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Thursday 7 September, 7.45am | SKYCITY Theatre


7.45am - Networking w/ tea & barista coffee

8.30am - Welcome – MC Carol Hirschfeld | MC, Presenter, Journalist, Speaker

8.35am - Dame Susan Devoy | Race Relations Commissioner, World Champion, Mother

9.00am - Panel Discussion - Lean in or Lean back?

9.25am - Dion Nash | Founder - Triumph & Disaster, Entrepreneur, Sportsman, Husband

9.50am - Panel Discussion - She'll be Right?

10.15am - Morning tea break

10.40am - Rukumoana Schaafhausen | Lawyer, Company Director, Wahine Toa, and Blake Leader Award Recipient

11.05am - Panel Discussion - Leaving the ladder down

11.30am - A conversation with Rt Hon Helen Clark | Former Prime Minister of NZ, Former Administrator of the UN Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group

12.30pm - Close

Dress Code: Business Attire


The Right Honourable Helen Clark
Academic, Stateswoman, Leader

During nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive programme on sustainability, including on addressing climate change, and was a strong promoter of the role of arts, culture and heritage in expressing the unique identity of New Zealand. In April 2009 she was appointed Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and Chair of the United Nations Development Group, the first women to hold these positions. She served two terms, standing down in April 2017.

Dame Susan Devoy
Race Relations Commissioner,
World Champion, Mother.

Appointed Race Relations Commissioner in 2013, Dame Susan Devoy has been a vocal advocate for raising New Zealand's annual refugee quota and urging politicians, decision makers and everyday Kiwis to treat people from ethnic minorities with respect, humanity and mana.
In 2016 she launched New Zealand’s first nationwide anti-racism digital campaign, “That’s Us” that engaged with more than half a million people in just over a month. A world squash champion for many years, Dame Susan is a former CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty and board member of many different community organisations and businesses.

Dion Nash
Founder - Triumph & Disaster,
Entrepreneur, Sportsman, Husband

Having cut his teeth as an athletic and sometimes fiery all-rounder in the cauldron that is international cricket, Dion made the transition into the world of business via 42Below, where by various acts of subterfuge, audacity and cunning he earned the title of Marketing Director.
A qualified Pilates instructor, Dion recently founded the men's grooming range 'Triumph & Disaster'. The brand now sells in over 300 stores world-wide, including Fred Segal in Los Angeles and Selfridges in London.

Rukumoana Schaafhausen
Lawyer, Company Director, Wahine Toa, and
Blake Leader Award Recipient

Inspired by her tupuna, Rukumoana Schaafhausen has strived to make a difference beyond herself, and do what is right for the people of Aotearoa. Ruku’s strengths lie in working across corporates, communities and iwi to make positive social change for all of Aotearoa, and in championing young Maori women to become future leaders. A lawyer, a director and an influential member of her iwi, Ruku is renowned as a hard-working, principled “bridge builder” and a diverse thinker.
She is chairperson of Te Arataura, the executive arm of Te Whakakitenga o Waikato; managing director for Te Waharoa Investments; and a director of Regional Facilities Auckland.

Carol Hirschfeld
MC, Presenter, Journalist, Speaker

Carol Hirschfeld is Head of Content at Radio New Zealand and the former Head of Programming at Maori Television. She is a talented broadcaster, best known for her role as a TV3 News presenter alongside John Campbell from 1998 until 2005. Together the pair also created and produced Home Truths, a late night interview show; and A Queen’s Tour, a travel series retracing Queen Elizabeth II’s royal tour of New Zealand in 1952.


Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Cassandra Crowley
President, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Cassandra Crowley FCA is results orientated with solid governance experience in turnaround and high-paced organisations. She has Directorships on a number of Boards, including Oriens Capital GP and Taranaki Whanui Benefits Limited.

She is also a Council Member of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki and a Director at The Skills Organisation.

Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Laws, A Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. She was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship in 2016, and she is currently completing her Masters of Advanced Leadership Practice at Massey University.

DLA Piper
Laura Scampion
Partner, DLA Piper

Laura Scampion is a partner at global law firm DLA Piper in New Zealand. She leads the nationa employment team and has 20 years’ experience in employment law and health and safety. She specialises in multijurisdictional matters for employers based across the globe.

Laura is on the committee for DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women initiative. A global programme, first established by DLA Piper in the United States, LAW is aimed at empowering women in law. It has three platforms: to mentor, to help develop leadership skills and to network.

