Session 1

09:10 - 10:40

Resilience and mindfulness

Rebecca Keoghan MNZM

General Manager, Pamu Academy; 2018 Rural Woman of Influence​ 

Rebecca Keoghan is a Director on the board of Westland Milk Products, is Chair of the Health & Safety Committee and member of the Shareholder Relations Committee. Currently she is employed as General Manager of the Pamu Academy and was previously Business Manager for Landcorp Farming and Director for Buller Holdings Ltd.

Rebecca also owns a 300 hectare, 220 cow dairy farm in Westport with her husband Nathan, has two children aged 8 & 9 and won the 2016 Dairy Woman of the Year. In 2017 Rebecca received a New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business, particularly agriculture. In 2018 she was named the Rural Woman of Influence.

Development session​ 

Personal and professional resilience is not only about strength through adversity but the ability to grow and adapt as a result of disruption. In this way we learn to move forward stronger than before. Participants are asked to consider resilience at both a personal and strategic level and through their leadership build resilience in their teams and manage challenging situations more effectively.

Session 2

11:00 - 12:30

Managing your career path

Trina Tamati

Managing Director, Ticketek NZ​ 

Currently the Managing Director of New Zealand’s largest live entertainment company Ticketek NZ, Trina Tamati is one of very few Maori female leaders in this country.  Trina’s career spans more than two decades, four continents and some of the globes biggest brands.  She spun the world of rugby league on its axis in 2014 when she vacated her senior executive role at New Zealand Rugby League to launch the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines; four years at the helm of that tournament saw Trina awarded numerous top accolades for her contribution to the NZ sporting landscape.  A Director on two well renowned sports Boards in Auckland and a regular panellist on Channel 3’s ‘The AM Show’, Trina is well renowned for actively striving for more women, across all industries, to be seen and heard!

Development session​ 

Through the Managing Your Career Path session, we will consider where we are now and where we would like to be, and what we need to do to get there.  We will also explore some less obvious ways of approaching career transitions, how to build and establish networks for satisfaction and success, and how to develop a focused career action plan that makes the most of your attributes.

Session 3

13:30 - 15:00

Leading through change

Debbie Sorensen

Chief Executive Officer, Pasifika Futures​ 

Debbie is a New Zealand-born Tongan, with her family connections to Leimatu’a in Vava’u and Tongaleleka in Ha’apai. She is a health strategist and management expert specialising in projects that address the health challenges that face Pacific communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. She played a leading role in the establishment of the Pacific health sector in New Zealand and continues to be active in the pacific region in providing advice and support building workforce capacity and capability in partnership with Ministries of Health.

Debbie is currently Chief Executive of Pasifika Futures, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families in New Zealand, Chief Executive of the Pasifika Medical Association, Director of international consultancy firm Health Specialists Ltd, Chair of “Make a Wish” Pacific, and a Trustee of the Fred Hollows Foundation. 

Development session​ 

In today’s fast paced environment, change is something we all have to face. As leaders it is imperative that we understand the effects of change, how to engage people in change and how to support others through the change process. Change can be anything from minor alterations to workflow systems to major organisational restructures and downsizing. Many change efforts fail because the people leading them are not equipped with the skills to manage them successfully. If handled badly change can lead to negative outcomes such as confusion and wasted effort, low morale and decreases in productivity – handled well it can lead to lasting gains and increased job satisfaction. During the session, participants are asked to consider change at both a personal and strategic level and go on to learn how to enable those around them to embrace the change process and manage challenging situations more effectively.

Session 4

15:20 - 16:00

My leadership journey

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder and Director, GirlBoss NZ​ 

Alexia Hilbertidou is 19 years old and has just finished high school, yet her love of women’s empowerment has led her to a level of influence well beyond her years. At 16, Alexia founded GirlBoss NZ (, an organisation which encourages young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Alexia’s passion for gender equity is why she was named a Top 5 Young Leader by the New Zealand Government, and the most influential New Zealand woman under the age of 25 at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards. In July 2018, Alexia was selected from 20,000 nominations to receive a Queen’s Young Leader medal for services to the Commonwealth from Her Majesty, the Queen. At 19, Alexia is the youngest Commonwealth Citizen to hold this title.



Nov 2018



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Samantha Tomkinson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, Women & Leadership New Zealand​ 

Samantha Tomkinson began her career as a psychologist in the UK in 2002 after working in a commercial banking environment for several years. She became intrigued by people’s leadership capabilities, team dynamics, people’s differences and strengths and their different approaches to communication.

Samantha has held in-house leadership roles and senior consulting positions as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist in SHL, the global leaders in psychometric assessment, where she was a trusted advisor to many clients in the areas of leadership effectiveness.

In 2013 she moved to New Zealand and has been supporting the growth of New Zealand leaders with a focus on developing their emotional intelligence. Samantha has worked extensively with senior leaders and organisations across the public and private sectors in both NZ and the UK.

As well as being a registered psychologist, Sam is qualified in the facilitation of several psychometrics including MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), HDS (Hogan’s suite), Strengthscope, Wave and OPQ (Occupational Personality Questionnaire) and is a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. She is passionate about bringing the knowledge of human development, neuroscience and her experience as a leader to help others develop their leadership capability and realise their true potential.

Welcome and opening comments

09:00 - 09:10

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon Tea

16:00 - 16:20

Review and Closing Comments

Event details

Women and Leadership New Zealand