Get Anna to Hawaii (it's not a holiday, swear)

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Get Anna To Hawaii (it's Not A Holiday, Swear)

Project 2014-05-24 11:54:57 +1200

I've received a scholarship to attend a forum for Women in Business in the Pacific. While they're covering most of the costs (hotels, fees, internal flights), I still need to get over there. And, that's pretty hard on a start up salary.

 

One of my sage friends reminded me that crowdfunding is all the rage (ironic, I know) so I thought I should see if I could get you, my crowd of family, friends, and fans, to help me get over to this forum.

Who am I?

If you're reading this, you probably already know me (and probably quite well - hi family! hi friends!). But, if you don't know me - my name is Anna, and I co-founded this platform a few years back. That's me below.

 

Why this conference?

Some of you will know I'm passionate about bringing more diversity into business. One area of diversity is, of course, around gender (though - I totally agree - that's not the only area!).

I'm pretty early in my thinking around women in business - and my first real foray into discussing it came about last year, when I was asked to talk at a conference on the "Future of Feminism". Which, I thought was pretty funny at the time because I was adamant my partner, Mike, was more feminist than I was. The conference organisers thought that was great, and I think it made them want me to come and talk even more.

Since that talk, I've been doing a bit of research. I fell into the rabbit warren of 100% Men and Jezebel. Read Caitlin Moran's How to Be A Woman. I got enraged about the census results, engaged in subsequent discussions about the gap in men and women's median salaries, and started actively discussing diversity with my team (and more recently, my board).

So when an acquaintance told me I should apply for the East West "Changing Faces" Leadership Seminar, I got excited. But, being the stupidly busy person that I am, I wrote my application letter in about 30 minutes (15 minutes while I was still in bed, and then 15 minutes whilst scoffing down lunch).

Thankfully for me, the application committee must have seen some glimmer of hope in that application letter (and the two reference letters - thanks Jody and Brendan!) and they offered me a spot at the seminar, with a scholarship if I could get myself there.

 

What do you want to learn?

I want to discuss the role of women in business, and how we can increase the number of women founders getting funded, women investors funding, and how that could lead to more women on boards. I think part of the solution might be this equity crowdfunding thing.

I want to talk about how we build more social enterprises, and how equity crowdfunding can support that space as well.

But, most importantly, I want to figure out what I can do to help the above. And, since part of the forum is creating an action plan, I know that'll happen.

 

So what do I get out of this?

I've put a bit of thought into rewards (as have my rockstar friends on Facebook). Most of the rewards are actually things my much suffering boyfriend will need to provide - but there's a few things I can do as well. I've included some photos below - and you can read more about the rewards themselves there -->

Thank you!

Just thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this, for taking the time to send me facebook messages, for being my staunch supporters (in all the random aspects of my life) and for generally being you. I'll love you even if you can't pledge, I know many of you are in the same start up cycle that I am.

 

x

A

 ps. Final thanks to: Hayden, for making me apply. Jody and Brendan, for writing reference letters. My Board for telling me I could take the time to go. Charlotte, Gemma, Rebecca, Herman, Ants, Hilaire, Sam, Tori, Logan, Anna, Gerald, Jody and Marian for piping up on FB with reward ideas. And, of course - to Michael for humouring me in all things, and offering to draw up some rewards.

 

pps. Here's a video that was made about me last year. I think it explains why I'm into crowdfunding, and social enterprise pretty well (thanks Tim, Guy, and the BeCause team!).

Anna // The PledgeMe Story from Inspiring Stories Trust on Vimeo.

Comments

Updates 4

Wait, it's October already?

01/10/2014 at 2:04 PM

And you know what that means - time to get those Pandacorn calendars out! Mike has been busy drawing up the final few Pandacorns required to fill out the twelve months of goodness (as well as the individual nemesis fights) - and a calendar creation day is imminent. Here's September for you:

And the mock ups for Tania's fight with Turkeys for you lucky $100 pledgers :)

Thanks again for all of your support. Hawaii was such a big learning experience for me - not just on an academic and professional level, but personally as well.

x

A

WOW.

29/07/2014 at 8:48 AM

Well. The last two weeks flew by in a tornado of new friendships, learning, laughing, and (some) tears.

It was an absolute privelege to be able to attend "Changing Faces", and not only have learned so many things that I want to bring back and share in New Zealand - I've now got 15 new sisters (and a new brother) in my life.

