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Be Zonta's guest to hear the remarkable, personal story of one great woman and learn from her reflections on leadership, success and the path she has forged.
Gain insights on what it takes to meet the challenges of a profession while breaking down barriers, managing family life, and advocating for a cause.
Explore the keys to growing resilience, self-belief, courage and leadership skills to achieve that breakthrough you may need in your own career and life.

Remarkable Women Powerful Stories is a leadership series hosted by Lynne Foley OAM.
Each month, hear a remarkable woman share her achievements and personal story.


The story does not end here, but continues with each of you, bringing your own ideas to the series and back to your communities. Together, we are remarkable.

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Wednesday, 27 Oct 
         Helen Clark
Thursday, 18 Nov
          V. Renée Cutting

Meet our next guest: Helen Clark

Helen Clark was the first woman elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 to 2008.  Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, she engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education, health, and the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with indigenous people, and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society. She advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive programme on sustainability, including on addressing climate change.

In April 2009, Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. She was the first women to assume these positions, which she held for a full two terms and eight years before standing down in April 2017.

Helen Clark is a champion of inclusive and sustainable development. She has ensured that UNDP’s work on poverty eradication is closely linked with its governance and environmental portfolios. She has advocated for the full inclusion and empowerment of women in development – and within UNDP itself where during her tenure the ratio of women to men reached 50%. Helen Clark advocates for sexual reproductive health and rights, an end to violence against women and for LGBTI rights. She has long advocated for those living with HIV and AIDS, and for effective prevention and treatment.

Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Clark was re-elected to her multicultural, inner city Auckland constituency for the tenth time in November 2008. Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for first, the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between 1989 and 1990, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1990 to 1993, and then Leader of the Opposition and of the Labour Party until becoming Prime Minister after the 1999 General Election.

Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA in 1971, and an MA with First Class Honours in 1974. 

Zonta International named Clark an International Honorary Member in 2017. She also was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Zonta International Convention held in Yokohama, Japan.


Meet our host: Lynne Foley, OAM

“I channel my energy into influencing and supporting each woman I meet to be empowered to reach her aspirations. I intend my legacy to be the contribution I make to achieving gender equality, through opening doors to education for women and girls.”

An exciting motivational speaker, Lynne Foley, OAM, is passionate about leaving her audience with new ideas, thoughts and challenges and full of confidence to break through personal and professional barriers. She works professionally by facilitating leadership programs for individuals and organizations whose mission is to empower women and men through personal and leadership development. Lynne is an accredited and highly respected executive coach, speaker, consultant and educator, gaining her experience through successful executive leadership, consulting, board chair and director roles. As chairman of the 2020-2022 Zonta International Leadership Development Committee Lynne implements the organization’s global strategy to meet the leadership needs of members, clubs and districts  facilitates at conferences and workshops.


Our past guests, HEAR HER STORY:



Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.


Tiaji Sio


Tressa Lacy


Bandana Rana


Kendra Sharp,  Ph.D.


Holly Ransom


Felicia Davis


Dr. Anne Gallagher


Aviaja L. Hauptmann, Ph.D

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