Leaders' Connect#6: July 2nd 4-5pm

Leading change – moving from ideas to action

New Zealand is full of great ideas in education… but without a clear pathway for change it is unlikely that a great idea will make it to being a great solution. In this Leaders’ Connect we will hear from Lisa Heald, deputy principal at Riccarton High who as a BOMA Education Fellow used Stanford University’s design framework to design MAD. A group of students who use social media to provide a learning platform, and to promote, inform and celebrate school events to our school community and beyond. Our second speaker is Carolyn Stuart who works with leaders across New Zealand, using the tools and strategies from the design thinking methodology to amplify change.


Lisa Heald

Lisa is a Deputy Principal at Riccarton High School and has had an extensive educational career, working across a range of sectors; Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, and in private training. Her ability to challenge the thinking of others around the nature of learning and to inspire with ideas for action, grounded in the methodology of design thinking, creates change. She develops innovative practices that maximise the learning experiences in areas such as curriculum design, professional development, effective use of technology in a blended learning environment and fulfilling the learning needs of ākonga in a bicultural context. Lisa is dedicated to empowering people.


Carolyn Stuart

Carolyn is a weaver of futures who works with people and organisations to co-design solutions to complex challenges. She is the founder of Weaving Futures, a leadership growth and design thinking practice. Carolyn has been a teacher, principal and deputy chief executive of a crown-owned company. Her passion is about making schools places where learners thrive.


About the Leaders’ Connect online series

Leaders’ Connect is an interactive, relational, online space for education leaders. These one-hour online hui occur fortnightly and the aim is to:  

  • Provide a safe place of connection for education leaders within NZ
  • Support leaders’ wellbeing 
  • Gain fresh leadership knowledge and capacity 
  • Create professional connection via an online platform
  • Provide a space for learning and sharing innovative practices and ideas 

In the spirit of Leaders’ Connect, as well as a Q&A time with Nicola and Chris, there will be time for engaging in small group discussions for support and idea-sharing.

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