I'm still processing everything, but for those of you that are in Wellington I will be reporting back on Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/501696099962964/. Come if you can :) 

For those that are further afield, I'll write an update next week covering the points from Friday. There will be pictures.

My access to the internet has been a bit patchy (I've been staying on a boat!) but I will get those final rewards that I owe out this week, and will touch base with Mike on the drawings when I get home tomorrow.

Thank you thank you thank you everyone for getting me over here. I can't thank you enough for being a part of blowing this ladies mind.

x

A

ps. here's a photo of me and some of my new "sisters"

Operation Honolulu UNDERWAY

13/07/2014 at 11:33 AM

It's crazy how quick this has come, but I'm officially on my way to Honolulu! And, while work wise the timing isn't great, life wise - I'm totally ready for the chance to talk about women in business. 

In the past week the role of gender in business (and life in general) has been coming up a lot in New Zealand (from David Cunliffe's apology to some tense discussions at Nethui). The myriad of issues and causes make it such a complex beast. I'm excited to have two weeks to think, learn, and work out an action plan to try and address some of the issues that women face here in New Zealand.

So, prepare your inboxes / twitter feeds for Honolulu Haiku overload as well as general updates.

You lovely humans who pledged to come to my homecoming report, the date (and boardroom) has been locked for 1 August - I'll send you an official invite this week. Feel free to bring friends (and wine), I know I'll have lots of learnings to share and would love to have a discussion with you all.

And, my amazing man Mike has been drawing up a storm - the $100 reward and Pandacorn Calendars will be winging their way to you September / October (maybe sooner). Since we overfunded, there's talk of good stock :)

x

A

You guys!

28/05/2014 at 6:32 PM

Wow. Just wow. I have an awesome crowd alright - thank you so much for giving me the financial boost I needed to get over to Hawaii for the Changing Faces conference.

For those of you that know me on Facebook, you'll have seen my overly excited animal meme sharing over the weekend - including how I felt after the first day:

When I hit the 99% funded mark:

And, my happy dance inspiration once we got over the line (less than 27 hours from starting):

Now, I've overfunded, which is hugely appreciated. All the extra money raised will be used towards the flights. They actually will cost around $1,500, so all the extra help is totally welcomed and extremely useful to this start up entrepreneur.

Thank you again, friends, you all rock!

Anna

    Pledgers 41

    Anna Guenther
    2014-07-22 14:59:04 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-06-01 12:29:40 +1200
    Kaila Colbin
    2014-05-30 01:45:49 +1200
    Tania Strauss
    2014-05-29 22:48:02 +1200
    Simon Travaglia
    2014-05-28 16:49:27 +1200
    Mohawk Media
    2014-05-28 12:04:21 +1200
    Mary Rinaldi
    2014-05-27 19:10:18 +1200
    Jadin Leslie
    2014-05-26 22:38:59 +1200
    Katherine Field
    2014-05-26 09:00:06 +1200
    Sam
    2014-05-25 22:46:35 +1200
    Catherine Stewart
    2014-05-25 22:21:03 +1200
    Joe Butler
    2014-05-25 22:19:05 +1200
    Bee Gee
    2014-05-25 22:01:46 +1200
    Herman Visagie
    2014-05-25 21:57:36 +1200
    Honey Carmody
    2014-05-25 21:57:07 +1200
    Emanuel Rabina
    2014-05-25 17:15:18 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-25 16:23:04 +1200
    Jess Guenther-Leslie
    2014-05-25 14:07:47 +1200
    Rebecca Gray
    2014-05-25 14:06:19 +1200
    Marian
    2014-05-25 13:05:25 +1200
    Jennifer O'Sullivan
    2014-05-25 11:37:42 +1200
    Nancy Linton
    2014-05-25 10:30:46 +1200
    Thomas Mitchell
    2014-05-25 09:37:06 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-25 09:15:13 +1200
    Alannah Compton
    2014-05-25 08:41:53 +1200
    Anna Sliber
    2014-05-25 05:16:35 +1200
    Ashleigh Barrett-Young
    2014-05-25 03:48:57 +1200
    Megan Bowra-Dean
    2014-05-25 00:43:00 +1200
    Stephanie
    2014-05-25 00:09:32 +1200
    Emma Van Hellemond
    2014-05-24 21:55:50 +1200

    Get Anna To Hawaii (it's Not A Holiday, Swear)

    Project 2014-05-24 11:54:57 +1200

    I've received a scholarship to attend a forum for Women in Business in the Pacific. While they're covering most of the costs (hotels, fees, internal flights), I still need to get over there. And, that's pretty hard on a start up salary.

