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

Two-Day Conference: Wellington | 6th – 7th December 2018      
Workshop: Wellington| 5th December 2018 
Serena Williams said “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up”.
New Zealand has made leaps and bounds in its efforts towards gender equity and has a rich history of defending human rights. It is a country that has blazed a trail for generations of women and set an example to the rest of the world. But there is no doubt that there is still work to be done to bring lingering issues to light and confront the barriers that still prevent women from seizing positions of leadership.
Do you want to recognise the best ways to advance your career? Are you motivated to see your organisation change? Have you wondered how you can have your voice heard? These are just some of the opportunities that will be discussed at the Women in Leadership Summit Wellington.
Hear from some of Aotearoa’s leading government and corporate figures, be energised by their stories of overcoming adversity and embracing opportunity. Their success is your inspiration, let’s raise each other up. 

Register now to discover how you can be an effective and assertive leader.
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Pre-Conference Workshop: Building future female leaders

We know that women are currently under-represented in leadership roles in New Zealand with a significant number of highly experienced women leaving the workforce, or unable to get past senior management roles and move into top leadership positions. Let’s change the dial! 
In this workshop you will be provided with strategies to move your career forward. While facilitated discussion will help you learn from others, you will build a plan that you can take away and implement. 
A series of inspirational female leaders will also join us during the session to discuss their own journeys and the challenges that they overcame, so you can see first-hand that this is not fiction – it’s achievable. You just have to want it. 
Key Learning Objectives: 
  • Create a strong personal brand that establishes you as a leader
  • Apply strategies to amplify your influence as a leader and tap into your competencies
  • Identify imposter syndrome and how to beat it
  • Prepare yourself for the challenges and opportunities ahead by learning from other’s experiences


Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Fiona Ross

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Performance and Engagement

Treasury NZ

Sinead Boucher



Katie Williams

Head of Human Resources Centre of Expertis

Vodafone NZ

Naomi Ferguson

Commissioner and Chief Executive

Inland Revenue

Anna Jackson

National Manager of Police Professional Conduct

New Zealand Police

Craig Hudson

Managing Director

Xero NZ

Dr Saunoamaali’I Karanino Sumeo

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

Human Rights Commission

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  • Former Prime Minister Address: Successful in both political and business arenas, Right Honourable Dame Jenny Shipley is a passionate and determined leader. She will share her journey from becoming New Zealand’s first female Prime Minister, to taking on the Asia Pacific economic sector.

  • Keynote Addresses:
    • Treasury NZ’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Performance and Engagement, Fiona Ross will share how better outcomes can be achieved for the nation’s women. Discover how you also can be a catalyst for action.
    • Dr Saunoamaali’I Karanino Sumeo is the Human Rights Commissioner with oversight of the Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights portfolio, she will identify how women leaders can ignite the desire for cultural change.

  • Millennial Panel: How can we bridge the intergenerational divide to build the leaders of tomorrow? Get advice directly from these millennial emerging leaders on the unique abilities they bring to the table.

  • Future Leadership Hypothetical: Work places are changing rapidly, but can you imagine working alongside robotic peers and holographic managers? This thought-provoking session will explore the impact that technology will have on future leadership and the role you can play in it.

  • Interactive Coaching: Come face-to-face with leading professional coaches in this interactive session. Make the most of this opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insights on becoming an authentic and compelling leader. 


Regardless of gender or role – whether you are a board director, CEO, senior or middle manager, entrepreneur or young emerging leader, Women in Leadership Summit Wellington is a valuable source of information, insights, and networking opportunities for you. 
  • Directors, Executives and Managers across all industries 
  • Human Resources and Workforce Planning 
  • Diversity and Inclusion Managers 
  • Women’s Leadership Program Managers 
  • Established, emerging and aspiring women leaders  
  • Male leaders looking to implement change on an organisation level 


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Harbourside Function Venue (formerly Mac’s Function Centre)
Address:  Taranaki Street Wharf, Wellington 6011
Conference Room: Cable Room
Workshop Room: Cable Room
Located in the stunning historic waterfront building known as “Shed 22”, Mac’s Function Centre was created in 2011 after transforming what was once an old brewery into 3 architecturally designed spaces. Making the most of Wellington’s stunning waterfront views, the rooms can be easily configured for small or large groups. 
T: +64 4-381 2282