Bold Steps Speakers & Guests
2019 Bold Steps Speakers & Guests
Join us on December 5 for a special event and hear from a stellar line-up of speakers who will inspire and empower you to take bold steps in your career. You will hear authentic stories of challenge and success as we focus on Leadership with Purpose. You will become part of a unique network and garner greater understanding of how women break through the ranks.
William Steffen is an Emeritius Professor at ANU College of Science and has a long history in international global change research. He is currently a Climate Councillor with the Climate Institute, and from 2011 to 2013 was a Climate Commissioner on the Australian Government's Climate Commission. Steffen's interests span a broad range within the fields of sustainability and Earth System science, with an emphasis on the science of climate change.
Inspired Companies is both an aspiration and a roadmap to accelerate big idea-led purpose transitions in mainstream business. By delivering with fierce authenticity, these companies build brand distinction, resilience and competitive advantage in ways that leave the more uninspired companies behind. Lisa and the team actively advise and support companies in several parts of the world to build the internal capacity required to sustain successful transitions. She is an active advocate and public speaker on purpose-led business and partners with business schools on next generation business school curricula design and leadership mindset.
During her long career at Nike, Lisa held a number of executive positions uniquely spanning commercial, brand strategy and corporate philanthropy. As Vice President, Access to Sport, Lisa founded the global alliance Designedtomove and led the Nike Foundation to launch the multi-award winning Girl Effect concept as Managing Director.
A Special Advisor to International Law firm Pinsent Masons; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Advisory Board member; Founding Chair of the World Sporting Goods Industry’s Physical Activity Committee; Non-Executive Director of Bond University Limited, Australia and Commissioner for the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s “Information Needs of Communities Living in a Democracy”
Lisa and her family relocated back to Australia from the United States in 2014 and enjoy a fun-filled life with home bases at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Victoria.
Grounded in 30 years of experience in business, media and professional sports, Williams’ interactive talks are strategically designed to meet the needs of his audience – with an enthusiasm and passion that’s contagious.
He is as versatile, agile, creative and inspiring behind the microphone today as he was when he played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Over the years, Williams has shared his powerful insights with thousands of people, including small businesses, professional organisations, Fortune 500 companies, universities, schools and even members of The White House.
Williams makes a point of embracing his challenges in life with energy, passion and a measure of good humour. He’s determined his audiences will do the same. As he says: “If you’re not passionate about it, you will be!
Kirsten is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. She is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and has extensive governance and leadership experience. She is a strong advocate on diversity issues. Kirsten (known as KP) is Chair of the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, a Trustee and Director of the NZ Rugby Foundation, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Te Tumu Paeroa
Sir John was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. He successfully led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city, Christchurch. Among his portfolios, Sir John was Minister for Tourism. In this role he promoted New Zealand offshore and oversaw substantial growth in New Zealand's tourism industry. He retains a strong interest in the best that our country has to offer both local and international tourists.
Sir John is well respected in international affairs. He chairs the International Democrat Union and chaired the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Sir John, who was knighted in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, has also been appointed an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia.
Sir John's current business activities include Chairman of ANZ NZ, Director of ANZ and Air NZ Ltd. He also holds a role advising a $200 billion United States corporation on its investments in China as well as an advisory role with a New York fund manager.
Sir John worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney. His positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001).
Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata) is CEO of Kono NZ. Kono is a Māori-owned, top 100 New Zealand food and beverage company farming more than 1000ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. Their brands include Tohu, Kono and Aronui wines, Tutū cider, Kono mussels, Kiwa oysters, and Annies fruit bars. Kono also grows apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops, and is involved in sustainable seafood through its business Yellow Brick Road.
Kono is an associated business of Wakatū Incorporation. Based in Nelson, Wakatū has over 4,000 shareholder families who descend from the original Māori land owners of the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay regions located within Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island.
Founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles. She is a fierce advocate of New Zealand’s primary industry and has spent 20 years promoting Aotearoa as a world-class producer of food and beverages.
Rachel has received the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to food and hospitality. In 2018 she was named Māori Woman Business Leader at the prestigious University of Auckland Aotearoa Māori Business Leaders Awards, and 2019 the recipient a KEA World-class New Zealand award.
She presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. Her governance experience includes Moana, the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, New Zealand Wine Growers, Aquaculture New Zealand, the Young Enterprise Trust, and the Sir Peter Blake Trust.
Theresa Gattung is a leading New Zealand business personality and author of best-selling autobiography Bird on a Wire.
