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Get ready to apply soon for the 2023 Zanda McDonald Award

On Monday 1st August you'll have the opportunity to apply for the award through

Applications open on Monday 1 August and close on Wednesday 31 August 2022 at 5pm NZ time. Late entries will not be accepted - so please don't leave your application to the last minute!

You can get a head start by preparing now. You’ll be required to submit the following online:

· Write a short bio telling us in about 80 words your name, current role, what you do, your proudest achievement and your hobbies or interests.

· Write a maximum of 250 words telling us how you would benefit from a tailored mentoring package, where you would like to be in your career in five years, what you are involved in now that shows leadership and/or influence, and how you would be a fitting ambassador for this award.

· Prepare a short video clip (max 100MB). In this you will need to say your name and job/role at the beginning, then briefly explain what you do, what you love about your industry, and how you are making your mark. Your video is to be no longer than one minute in total. Note that video from a mobile device is fine - no fancy graphics or editing required, but what you say IS important. Make sure what you say has an impact - this is your first chance to make an impression on the judges and we'd suggest you practice to get this right!

· You have the option of including three supporting documents in your applications (max 10MB per file) . The more information to support your application the better and one of these documents should be your CV/resume.

If relevant, you’ll also need to talk with your employer for consent to enter this award, as the award winner will require time off work for the trans-Tasman mentoring trip, and to attend specific events as an ambassador for the award.

Important Dates to remember:

Applications are only open between Monday 1 August – Wednesday 31 August 2022 (5pm NZ time). Six finalists will be selected by Zanda McDonald Award judges of which three will be from NZ and three will be from Australia. All finalists will be notified on Wednesday 21 September 2022 and required to attend an interview in person in their respective countries on Thursday 20 October 2022. Please make sure you are available for this date.

All six finalists will be invited to attend the inaugural Innovation Summit 14-16 March 2023 in Brisbane, where the announcement of a winner from either side of the Tasman will be made. Please make sure you are available to attend the summit before applying as it is important that you attend.

Travel and accommodation costs to and from the interview date, as well as to the Innovation Summit, will be covered by the award. Not sure whether to apply? Check out our past award winners to get inspired! Don’t leave it until the last minute to put your best foot forward in applying for this life changing award. Mark Monday 1 August in your calendar now and start preparing.


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