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The Hip Op-erations Crew: Inspiring the world's oldest hip hop crew

Thursday 4:15pm - 4:55pm, (Christchurch 1 Room)

How do you inspire a large team of people aged 65 to 95 years old to embrace an outrageous goal of becoming competitive hip hop dancers and, in just eight months’ time, perform at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas?

What do you do when they don't like hip hop, are resistant to change and aren't committed to the goal?

Billie Jordan shares her leadership lessons and personal story to show that, with a focus on the end goal and the ability to change mindsets, anything is possible!


Billie Jordan

As the founder of the oldest hip hop dance group in the world, the Hip Op-eration Crew, Billie shows how she used her leadership skills, traumatic life experiences - including the deadly Christchurch Earthquake in 2011 to bring a renewed sense of purpose and joy to a group of strangers in her community.

Billie was awarded a Queens Honour in 2016, was New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2016/2017 and won the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015.