Thursday | 25th May 2023

THE NEW ZEALAND WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM 2023

09:05 – 09:35

Welcome & Opening Comments

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

13:00 – 13:50

Lunch

15:10 – 15:30

Afternoon Tea

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand

16:50 – 17:00

Closing Comments

Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Tea

Professor Jan Thomas has served as Vice-Chancellor of Massey University in New Zealand since 2017.  Prior to this Professor Thomas served as Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. She has held various senior executive positions at Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2003. She was an auditor for the AUQA and continues as an international auditor for the Oman Accreditation and Assurance Agency.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Professor Thomas is previous Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, a UK Charity based in London.  Professor Thomas has been on the Board of numerous organisations in Australia, notably chairing the Library Board of Queensland. She is currently a member of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee, chairs the Quality Assurance Council for UGC, and Chair of Universities New Zealand.  ​

Professor Jan Thomas

Vice-Chancellor, Massey University

09:40 – 10:10

Keynote Address

Jazz Thornton is a mental health advocate who Co-Founded Voices of Hope. Following her own battle with mental illness, Jazz has dedicated her life to creating change in mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope. Her unique experience and practical message have gained worldwide recognition, through media, speaking engagements, and a documentary film, “The Girl on The Bridge" that premiered in 2020. She directed the award-winning series “Jessica's Tree” and is the author of the best-selling books "Stop Surviving, Start Fighting" and "My Journey Starts Here”. In 2017 Jazz was named New Zealand’s youngest director to win the annual Doc Edge pitching contest, with her series “The Silence Project”, which sheds light on the stories behind New Zealand’s suicide statistics while changing the way we have conversations about it. In 2021, Jazz was awarded The Point of Light award from Her Majesty the Queen and was named the 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year.

Jazz Thornton

Activist; Author; Director; 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year

10:10 – 10:40

Keynote Address

Terina Moke

Chief Executive Officer, Raukura Hauora o Tainui

10:40 – 11:10

Keynote Address

Terina Moke is the Chief Executive Officer for Rakura Hanuora o Tainui, which operates medical clinics through New Zealand and provides community health services in Auckland. Terina comes from a whanau of hauora professionals and she began working in Hauora Maori nearly 20 years ago. Her last CEO role was in a non-Maori organisation – Terina was the acting chief executive of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) – Maori Medical Practitioners Association. Terina has worked for a range of organisations such as Te Puni Kokiri (Poneke), Whakatohea Iwi Social & Health Services (Opotiki), the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (Poneke).

Development Session 
with Samantha Tomkinson

What is Inclusive Leadership and Why does it Matter?

Inclusive Leadership involves embracing and practicing both Diversity and Inclusion. This Development Session will build on the Panel Session by further exploring the signature traits of Inclusive Leaders and highlighting strategies and practical actions needed to create psychological safety and reduce unconscious bias in the workplace.

14:20 – 15:10

Angele Toomey

Principal Analyst, WorkSafe NZ; Chair, Rainbow Wellington

​Angele has been active in workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives for many years. She has helped establish employee-led networks at several public sector agencies, most recently Te Rōpū Atuapiko, the WorkSafe Rainbow Network. As co-convenor of Te Rōpū she has been instrumental in preparing for Rainbow Tick verification. Angele is an active member of WorkSafe’s DEI Steering Committee and has been influential in shaping the DEI Approach. In her work to support diversity, equity and inclusion, Angele brings her skills as an evaluator to discussions. Her intention is to better surface assumptions; identify what supports behaviour & culture change; and measure the impact of change on individuals, teams, and organisations. Outside of work, Angele has been a Chair of Rainbow Wellington and is a founding member of the Wellington Feminist Creative Collective. Angele published her first book of poetry in 2021. 

Nina Russell

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, New Zealand Defence Force

Nina Russell is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the New Zealand Defence Force, a role she has held for just over three years. Prior to this, Nina consulted across the public sector (both as a director in her own consultancy, and as the Social Research Director for a large international company). Nina is passionate about achieving equal outcomes using equitable processes for diverse groups. In addition to her paid employment, Nina is on the YWCA GenderTick Advisory board.  Nina has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from James Cook University in Australia. Born in Aotearoa, New Zealand she has high hopes that New Zealand will be the first country in the world to achieve gender equality and she is impatient for that to happen soon! She lives on Wellington’s South Coast with her partner and two children.​

Olivia Shivas

Journalist, Stuff

Olivia Shivas is a multimedia journalist at Stuff specialising in disability issues. As a wheelchair-user herself and being mixed-race (Chinese/Malaysian and European), she is passionate about empowering underrepresented and marginalised groups, and she has used her experiences to positively influence and invest into others. Her interest in journalism and disability issues has taken her to study reporting at the University of Helsinki in Finland, and she has spent time volunteering at a school for disabled children in Malaysia. She is also the producer and presenter on a podcast called What's Wrong With You? which gives an honest and humorous insight into the lives of disabled people, covering topics from sex to travel and religion.