     

    One of my sage friends reminded me that crowdfunding is all the rage (ironic, I know) so I thought I should see if I could get you, my crowd of family, friends, and fans, to help me get over to this forum.

    Who am I?

    If you're reading this, you probably already know me (and probably quite well - hi family! hi friends!). But, if you don't know me - my name is Anna, and I co-founded this platform a few years back. That's me below.

     

    Why this conference?

    Some of you will know I'm passionate about bringing more diversity into business. One area of diversity is, of course, around gender (though - I totally agree - that's not the only area!).

    I'm pretty early in my thinking around women in business - and my first real foray into discussing it came about last year, when I was asked to talk at a conference on the "Future of Feminism". Which, I thought was pretty funny at the time because I was adamant my partner, Mike, was more feminist than I was. The conference organisers thought that was great, and I think it made them want me to come and talk even more.

    Since that talk, I've been doing a bit of research. I fell into the rabbit warren of 100% Men and Jezebel. Read Caitlin Moran's How to Be A Woman. I got enraged about the census results, engaged in subsequent discussions about the gap in men and women's median salaries, and started actively discussing diversity with my team (and more recently, my board).

    So when an acquaintance told me I should apply for the East West "Changing Faces" Leadership Seminar, I got excited. But, being the stupidly busy person that I am, I wrote my application letter in about 30 minutes (15 minutes while I was still in bed, and then 15 minutes whilst scoffing down lunch).

    Thankfully for me, the application committee must have seen some glimmer of hope in that application letter (and the two reference letters - thanks Jody and Brendan!) and they offered me a spot at the seminar, with a scholarship if I could get myself there.

     

    What do you want to learn?

    I want to discuss the role of women in business, and how we can increase the number of women founders getting funded, women investors funding, and how that could lead to more women on boards. I think part of the solution might be this equity crowdfunding thing.

    I want to talk about how we build more social enterprises, and how equity crowdfunding can support that space as well.

    But, most importantly, I want to figure out what I can do to help the above. And, since part of the forum is creating an action plan, I know that'll happen.

     

    So what do I get out of this?

    I've put a bit of thought into rewards (as have my rockstar friends on Facebook). Most of the rewards are actually things my much suffering boyfriend will need to provide - but there's a few things I can do as well. I've included some photos below - and you can read more about the rewards themselves there -->

    Thank you!

    Just thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this, for taking the time to send me facebook messages, for being my staunch supporters (in all the random aspects of my life) and for generally being you. I'll love you even if you can't pledge, I know many of you are in the same start up cycle that I am.

     

    x

    A

     ps. Final thanks to: Hayden, for making me apply. Jody and Brendan, for writing reference letters. My Board for telling me I could take the time to go. Charlotte, Gemma, Rebecca, Herman, Ants, Hilaire, Sam, Tori, Logan, Anna, Gerald, Jody and Marian for piping up on FB with reward ideas. And, of course - to Michael for humouring me in all things, and offering to draw up some rewards.

     

    pps. Here's a video that was made about me last year. I think it explains why I'm into crowdfunding, and social enterprise pretty well (thanks Tim, Guy, and the BeCause team!).

    Anna // The PledgeMe Story from Inspiring Stories Trust on Vimeo.

    Comments

    Wait, it's October already?

    01/10/2014 at 2:04 PM

    And you know what that means - time to get those Pandacorn calendars out! Mike has been busy drawing up the final few Pandacorns required to fill out the twelve months of goodness (as well as the individual nemesis fights) - and a calendar creation day is imminent. Here's September for you:

    And the mock ups for Tania's fight with Turkeys for you lucky $100 pledgers :)

    Thanks again for all of your support. Hawaii was such a big learning experience for me - not just on an academic and professional level, but personally as well.

    x

    A

    WOW.

    29/07/2014 at 8:48 AM

    Well. The last two weeks flew by in a tornado of new friendships, learning, laughing, and (some) tears.

    It was an absolute privelege to be able to attend "Changing Faces", and not only have learned so many things that I want to bring back and share in New Zealand - I've now got 15 new sisters (and a new brother) in my life.

