Kaila has worn many hats in her impressive career. With many of them have centred around transforming leaders and investing in local communities, it comes as no surprise that she’s the recipient of the award designed to recognise New Zealanders contributing to strengthening ties within and across borders.
“I think there are so many people out there doing so many amazing things and if we can all share that knowledge then the world will be a much better place” — Kaila Colbin
Currently Kaila is the CEO and co-founder of Boma, a company known for transformational leadership courses which leverage extensive worldwide networks to help leaders be more intentional, intelligent andcourageous about the future.
Prior to that, Kaila brought the first TEDx event to Christchurch and following the second quake she organised a second event focusing on the rebuilding of the city. Kaila also helped launch the Ministry of Awesome – a not for profit organisation which encourages the growth of startup businesses in Christchurch. This followed with Kaila launching the first Singularity summit in Australasia, drawing crowds of more than 1400.
“When I think about the work that I’ve done with TEDx and with Singularity University, and now with Boma, one of the mental pictures that I come back to over and over again, is this idea of widening the pipes, widening the pipes between Christchurch and the rest of Aotearoa and widening the pipes between Aotearoa and the rest of the world. I think there are so many people out there doing so many amazing things and if we can all share that knowledge then the world will be a much better place.”