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Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand & Australian School of Applied Management

09:20 – 09:55

Welcome and Opening Comments

Katie leads the Digital Products (product, development & project) team at NZME. She has 20+ years digital business management experience across multiple industries including Media, IT Services and Telecommunications. Her passion is developing collaboration in the work place, high performing teams and scalable practices to create great customer experiences. She has an MBA in General and Strategic Management, combining her personal and professional worlds with a thesis on the use of nanotechnology in the high-end fashion industries, exploring the impact of disruptive technologies. With previous roles as both Programme Manager and Agile Scrum Master, Katie has significant experience in the importance of team alchemy and optimum evolving working practices.​


General Manager, Digital Products, NZME.

As CEO for The 4 Day Week Global campaign Charlotte works internationally promoting the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace. She is on the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University and the advisory board of the US campaign for The 4 Day Week. Charlotte has an extensive background in business, having worked in the financial and legal services sectors earlier in her career. She is on the advisory board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, and the advisory board for the Kupe Scholarship Programme at the University of Auckland. Charlotte manages the family foundation, The September Giving Trust, and the Classics 4 Charities Foundation.

Charlotte Lockhart 

CEO, The 4 Day Week; 2019 Women of Influence Global Award Finalist


Panel Discussion

‘The Future of Work’

Disruptive thinking, artificial intelligence, automation, agile workplace structures, new and accelerating technology, and now working through a pandemic… there are many concepts that arise when exploring what ‘The Future of Work’ looks like and how we need to prepare for it. As generations collide, workforces diversify, and new technologies and social networks are developed, our current leadership pathways are now becoming a thing of the past. But how do we adapt to a future that we cannot predict? This panel session will explore the ways in which we can embrace these transitions and maximise potential benefits.

11:45 – 13:15

12:45 – 13:15

Interactive Session

Agenda day 2

Wednesday 30th September 2020

Emily Henlein is Executive General Manager of Design at Xero, responsible for setting and managing the design direction of the Xero global small business platform, used by more than 2.3 million subscribers globally every day. Emily is a customer-focused designer, and adept at pushing organisations to think differently about product experiences with the human at the centre. A veteran of software design, Emily has worked at a number of technology household names from Amazon — where she designed world class e-commerce experiences in Amazon’s backend — to Microsoft, where she led some of its mobile and video service projects. Additionally, she worked on leading brands like Marks and Spencer and the NBA, redesigning their online stores and websites. Emily has advised dozens of startups on research methodologies, and helping companies establish a core UX practice. She is a certified yogi and teaches yoga at Xero in Auckland.

09:55 – 10:00

Sponsor address

Emily Henlein

Executive General Manager of Design, Xero

Dr Chellie Spiller (hapū Matawhaiti Iwitea, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa)

Professor, University of Waikato; Author and Trainer

09:00 – 09:20     Virtual Registration

Agenda day 1

Tuesday 29th September 2020 

Lisa is the founder of Eat My Lunch, one of NZ’s most successful for-profit social enterprises on a mission to ensure no child goes to school hungry. Lisa believes that business cannot just be about profits anymore and that business can (and should) bring about social change. Lisa was one of three finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2019. Eat My Lunch has given over one million lunches in just over three years and is an innovative and successful model that is sustainably transforming the lives of Kiwi kids. In 2019 Lisa was announced as the MYOB Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and went on to represent New Zealand at the international awards in Paris. 

Katie joined NZME’s Executive Team in December 2018 assuming leadership of the company’s Marketing and Communications functions. Immediately prior, Katie held the role of Group Marketing Director at Aspire2 Group Limited and was previously General Manager (Global) Marketing & Communications at Opus International Consultants. Along with Katie’s wide marketing industry experience, she also brings to her role, more than 20 years of media-specific experience. 15 of those years were spent at MediaWorks in senior leadership positions including as Head of Marketing, successfully developing and delivering marketing and brand strategies for a portfolio of radio, digital, event and television ventures.

Suzy has been the friend of Kiwis, across NZ, for over 30 years; via radio, television and live performance. A household name since the 90s with You & Me, Suzy created her own production company, Treehut TV, to create Suzy’s World, Bryan & Bobby and, more recently, her nationwide radio programme, Suzy & Friends. Suzy was delighted in the opportunity to reconnect when she danced as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars 2018. And with the many challenges that life has provided in her 52 years she’s learnt that when life throws you lemons you make Lemonade, Limoncello, Lemon Slice and a pretty good lemon fuelled battery, if you attach electrodes to enough of them. 

Karen Walker’s eccentrically elegant style has established a stellar international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and fragrance. Karen’s signature energy and optimism define the label. Her designs cleverly play with cultural subtext, juxtaposing luxe and street, masculine and feminine, folk and utility, creating pieces that are both directional and wearable: Alexa Chung, Lorde, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Florence Welch and Lena Dunham count themselves amongst the formidable roster of celebrity fans. Her influence has seen her consistently ranked for the past five years in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future.

Karen Walker CNZM

Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer

15:00 – 15:45

10 Lessons from life and business

Lisa King

Founder, Eat My Lunch

11:00 – 11:45

Keynote Address

10:45 – 11:00     Break

12:00 – 12:45

Keynote Address

Katie Mills

Chief Marketing Officer, NZME.

