Wellington Leadership Forum

Thursday 31st October, 2019​

Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington

Super Saver Rate*

$260 pp + GST

*Ends 25th October

Agenda Wellington

The New Zealand Women’s Leadership Forum is for women who are looking for increased awareness of their leadership style and competencies, as well as practical strategies to help them overcome challenges within their work and personal life. The program also provides a relaxed and supportive environment to connect and collaborate with other female leaders.

The content and flow of the program is carefully designed to immerse participants in the subject matter and create valuable insights informed by collective experience. During the program, a number of key themes are explored via a combination of expert presentations, collaborative discussion, experiential activities and personal reflection.

Thursday 31st October, 2019​

147 The Terrace, Wellington​

$260 pp + GST


Super Saver Rate*

08:30 - 09:00   REGISTRATION


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.

A Mindful and Resilient Leader

09:40 - 10:40

Development Session

10:40 - 11:00   MORNING TEA

Where to from here?

11:00 - 12:20

Panel Discussion

We are progressing in terms of female representation in workplace and community leadership roles, yet high-potential women advance more slowly than their male peers in so many sectors, in terms of both career progression and pay.  Individuals and organisations know, from research and intuitively, that female representation in top management can boost their performance, that everyone has a vested interest in seeing more women become top leaders, yet the progress is slow – pay parity wise we are talking 217 years slow according to the World Economic Forum. Is there a new conversation that needs to start?  What else can be/is being done to accelerate these types of statistics to reach parity, equity and equality?

A major factor that contributes to individual resilience is having a strong and diverse network. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a strong network; a sense of belonging, increased self-worth and wellbeing, career progression and security. Particularly for women in male dominated workplaces, the data shows that having a network of other women has a significant impact on retention and career progression. This practical session explores the mindsets that hold us back from networking and methods for overcoming them. Participants will take away tips and strategies to build and maintain relationships - the bedrock of a strong network.

Building career changing connections and networking strategically PART A

12:20 - 12:40

Development Session

12:40 - 13:30   LUNCH

Building career changing connections and networking strategically PART B

13:30 - 14:00

Development Session

Although Australia has made significant progress in the gender equity space, we all know there is a long way to go until we reach parity. The time for action is now. It is time for each and every one of us to take accountability in creating gender equity. Our aim is to empower individuals and organisations, across all industries and sectors, to make all kinds of small and large-scale change.

Be Brave, Adaptive and Experimental

14:00 - 14:50

Development Session

14:50 - 15:10   AFTERNOON TEA

15:10 - 15:55


Lisa Tamati

Ultramarathon runner

Lisa is perhaps best known for being the first kiwi woman to finish the infamous Badwater Ultramarathon through the hottest desert on earth, running 217km non-stop through Death Valley. She has canoed down the Canadian Yukon, cycle toured through over 25 countries, illegally crossed the Libyan desert and she has competed in over 140 ultramarathons and untold marathons to date. She has run thousands of kilometres through the Sahara Desert, Arabian Desert, Gobi Desert and the Australian outback. For the past three years, she has participated in expeditions and races in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas. She is the author of two best-selling and internationally published books Running Hot and Running to Extremes, she is the producer or co-producer of eight documentaries and has hosted her own Health and Fitness TV show called The Fit Club. Lisa is the owner/director of five companies—in areas such as film production, PR management, manufacturing jeweller, events management and health and fitness coaching through an online platform Running Hot Coaching Ltd. As an entertainer and presenter, she is second-to-none. She moves her audience to laughter and often tears, all while challenging them to push their own limits and find out just what they might be capable of.​

15:55 - 16:00   CLOSING COMMENTS

16:00 - 16:30   NETWORKING DRINKS

New Zealand born Indian Vanisa Dhiru is the current President of the National Council of Women New Zealand. Founded by Kate Sheppard, NCWNZ is an umbrella group leading the Gender Equal NZ campaign. During her working career, she has been in Chief Executive roles in the NGO sector, including CEO of Volunteering New Zealand, and Executive Director of the 20/20 Trust. Her wide community involvement has secured her a place in the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Global Network. For a day job, she is the Community Manager at InternetNZ. She is passionate about equality, developing young people and cultural relations.​

