The Women Leaders Institute runs annual summits, workshops and retreats across Australia and New Zealand to inspire and empower women across all industries. Join our community of leaders at the next event.

Tēnā koe Attendees,

I am thrilled you were able to join us in Wellington on the 29-30 of November for the inspiring Women in Leadership Summit. It truly is a privilege to witness so many incredible women and He for She allies gather to share what impactful leadership looks like to them.
Your participation tells me how much you care about gender equality and the empowerment of women. With this shared vision I encourage you to take the next step and join the UN Women Aotearoa NZ whānau to become part of our global community of world changers.
If you would like to stay connected with UN Women Aotearoa NZ, and our local projects that have a global impact, click here.
UN Women is the global champion for gender equality and is the UN organisation delivering programmes, policies and standards that uphold women’s human rights and ensure that every woman and girl lives up to her full potential.
Women’s empowerment for us is about contributing to projects that deliver better outcomes for women and girls – and their communities. We work hard to fundraise and advocate for investment in sustainable projects that support local women to autonomously support the empowerment priorities of their communities.
I would like to thank our incredible Advocacy Partner, the Women Leaders Institute, who will be donating 10% of event proceeds to support UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand's work, ensuring all women and girls have equal opportunities. Click here to register your interest for our 2023 events. 
Many thanks again for your participation, and for all that you do to make the world a brighter place for women and girls. 
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Inspiring Speakers in 2022

Catherine van der Meulen

Board Member

UN Women Aotearoa NZ

Agnes Naera

Chief Executive Officer

Global Women

Leilani Frew

Deputy Secretary – Financial and Commercial

Te Tai Ōhanga The Treasury

Michael Ahearne

Chief Executive Officer

SkyCity Entertainment Group

Garrett Heraty

Managing Director

Cisco New Zealand & The Pacific Islands

Honey Hireme-Smiler

Former Captain, Disability Sport Advisor, Sky Sport Presenter

Kiwi Ferns

Rhiannon McKinnon

Chief Executive Officer

Kiwi Wealth

Rebekah Cain

Chief Sustainability Officer

Bank of New Zealand

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Official Partner

Media Partner

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2022 Program Highlights 

  • Construct your own beehive: Queen bees need others to survive and succeed. Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues during our interactive sessions and networking games
  • Throw down the rope: Learn how to best support women who are still in the pipeline and create mutually benefiting mentoring relationships
  • The Power of No: Learn how to protect your personal and professional boundaries in the workplace during our Mini Masterclass on Day Two
  • Being CEO Material: Hear senior leaders share the mindsets and practices to thrive in an isolated, all-encompassing and constant role 
  • Build on the success of others: Chart your leadership trajectory by applying the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders during our interactive sessions 
  • Champion for greater diversity in leadership: Be inspired by an array of different journeys and embrace the unique perspectives you hold
  • Connect your professional goals with your purpose: Our Emerging Leaders Panel to candidly speak on the challenges and opportunities when transitioning from a peer to a leader

Who Attends

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 of information, insights, and networking opportunities.       

  • CEOs, Directors, General Managers, Managers and Executives   
  • Human Resources Professionals, Recruitment and Talent Specialists  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals    
  • Women Leadership Programme Managers   
  • Mentors, Mentorship Programme Managers, Sponsors, Coaches    
  • Changemakers championing diversity in the workplace including male allies and advocates   
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs   
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates