Business empowerment, leadership and career advancement for emerging and established leaders

Conference: 25-26 May 2021 | Workshop: 24 May 2021 | Location: Aotea Centre, Auckland

'Hear exclusive leadership insights from Former Prime Minister Rt Hon. Helen Clark'  

The Women Leaders Institute is delighted to announce the return of our 7th Annual Women in Leadership Summit, taking place in Auckland from 24-26 May 2021. 
New Zealand is taking the reins when it comes to diversity in leadership. After being sworn in for her second term in office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has introduced the country’s most diverse cabinet in history. Of the 20-strong cabinet, 40% are women, 25% are Maori, 15% are Pasifika and another 15% are LGBTQI. 
In a similar vein, we have brought together an incredibly diverse line-up of highly accomplished leaders to share their unique leadership experiences. Gain expert insights from leading organisations including Fonterra, Microsoft, Paralympics New Zealand, Beca and the National Council of Women to discover how to: 
  • Foster an inclusive culture within your organisation by increasing the representation of women from all backgrounds in senior leadership roles  
  • Strengthen your leadership pipeline by nurturing and coaching high-potential women 
  • Adapt your leadership style to optimise your team’s potential   
Join us in May to navigate your leadership roadmap with confidence. Gain practical advice from some of New Zealand’s most inspiring and influential leaders. Take away tangible solutions to advance your career during our COVID-safe interactive sessions. Network with like-minded leaders as we reaffirm our commitment to diversity in leadership
Since 2012, the Women Leaders Institute has consistently delivered a high-impact leadership conference for emerging and established women leaders to be inspired, connect and grow in a safe space. Join the community and find out more at 


Conscious Leadership: Unlocking your unique leadership potential 

Date: 24 May 2021 | Location: Auckland CBD 
Led by: Aenslee Tanner, Leadership Coach, Spring Leadership
In this workshop, through a combination of deep reflection, interpersonal dialogue, and exposure to cutting-edge vertical development tools, you’ll gain new insight and practices that will amplify your effectiveness as a leader in today’s fast-changing, increasingly complex and interconnected world. 
Key Learning Objectives 
  • Make deliberate choices that align with the leader you want to be 
  • Use simple techniques to bring ease and grace to challenging situations
  • Learn tools and approaches for unlocking the creative and collaborative potential in your teams 
  • Apply strategies to amplify your influence as a leader in complex, uncertain times 

Women in Leadership Top Speakers

Rt Hon. Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister

New Zealand Government

Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Mai Chen

Managing Partner; Chair; Director

Chen Palmer, Superdiversity Institute, BNZ Board

Agnes Naera

Chief Executive Officer

Global Women

Teresa Tepania-Ashton, MNZM

Chief Executive Officer

Maori Women's Development Inc

Jan Beagle


International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Fiona Allan

Chief Executive and Secretary General

Paralympics New Zealand

Allan Freeth

Chief Executive Officer

Environmental Protection Authority NZ

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Key Reasons to Attend:  

  • Hear from Former Prime Minister, the RT Hon. Helen Clark as she reveals how to be an impactful and influential leader. 
  • Be inspired by our expert line-up of 70% C-Suite speakers and gain practical advice and tips to advance in your career.
  • NEW FOR 2021: Address your key areas of development with 8+ customisable interactive sessions. 
  • Discuss the challenges in closing the ethnic pay gap with the New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner and other leading NZ organisations. 
  • Evaluate D&I best practices to harness opportunities for all women from all backgrounds with ChenPalmer, Fonterra, Timely Limited, New Zealand Rugby & Yellow New Zealand
  • Engage directly with highly accomplished female leaders during our Leadership Coaching Clinic to nurture the core skills you need to excel in your leadership journey. 
  • Learn how the CEO of Maori Television is bridging the gender gap in the C-Suite and boardroom.

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 for you.  
  • 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

Women in Leadership Testimonials

Team Discounts




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Women in Leadership Summit Venue

The Women in Leadership Summit New Zealand will be held on 24-26 May 2021 at:
Aotea Centre 
50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland 1010
Workshop: Waihorotiu Room 1 
Conference: Hunua 1 & 2
T: +649 309 2677
How to get there: You'll find the Aotea Centre on Aotea Square, Queen Street. The Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre is inside the main building. The Herald Theatre is to the right of the Centre — you can walk around the side from Aotea Square or take Mayoral Drive. For more information on navigations & directions please click here.
Parking: For parking details please click here
Accommodation Recommendation.
Sudima Auckland City, a brand new 4.5-star hotel conveniently located within easy walking distance to the venue, is offering discounted rates to conference attendees.  To book, Simply log into and use Promo Code: WILS.  Or, you may contact Sudima Hotel Reservations team on or 0800-783-462, and provide the same promo code.
Room Details:
Superior Rooms - $179.00 Room Only (Twin or King)
Rates available for stay on 24-26 May 2021