Women in Governance - Voice, Brand and Enabling Women Around the Table
New Zealand Boards have been called out for a lack of gender diversity on boards with targets in place to increase the number of women on boards. This panel discussion is focussed on what tangible actions women can personally take to know and speak their voice, build a brand based on their unique abilities and talent and successfully contribute around the table – and also to provide insight to men on the challenges that women face and enable them to support women around the table.
Jo is General Manager of Policy & Stakeholder Affairs at Fonterra, where she leads Fonterra’s response to government policy and champions relationships with government agencies, primary industry organisations and the business sector. Jo formerly led Fonterra’s global regulatory function to ensure compliance with food regulations and to optimise market access, and has 25 years of technical and general management experience in the dairy sector.
Jo’s governance experience includes serving as Vice President of a global food quality board consisting of food multinationals, deputy chair of MPI’s review into food safety capability, member of NZ’s Dairy Companies Association, and a member of EMA’s policy advisory committee.
Verity Johnson is a Canon award nominated writer, newspaper columnist, TV presenter and personal brand coach. She started as a weekly columnist for the New Zealand Herald at 18, hosted the Paul Henry Breakfast show at 21 and is now a weekly columnist for Stuff & The Dominion Post as well as regular panellist on current affairs shows such as The AM Show, The Project, Radio NZ and Radio Live. Her brand coaching work specialises in developing client’s media presence, thought leadership, and business development through the art of the personal brand.
Alison Shanks is a New Zealand Olympian and double World Champion in the sport of Track Cycling. Wife to Craig Palmer, and mother to Lucas and Abigail, Alison also holds various director roles across the New Zealand High Performance and Olympic sport system. It is this dedication coupled with her passion for leading an active lifestyle that has now seen Alison move into the world of kid’s fitness with My First Gym.
Born and raised in Dunedin, Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Marketing and Human Nutrition from the University of Otago. Sport and physical activity has always been a big part of Alison’s life.
Since hanging up the race bike, Alison embarked on a career in sport governance where she currently holds directorships on the High Performance Sport NZ board, the Cycling NZ board and is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Athletes Commission.
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