Women in Leadership Agenda

How to become a purpose driven leader 

Pre-Conference Workshop | Monday, 24th June



The world is changing. Your team has choices about who they want to work for. Loyalty based around a job and pay are no longer a given. So what’s the secret to having a high performing team & getting the most from them? To capture the hearts of our team and ignite their passion, we must meet one of their most basic psychological needs. Discover how to lead on purpose rather than rely on chance. 


Key Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the difference between obsessively driven behaviour & purpose driven behaviour 
  • Explore the 8 principles of mastering purpose driven leadership 
  • Learn how to lead on purpose from case studies & guest speakers 
  • Develop a one page plan & steps to move forward after the workshop 

Workshop Leader 

Debra Chantry
Leadership Coach, Workshop Facilitator

Debra is an Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach with over 10 years experience in coaching & mentoring for The Icehouse, Lightning Lab, 0.Ventures, Business Mentors, a leading Executive Leadership Coaching firm & for her own business, Ventell.  
She has worked with the leadership teams of some of the top companies in Australia & NZ as well as working with business owners around the world. She is also the Founder & Head Leadership Coach of The Common, which is a business community designed to Inspire, Champion & Support entrepreneurs & business owners to achieve their professional & personal goals. Debra has worked with over 1,000 business owners as well as having 20+ years of Management experience in Commercial & Not For Profit sectors. 
Debra was a finalist in the NEXT Business Woman of the Year 2013 & recognised as one of the Top 30 women in New Zealand. She has a unique mixture of curiosity, experience & stories that she shares. 


8:30 - 9:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee  
9:00 – 10:30  
Session 1 
What is purpose-driven leadership & what are the benefits 
  • The difference between obsession & purpose-driven behaviour 
  • How to discover / uncover purpose – professionally & personally 
  • Bridging individual & organisation purpose 
10:30 - 11:00
Morning Break  
11:00 – 12:30  
Session 2  
Mastering Purpose-Driven Leadership 
  • What difference do you want to make? 
  • 8 principles of mastering purpose driven leadership 
  • Engaging with your team – tips & tools 
12:30 - 1:30
Networking Lunch  
1:30 – 3:00  
Session 3
Leading on Purpose – Ideology vs reality 
  • Guest speakers & case studies 
  • Learn from those who have been before you 
  • Learn from mistakes that others have made 
3:00 - 3:30
Afternoon Break  
3:30 – 5:00  
Session 4  
Putting it into action 
  • What’s holding you back? 
  • How to engage with others – up & down the organisation 
  • Create a plan for success 
End of Workshop 





  • Celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage and the achievement of New Zealand’s women in leadership  
  • Empowering women to orchestrate change - where we are at, what more can be done and how we can do it  
  • Life and career advice for present and future leaders of New Zealand 



  • The changing nature of being a role model of women leadership in the 21st century  
  • Internalizing a leadership identity and developing a sense of purpose as a female leader 
  • Honing your leadership skills and learning to lead into the future 
  • Using power and influence to further the causes of women and enact change 








  • Why achieving gender parity is more than a tick-the-box process and the importance of leading from the top 
  • What are organisations doing to overcome the invisible barriers holding back women in leadership and advance women in the workplace? How can they do more? 
  • The importance of being held accountable for change and actionable strategies to improve diverse equality of opportunity 





  • What does diversity of thought, perspective, and understanding do for business development and innovation?  
  • Women leaders advancing change - What it means to be a change leader and challenges in implementing change 
  • Leading by example and creating an environment of equal opportunity for profession and life 




This session will discuss mentoring relationships across different career stages (entry level, mid-career, executive level) as well as strategies to achieve the most out of mentoring relationships. Each delegate may select up to two (2) roundtables on which he/she would like to participate; one roundtable session will run for 40 minutes. Each roundtable will discuss the following:  

  • Understanding the value of mentoring for mentors and mentees  
  • Is there a difference in how men and women experience mentoring relationships?  
  • Achieving the most out of mentoring relationships 




  • How do we create a common global language for discussing gender equality?  
  • Are gender diversity quotas inevitable? The merits and downsides of quotas in supporting women in leadership roles 
  • Moving beyond identifying women as a quota to recognising them for value 




  • Reframing the conversation of gender inclusion and equity as a critical business issue  
  • Integrating LBTIQ inclusion as part of the organisation's DNA - where do we start? 
  • Understanding the relationship between inclusion, organisational performance and talent retention 





  • Understanding the relationship between diversity, corporate image and organisational performance 
  • Approaches and strategies to eliminate (unconscious) gender bias in the workplace 
  • Normalising flexible workplace practices and work-life integration to increase employee satisfaction, productivity and business potential  






  • Breaking glass ceilings – being admitted as the first female high court judge  
  • The role of organisations and leaders in smashing patriarchal stereotypes and championing innovation and diversity in leadership 
  • Forging ahead to lay down the stepping stones for more women to follow


  • Thinking outside the box, pushing boundaries and branding your own identity 
  • Having a plan: what do you want to achieve, the best way to do so and strategies to overcome limiting mental models 


  • Reflections on the changing face of business leadership today   
  • Amplifying diverse voices and leveraging differences to drive success 
  • What works in fighting conscious and unconscious bias in the workplace?  
  • How can leaders lead into the future and move into a more purpose driven way of leading teams and grooming future leaders?  




