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

Conference: 23-24 November 2021 | Workshop: 22 November 2021 

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

The Women Leaders Institute is delighted to announce the Women in Leadership Summit returns to Wellington – with a renewed focus on high-impact leadership and resilience.   
Women are underrepresented in key decision-making roles across almost all industries in our workforce. Having female leaders in positions of influence to serve as role models is not only critical to the career advancement of women, but also stands to generate broader societal impacts.
Join us this November where we will bring together exceptional leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions to: 
  • Develop an executive toolkit to become an inspiring mentor and coach future female leaders
  • Share success stories and personal anecdotes on authentic leadership as we reaffirm our commitment to diversity in leadership
  • Nurture the core leadership skills you need to thrive in an everchanging environment
You will have the opportunity to participate in outcome-focused workshops, engage with our speakers, and even take part in networking activities – making it a highly interactive, truly unique and valuable experience for you to gain the essential leadership insights you need today.      
For the last eight years, 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 


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

Dr. Gill Greer

Board Member, Deputy Chair, Board Member, Board Member

Evofem Biotech, Transparency International New Zealand, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand,

Allan Freeth

Chief Executive Officer

Environmental Protection Authority NZ

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  • Hear from some of New Zealand’s most influential thought leaders on fostering gender diversity, equity and inclusion within the workforce
  • Apply the experience of other’s success stories to your own leadership trajectory through adapting the strategies and techniques learnt 
  • Learn to coach and sponsor the best leadership talent for your organisation to grow 
  • Network with like-minded leaders, create meaningful connections, and share best practice strategies in taking your career to the next level
  • Engage in interactive leadership workshops and formulate a clear path of action to advance your leadership skills 
  • Curate an organisational culture founded on respect and recognition for talented employees from diverse backgrounds 
  • Employ best practice methods and procedures to attract, nurture and retain high-performing women in your workplace 
  • Establish allyship amongst your workforce to reduce toxic competition and collaborate as an organisation to achieve optimal outcomes


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