Christine Burns

CEO & High-Performance Coach at WALT Institute (Women Authentic Leadership Training)


There is always a way! There are no rules.

What do you do?

Typically we coach and train researchers & academics in STEMM who have the challenge of limited career progression, not being heard and not feeling confident to stand up and lead. We help them to get promoted, have stronger collaborations for research grants, become more resilient & lead successful teams with strength.

Why did you choose this field?

The STEMM field appealed to my secret 'Geeky' side and I knew I could incorporate my Rebel Talents to be a change maker in something I love doing. I've represented my country - New Zealand in hockey, been privileged to study and gain qualifications that provide me with a base to develop and grow my passion from. I've overcome injuries, cancer and other trauma that has equipped me with resilience, courage and strength to follow my heart. I love seeing women achieve awesomeness in the field of STEMM. I'm willing to get amongst the tough stuff and help women to become the best version of themselves to achieve their dreams and be an Authentic Leader!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Suffering through a diagnosis that scared the living crap out of me and now I am living my best life! To know that I would have the mental toughness to keep going for the long game - through the tough times and keep smiling and growing the whole time. Anything is possible.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Working with game changers that can have a massive impact on so many people in so many different ways. There is always a bigger picture to look to. The field is jam packed with innovation, curiosity and creativity. I love it that in what is often seen as a traditional field... it doesn't have to be.

Best advice for next generation?

There is always a way! There are no rules. Follow your heart and if you want to work in STEM... then go to it and I will always have your back!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“The moments of discomfort are opportunities for achievement.” - Christine Burns

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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