Launch speaker spotlight: Kylie Rae

Kylie Rae, Director of Nature & Nosh, began her career in the corporate marketing world in NZ and then the UK. Coming from a family of small business owners, she had the entrepreneurial bug and knew she wanted to start a business of her own one day. The corporate life didn’t do it for her. She yearned for a calling that merged her love for the outdoors, marketing and business.

After many months hiking around the globe with her husband, the idea for Nature & Nosh was born - hiking tours with foodie experiences. Shortly after returning to New Zealand in 2016, the idea shaped into a business attracting international clients, working with global trade and balancing mum life with growing a young business. With international clients off the cards, the focus over the last year has shifted to Kiwi’s and local businesses, and keeping with one foot in front of the other.

What will you be speaking about at Launch?

I’m so excited about speaking with all the partners about our tourism business. I’m looking forward to sharing all about our journey we’ve been on since we started the business and how we’ve had to become very creative in some of our strategies and initiatives in recent times to deal with the lack of international travel in this funny old world that we find ourselves in. 

What advice would you give your 10-year-younger self, when it comes to your career path?

Some advice I’d give to myself 10 years ago would be get a couple of really good business advisers that you can catch up with over coffee regularly, just to be that sounding board. And probably most importantly in my mind, is do not be afraid to fail. If you don’t fail, you don’t grow, so get comfortable with it. 


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