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Jun 29, 2020

Kaila is the co-founder of Boma Global and the founder and CEO of Boma New Zealand.  I'd been looking forward to this conversation for a long time because Kaila has had a fascinating life and has an attitude and approach I've learned from.  In this interview we jump back in time to hear about her childhood and find out about some of her journey (including being the subject of an attempted kidnapping as a child).  Her journey starts in New York but has side trips to Argentina, a culinary school, learning languages and eventually arriving in Christchurch.  We discuss why she has stayed here and what the values are that drive her.  I was particularly interested in the last sentence of her bio and why she included this so we talk about that: "Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence".  We touch on a lot and that includes running TEDxChristchurch for 10 years as well as TEDxScottBase, bringing Singularity University to New Zealand and Australia, co-founding Ministry of Awesome and her work now with Boma.  As well as all that we fit in a great discussion about vulnerability and what she learned from her training with Brené Brown.  I am sure you are going to enjoy this interview with Kaila!

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Short 10 minute version of this with three extracts of the interview:

From her bio: "Kaila Colbin is a co-founder of Boma Global and the CEO of Boma New Zealand. She spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

She is also a co-founder and trustee of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and a Director of CORE Education Ltd.

After training with Brené Brown, Kaila became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, and has worked with hundreds of people to increase courage as a core competency. She is also a certified ExO consultant, a Climate Project Ambassador who trained with Al Gore, and a Project Management Professional. She is a renowned national and international public speaker, sought after by corporates, government agencies, industry groups, and more.

Kaila was formerly the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica. A native New Yorker, Kaila speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian, holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University and has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 22. Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence."