Arihia Bennett (Ngāti Waewae/Ngāi Tūāhuriri hapū), Chief executive officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, attended a CEO Boot-camp at Stanford University in the United States last month.  (Tā Mark Solomon attended the same camp in 2013). The boot-camp initiative started in 2012 and has involved CEOs working together to grow our export earnings and take advantage of major opportunities around the world.

Arihia was privileged to spend some time with Condoleezza Rice, a Professor of Political Economy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Condoleezza served as the United States 66th Secretary of State from January 2005-2009, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.