From October 1999 to June 2007, Theresa was the CEO and Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand, where she led the company through world-changing technology developments.
Over the last few years Theresa has been involved in a wide spread of governance positions in both New Zealand and Australia.
Theresa joined the AIA Australia Board as an Independent Director in May 2009 and was appointed as Chair of the Board in March 2010. Following the AIA Group’s acquisition of Sovereign in July 2018, Theresa was also appointed Chair of AIA Sovereign New Zealand.
She also co-founded the hugely successful start-up, My Food Bag. Theresa is responsible for bringing SheEO to New Zealand, a radically redesigned ecosystem that supports, finances, and celebrates female innovators.
In 2015 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy and also inducted into the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Hall of Fame. In September 2018 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the Women of Influence Awards.
Theresa is involved with a number of not-for-profit and philanthropic interests, including being co-founder of the World Women Charitable Trust and Patron of the Cambodia Charitable Trust. She was Chair of the Wellington Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for many years and on the Royal New Zealand SPCA (RNZSPCA) National Board from June 2016 to April 2018 as it transitioned to become ONE SPCA. In February 2019 she was inducted into the RNZSPCA Hall of Fame.
Sonya is one of the co-founders and directors of the online investment platform Sharesies. She is passionate about using technology to solve big problems, and saw an opportunity to make investing more accessible so everyone could have the chance to grow their wealth. She comes from a career in startup, Saas and banking communities where she’s lead global marketing and product management—specialising in product strategy, customer acquisition, engagement and retention.
Abby is a professional director with over 10 years’ governance experience, including publicly listed and Crown companies. With qualifications in both law and accounting, Abby's career has covered both disciplines, focusing on corporate finance, treasury and commercial transactions. Abby currently serves as Chair of Z Energy and is a Director of TVNZ Limited, Sanford Limited, Freightways Limited and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Abby’s previous governance roles include Transpower New Zealand, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA).
Dame Therese Walsh is a Wellington based independent director and is currently Chairman of TVNZ Ltd, Chairman elect of Air NZ Ltd, a director of ASB Bank Ltd, Contact Energy Ltd and Antarctica NZ. She is also Pro-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington. Previously she was the Head of NZ for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited. She has also been a Director of the NZX, NZ Cricket and Save the Children NZ, and Chairman of MFAT’s International Advisory Panel. Before a career in governance she was the Chief Financial Officer at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host RWC 2011 in NZ.
Therese is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2013, she was named the inaugural supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards and was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2015.
Dame Paula Rebstock is an Auckland based economist and company director. She is Chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation, of Kiwi Group Holdings Ltd, and of Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia. Paula is also a Director of Auckland Transport and Vector Ltd. Moreover, she is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committees of the Auckland District Health Board and Tonkin & Taylor.
Dame Paula was the New Zealand Herald New Zealander of the Year in 2007. In 2009 she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public services, and was appointed Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to the State in 2016. Dame Paula received the 2017 NZIER
Alison is a professional director with deep experience in the financial services and infrastructure sectors. Alison is currently Chair of Sharesies and a director of Infratil, Wellington Airport and Vero Insurance. She is also former Deputy Chair of Kiwibank and a former director of Spark, TVNZ, NZX, Queenstown Airport and Pioneer Energy.
Alison has more than 20 years of executive experience working for both corporates and for financial institutions in Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo & London in trading, finance and risk roles. Her last executive role was at Lion in Sydney as Group Treasurer. Alison was also a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University for 12 years teaching on the Masters of Applied Finance programme. Prior to moving back to New Zealand in 2007, Alison worked for a non-for-profit in Singapore, RICE. – Returns Invested in Children and Education. Alison and her husband live in Queenstown and own and operate an avocado business in Northland.
Cathy Quinn is one of New Zealand ‘s foremost corporate lawyers and holds a number of non-executive directorships of leading New Zealand entities.
Cathy has practiced law for 34 years and advised local and offshore organisations on a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raisings and takeovers. Cathy also provides advise on governance issues.
Cathy lead her firm for 8 years as chair during a period of significant growth and transformation.
Cathy was awarded an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2016 for services to the law and women.
Cathy’s non executive director roles include as a director of Fletcher Building, Tourism Holdings and Rangatira Limited as well as being on the advisory board of the NZ Treasury and on the executive board of the NZ China Council.
Joan Withers has extensive governance and executive experience, is currently Chair of The Warehouse Group and Mercury NZ Ltd and sits on the board of ANZ NZ.
