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Realising Rochdale* through Resilience

Thursday 19th April

10.00am to 1.00pm followed by lunch
Sheffield’s Auckland offices, Level 10, Chorus House, 66 Wyndham St
Morning tea and lunch provided
Numbers limited to 18 so book early!

Content: organisational and personal resilience, highly relevant to the co-op business model based on endurance and sustainability (see more below)

Lead presenter: Dr Alia Bojilova pictured.


As so many things in our environment change, resilience is an increasingly valued quality. Leaders are expected to pre-empt, frame & respond to challenges with agility, delivering even stronger results, while taking care of their own & others’ wellbeing.

Resilience is now expected of leaders. But what is it?

In this presentation, Alia Bojilova invites us to explore the resilience phenomenon – how to know it when you see it & how to build it in yourself & those around you. We will work through the building blocks of resilience, helping you to develop awareness, insights & strategies to support you on your journey. The content is informed by leading research & tested through applied work in a range of contexts.

Alia is an experienced industrial & organisational psychologist with a career spanning the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), in both senior roles in organisational development & also operational line management roles. She was awarded the New Zealand Defence Force Meritorious Service Medal in 2014.

Alia’s recent experiences include developing an integrated approach of talent strategy within Frucor Australasia. She has also worked in the wellbeing and resilience area, with senior executives and Olympic level athletes. As well as her professional & academic exposures in this field, Alia will also draw on her personal experiences as a UN Military Observer & a captive in Syria.

Alia will present for 45 minutes from 10.00am, & then we will work through the following three questions. (Morning tea from 11.30pm)

Questions to be discussed on the day:

  • As senior executives and directors of organisations how do we find the strength to keep going within our respective roles despite the challenges, adversity and work pressures?
  • How can we draw on our own personal resilience, and that of others, in order to energise our respective organisations over the long term?
  • What are some examples of organisational resilience given threats and challenges faced internally and/or externally? What were some of the lessons learned?