    I'm still processing everything, but for those of you that are in Wellington I will be reporting back on Friday: https://www.facebook.com/events/501696099962964/. Come if you can :) 

    For those that are further afield, I'll write an update next week covering the points from Friday. There will be pictures.

    My access to the internet has been a bit patchy (I've been staying on a boat!) but I will get those final rewards that I owe out this week, and will touch base with Mike on the drawings when I get home tomorrow.

    Thank you thank you thank you everyone for getting me over here. I can't thank you enough for being a part of blowing this ladies mind.

    x

    A

    ps. here's a photo of me and some of my new "sisters"

    Operation Honolulu UNDERWAY

    13/07/2014 at 11:33 AM

    It's crazy how quick this has come, but I'm officially on my way to Honolulu! And, while work wise the timing isn't great, life wise - I'm totally ready for the chance to talk about women in business. 

    In the past week the role of gender in business (and life in general) has been coming up a lot in New Zealand (from David Cunliffe's apology to some tense discussions at Nethui). The myriad of issues and causes make it such a complex beast. I'm excited to have two weeks to think, learn, and work out an action plan to try and address some of the issues that women face here in New Zealand.

    So, prepare your inboxes / twitter feeds for Honolulu Haiku overload as well as general updates.

    You lovely humans who pledged to come to my homecoming report, the date (and boardroom) has been locked for 1 August - I'll send you an official invite this week. Feel free to bring friends (and wine), I know I'll have lots of learnings to share and would love to have a discussion with you all.

    And, my amazing man Mike has been drawing up a storm - the $100 reward and Pandacorn Calendars will be winging their way to you September / October (maybe sooner). Since we overfunded, there's talk of good stock :)

    x

    A

    You guys!

    28/05/2014 at 6:32 PM

    Wow. Just wow. I have an awesome crowd alright - thank you so much for giving me the financial boost I needed to get over to Hawaii for the Changing Faces conference.

    For those of you that know me on Facebook, you'll have seen my overly excited animal meme sharing over the weekend - including how I felt after the first day:

    When I hit the 99% funded mark:

    And, my happy dance inspiration once we got over the line (less than 27 hours from starting):

    Now, I've overfunded, which is hugely appreciated. All the extra money raised will be used towards the flights. They actually will cost around $1,500, so all the extra help is totally welcomed and extremely useful to this start up entrepreneur.

    Thank you again, friends, you all rock!

    Anna

      Anna Guenther
      2014-07-22 14:59:04 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-06-01 12:29:40 +1200
      Kaila Colbin
      2014-05-30 01:45:49 +1200
      Tania Strauss
      2014-05-29 22:48:02 +1200
      Simon Travaglia
      2014-05-28 16:49:27 +1200
      Mohawk Media
      2014-05-28 12:04:21 +1200
      Mary Rinaldi
      2014-05-27 19:10:18 +1200
      Jadin Leslie
      2014-05-26 22:38:59 +1200
      Katherine Field
      2014-05-26 09:00:06 +1200
      Sam
      2014-05-25 22:46:35 +1200
      Catherine Stewart
      2014-05-25 22:21:03 +1200
      Joe Butler
      2014-05-25 22:19:05 +1200
      Bee Gee
      2014-05-25 22:01:46 +1200
      Herman Visagie
      2014-05-25 21:57:36 +1200
      Honey Carmody
      2014-05-25 21:57:07 +1200
      Emanuel Rabina
      2014-05-25 17:15:18 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-25 16:23:04 +1200
      Jess Guenther-Leslie
      2014-05-25 14:07:47 +1200
      Rebecca Gray
      2014-05-25 14:06:19 +1200
      Marian
      2014-05-25 13:05:25 +1200
      Jennifer O'Sullivan
      2014-05-25 11:37:42 +1200
      Nancy Linton
      2014-05-25 10:30:46 +1200
      Thomas Mitchell
      2014-05-25 09:37:06 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-25 09:15:13 +1200
      Alannah Compton
      2014-05-25 08:41:53 +1200
      Anna Sliber
      2014-05-25 05:16:35 +1200
      Ashleigh Barrett-Young
      2014-05-25 03:48:57 +1200
      Megan Bowra-Dean
      2014-05-25 00:43:00 +1200
      Stephanie
      2014-05-25 00:09:32 +1200
      Emma Van Hellemond
      2014-05-24 21:55:50 +1200
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 22/07/2014 at 2:59 PM.