As accommodation partner of The Sir Peter Blake Trust, Crowne Plaza Auckland demonstrated its commitment to encouraging future leaders through a number of leadership events and activities this week.
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An internal Leadership Workshop was held on Thursday 26 June, at which Sir Peter Blake Trustee and former Chief Executive of Business in the Community, Sarah Trotman, shared her ideas about great leadership with 20 members of the Crowne Plaza Auckland management team.
This was followed by a highly secret afternoon tea prior to the Trust’s annual Gala Dinner on Friday 27 June, at which the hotel hosted the Board of the Sir Peter Blake Trust and this year’s Leadership Award winners. The exclusive 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner itself was a star studded affair held at Shed 10 and was attended by Crowne Plaza Auckland’s General Manager, Wim Ruepert and Director of Sales & Marketing, Franck Hesse.
On Monday 30 June, Kristine Kilpatrick, Area HR Director for IHG, who is based at Crowne Plaza Auckland, joined the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Dream Team and visited Pakuranga College. Led by New Zealand’s Governor-General, Lt. Gen. The Rt. Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae, the close to 300-strong Dream Team of leaders spoke to classrooms throughout New Zealand in a bid to inspire young Kiwis to ‘make it happen’ – the theme of this year’s Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week.
Kristine, was joined in the 2014 Dream Team by other high-profile leaders, including business leaders, Sir Ron Carter and Sir Eion Edgar, politician and TV personality Tamati Coffey, television psychologist Nigel Latta, scientist and inventor Sir Ray Avery, TVNZ presenters Rawdon Christie and Toni Street, ZB radio host Rachel Smalley, Air New Zealand Chief Pilot Capt. David Morgan, sporting greats Hamish Carter and Beatrice Faumuina and a wide-ranging list of New Zealand adventurers, CEOs and business leaders, doctors, politicians and community champions.
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Franck Hesse, Area Sales and Marketing Director said:
“At Crowne Plaza Auckland, we believe in creating confidence and encouraging success in both our guests and our colleagues. Our aim has always been to empower our people so that, whatever our guests require, we can make it happen. We are extremely happy to be able to support the Sir Peter Blake Trust in its quest to inspire future leaders throughout New Zealand. We will all be wearing our Red Socks on Friday 4 July!”
On Friday 4 July, all colleagues at Crowne Plaza Auckland will be sporting either the signature Red Socks or leadership pins for which the Trust is famous. These items will also be available in the hotel for guests to buy.