NZ female leaders take centre stage at NZME powwow

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The inaugural NZME New Zealand Women’s Leadership Symposium at the Langham Auckland next week on Wednesday (21 June) and Thursday (22 June) will be an unparalleled gathering of New Zealand’s best and brightest female talent, according to the Communications Council e-newsletter Pigeon Post.

“Australia’s most prestigious women’s leadership conference is coming to New Zealand,” says the Pigeon’s latest edition.

“During the event, women leaders from every sector and industry will 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.”

“NZME chief commercial officer Laura Maxwell will lead a keynote on women in the advertising industry.

“We’re running a survey here to get some insight into how those within the workforce feel about the current environment – If you would like to answer a few questions, you will go in the draw to win one of five $50 GrabOne vouchers.

“Engaging subject matter, lively debate and practical activities, will offer participants an opportunity to develop their leadership capacity and stay abreast of current local and international trends.”

The Comms Council blurb continues: “Drawing participants from across the country, the symposium will offer an opportunity for participants to extend their networks far beyond their local community and develop lasting relationships with like-minded women.

“Richly diverse in their achievements, symposium guest speakers … will help encourage participants to explore their own strengths and opportunities.”

The speakers:

  • Burger Burger creative leader/ceo Mimi Gilmour Buckley
  • NZME CCO Laura Maxwell
  • Aurecon diversity & inclusion manager (ANZ & Asia) Abbie Wright
  • Equal Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue
  • Working Mothers Connect ceo Natasha Gallardo
  • Journalist/broadcaster Rachel Smalley
  • Competenz ceo Fiona Kingsford
  • Motivate Me NZ founder Makaia Carr
  • Chen Palmer Law’s Mai Chen
  • NZME group director (culture & performance) Michelle Hamilton
  • Olympic athlete Barbara Kendall
  • BNZ head of diversity & inclusion Lana West

The Women’s Leadership Symposium has been an annual event in all Australian states for 12 years. During this period many thousands of individual women and hundreds of organisations have participated and the events have become synonymous with excellence and achievement.

  • Tickets cost $1095 (with group discounts etc) from here 

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