Vanisa Dhiru

President, National Council of Women of New Zealand

09:20 - 09:40

Opening AddresS

*Ends 10th Octobe

Dr Sue Watson is an experienced leadership development expert who draws on her own leadership experience and her academic background in education and research to develop and deliver highly engaging and effective leadership development programmes. She is motivated by her purpose:  inspiring and equipping the next generation of female leaders. Sue believes that leadership is a way of thinking and behaving as much as a formal role and she supports women to reflect on their leadership identity and practice. Her work is founded on a strong research base and insights gained from working with a wide range of organisations as they seek to develop their leadership capability. Sue has held three Chief Executive roles and is a professional director with current directorships in the community housing sector governing large housing developments across Auckland. She has a Doctorate in Education from Victoria University of Wellington.​

Dr Sue Watson

Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach, WLNZ

09:00 - 09:20

Welcome and Opening CommentS

Kiri Allan

MP, New Zealand Labour Party

Kiri is a commercial lawyer and business consultant based in Whakatane and working all throughout the East Coast electorate. She has a focus on the primary industries, as she believes enhancing the primary sector in the East Coast region is vital to regional development. Regional development creates jobs, and Kiri’s focus is on decent jobs, homes, and ensuring that the East Coast is a place where families can live and thrive. Kiri is committed to the East Coast region having been raised in Paengaroa, marrying into the Coates family from Kawerau and Te Teko, and working within the business sector throughout the broader East Coast region. She has 16 years advocacy experience both domestically and internationally, is a director on a company in the horticulture sector, is an executive member on a national Kiwifruit growers association, a board member of 350.org (a climate change organization focused on divestments) and manages a multi-million-dollar primary sector portfolio throughout the East Coast region.​

Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM

Chief Executive Officer, Māori Women’s Development Inc

Teresa Tepania-Ashton MNZM is Chief Executive Officer of Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI), a lending and development organisation that encourages and supports Māori women and their whānau in business. Teresa’s commitment to empowering Māori Women and their whānau in business was formally recognised in June 2016, where she was received as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori communities and business. In 2018, she also joined the third cohort of fellows into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and was a recipient of the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for Wellington in 2016. In 2019, Teresa was selected to attend the exclusive international Global Women in Management (GWIM) programme, a women’s economic development workshop run by Counterpart International in Washington DC.​

Elisha is the founder of Nisa, a lingerie label that employs women from refugee backgrounds in Wellington. The idea for Nisa came to Elisha during her time volunteering with the refugee community - she saw the barriers to employment that these awesome women faced, and so she quit her job as a lawyer to set up a company that would do something about it. Nisa is now a brand synonymous with style and comfort - their colourful organic cotton styles are loved by thousands of women in NZ and around the world.​

Elisha Watson

Founder, Nisa

Helen Mallon is the current Chair of Capital Football, one of the seven football Federations within New Zealand Football. Helen has been involved in the not for profit sports environment for over 20 years. She has also represented New Zealand Football as a national league referee, a platform providing the opportunity to further develop and contribute to her leadership experience. Helen’s passion is in the development of stakeholder relationships, and utilising these effectively to promote and bring about change. She is committed to providing opportunities for personal growth, and is particularly interested in the role that women can bring to the board table. Helen has recently established a network for females in governance roles within football to share knowledge around how women can be better represented around the board table in a sport which is currently male dominated.​

Helen Mallon

Chair, Capital Football

HAssociate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, DNZM was appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), at Victoria University in 2010. This is a unique position in New Zealand universities. The role was established to provide strategic direction and support for Pasifika students and staff. She previously served as Member of Parliament (1999 – 2010) and was Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister of Trade, Associate Minister of Economic Development, and Associate Minister Social Development and Employment. As Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Associate Professor Laban provides strategic leadership to assist the University in achieving the goals set out by its strategic plan as they relate to growing Pasifika opportunities and success including Pasifika students and staff.

Associate Prof Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, DNZM

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Pasifika), Victoria University Wellington

Event Partner

Women and Leadership New Zealand