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She Prosperity - Startup of the Year


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Company: She Prosperity
Company Description: She Prosperity provides women in corporate middle management with short-burst impact training programs focussed on confidence, resilience and stepping forward authentically as women, underpinned by neuroscience for maximum results. It was founded by Kimberly Sumner in 2017, continuing her mission to help women in business to thrive, and organisations to outperform through diversity in leadership.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Startup of the Year - Business Services Industries

Nomination Title: She Prosperity "Stepping Forward" - Helping Women In Corporate Step Forward Into Leadership

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words). Begin this section with the date since July 1 2014 on which this organization began operations:


She Prosperity is the guidebook no one gives women as they navigate through corporate life, especially in traditional male dominated industries.

Many women leave corporate life because of this lack of guidance and the pressure to do business like a man. This creates signficant cost to business.

Kimberly Sumner founded She Prosperity in early 2017, and now works with organisations and women in corporate middle management offeringshort-burst impact training programs focussed on confidence, resilience and stepping forward authentically as women, underpinned by neuroscience for maximum results.

Most women in middle management don’t want to bang their fists on table, hustle or do win-lose negotiations, but they want to do business their way, and feel valued.She Prosperity “Stepping-Forward” helps women to do just that,to stepforward when they don'tfeel 100% ready orare challenged with communicating their value with confidence.

It developed from a productoffering in another market -training women in their own businesses to be successful.

Kimberly saw an opportunityin corporate - whilecoaching exists for women at executive level (or those being “fast-tracked”), a gap existed for women in middle management who wanted specific help, and didn't want to do business (or be coached) like men.

The cost - talent scarcity issues, gender pay gap, women opting out of the workforce.


Using latest MRI technologies, many recent research studies reveal differences in brain connections between the sexes (see supporting info).

This research has become the grounding for “Stepping Forward” helping women understand why they do what they do, alongside practical strategies to use their strengthsto help them to step into leadership in ways that feel authentic.


July-Nov 2016
-Teaching a 6-week online course to self-employed women. Beta testing, run-through twice. Challenged with the NZ market - limited in size, target market cash-strapped.
-Friends in corporate sharing personal challenges with resilience, communicatingtheir value and stepping forward for roles they didn’t think they were ready for.

Feb-Mar 2017
2 months - testing (20 corporate women - banking, legal and IT) to research MVP corporatemarket offering - leadership training for women.
E-Learning program investigated with/withoutlivegroup-coaching element.
Pivot - Route to market not through HR, but via business unit heads and support from governance levels.

Apr-May 2017+
Corporate procurement process a long game vs immediate need voiced by women for value they were happy to pay for (separate product offering developed).
Developing corporate relationships at business unit head, CEO and governance levels leveraging previous relationships developed in banking (when Kimberly in corporate).


Apr-May 2017
Brand build & Website
Raise PR profile as strategic route to market. (see supporting docs)

Jun-July 2017
Leveraging Kiwisaver Investor pressure for Gender Diversity Managment Plans. (see supporting docs)
Leveraging PR for building relationships at senior levels.

Service option created - eLearning platform (6 units - video, workbook, action sheets, 2 group live, fortnightly audioQ&A).
Continuingto meet with business unit heads to test viability.
Procurement long-cyle, PR/Corporate Talks alongside.

Lock in first corporate sale.
Accelerate sales opportunities through partnership HR consultant with relationships HR depts.
Scalable, outsource "live-group"
Technical need dashboard,integration HR success metrics

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Working as an investment analyst with one of the world’s leading trading firms, Kimberly Sumner loved what she did but realised to get ahead she had to do business like a man.

Leaving corporate because she could not see how to connect authentically with herself as a woman alongside success, she built a +1million dollar business with her husband, later transitioning to help other women do the same.

A mum to three teenagers, a love for scuba diving and her book-club, Kimberly founded She Prosperity early 2017, continuing her mission to help women bring their value to the table authentically as women, now extended into corporate, driven by her deep desire to help women thrive in corporate roles and organisations outperform through diversity in leadership.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.