Every person has the ability to stand in their own authentic truth that “I am enough”, and feel empowered to lead themselves and others, regardless of their job title, as an Authentic Leader if they choose to do so.
We believe women in STEMM can achieve success in their life AND career by being Authentic, having fun, and unleashing the best version of themselves.
We challenge the status quo, push the boundaries, and find a way for YOU to reach higher than you ever thought possible.
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To enrich people’s ability to step into their personal power, to be an Authentic Leader in STEMM.
Creating a global STEMM community embracing Authentic Leadership practice.
Authenticity – Integrity – Fun – Expansion – Commitment – Community
When each individual understands themselves within the context of their life and career, they are empowered to reach for their potential and lead themselves and others with truth and Authenticity.
We are all leaders!
Christine and Elizabeth Co-Founded WALT Institute as a result of the frustration with the traditional leadership training approaches that does not address the individual person, their innate strengths or empower them to step into their own Authentic Power. The Authentic Leadership approach embraces proven strategies from positive psychology and the science of happiness and subjective wellbeing, to promote self-awareness, self-regulation, social intelligence, psychological capital and agency, with integrity and transparency.
Story of our Logo
Represents different people coming together and being connected. All working together, moving upwards, looking up together, and supporting each other. The center is both an A and an arrowhead – pointing upwards to be an Authentic Leader. There is also a stylized L on the right. The overall representation of the W is for WALT (Women Authentic Leadership Training).
The origami shape is also similar to the ‘crane’ or heron and in Aotearoa, is known as a Kotuku. This bird is often known as the ‘bird of happiness’. The programs presented by WALT Institute are based on the science of happiness and subjective wellbeing. This is a regal and rare bird. Authentic Leadership is not for everyone, it is an extraordinary person that leaps into leading authentically.
The Heron is full of wisdom and potential, is intelligent, patient, and will go all out when opportunities are presented. They possess traits that are admirable (like an Authentic Leader). The Heron represents stillness and tranquillity – these traits are required to recognize opportunities, maintain self-care, and recover energy in order to thrive and flourish. The Heron also signifies determination, it does not give up, but wades through the marshes with determination and focus; there will be plenty of marshes and ponds to wade through in life.
When in flight, the Heron is one of the most powerful birds. It hunts with purpose and efficiency. It strikes when the time is right, which represents wisdom and good judgment. Moves with lightning-quick precision and athleticism – is agile and adaptive.
Even though a solitary bird (as with an Authentic Leader the path can be a solitary one at times), they flourish with a team around them and are good at making others feel accepted. They are able to be totally present at the moment. They have high self-confidence and are not afraid to ask for help. They are able to reflect on how to take pride in achievement, are resourceful, and make things happen even if the odds are against them.
Dr Elizabeth Pritchard
I Am Enough!
Elizabeth is a published author in international academic journals and Thrive Global. Presented at international conferences, she is a recognised keynote speaker, coach and facilitator. Elizabeth is the Co-Founder of WALT Institute and renowned for her ability to empower women in STEMM to believe they are enough! To stand out from the crowd, believe in themselves, accomplish greatness and find a way forward, because you are worth it!
Achieve Limitless Possibilities
Christine is a dynamic and engaging presenter that will have you experiencing moments of joy and enlightenment. Christine has published articles in Thrive Global and is currently authoring a how to book on cultivating authentic resilience. As the Co-founder of WALT Institute, she specialises in disrupting the stories people tell themselves and guides them to discover they have so much more in their tank. Adversity does not need to define you, everyone can learn how to rise to the challenge, overcome the tough times, and bounce forward with limitless possibilities.
Bounce Forward With Limitless Possibilitites
and achieve greatness in your leadership!
There are many challenges to working in teams. The key theme intertwined across all of these challenges is our ability to connect with others and the connect with the work environment. Teams fail when connections fail.
Humans are wired for connection.
• Individuals crave the feeling of belonging.
• Individuals aspire to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
• Individuals will give more when they feel appreciated.
• Individuals will thrive and flourish when the environment they work in is one that cultivates growth, happiness and authenticity.
Christine Burns is the CEO and Co-Founder of WALT Institute. As a former elite athlete in hockey for New Zealand, she has over 20 years of coaching, sport psychology and performance expertise which she brings to the arena of Authentic Leadership.
How Coaching Can Benefit You
Experience confidence to perform at your best.
Step Into Your Own Authentic Power
and lead from a place of Authentic truth
These thoughts and beliefs are part of being dis-empowered. These patterns of thought and action keep us stuck and reduce our opportunities. Thinking this way creates roadblocks in our progress; diminishes our self-confidence and compromises empowerment. We become blinded and unable to expand our gaze or consider that we could experience career and life with ease and grace.
Recognising these thoughts and beliefs is the first step to making positive change. Allowing ourselves to believe we deserve the good stuff means we are stepping into our power. This involves accepting where you are at right now, and taking the realistic steps to move in the direction we desire.
When you turn around the unsupportive mindset and limiting beliefs about ourselves and others, believe we deserve to experience the good stuff, we can become our Authentic Empowered Self.
Dr Elizabeth Pritchard is Director and Co-Founder of WALT Institute and brings over 20 years of coaching and training expertise to Authentic Leadership development.