Guest Speaker – Tesh

The Raglan Food Co journey has become a remarkable story, and behind the company are two remarkable people, Seb & Tesh. While Seb loves to spend his time solving big problems, finding innovative ways to move the company forward, and of course – surfing big waves, Tesh has a passion for connecting with people, making a difference, and helping others follow their dreams.

Tesh has a diverse range of experience and a unique upbringing with never attending school or University. She has a ‘can-do’ approach to life that has seen her start a number of businesses, found a philanthropic trust, publish 3 books, become an editor of a travel magazine, run eco-friendly glamping accommodations, become a certified Myers-Briggs coach, and give back through all sorts of creative projects.

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Tesh is Available to Share:

  • The Raglan Food Co story with key insights & learnings tailored for your group, drawn from the experience of building a business starting out in her home kitchen in 2014, to a company employing 30 people and distributing dairy-free products around the world, using business as a tool for good.
  • The 5 year personal development journey of writing ‘The To-Be List’ which lead to a publishing deal & distribution in the United States and nationwide ranging with Whitcoulls here in New Zealand. Tesh has experienced both sides of publishing; self-publishing a children’s book & working with publishing companies and can offer valuable advice for anyone thinking about writing a book.

Feedback from Past Speaking Engagements

“A massive thank you for being a part of last night. We’re incredibly grateful for the time you made to share your stories and learnings with our young collective. We’ve had overwhelming positive feedback, with people being really grateful for the vulnerability and authenticity you brought. You smashed the brief, so thank you.”
– Gemma, Seed Collective

“It was a no-brainer to invite Tesh to speak at our inaugural Women of Waikato event in May 2018 so that she could share her inspirational journey in business with our audience of almost 100 people. The feedback I had from the audience was that they loved Tesh’s infectious enthusiasm and her entrepreneurial spirit!”
– Dani, Dynamic Media

“You totally made their day with the yoghurt! (they are from decile 1-3 schools and would not see this type of item in their weekly shop so it was a real novelty for them and a complete delight to have you there inspiring them!). I could tell from their questions, energy and enthusiasm after a full day and hearing you after dinner, they were ecstatic and motivated. Thank you soooooo much! We loved having you at our National Youth Advisory Group camp.”
– Adi, Graham Dingle Foundation

“Thank you for sharing your story with us! We were a room full of rural, working women totally inspired by your passion and commitment to your truth of doing what’s right for people and the planet. You glossed over the incredible success you have had with writing and business ventures, which shows your modest, humble style. You were so down-to-earth (pun intended!), engaging and entertaining and I will be forever grateful that you accepted our invitation to speak.”
– Kylie, Working Women’s Tribe

“I first met Latesha through the Edmund Hillary Fellowship where she presented to one of our schools in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme, I was blown away by how talented this lady was and her inspirational approach to business. I just knew I had to get her to speak to our whole student body to share her empowering words, her entrepreneurial journey and most of all, to inspire. And inspire she did! Latesha is a true entrepreneur, her sustainable approach to business and her philosophy of doing better for people and our planet is truly admirable. It was an absolute honour to have Mrs Coconut speak at our Waikato/King Country YES regional finals.”
– Levinia Paku, Young Enterprise Scheme 

“Thank you for speaking at our Inspired Exporting event, you had a very refreshing, honest and engaging story to hear! We’ve had great feedback from our varied audience and everyone was quite inspired by how you’ve created a business based on passion and purpose. Thank you again!”
– Joanna, ExportNZ BOP

“Thank you so much for an awesome session yesterday. The group were really excited to see the role of a business influencing change in such a powerful way. We loved the sense of mutual exchange (compared to “help me”) and the wide ripple effects that you were creating with your “intelligent, simple, home-grown approach” (to quote one learner!). I know it is not simple, but the clarity of your vision, values and practical skills is such a great foundation. You have certainly inspired some more exploration from the group into social enterprise and the whole question of value, and values-based practice.”
– Margaret Malcolm, Capable NZ (Otago Polytechnic) 

Booking Mrs Coconut

If you would like to book Tesh for your next event, please fill in these details. Please note she has a busy schedule and may not be available for all requests.

Travel costs & accommodation (if required) must be covered, plus a speaking fee, to be agreed on with Celebrity Speakers NZ who represent Tesh for speaking engagements. You can email Stefanie direct – or complete the form.

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