11:45 – 12:00     Break

13:15 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:45

Put Your Heart Into It

Suzy Cato

Television Presenter, Radio Host & Children’s Entertainer

14:45 – 15:00     Break

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand & Australian School of Applied Management

15:45 – 16:00

Closing Comments


Professor, University of Waikato; Author and Trainer

09:00 – 09:20     Virtual Registration

10:30 – 10:45     Break

11:30 – 11:45     Break

15:00 – 15:15     Break

Dr Michelle Dickinson is a passionate engineer on a mission to increase stem access for all. Author of bestselling books No 8 Recharged and The Kitchen Science Cookbook, Michelle has made it her life mission to help everyone develop a meaningful relationship with science and engineering. With a PhD in biomedical materials engineering, Michelle has worked all over the world helping to create some of the smart devices many of you use today. After two decades of working in industry and academia, Michelle was motivated to help increase diversity in the STEM space and founded Nanogirl Labs, a social enterprise focussed on increasing STEM access across the world. Recently named Most Inspiring Individual in the Hi-Tech awards, Michelle is also a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit and winner of the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize.

Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM

Founder Nanogirl Labs

09:45 – 10:30

Creating Opportunities

Suzanne has been actively involved in and committed to women’s empowerment and gender equality since forever! Through her work as Te Pou Whirinaki, National Women’s Officer for the Tertiary Education Union, she was the co-convenor of the NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) Women’s Council; represented the CTU on the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW) which reports to the Minister for Women for seven years ; been Convenor of the Pay Equity Coalition and a representative on the International Trade Union Confederation Asia-Pacific Women’s Committee. After participating in the Beijing +20 Review in Bangkok at the United Nations, Suzanne was inspired to return to Aotearoa and stand for the Board of UN Women. After three years as a Board member, she was elected to the role of President.

Mavis is chair of Atihau Whanganui Inc farming 200,000su in the Waimarino region and chairs Te Runanga of Rangitane ki Tamaki Nui a Rua. She has been the founding Patron and now Chair of AgriWomens Development Trust (AWDT) facilitating leadership and mentoring for rural women. Current governance roles include HBRU, StockX, Rangitane, Accelerate 25, Atihau Whanganui Inc, AWDT and Predator Free 2050. Past governance roles include Landcorp Farming, Massey University, 2degrees mobile, Mid Central Health DHB and Rangitane Tu Mai Ra.

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and regular presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Dr Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Melodie Robinson is a well-known sports journalist, commentator and former international rugby union player for the Black Ferns. Melodie is TVNZ's General Manager, Sports and Events where she is leading the sport and event strategy for TVNZ’s coverage of global sporting events such as Rugby World Cup 2019, Paralympic Games 2020 and America’s Cup 2021. She is also the founder of The Wonderful Group, which supports women to advance their position and influence in the sports media industry. In 2019, this unstoppable high-achiever completed an MBA at Auckland University's Business School and became New Zealand's first Maori Barbie as part of Mattel’s role model line. Melodie is a media personality with high credibility in the sporting world and a professional wealth of experience like no other!

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand & Australian School of Applied Management

16:00 – 16:10

Closing Comments

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

13:15 – 14:15

Lunch Break

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand & Australian School of Applied Management

09:20 – 09:40

Opening Comments

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

09:40 – 09:45

Sponsor address

Suzanne McNabb

President, UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand

Mavis Mullins MNZM

Chair, Rangitane Iwi; Chair, Atihau Whanganui Inc

10:45 – 11:30

Keynote Address

Catherine Fox 

Journalist, Author and Walkley Award Winner; Director of Diversity, Women & Leadership Australia

14:15 – 15:00

What I know now: the need for eternal vigilance on women’s rights (particularly in a lockdown)

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Hon Julie Anne Genter MP

Minister for Women, New Zealand Parliament

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote Address

Julie Anne became an active volunteer with the Green Party soon after arriving in New Zealand in 2006. As a Green MP Julie Anne has been a spokesperson on a broad range of issues, including climate change, transport, health, finance, housing and women. She has helped shape public debate on transport, medicinal marijuana, gender equality, and mental health. Prior to becoming a member of Parliament, Julie Anne was a volunteer and adviser in the Party. She also worked as a transport and planning consultant for some of New Zealand's leading firms. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA, taught English and studied political theory and economics in France, before moving to New Zealand.

Due to COVID-19, the New Zealand Symposium has been increased to a 3-day experience. Delegates who register for the Symposium after September 30th, 2020 will be emailed a recording of Days 1 & 2 as part of their booking.



Manager of Learning Advisory and Assessments, DeakinCo.

Derinda Smith is a program manager and educator, with over 20 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector in Australia and internationally. She previously lived and taught in several countries overseas. She is the Manager of Learning Advisory and Assessments at DeakinCo, and leads the provision of academic advice to candidates undertaking Professional Practice credentials and degrees at Deakin. She also helps to incorporate credentials into educational programs, and ran a pilot program last year with participants in the WLA Advanced Leadership Program. She also leads the assessment of all credentials at DeakinCo. She is passionate about the transformational power of education, and helping people to reach their true potential. She loves the empowerment which credentials give to those who complete them, and loves helping them along that journey.

Melodie Robinson

Sports Journalist, Commentator, Presenter, Former Black Ferns Rugby Union Player

15:15 – 16:00

Making it in a men's sports world

Women and Leadership New Zealand