Breaking Barriers, Building Legacies


Kia ora,  
I am thrilled to invite you to join us in Tāmaki Makaurau on the 13-15 June 2023 for the inspiring Women in Leadership Summit.  
For the 9th year, the Women Leaders Institute continues to bring emerging and established female leaders across Aotearoa together, showcasing their journeys as they pave the way and make their mark in the corporate world. 10% of event proceeds will be donated to support UN Women’s programmes in our neighbouring Pacific countries and around the world, ensuring all women and girls have equal opportunity. 
For decades, women have advocated for equal rights – but without everyone’s support, equality will not be achieved. The #HeForShe commitment has evolved into a platform for all people, regardless of gender, to stand up for a world where we all have equal rights and opportunities. This year, we invite you, regardless of gender, to join us at the conference. Have the option to sit into the DE&I stream of sessions that will focus on creating a culture of belonging in Aotearoa workplaces.  
The purpose of the event is two-fold: Breaking Barriers and Building Legacies. Together, we can build a more inclusive and diverse Aotearoa; A place where all women from all backgrounds can thrive.  
With this shared vision, we look forward to meeting you in June. 

See what happened at our previous event in Melbourne 2022


Emerging Leaders - Workshop A | 13th June 2023


Authentic Leadership: The best version of you, is you!

9:00AM-4:00PM  |  Tamaki Makaurau | Auckland  
This workshop helps participants to understand the value of diverse leadership approaches to an organisation. There is no ‘right’ leader. The workshop also focuses on the importance, and value, of being authentic. You, your staff, and your organisation will benefit when you are truly authentic and can bring your full self to work. There is no better version of you, than you!
Key Learning objectives 
  • Understand the misconceptions of what constitutes a ‘good’ leader 
  • Understand the value of diverse leadership approaches:  
    • To value your authentic self as a leader 
    • To bring your full self to work 
Facilitated by 
Dr. Ellen Joan Nelson
Leadership & Future of Work Expert
Ellen Joan Nelson


Established Leaders - Workshop B | 13th June 2023

From Tactics to Truth: The key to achieving the results we truly want

9:00 AM-4:00 PM  |  Tamaki Makaurau | Auckland  

This workshop will provide practical learning models and pragmatic approaches to gaining clarity and focusing in on what you truly want so you can take action and achieve results. By doing this you achieve what you want, and you will inspire others along the way. The programme moves from the tactics of achieving what we want to uncovering the truth around why some of our goals remain elusive. Then, you will work through a pragmatic tool to create a future based plan for yourself. 
Key Learning Objectives 
  • Understand the key components to achieving what you want 
  • Identify what has been preventing you from achieving your goals in the past 
  • A pragmatic process for designing the life / career you truly want 
Facilitated by 
Deb Bailey
Director and Leadership Expert
Deb Bailey Limited  

Featured Speakers

Agnes Naera

Chief Executive Officer

Global Women

Mai Chen


Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business

Mike Horne (he/him)

Chief Executive Officer

Deloitte New Zealand

Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone (she/her)

Secretary for Pacific Peoples and Chief Executive Officer

Ministry for Pacific Peoples

Dellwyn Stuart (she/her)

Co-Founder,; Chief Executive Officer


Anne Fitisemanu (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer


Sophie Moloney (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer

Sky New Zealand

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Key Reasons to Attend:  

  • Breaking barriers: Hear Agnes Naera discuss how to build equal opportunity in New Zealand workplaces 
  • Inside the CEO brain: Gain insight into how executives continue to open doors for the underrepresented and lead their teams through tough times. 
  • Personalise your experience: With the addition of a DE&I steam, plan out your day and choose which sessions you’d like to engage in.  
  • Connect your professional goals with your purpose: Our Emerging Leaders Panel will candidly speak on the challenges and opportunities when transitioning from a peer to a leader 
  • Bring along an ally for the shared plenary sessions on Wednesday morning. Including non-binary and male voices is crucial to accelerating change when it comes to eliminating gender bias in workplaces. 
  • Throw down the rope: Learn how to best support women who are still in the pipeline and create mutually benefiting mentoring relationships 
  • Build on the success of others: Chart your leadership trajectory by applying the strategies, techniques and lessons learnt from other high-performing leaders during our interactive sessions  
  • Champion for greater diversity in leadership: Be inspired by an array of different journeys and embrace the unique perspectives you hold 

Who Should Attend?

Regardless of gender, background or role – whether you are a CEO or an emerging leader, the Women in Leadership Summit is a valuable platform of knowledge sharing, valuable insights, and networking opportunities for you.   
Create informal mentoring relationships and build your community of like-minded, visionary and forward-thinking leaders for 2023 and beyond.
  • 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  
  • Budding and established entrepreneurs 
  • Aspiring leaders, managers, millennials, and recent graduates



Corner Waterloo Quadrant &, Princes Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
T: +64 9 353 1000
How to get there: For more location information, please click here
Parking: Pullman Auckland offers valet parking at the entrance of the hotel for $50.00 per day, subject to availability; for ALL members is $45.00 per day. Alternatively, the closed public car park is Wilson Public car park located at the rear of the hotel off Waterloo Quadrant for guest convenience.

Accommodation: Pullman Auckland is offering 10% off their best rates. To book, please visit Women in Leadership - Accor Meetings & Events (
The seating arrangement can be viewed here