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Annah
Stretton

One of New Zealand's top designers and businesswomen

Profile

From the day Annah Stretton broke away from paid employment and started her own clothing business, an entrepreneurial hunger was ignited within her that remains Olympic-sized to this very day.

Current work
It's no wonder then that Annah Stretton is one of the very few New Zealand fashion designers, manufacturers and retailers still around and still evolving her business 27 years down the track. However, CEO of a fashion group was never going to be the only string to Annah's bow, and back in 2013, her career took a seismic shift when a chance encounter with the Waikato Women’s Refuge CEO took her from bystander to change champion for a vulnerable community of women.
Today Annah’s feats as a Social Entrepreneur and Advocate for the inclusion and advancement of offending women have earned her, and her charity RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) a semi-finalist slot for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year two year’s running!

Speaking
Discover how Annah has taken her entrepreneurial toolkit into the prison system and defied all the odds with her near 100% success rate at transforming a life a crime into a life of promise.

“The thing I'm most proud to is who I’ve become. The ‘leader’ that looks back at me in the mirror these days would not have existed without the triumphs and the tragedies that have accompanied my journey with RAW.”

Expertise
Topics

Business

  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Purpose & Vision
Feedback
We had the absolute pleasure of Annah Stretton addressing the Newmarket Rotary Club earlier this year to educate our members about the RAW programme. She a confident and passionate speaker and what she and her team are achieving with vulnerable and abused women is nothing short of outstanding. A great nationwide support initiative is something that really resonates with Rotary President, Newmarket Rotary
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