2017 Reflections: what a great year it’s been!

Minnie-with-two-others2017 has been a busy year for the Be. Team as we move into our new phase. We've been buzzing away on all our programmes to reach some major milestones, as well as introducing a new programme and establishing a Wellington hub. Below are all our highlights for the year.

Be. Curious

Every month since July, we have been inviting thought-leaders and access champions to share their insights about what they do and how they enable accessibility in their industries. We have been privileged to host breast cancer surgeon Erica Whineray-Kelly, and Dmitry Selitsky and Sarvnaz Taherian from Thought Wired.

Be. Welcome

We have gained huge interest in our Be. Welcome programme. As well as working more closely with Auckland Council, we have recently been commissioned by Kiwi Property to carry out Be. Welcome assessments across all nine of their malls nationwide! These include Sylvia Park, The Base and Northlands

Be. Employed

Since Be. Employed began in 2014, we have placed over 100 students with various access needs into meaningful work! Jake Mills was also recognized by Otago University at their Disability Information and Support Appreciation Awards, and the Be. Employed team were finalists at ATEED’s Young at Heart Awards.

Be. Leadership

We are super excited to be heading into the eighth year of our Leadership Programme. An independent evaluation among Be. Leadership alumni showed 82% of alumni could make the most of their strengths after graduating, and 85% said their leadership capacity increased as a result of the programme.

Be. Wellington

In a massive step forward, we have recently established a hub in Wellington, in close partnership with Wellington City Council. Our coaches and relationship managers in the region will continue to work with local businesses and organisations to collectively create the most accessible little capital in the world!