Sandy’s 30+ year career has afforded her leadership positions in four completely different sectors – communications, research, fashion retail and leadership development. Through these experiences she became increasingly interested in the observation that every sector had patterned approaches to change, strategy, leadership and culture. Moreover she noticed consistent and repeating behavioural patterns and characteristics amongst those who were typically awarded leadership status through the usual management processes. This led her to become a mid-life, part-time uni student and in 2018 completed a BA majoring in both History and Gender Studies. Her first-hand experience and deep interest in personal reinvention as a leader morphed naturally into a deep interest in what it takes to drive systemic transformation. She has been a social commentator, writer/blogger and public speaker on social trends, gender and diversity, innovation, and re-invention. Aside from years honing her craft as a strategist, Sandy is a certified leadership coach, widely experienced facilitator, and in 2016 founded Play Colab to ensure her commitment to systemic transformation and collaborative leadership was a lived and shared experience. She considers her ethnic identity and upbringing as a half-Japanese New Zealander critical to her mindset and worldview. Married with two young adult children, Sandy is based in the heart of Auckland City and is committed to contributing to the conversation around the healthy development of this city she calls home.
Jenny’s life work is about the conscious awakening, growth and development of leaders. She considers herself to be an evolutionary – one of many globally – deeply curious about how we evolve to be a more enduring and mature species that is better able to care for each other, our planet and our collective future. Jenny’s background includes holding leadership positions in the public health sector where her interest in leadership extended past management and leadership practice to the development of leaders. A move to the USA in 2003 enabled her to study directly under the tutorage of Debbie Ford, a pioneer of Jungian shadow work whose integrative approach made it accessible to all people. In 2009 Jenny returned to her native New Zealand to bring this work home. She currently resides at Waihi Beach, New Zealand where she enjoys being deep in the heart of nature. She frequently travels to the USA. Jenny has a B.A. Social Sciences and an M.A. Consciousness Studies. She is a certified integrative coach, an experienced consultant in The Leadership Circle 360 profile, a certified yoga teacher and a recognised mindfulness practitioner.
Dr. Jane Horan
Jane is a social anthropologist. Her expertise is in economic anthropology and anthropological perspectives on gender. She is innovating in the applied anthropology space which is undergoing exponential growth in key international markets reflecting the need for businesses to have a deeper appreciation of social change, multi-cultural frameworks and impacts of globalisation on local markets. Jane is on the vanguard of this process in New Zealand and as principal of the research company Plain Jane Research, she works with organisations keen to more fundamentally understand the complexities of markets and the world we live in. Jane is also a research associate in the Property Department at the University of Auckland Business School doing research on the Auckland housing market. Play Colab is excited to be collaborating with Jane on social insights research and strategic projects.
Alongside her 25 year career in the creative sector in which she became one of Australasia’s most experienced Executive Producers, working globally, Yolande has nurtured her keen interest in social advocacy and building community networks. This eventuated in her becoming a trained volunteer crisis counsellor for Lifeline Australia and a role with the NZ Red Cross Refugee Program supporting new arrivals. Her leadership has been recognised in both the film industry where she currently serves on the executive committee of the NZ Advertising Producers Group (NZAPG) as well as the not for profit sector when in 2017 she was invited to become a trustee of The Funding Network NZ, a registered charity supporting positive social change work in New Zealand. Yolande is an alumni of a Play CoLab leadership programme, and in her ongoing collaboration with Play, provides pastoral care support to all course participants.
Jenna provides a unique perspective to cohorts in their 20s and 30s, having experienced two Play CoLab contemporary leadership programmes and after making an intentional move from a decade-long marketing career toward a more multifaceted and impactful life. Aside from contributing to Play CoLab as a Manager and Mentor, and certified Coach, her portfolio life includes a return to university (this time with a focus on Asian Studies), a commitment to the practice and philosophy of Tai Chi, and a start-up project that explores the lives of creative, New Zealand youth of Asian descent. Being of Chinese, Japanese, indigenous Malaysian and Pākehā descent, Jenna provides a unique insight into how those of the minority may navigate and “play” in the world we work and live in.
Precious is of Ngāti Whātua, Waikato and Pākehā descent and was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. She is the Managing Director of Maurea Consulting Ltd, an organisation that shares Māori culture globally so that it shapes and informs a modern world. Precious is the creator of Te Kaa – a unique Māori cultural competency training programme that brings the Māori world to life in a fun, safe and exploratory way. She holds a number of governance positions including Ngāti Whātua Orākei Whai Rawa Ltd, the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and is the Chair of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Taumata-ā-Iwi. She is a Trustee of both Foundation North and the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust as well as being a Member of the Institute of Directors and the National Māori Lawyers Association. Precious feeds her creativity as a singer, songwriter, performer and dancer and is often called upon as a cultural practitioner by her iwi (tribe) and others to lead ceremonies in accordance with traditional Maori values. In 2011 it was Precious who had the honour of performing the karanga at the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup held in Auckland. It is from this base of strength that she draws confidence to teach her culture, and also to challenge perceptions within and of her culture.