for when she moved to Auckland from Christchurch. She believes that God put her in the organisation for a reason. "I still don’t know what the reason is but I enjoy working here. There are things that clash with my Christian belief such as pushing for the abortion law. But, in general, we are working towards creating a better tomorrow for women and I am in for that."
Kaisa started working with the Y developing the GenderTick accreditation for the workplace and now works with us in the Advocacy space. She would like to see the unpaid labour predominantly done by women (that will in turn fall to our daughters to do instead of our sons) recognised, supported, paid and shared.
Karina works as our Head of Advisory & Programme Development. She joined the Y initially to design new youth programmes and increase Maori participation, however, she has stayed due to the emergence of the new Y and innovative concepts that celebrate all women. The advice she would give her younger self would be, “kei te mohio koe ko wai, no hea” meaning you know who you are and where your from, trust yourself.
Kerry, in her own words, ‘gives a f**k, every single day’. She is funny, colourful, clever, very generous with her time and is exactly what all the residents need to keep calm in a crisis. But if you tell Kerry Barnett any of that you can guess what she’ll say (not very quietly). “Load of Tosh!”
Susanne is the YWCA Auckland’s Brand Engagement Director and has played a big part in bringing the new Y to life. She is a freelance photographer with a rich international portfolio from all over the world. Since moving to New Zealand from Sweden five years ago, she has delivered award-winning digital projects for NZ organisations, as well as started a podcast and launched successful marketing campaigns. She believes that you can’t be what you can’t see, and for her, gender equality has always been something she is passionate about,
Verity Johnson is an established journalist, media personality and the YWCA Auckland Youth Ambassador. She is a weekly columnist for Stuff and The Dominion Post and is a regular panellist on shows including RNZ’s The Panel and The AM show where she is a powerful voice for Kiwi young women.
Meet our lovely Zippo who is a mum of twin boys and runs the world for us... She wanted to feel that the time she invests away from her kids was meaningful and wanted to work for an empathetic team who supported each other and who valued the work we all do. The Y has become my family away from home, and in the current climate I couldn’t be luckier to be on the Y team.
Zoe Brownlie is our awesome Workplace Director. She spent most of her childhood in Wellington, but also lived in Canada for a few years. She joined the Y as she wanted to focus on making an impact on gender equality in organisations, and work with people who were passionate about this too. The GenderTick really does make a difference to individuals, organisations, and on progressing gender equality in New Zealand, and she's proud to be part of it.
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Many of our young women are still marginalised, living in a system where they face multiple challenges. We need your help to even up the playing field.