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Pho­to­graph by Emma Bass / Words by Britt Mann When Ce­cilia Robin­son, 32, took the podium at this month’s Women of In­flu­ence awards din­ner, the 2017 supreme win­ner of­fered a few words on what it means to be a leader.

“It’s about in­spir­ing be­lief in others,” she said. “To do good, and to change the way the world works.”

The Swedish-born mother of two co-founded her first start-up, Au Pair Link at 21, ditch­ing her law de­gree and us­ing money from her stu­dent loan to launch what would be­come New Zealand’s largest au pair agency. In 2012, she set her sights on New Zealand’s food in­dus­try. A year later, she, along with Theresa Gat­tung and Na­dia Lim, launched My Food Bag.

Robin­son said the com­pany, now New Zealand’s third-largest food re­tailer, wanted to change Ki­wis’ eat­ing habits, and their lives.

“We’ve al­ways be­lieved, rather than giv­ing a man a fish and feed­ing him for a day, in giv­ing him the tools to teach him how to fish for life.”

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