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Why Coaching?


This panel discussion will provide four views from four diverse companies into the why and also the how.

In celebration of International Coaching Week 2021, this recording is available at no charge.

Event Information

Four panelists from four diverse and successful enterprises describe how they have employed coaches and used coaching to advance their mission, deepen organisational performance and live their values.

Chaired by Davia McMillan, PCC, incoming ICF Australasia President this event gives you an opportunity to hear the inside story of how coaching creates success.

Session Panelists

Hannah Murphy

Senior Leadership Consultant, Executive Coaching and Assessment

Cisco,  Dallas, Texas, United States

  • Lead Cisco’s coaching practice with 150+ globally dispersed Cisco coaches
  • Conduct executive development assessments for VP and SVP leaders: qualitative stakeholder interviews, strengths-based insights, and targeted development plans
  • Executive coach: provide strengths and assessment oriented coaching for VP+ population
  • Consult and design customized coaching programs for static and dynamic teams (ranging from small teams to 1000+ size organizations)

Teresa Tepania-Ashton, ACC

Teresa Tepania-Ashton is the kind of quiet leader we find it easy to respect. After a 12 year career working internationally with Citibank (during which time she rose from Service Assistant to Vice President) she put her decades of community and corporate governance experience to work for her people.

Teresa was the CEO of Te Rūnanga-a-Iwi o Ngāpuhi from 2004 – 2011. Today she is CEO of Māori Women’s Development Incorporated – an inspirational and incredibly well-resourced organisation that provides loans and wrap around support for Wāhine Māori in business, and their whānau.

Teresa would never say it, but the people she works with describe her as mindful, decisive, astute, a nurturing and empowering leader. This shows when you consider the awards and acclaims she’s received:

  • 2019 New Zealand Representative for the Global Women In Management Programme, Washington DC, USA
  • 2016 New Zealander of the year – Local Hero
  • 2016 New Zealand Order of Merit for service to Māori in business
  • 2015 & 2016 finalist New Zealand Woman of Influence
  • 2009 Dame Mira Szaszy Alumni (University of Auckland)

With 3 children and a growing tribe of mokopuna, Teresa is an inspiring and understated speaker. With credibility in hapū and iwi development, Reo Māori development, and governance across all sectors, including currently serving as Chairperson of the Post Settlement Group Entity (PSGE), Kahukuraariki Trust – Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa . She is truly a contemporary wahine Māori leader

Sheree Ricketts

Programme Manager

Fonterra, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Aug 2020 – Present

Programme Manager for Fonterra’s leadership development programme. Responsible for deployment to 3000 leaders. Responsibilities include extensive stakeholder management and communication, project planning, risk management and reporting to governance.

I am a connector, someone who thrives working alongside leaders, mining opportunities to improve business performance through people strategies and organisational culture. I have over 15 years generalist HR experience, partnering with diverse functions from the farm gate to the corporate office.

I have a positive, approachable personality, strong communication skills, and the ability to engage easily with a wide range of people.

I practice what I preach, and I have a successful track record of developing and leading high performing teams.

Anton Zelcer

Head of Leadership Development

HR – Organisation Sustainability

Accountable for strategy, governance and delivery for all leadership development programs, and senior team development, across BHP globally including general training design and graduate development.

Anton believes in aligning organisational strategy, capability and people to bring exceptional and sustainable leadership to the world’s greatest organisations. Most of all, he thrives from enabling leaders to view their world from new perspectives, to inspire bold action on stuck problems.

Anton draws from a diverse background in organisational transformation, executive development, talent management, change management, organisational development, project management, technology and research – spanning the Global banking and FMCG industry, and Australian telecommunications industry, and now into the resources sector, where he is the Global head of Leadership & Development for BHP.

He is at home in Melbourne, after years of living and travelling across the UK, Singapore, and has recently completed a lap around Australia in a caravan! Married to an Australian winemaker, he has three boys under 12 – and when not on a video call working remotely these days, he is wrestling the kids on the carpet.

Specialties: Executive Education, Leadership Development, Organisation Development, Talent Management, Change Management, Group Facilitation, Information Systems Design and Implementation.

Key Learning Takeaways

Gain an in depth understanding and appreciation of how four diverse organisations have used coaching and coaches to be successful.

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Event Date
Brenda Brown

Continuing Coach Education Units

1 CCEU in Resource Development, self study

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