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Staff Profile: Nancy Jones, Executive Assistant

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18 March 2022

The University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is dedicated to helping the University to develop savvy, entrepreneurial graduates to ensure New Zealand’s longer-term economic, social and environmental prosperity. Keeping the CIE engine running smoothly on a daily basis is Executive Assistant Nancy Jones.

Tell us a little about your background and how you ended up at CIE.

Prior to joining CIE, I already had experience as an executive assistant in the education field, working with CEOs and Boards in both the education consultancy and independent schools fields. I was drawn to CIE by the people, team culture, and opportunity to tackle new and fresh challenges.

What does your role at CIE involve?

My days tend to involve a mix of many things including management of our Director’s diary, liaising with multiple diary holders, organising and managing emails, and supporting the CIE team with internal systems administration, processes, and events.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I have a passion for connecting with a diverse range of people and contributing to an organisation’s growth and development, so my favourite part of my job would definitely be working with the amazing talented CIE team! 

I also enjoy being able to listen to and learn from industry speakers; hear student pitches; follow alumni journeys, and see young entrepreneurs fulfil their business potential.

What advice would you give people who may not be sure if entrepreneurship is for them?

Kia Kaha – be brave! Being involved with CIE has definitely highlighted that truly anyone can get involved with innovation and entrepreneurship. You don’t need to already identify as an ‘entrepreneur’ before getting involved with CIE’s programmes – all you need is an open mind and the desire to learn.

Entrepreneurship has the potential to open up so many opportunities and allows you to pick up skills that can be applied to any career regardless of what you go on to do. Many of those skills will also be useful in general life.

When you’re not working, what would we find you doing?

You’ll most likely find me enjoying family time (which includes catering to two cats), keeping up with group fitness classes, or being preoccupied with my growing collection of indoor plants!

If you could travel back to any time and place, what would it be and why?

It would be great to be able to re-visit happy occasions with friends and family, as well as re-experiencing fun holidays we’ve taken together.

What are you most looking forward to in 2022?

I’m looking forward to finding out what the ‘new normal’ entails, and generally seeing where the year takes us!

University of Auckland wins international award for entrepreneurship education
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18 March 2022

The University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is dedicated to helping the University to develop savvy, entrepreneurial graduates to ensure New Zealand’s longer-term economic, social and environmental prosperity. Keeping the CIE engine running smoothly on a daily basis is Executive Assistant Nancy Jones.

Tell us a little about your background and how you ended up at CIE.

Prior to joining CIE, I already had experience as an executive assistant in the education field, working with CEOs and Boards in both the education consultancy and independent schools fields. I was drawn to CIE by the people, team culture, and opportunity to tackle new and fresh challenges.

What does your role at CIE involve?

My days tend to involve a mix of many things including management of our Director’s diary, liaising with multiple diary holders, organising and managing emails, and supporting the CIE team with internal systems administration, processes, and events.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I have a passion for connecting with a diverse range of people and contributing to an organisation’s growth and development, so my favourite part of my job would definitely be working with the amazing talented CIE team! 

I also enjoy being able to listen to and learn from industry speakers; hear student pitches; follow alumni journeys, and see young entrepreneurs fulfil their business potential.

What advice would you give people who may not be sure if entrepreneurship is for them?

Kia Kaha – be brave! Being involved with CIE has definitely highlighted that truly anyone can get involved with innovation and entrepreneurship. You don’t need to already identify as an ‘entrepreneur’ before getting involved with CIE’s programmes – all you need is an open mind and the desire to learn.

Entrepreneurship has the potential to open up so many opportunities and allows you to pick up skills that can be applied to any career regardless of what you go on to do. Many of those skills will also be useful in general life.

When you’re not working, what would we find you doing?

You’ll most likely find me enjoying family time (which includes catering to two cats), keeping up with group fitness classes, or being preoccupied with my growing collection of indoor plants!

If you could travel back to any time and place, what would it be and why?

It would be great to be able to re-visit happy occasions with friends and family, as well as re-experiencing fun holidays we’ve taken together.

What are you most looking forward to in 2022?

I’m looking forward to finding out what the ‘new normal’ entails, and generally seeing where the year takes us!


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