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Welcome to the 9th Annual Women in Leadership Summit

All around the world, women share the same rights. The right to live a life free from violence and slavery; the right to be educated; the right to earn a fair and equal wage; the right to own property; the right to expression and freedom to vote.  
These are human rights, and human rights are inherent to all – without discrimination.  
Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth.  
Unfortunately, we are a long way from realising this, with not one country in the world yet to achieve gender equality.  
Join us at the Women in Leadership Summit 2022 to help change this. 10% of event proceeds will be donated to support UN Women’s programmes in our neighbouring Pacific countries and around the world, ensuring all women and girls have equal opportunities. 
Together, we can build a more inclusive and diverse Aotearoa where women from all backgrounds can thrive.  
This takes change from the top and I’m pleased to be working with some of New Zealand’s most influential leaders to drive the conversation at the Summit.  
We invite you to join us this November to help pave the way for the next generation of women. 

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Post-Summit Workshop (Sold Out)

Workshop tickets are sold out. Please contact to be added to the waiting list.

Back by popular demand, this workshop helps participants to understand the value of diverse leadership approaches to an organisation. There is no ‘right’ leader and there is no better version of you, than you!

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Hear from Inspiring Speakers

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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Key Reasons To Attend 

  • 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 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 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


Send your Team and Save



30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington 5010 (View on Google Maps)
Conference Room: Event Space
Workshop Room: Meeting Rooms
T: +64 4 568 1923 
Getting to Lower Hutt Event Centre
The Lower Hutt Events Centre is only 20 minutes drive from Central Wellington. 
Parking: The Riddiford Garden carpark is adjacent to Lower Hutt Events Centre on Laings Road. It’s a public pay and display car park providing 40 spaces, fees: $6 a day or $1 an hour. The Centre City Plaza car park is located 250 metres from the venue  on Queens Drive and the large Riverbank car park is 800 metres from the centre, accessible from Daly Street. 
Public Transportation: Bus services are available from Wellington Airport or CBD to Lower Hutt. Please check for more information. The bus will deliver you to the Queensgate shopping mall, from there it’s a two minute walk to the centre.  Regular train services operate between Wellington Central and Waterloo & Melling stations, and it is a short taxi fare or a 20-minute walk to the Events centre from either of the train stations.