30 June 2017 (Honolulu, Hawaii): While in Hawaii for the Women Fast Forward W20 Consultation, Kelly Lovell shared the stories of The Power of YOUth with the Rt. Hon. Dame Jenny Shipley, the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Holding office from 1997 to 1999, Dame Shipley was the first woman to become Prime Minister in New Zealand and has played an active role in encouraging women to pursue leadership. As Prime Minister she chaired APEC in New Zealand in 1999, again the first women to do so, and remains today a board member of the Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers involved in leadership development globally.
In her capacity as a Youth Mobilizer and Consultant, Kelly Lovell was invited to the Women Fast Forward Asia-Pacific (APAC) W20 Consultation for the G20 to champion strategies that could aid APAC leaders in accelerating opportunities for the next generation of young women leaders to thrive.
“It was inspiring to connect with prominent women leaders such as Dame Shipley,” Lovell shares. “Her advice for women to show up to the table and exhibit confidence while understanding the value of their own voice is essential for young women to hear.”
During the meeting, Dame Jennifer Shipley and Lovell spoke about the importance of empowering young women and the necessity for girls to see examples of their peers taking on leadership roles. With a section dedicated to Bridging The Gender Gap, and 100 stories of young women taking action in the The Power of YOUth book, Lovell had the opportunity to share the inspirational project with Dame Shipley.
Of particular interest to the former Prime Minister of New Zealand was the story of Caitlin Smart, a 20-year-old young woman from New Zealand. After experiencing the effects of mental distress for years, Caitlin made it her mission to join projects that “aim to shift the stigma around how we view people who’ve experienced mental distress.” These projects include poetry writing workshops, the organization of safe spaces, and promoting the benefits of self-care and self-reflection.
“It was a special moment to share the story of our New Zealand ChangeLeader, Caitlin Smart,” Lovell reflects. “Nothing can quite describe the feeling of watching a former Head of State read a story of struggle and courage of a local young leader. I am proud I could make this moment happen for Caitlin.”
Both Dame Shipley and Lovell share a passion to work with leaders who have the courage and competence to help “shape the future”. With stories of youth across 59 countries who are leading change in their community, The Power of YOUth embodies this mission and seeks to empower the next generation of leaders to do the same.
About Rt. Hon. Dame Jenny Shipley
Dame Jenny Shipley is a Former Prime Minister of New Zealand and now an independent Director and keynote speaker tracking mega trends globally with particular expertise on the Asia Pacific region.
She has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for six years and now chairs the NZ subsidiary China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy and a number of other companies and organizations. She also chaired the Advisory Board on Transitional Arrangements for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.
Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. As Prime Minister she chaired APEC in NZ in 1999, again the first women to do so. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15 years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector.
Dame Jenny has an intense interest in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region and is a regular visitor to China. She is a Board member of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Beijing based International Finance Forum and was an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia. She is an Executive Board member of the New Zealand China Council. She has recently retired as chair of Global Women NZ and the retired Vice President but remaining board member of the Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers involved in leadership development globally.
About Women Fast Forward: Asia-Pacific Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment for W20 input into G20
W20 is one of the most recent G20 dialogue processes: the objective of reducing the gender employment gap by 25 percent by 2025 (“25 by 25”), which was agreed on by the G20 at its 2014 summit in Australia, paved the way for the inclusion of a new engagement group in the official ambit. In October 2015, the first working meeting of W20 took place in Istanbul as part of the Turkish G20 presidency. In 2016, the Chinese presidency of the G20 continued this work, and a final declaration (W20 communiqué) was also drawn up at the W20 summit and passed to the G20. In 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel championed the W20 by pledging to incorporate the recommendations from the W20 process in her capacity as acting G20 President. Women Fast Forward – Asia-Pacific Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment for W20 input into G20 builds on the W20 Germany 2017 Implementation Plan.
Hosted by the East-West Center in Hawaii and sponsored by EY Women Fast Forward brings together leaders, academics, corporates and practitioners from the Asia- Pacific region with expertise and experience in women’s economic empowerment. Attendees discuss and make policy recommendations around five key aspects of women’s economic empowerment: legislative barriers, women in leadership, financial inclusion, digital inclusion and women in supply chains.
About Kelly Lovell
Kelly Lovell, an acclaimed Youth Mobilizer and Social Entrepreneur, is bridging the gap between business and community to create opportunities for the next generation to thrive. She is a 15-time award-winning thought leader, 3-time TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Lovell Corporation and My Effect Inc. With work featured in Forbes, INC., Globe & Mail, FOX News, and Entrepreneur, Kelly Lovell is sought out for her expertise in understanding and engaging with the needs of Millennials and Generation Z. Most recently at 23 years old, Lovell became a a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader and personally met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to receive an international award .
In less than four years, Lovell has grown her company portfolio to five distinct brands that harness media and technology to provide mentorship, skill-building, and entrepreneurship support for youth. Notable projects include: a short documentary film that profiles the stories of exceptional young leaders to combat ageist stereotypes that exist in media; a global education project that introduces students to key problems affecting today’s world through the lens of their peers across 59 different countries; and, a personal development platform that helps youth track the transferable skills they gain from community service and extracurricular leadership.
Her first book, The Power of YOUth, shares over 200 stories of youth aged 6 years-old to 30 years-old who are changing the world.