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Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

09:00 – 09:25

Welcome and Opening Comments

Josephine Bartley is an Auckland councillor representing the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki ward. She is a Samoan New Zealander with great respect for tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori. Councillor Bartley graduated with an LLB/BA from Auckland University in 1996 and worked as a solicitor for two years in private practice, followed by 13 years at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. Councillor Bartley has been a PACIFICA  member for many years, helping to set up the first PACIFICA Tāmaki branch and serving as its inaugural President. Councillor Bartley is an advocate for community safety and in partnership with the Police and community leaders she established the Tāmaki Community Patrols. Her areas of interest are animal welfare, children, civil rights and social action, disaster and humanitarian relief, the environment, human rights, and poverty alleviation.

Cr Josephine Bartley 

Councillor, Auckland Council; First Pasifika woman elected to serve as an Auckland Councillor


Panel Discussion

‘The Authenticity Paradox’

Why feeling like a fake can be a sign of growth by Herminia Ibarra

Authenticity has become the 'gold standard’ and the go to descriptor for leadership. The reality is, it can also hinder growth and decrease impact. Career transitions and progress require breaking out of comfort zones, but this can be risky and challenge authenticity. This panel session will provide practical examples and opportunities to consider the space that authenticity is holding for us.

11:10 – 12:40

Angela was born and raised in Rotorua but is of Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata descent. During her younger years living in the Bay of Plenty Angela worked in tourism, hospitality and forestry before embarking on a military career. Angela served as a Pilot for the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1997 to 2009 and was awarded Operational Service Medals for East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her daily inspiration comes from her children and whanau, nature and animals, people and laughter, art and music, and te reo me nga tikanga maori. Today Angela continues to fly as a Captain for Air New Zealand regional airlines and is involved in several aviation groups for women as well as her unions peer assistance network which focuses on mental wellness for its members.

Angela Swann-Cronin 

Pilot, Air New Zealand; First and only Māori woman to become a pilot in the New Zealand Air Force

08:30 – 09:00     Registration

Agenda day 3

Monday 30th November, 2020 

10:40 – 11:10     Morning Tea

14:50 – 15:10     Afternoon Tea

Twin sisters, Jools and Lynda Topp, aka the Topp Twins, are New Zealand’s “national treasures” who have been entertaining audiences with their distinctive brand of original music and character comedy for more than 30 years. Household names in NZ, they have also enjoyed international success performing at festivals such as Montreal’s Just For Laughs, the Edinburgh Fringe, various Australian arts and music festivals, Canadian folk festivals and highly acclaimed seasons at London theatres. Most recently the Topp Twins have starred in a new primetime TV series, Topp Country (TVNZ), released five best-selling children’s audio books and regularly tour Australia and NZ to sold-out venues. They have received the New Zealand Order of Merit and Honorary Doctorates, and in 2010 were inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. The Topp Twins were also named Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018.


Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand

15:50 – 16:00

Closing Comments

If you are interested in registering for the event, please email for details.

If you are interested in registering for the event, please email for details.

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.


The Topp Twins MNZM

Award-winning NZ Entertainers and Activists

15:10 – 15:50

In Conversation

Frances Arns 

Executive Director, RainbowYOUTH

Frances Arns (she/her pronouns) is the Executive Director of RainbowYOUTH and also the Treasurer of OUTLine. She is a queer young cisgender woman, with pākehā and German ethinicity, and calls Auckland home. Frances is passionate about social justice and the roles we can all play in bringing about more equitable outcomes in our society. Frances started her career in the banking sector, as a graduate with ASB Bank, and through involvement with their diversity and inclusion mahi, realised the passion she has for working with community.

12:40 – 13:40     Lunch Break

09:30 – 10:40

Development Session


The complex events we’ve experienced during 2020 have necessitated some shifts in how we adapt as leaders. This session will draw on the principles of Adaptive Leadership to explore what this shift might mean for leaders at this current moment in time.

Development Session

‘Welcome To Your Balcony’

The ‘balcony’ concept comes from the great work of Ronald Heifeitz (King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership & Founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School). It is one that is easy to relate to and enables a process of mindful leadership to evolve. This session will provide strategies to ‘Stay on the Balcony’ in order to gain an understanding of what is required in this time of adaptive challenges. By using the balcony concept, you will be able to revisit the ‘bigger picture’, be proactive rather than reactive, and considered and strategic in your actions.

13:40 – 14:50

16:00 – 17:10     Networking Drinks

Tara Singh

Executive Board Member and Auckland Representative, UN Women Aotearoa NZ

09:25 – 09:30


Tara’s philanthropic work and leadership has positioned her as a public advocate for women and girl child issues, clean energy/sustainability in business and environmental conservation, and animal welfare and rights. As a repeat delegate to the White House and United Nations, the essence of Tara’s professional life’s mission is to support women and youth and to empower our next generation of global leaders. Working with the support of the United Nations, Tara is a regular forum and session participant, serving on working groups and committees including the UN’s Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Youth and Gender Equality and UN Women’s Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum.

Women and Leadership New Zealand