Business empowerment, leadership and career advancement for aspiring and established women leaders

The Women Leaders Institute is delighted to announce the return of the 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Summit, taking place in Wellington from 30th November to 2nd December 2020.  
2020 has been an extremely challenging year, requiring extraordinary strength, resilience and tenacity to lead effectively in a dynamic environment. While there is no leadership playbook for the disruptive times we are experiencing, we have brought together the most inspiring and successful senior leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their journey at our Women in Leadership Summit.  
Join us this November as we hear from these exceptional leaders on:  
  • Adaptability – Adapt your leadership style in a post-pandemic world, including flexibility initiatives and effective leadership skills to bring out the best in your team. 
  • Resilience – Learn to thrive in the face of adversity, and be empowered to bridge the confidence gap and overcome imposter syndrome. 
  • Diversity in Leadership – Create a pipeline of diverse leadership talent and boost your D&I initiatives to unlock greater productivity. 
With live-streaming opportunities available, you can choose to either attend in-person in Wellington or join the conference from the comfort of your home or office. Whichever option you choose, you will be able to engage with our expert speakers in real-time, connect and network with like-minded leaders, and participate in interactive roundtables – making this a meaningful experience for you to gain the valuable leadership insights you need today.
For the last eight years, the Women Leaders Institute has consistently delivered a high-impact leadership conference for emerging and established women leaders to be inspired, connected and grow in a safe space. Join the community and find out more at 

Featured Speakers

Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Anne Fitisemanu



Lizzy Ryley

Chief Executive Officer

Loyalty New Zealand

Jeanette Ross-Smith

Regional Manager – Auckland & Northland

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Hon Tracey Martin

Former Minister for Children, Minister for Seniors, Minister of Internal Affairs

New Zealand Government

Joanna Simon

Chief Operating Officer – New Zealand

DLA Piper New Zealand

Susan Lowe

People & Culture (HR) Director

Coca-Cola Amatil

Agnes Naera

Chief Executive Officer

NZ Global Women

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Endorsing Partners

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Key Reasons To Attend! 

  • Hear from Tracey Martin, Former Minister for Children, Internal Affairs and Seniors, speak on her government’s achievements in advancing gender equality in New Zealand during its term. 
  • Hear from some of New Zealand’s most influential leaders on adaptive and agile leadership in today’s disruptive business environment. 
  • Learn how DLA Piper, Russell McVeagh, Hospitality NZ, BNZ and SkyCity are bridging the C-suite gender gap
  • Gain insight into the leadership journey of Maori, Pacific, LGBTIQA+ and Asian-New Zealander senior leaders and how they are advancing the representation of their communities in senior leadership roles. 
  • Discover how New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is prioritising D&I with great success throughout their 40 offices around the world. 
  • Learn how Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Ministry for Women and MinterEllisonRuddWatts have successfully implemented programs to develop the next generation of women leaders.  
  • Hear how Coca-Cola Amatil are maximising the leadership capability of women leaders in their organisation and how you can do so as well. 
  • Benchmark your D&I strategy and initiatives to drive business performance. 
  • Empower women leaders in your organisation to perform in a high-pressure environment with the Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty NZ
  • Replicate Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s leading flexible working initiatives in your organisation. 
  • Gain access to proven tools and strategies to overcome imposter syndrome with the Chief Marketing Officer of NZME.  

Who Should Attend?

Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, the Women in Leadership Summit is a valuable platform for information, insights and networking opportunities. 
  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives 
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals 
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches 
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers 
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates 
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs 
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials and recent graduates


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