About Women & Leadership New Zealand


Women & Leadership New Zealand is a national initiative dedicated to supporting equity and inclusion in leadership throughout New Zealand’s public and private sector workforce and the broader community.

Women & Leadership New Zealand champions equity and empowers leaders in every aspect of life. 

We specialise in delivering high-impact, applied leadership development opportunities through our: 

  • renowned programs for individuals 
  • tailored programs for organisations 
  • specialised programs for schools 
  • world-class events. 

Our learner-centric, flexible delivery model incorporates the latest research, frameworks and technology to deliver practical leadership skills that can deliver immediate impact in the workplace.  

Through a deep understanding of the needs of leaders at every stage of their journey, WLNZ creates a rich and empowering learning environment which is singularly geared to enabling each participant to achieve their own unique vision of success.​

Welcome from Karen Taylor GAICD

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand

"At a time when we are looking to our leaders for justice and equity, the need for more women in leadership positions is more apparent than ever. Women & Leadership New Zealand believes that advancing gender equity is central to creating a more fair and inclusive society, and we are dedicated to supporting women to help us achieve that mission.

By creating dedicated spaces for networking, discussion and learning, we offer opportunities for women leaders to realise their own potential and develop their leadership skills and expertise. Regardless of where you sit on the spectrum of leadership, or what you are looking to achieve, we want to support your career ambitions and future leadership capabilities.

Connecting and developing New Zealand’s women leaders, creating space for us all to listen, learn, reflect and improve, will create a powerful push for awareness and action and contribute to further equity for women and diverse groups across New Zealand.

The team at Women & Leadership New Zealand is tremendously passionate about what we do and why we do it. The stories we hear from women in our programs, at our events and through our online community are both inspiring and humbling. I look forward to learning from and sharing in the experiences of even more women leaders as we continue to champion women’s leadership across New Zealand. "

WLA - KAREN TAYLOR