Mark Averill

CEO, PwC New Zealand

As CEO and Senior Partner at PwC New Zealand, Mark leads a team of more than 140 partners and over 1,700 staff. Mark is focused on bringing what is happening globally to the fore in New Zealand and making these developments relevant for New Zealanders and our economy. With significant people leadership experience, Mark believes in growing and developing leaders who are relevant for the future. With over 34 years of experience, including almost 20 years as a Partner at PwC, Mark has proven success in creating team based and collegial environments. His leadership experience includes building market-leading teams, strengthening market position, and developing strategies for sustainable profitable growth. Mark sits on the New Zealand China Council Board and is a member of the New Zealand Champions for Change. In 2019 he was made a fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

09:00 – 09:05           Pōwhiri

16:10 – 16:50

In Conversation

Advocacy Partner​

09:35 – 09:40

Welcome Address

Suzi Finkelstein

Chief Executive Officer, Women & Leadership New Zealand

Mary Haddock-Staniland

Senior Vice President, Culture & Inclusion, Timely Limited; Transgender Rights Activist

Jazz Thornton

Activist; Author; Director; 2021 Young New Zealander of the Year

Terina Moke

Chief Executive Officer, Raukura Hauora o Tainui

Director, All is for All

Grace Stratton

Mark Averill

CEO, PwC New Zealand

Olivia Shivas

Journalist, Stuff

Nina Russell

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, New Zealand Defence Force

Panel Discussion

The Practices and Principles of Inclusive Leadership

We all know that diverse and inclusive workplaces benefit individuals, organisations, teams and society and they have a significant impact on trust, commitment, performance, reputation, and financial performance. But what do inclusive workplaces and teams actually look and feel like? What are the practices of today's inclusive leaders? In this session, our expert panel will discuss the practices and principles that have supported their journeys as inclusive leaders and their stories will give you the knowledge and confidence in enacting these ideas to create a more inclusive workplace.

11:30 – 13:00

Emma Twigg

Four-time Olympian + World Champion Rower  

With an international rowing career spanning 16 years, Emma Twigg has established herself as one of the world’s premier single scullers. She has racked up nine national titles, became a World Champion in 2014, and competed in 4 Olympics, earning a Gold Medal and an Olympic Best Time at Tokyo 2020. In doing so, Emma became New Zealand's 48th Olympic gold medallist and the only New Zealand female to win the Olympic Single Scull event. Her rowing resume also includes a Senior, U23 and Junior World title – a trifecta rarely achieved in the single scull and has not placed outside the top four in the world since 2009. In 2015 Emma moved to Europe to complete the FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport. In 2016 Emma unofficially retired from rowing and worked for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Switzerland before making her comeback at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

 

Emma Twigg

Four-time Olympian + World Champion Rower​

Mary Haddock-Staniland

Senior Vice President, Culture & Inclusion, Timely Limited;

Transgender Rights Activist

15:30 – 16:10

Keynote Address

Mary Haddock-Staniland is about sparking positive change, in the corporate world as a highly regarded thought leader and in social spheres as a committed advocate. After a career spanning 20 years, in 2020 Mary was appointed as New Zealand's first Chief People & Inclusion Officer, now called Senior Vice President of Culture & Inclusion, for global business management software company, Timely Limited. Picture the Venn diagram of warmth, enthusiasm and effectiveness, Mary’s right there in the middle. She has a track record of driving key operational policy and achieving tangible outcomes that benefit people first, and their workplaces second. In addition to her role at Timely, Mary is an accomplished keynote speaker, panelist, and MC who brings the right balance of energy and insight to events of all sizes. She also holds a range of advisory and governance roles, and in 2017 was appointed an ambassador for charitable trust, Lifeline Aotearoa.

Grace Stratton, 21, is a life-long wheelchair user – having been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age one. Grace began a law and communications double degree in 2019, the same year she launched her business; All is for All. All is for All works mainly as a consultancy, ensuring disabled people are understood, valued, and given sovereignty over outcome that affect them and stories that are told. The business, which is pan-disability, has provided countless opportunities for many disabled people and created jobs, changed minds, and shifted systems. Grace is a supreme AIMES alumnus, one of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30, and the ACC supreme winner of the Attitude Awards. Whilst she is still figuring out her future in the law space, her passion is access to justice and working to create a system which functions for many communities. It is the system, and its perceptions which often disable, more than any impairment.

Grace Stratton

Director, All is for All

13:50 – 14:20

Keynote Address

17:00 – 18:00

Networking Drinks

Professor Jan Thomas

Vice-Chancellor, Massey University

Angele Toomey

Principal Analyst, WorkSafe NZ; Chair, Rainbow Wellington

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