Joan is a former Chair of Auckland International Airport and TVNZ.
She has held Chief Executive positions in the largest media companies in the country and in that capacity has led significant organisational transformations.
Joan holds an MBA from the University of Auckland and was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. In that year she was also named as the Deloitte Top 200 Chairperson of the Year and was named as the Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards. Other acknowledgements include the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association Beacon Award, the CAANZ Media Excellence Award and induction into the TVNZ Marketing Awards Hall of Fame.
Joan lives with her husband on a rural property in Karaka where they indulge their passion for horses, dogs and generally enjoying the country lifestyle.
Silvana is a corporate partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, experienced in advising clients on a range of M&A transactions. She is recognized in a number of international directories as a leading adviser in her field. Silvana has a remarkable international background, born in Chile, of Chilean mother and Italian father, and having worked in New York, Chile and New Zealand.
Silvana is a Member of the NZ Takeovers Panel, appointed by the Governor General.
Silvana is the author of Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand, the most up to date text, referred to by the directors’ community in New Zealand, on this very important topic.
Silvana holds a Master in Laws from Harvard University, with distinction in corporate law and governance. Silvana is a member of the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, Global Women and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in connection with M&A and corporate topics, diversity and leadership.
Jolie Hodson is the incoming Chief Executive of Spark New Zealand. Her appointment to Chief Executive in July 2019 follows a substantial career with Spark, leading different components of the operating business over a six year period. As Chief Executive Jolie is responsible for ensuring the company has a sound strategy and applies her leadership to delivering on that strategy, while building a team around her and a business that is able to adapt to the fast changing world of digital services.
Prior to that Jolie was the Customer Director, which required a strong understanding of dynamic, competitive markets and what customers value. Having joined Spark in 2013 as Spark Chief Financial Officer, she played a pivotal role in re-orienting the business from a ‘telco’ to a ‘digital services provider, before being appointed in 2016 to Chief Executive Officer of Spark Digital, Spark’s ICT services division.
In 2016 she was awarded ‘CFO of the Year’ at the Deloitte Top 200 Business Awards. Prior to joining Spark, Jolie held a number of executive roles for Lion Group Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.
Jolie is a member of Global Women, a founder of On Being Bold and is passionate about mentoring women in business. She is married to Gareth, a supportive and patient husband! Family time is spent supporting Sam and Emma’s sporting adventures, walking their goldies and travelling.
Frances is an educator, innovator and technologist. She has spent her career at the forefront of technological change and the future of work. She is the founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. Both institutes are highly awarded postgradaute facilities commited to the development of contemporary capability and knowledge for professionals and the development of human insight.
Frances received her Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 New Years Honours List. In 2017 Frances became a member of the New Zealand Hi Tech Hall of Fame and in 2016 a Sir Peter Blake Leader. In 2015 Frances received the Women of Influence Award for her contribution to education and the Woman of the Year award for education awarded by Next Magazine.
Frances is the Futures Advisor to BNZ and the Chair of the BNZ Open Ventures. She is a Director for Callaghan Innovation and she sits on the Board of Trustees for Dilworth.
Royal is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and a social media influencer. She has set up an award winning law practise that specialises in dealing with cross border investment, and cross cultural legal disputes. She had legal training in New Zealand, international policy studies from Republic of China, Negotiation skills and Professional Service Firm Management from Harvard University. She also qualified as a mediator via LEADR NZ, Arbitrator in Republic of China, legal interpreter, and a Certified Agile Coach.
She has developed an insight that is relevant to many businesses in their gaining and planning with the business needs of engaging with Asia. She has been the source of Asian market insight for many organisations such as Kea New Zealand which Royal is a member of the Global Board. She also advises Luxury Network, Auckland Art Gallery, Land Information New Zealand, and many other private companies both locally and internationally. She is part of the board of On Being Bold group, and is looking forward to introducing the wisdom, and life lessons of the New Zealand women to the Asian sisters who are only too qualified to not be qualified.
She is a well known face and name for most Chinese migrants in New Zealand through her public speaking and media influencer career. Her vlogs, social media platforms, and livestream appearances have enjoyed high volume of loyal fans. While it is still a sad truth that in New Zealand our ethnicity and gender continue to make us vulnerable on the regular basis, Royal continues to strive and seeks to lead the fight with all those who identify with this need to make more baby steps for our next generations. Royal represents the younger ethnic women, whose voice will not be ignored forever.