2019 speakers include

Suzi Finkelstein

Director Advocacy and Leadership, Women & Leadership New Zealand

With over twenty years of leadership development experience, Suzi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as WLNZ’s Program Director. Over an exceptional career, Suzi has built a reputation for designing and delivering quality professional development with a particular focus on transforming the performance of women leaders and their teams. As a development consultant, Suzi has worked across all levels of leadership and management in partnership with many of Australia's leading organisations. 

Focusing on the challenges and opportunities for women leaders in the contemporary workforce, the New Zealand Women’s Leadership Symposium is an unparalleled gathering of New Zealand’s best and brightest female talent. During the event, women leaders from every sector and industry come together to hear from an exceptional line up of inspirational guest speakers and explore topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment.

The Symposium

About

Cecilia
Robinson

Founder & Director, My Food Bag; Supreme Winner of the 2017 Women of Influence Awards ​

Georgina
Beyer

World’s First Transgender Mayor and Member of Parliament ​

Paula Tesoriero MNZM

New Zealand Disability Rights Commissioner; Former Paralympian ​

Tiana
Epati

President-Elect, New Zealand Law Society; Partner, Rishworth, Wall & Mathieson

Dame Valerie Adams DNZM (invited)

Athlete, Olympic Gold Medallist, World Shot Put Champion​

Colonel Helen Cooper 

Deputy Chief of Army, New Zealand Defence Force

TracI
Houpapa MNZM

Award-winning Company Director and Executive Chairman ​

Jackie
Clark

Founder, The Aunties; Supreme Winner, 2018 Women of Influence Awards

Superintendent Tusha Penny

Assistant Commissioner, NZ Police ​

Russell Ballantyne

President, EC-MENz; Early Childhood Educator ​

Pip
Buunk 

Drilling Supervisor, Fulton Hogan; 2018 Tradeswoman of the Year

HER EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HON DAME PATSY REDDY GNZM, QSO

Governor-General of New Zealand

Rochelle Martin MNZM

Assistant Area Commander (Acting), Fire and Emergency NZ; Former Captain, Black Ferns

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder and Director, GirlBoss NZ

Anika
Moa

Recording Artist and TV Presenter

Showcasing celebrated and respected women from every field of endeavour, the Symposium is synonymous with excellence and achievement across all facets of business and community leadership.​

PLANNING FOR SUCCESS THROUGH SHARING SUCCESS

Attended by a veritable who’s who of New Zealand organisations, the Symposium represents an accessible platform for businesses to remain connected to the gender equality debate and compare the latest thinking and strategy.​

AN OPPORTUNITY
TO STEP BACK, REFLECT AND FOCUS

LEARN

Addressing a wide range of topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfillment, the Symposium offers an important opportunity to stay abreast of current local and international trends. Designed to encourage interaction and collaboration, the event creates a setting for women at all levels to reflect on their experiences, envisage a future to which they are entitled and draw inspiration for the journey ahead.

SHARE

Drawing participants from every corner of the nation, the Symposium offers an unrivalled opportunity to extend your networks and develop lasting friendships and alliances. Through the sharing of personal experiences, participants unlock a spirit of camaraderie which typically extends far beyond the event itself. Each year, women from highly diverse backgrounds are drawn together through the Symposium leading to powerful opportunities for collaboration on important national issues.

... AND BE INSPIRED!

Showcasing the country’s most respected and celebrated female talent, the Symposium attracts inspirational speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. Richly diverse in their achievements and fields of endeavour, Symposium speakers are universally recognised for their vision, resilience and capacity to influence change. By sharing their unique experience and knowledge, Symposium speakers encourage participants to unlock their innate strengths and talents and pursue their own vision of success.

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.

CONFERENCE FACILITATORS

the new zealand

Women's Leadership

Symposium

New Zealand’s most prestigious women’s leadership conference

Cordis Hotel, 83 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland

Tuesday 28th May, 2019, 09:00 - 17:30

Wednesday 29th May, 2019, 09:00 - 15:10

Where

And when

Seema Kotecha,

NZ Police

[This event] has enabled me to define and articulate some of the ideas and concepts that impact women’s development. This has allowed me to consider some practical ways I can contribute and make a difference, and inspire change. Thank you!​

Ashley McDougall,

Contact Energy

This conference has armed me with tools and thoughts that I can take away and utilise in both my personal and professional life. It has helped me highlight my strengths, weaknesses, and key areas such as authenticity and self-doubt that I need to work on

Ana Soakai,

Sanitarium

This program helped me to know and understand who I am. To push things to the limit, knowing that failure is my fuel. To speak out and speak up. Being a female leader is awesome

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May, 2019

Cordis Hotel, Auckland

Maria Pasene,

Pegasus Health

The Symposium has provided me with opportunities to build networks with other women. We have shared our stories and helped each other to resolve issues and challenges in our workplaces. It is great to know we are not alone in our experiences and challenges

DR SIOUXSIE WILES

Microbiologist and Science Communicator; Associate Professor, The University of Auckland

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