Rachael Spriggs (nee Clarke)
BPW NZ, YoungBPW Convenor
Membership: mid 2006 to present
BPW NZ Federation
YoungBPW Convenor: 2007 to 2009
Professional & Personal Insight:
- Recently married in 2009.
- Professional career to:
Fourth year of study received a Scholarship for Best All Round Student, resulted in a trip to Italy and London for five weeks to study architecture
Graduated from UNITEC with Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Honours
After working for a period in Auckland decided to return to Gisborne and work with Nicoll Blackburne Architects
Currently working towards becoming a Registered Architect.
- Other interests/activities:
Enlisted in the New Zealand Territorial Army as a Signaller, 2003-2004, basic training took place
Gisborne Premier Grade Netball
Completed “The Goat”, a cross country run over Mount Ruapehu, twice.
Rachael Spriggs – Her story:
- As a member of BPW Gisborne:
Wanted to mix with other professional women and make the most of the networking opportunities available
The youngest member by 20 years
Thrived in the supportive and encouraging environment that is BPW
Her work with the BPW Gisborne Women in Business Expo, resulted in being awarded “YoungBPW to Congress Award”.
- As YoungBPW Convenor:
Presented issues at the National Conference, 2008
Presented issues at President’s Forum, 2008/2009
Has helped to increase the number of YoungBPW members throughout the country
As YoungBPW delegate attended the BPW International Congress, Mexico, 2008.
- Her experience from Congress:
“It is difficult to describe the exhilarating feeling as you sit in a room full of women from so many different countries and backgrounds, all working to achieve the same common goals for ourselves, our family, friends and country. It is inspiring to see how far we’ve come and to know that we have the ability to continue to pave the way for those who come behind us.“