Listen to The Hon. Ruth Richardson share the intriguing and focused story of her career.

Ruth Richardson rose to international prominence in her role as a reformist minister of Finance in New Zealand in the 1990s - the first and so far only woman to hold this role. Following her political career, Ruth has worked extensively in New Zealand and internationally as a Public Policy Consultant and Board Director. She currently holds a number of Directorships including NZ Merino, Synlait Milk and Bank of China (NZ) and has previously served on numerous Boards including Jade Software, the Reserve Bank, Oyster Bay and Wrightson.

In this interview she shares the story of her career, including:

- Declaring at age 15 that she wanted to be a politician and then strategically pursuing this career path

- As a change agent and reformist, why she's focused on being respected, not being liked

- How important family is to her, with a new granddaughter born the morning of the interview!

You can listen to Ruth sharing the story of her career journey here on The Female Career website or you can listen and subscribe on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio or Google Podcasts

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