Angela Desmarais

Profile image of Angela Desmarais I am creative problem solver and believe we all have something to learn from each other. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and grow different vegetables than my neighbours so that we can share our crops.

I grew up in Auckland but travelled extensively, which helped to shape the way I view the world. On my return to New Zealand, I did a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and was awarded a scholarship for postgraduate study. My current research is looking at gender stereotyping in online discourse.

I am passionate about advocating for access for all, particularly in public spaces. I also work remotely as a user experience researcher, where I push for improved accessibility in online spaces. This career change came about after I had the opportunity to work with the Blind Foundation on an Amazon Alexa usability study, looking at the way their members accessed information through accessible technology.

Empathy and creativity are at the core of my being and are the driving force behind my leadership style. My time with Be. Leadership has taught me the positive impact that one person can make by stepping out of their comfort zone and just going for it.