Rachael Spriggs (nee Clarke)

Rachael Spriggs (nee Clarke)

BPW Gisborne

BPW NZ, YoungBPW Convenor

BPW Gisborne

Membership: mid 2006 to present

Vice President:

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.“