  • What drives women to become great leaders? 
  • The road to the executive suite and bridging the gap between the CXO position and you 
  • Best practices in getting heard, getting credit, and making a difference at work 
  • A revealing look at what success truly looks like and owning your success 



  • How women leaders are challenging male-dominated industries and pushing the boundaries of traditional gender roles 
  • Breaking free of the boys’ club, managing pressure and maintaining confidence  
  • Advice to future female leaders and tips to reverse the imbalance in traditionally male fields 


  • Importance of achieving gender equality in New Zealand public sector leadership and its role in driving performance and boosting productivity 
  • Removing barriers to progression of women leaders in New Zealand public service 
  • Designing, delivering and implementing initiatives which connect women leaders to the organisation, and the organisation to their development  




There are 5 roundtable sessions, each 40 minutes in length and focusing on a different topic. Delegates may select up to two (2) roundtable sessions on which he/she would like to participate. Each session begins with a 5 minutes introduction on the chosen topic, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. The session ends with 5 minutes of “wrap-up” on the discussion.

  • Roundtable 1: Future-proofing leadership and strategies to become a better purpose-driven leader 
  • Roundtable 2: Building trust and overcoming the lack of trust in leadership 
  • Roundtable 3: Effective conflict resolution skills for better performance 
  • Roundtable 4: Normalising flexible workplace practices and work-life integration
  • Roundtable 5: Honing your leadership skills and road-mapping your career for advancement 






  • Choosing your own adventure – insights from women who have travelled “the road less travelled” 
  • Advice to future leaders and strategies to overcome tribulations and embark on a fulfilling career  
  • Writing your own success and wearing the many hats of role model, leader, and teacher 
  • Making the most of your capabilities and maintaining resilience 




  • Smashing traditional societal beliefs and attitudes and building the pathway for women in sport 
  • Achievements in advancing female participation in sport and ensuring women and girls are visible, valued and influential in sport  
  • Working towards a gender-neutral industry 




Positioning Yourself for Success  

Post-Conference Workshop | Thursday, 27 June  


Where are you now?  Where do you want to be?  And how will you need to grow in order to get there? 
In this workshop you’ll have the space to explore what you want the next step of your leadership journey to look like as well as learn powerful tools and approaches that can help you position yourself to achieve that next level of success.   
Discover how to harness the power of your personal brand, increase your comfort with giving and receiving feedback, and amplify your influence to support the achievement of your goals at every stage of your career.  

Key Learning Objectives 

  • Make deliberate choices that align with the leader you want to be 
  • Create a personal brand that works for you (and not against you) 
  • Build a strategic network to support your personal growth and career progression 
  • Discover secrets of successful negotiation  
  • Craft a plan to achieve your goals 


Workshop Leader  

Aenslee Tanner

Leadership Coach 

Aenslee Tanner (ACC) – a certified Leadership Coach and the founder of Personal Brand Agency – is passionate about supporting individuals to unleash their potential.  Her career has spanned numerous countries across three continents – first as an engineer, then as a management consultant at firms including EY and PwC, before launching her own businesses. 

As a coach, she combines her natural skill-set with her training in neuroscience and adult development to help individuals accelerate their personal growth, breakthrough what has been holding them back, transform their performance, and achieve their goals. 

Aenslee has been featured in several media publications including Next magazine and Huffington Post and her clients include prominent New Zealand organisations as well as ambitious women all around the globe.  



8:30 - 9:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee  
9:00 – 10:30   
Session 1 
Stepping up as a leader 
  • Explore your ‘next level’ of leadership 
  • Chart the course for your development 
  • Cultivate leadership presence 

10:30 - 11:00
Morning Break  

11:00 – 12:30   
Session 2 
Amplifying leadership effectiveness  
  • Declare what you stand for as a leader 
  • Gain fresh perspectives on common leadership challenges 
  • Give and receive feedback with ease and grace 
12:30 - 1:30
Networking Lunch  
1:30 – 3:00  
Session 3 
Powerful personal branding 
  • Make a strategic choice about your brand 
  • Share your value proposition in a compelling way 
  • Use your personal brand to influence your career trajectory 3:00 - 3:30 
3:00 - 3:30 
Afternoon Break  
3:30 – 5:00  
Session 4 
Accelerating your success 
  • Learn secrets of successful salary negotiation 
  • Build a powerful support network 
  • Create a plan for success 

End of Workshop