Waikato University law student Kaylee Bird has taken out the top law prize in the New Zealand Emerging Leaders Awards following the successful completion of a raft of
tests involving video interviews, presentations and psychometric testing.
Winning provides her with a mentor for three months, enrolment in the Leadership Mastery online course, and a CV workshop with Talent Solutions.
Starting at university in 2015, she has been a law student ambassador, a tutor in equity law, a Hillary scholar for dance, and a law clerk at law firm McCaw Lewis.
She is also a Step Higher Award recipient and next year goes to Nepal to do volunteer work in communities there.
“I was told that my community focus gave me an edge for the Emerging Leader Awards,” she says.
“This links to the values that have been instilled in me through the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme. I’m dedicated to doing what I can to promote communities of people helping people, rather than individuals.”
“In 10 years, I’d like to have a programme established in primary, intermediate and high schools to nurture the qualities of emerging leaders. I want to get kids interested and inspired to create change,” she told LawTalk.