Laura also serves as a Trustee on the board of DLA Piper’s Global Scholarships Programme. This Programme was launched earlier this year and provides scholarships for law students in developing nations such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Senegal and Zambia. The programme is the first of its kind in the world.

Jo McGregor
Head of Operational Excellence, Consumer Banking & Wealth, Hotpoints

Jo McGregor has worked for Westpac for over 12 years, holding positions in Strategy, Finance, Product Management and more recently, Operations within Consumer Banking & Wealth.

Jo started her career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant in Auckland and Edinburgh. She subsequently took on financial control roles within the hospitality industry (e.g. Bacardi Martini, Sky City) before shifting to Banking in 2015.

Jo’s current role at Westpac is Head of Operational Excellence where she focuses on improving the efficiency and profitability of our business, executing customer experience initiatives and supporting our frontline teams.

Jo is the member appointed director on the Westpac In-Tandem Superannuation Scheme and support the Westpac diversity programme through the Flexibility Employee Action Group which is an initiative close to her heart as a working parent.

Peter Chisnall
Country Manager, Mastercard

Peter Chisnall commenced as Country Manager New Zealand in January 2014. Peter is responsible for leading MasterCard’s business in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, including MasterCard’s communication across its key customer relationships and media.

Peter has spent over ten years in the financial services industry across sales, marketing and customer service leadership positions, covering all market segments from Consumer, Small Business through to Corporate and Government.

Prior to joining MasterCard in January 2012, Peter worked at GE Capital and Diners Club Australia including roles as Program Director, General Manager Corporate Cards and Head of Service Management. Before entering the financial services industry Peter spent ten years working for Mobil Oil in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.

Massey University
Professor Giselle Byrnes
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise, Massey University

Professor Giselle Byrnes is Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise at Massey University. Giselle is a New Zealand historian and has published widely on aspects of settler colonial histories. A former Fulbright scholar, she has held a range of academic and senior management roles in New Zealand and Australia. Giselle has a strong commitment to advancing the agendas of equity and access through higher education and is an advocate for the critical role played by universities in creating social and cultural capital.

Ministry for Women
Renee Graham
Chief Executive, Ministry for Women

Renee Graham is Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women. She was previously a Policy Director for the Ministry of Education, responsible for developing strategic policy and systems to improve the performance of the education sector.

Ms Graham spent the majority of her career at the Ministry of Social Development, including roles as General Manager of Income Support, Employment and Skills Policy and General Manager of Youth and Employment Policy.

Ms Graham holds a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. Ms Graham is of Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa descent.

Carolyn Luey
General Manager, Enterprise Solutions and New Zealand, MYOB 

Carolyn Luey joined MYOB in January 2017 as General Manager, Enterprise Solutions and New Zealand.
She has over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing, product management, business development and digital media across a range of industries.

Prior to joining MYOB, she held executive roles at NZME as Chief Operating Officer responsible for operations across the digital, radio and print and Group Strategy and Operations Director responsible for strategy, technology, product and development of new businesses during the transformation to NZME. In addition, Carolyn spent 8 years at Telecom New Zealand in marketing, strategy and product roles.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Marketing from the University of Auckland.

Heather Polglase
GM of Human Resources for Digital and Ventures, Spark

As GM of Human Resources for Digital and Ventures at Spark, Heather plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, supporting leaders through talent strategies and programmes designed to attract and develop people, and elevate team performance and potential.

Her key goal is to add value to Sparks internal and external customer by helping to build an organisation of high performing talent and best in class leaders.

Heather is an experienced HR professional, with a proven track-record leading HR functions and teams, organisational transformations, talent management, leadership development and succession planning. She has held a variety of HR, strategy and change roles across FMCG, retail, hospitality, liquor, technology and telecommunications companies.

Teresa Ciprian
Director, Zespri

Teresa has held a number of senior roles with Danone in both the USA and France from where she worked in a number of international markets. Her primary focus was on identifying, developing and delivering global growth initiatives with central and locally based teams.

Beginning her career as a technician in the dairy industry, she is passionate about adding value to New Zealand’s primary and technology-based industries.

Teresa has advised a number of internationally-focused businesses on their growth strategies and holds governance positions on the boards of Firstlight Foods Ltd, AgResearch, Aspeq and Aviation New Zealand.