Our Why

We believe…

that every person has the right to be heard, regardless of gender.

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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Our Mission:

To enrich people’s ability to step into their personal power, to be an Authentic Leader in STEMM.

Our Vision:

Creating a global STEMM community embracing Authentic Leadership practice.

Our Values:

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.

The reason for our logo:

Represents different people coming together and being connected. All working together, moving upwards, looking up together, and supporting each other. The centre is both an A and an arrow head – pointing upwards to be an Authentic Leader. There is also a stylised 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 recognise 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 judgement. Moves with lightening 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 in 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.