Break-out sessions

These interactive break-out sessions will cover a range of topics and specialist areas.

Note: the break-out sessions will repeat on day two, so delegates can attend two.


The upside and downside of digital in a disrupted world
Scott Bartlett, Kordia (CEO), Sheridan Broadbent, Melissa Clark-Reynolds, Simon Tong
Facilitated by Clayton Wakefield  ​

Technology is an integral part of business capability and boards need to take responsibility to be able to lead in this new era. Digital leadership is critical in a disruptive world. With technology remaining a top topic in the boardroom, our panel will discuss the upside and downside of digital and why it must remain a focus for directors to ensure organisations perform in today’s increasing challenging environment.

Scott Bartlett  Sheridan Broadbent  Melissa Clark-Reynolds  Simon Tong

Sponsored by  


Maori footprint in a global world
Tuesday session: Mavis Mullins, Pahia Turia, Tina Wilson, Richard Jones
Wednesday session: Pahia Turia, Tina Wilson, Richard Jones and Che Wilson 
Facilitated by Rangimarie Hunia

This workshop covers embedding the cultural footprint for future generations to follow, the difference between iwi governance and Māori governance, critical elements for successful Māori governance, diversity vs Māori, and taking Māori offshore.

Mavis Mullins  Pahia Turia  Richard Jones  Che Wilson


Global risks in an uncertain world
Tuesday session: Marcus Pearson, Martin Lewington, Catherine McDowell, Ben Stevens
Wednesday session: Steve Walsh, Martin Lewington, Catherine McDowell, Ben Stevens

Major shifts in global risk driven by economic, social and geo-political turmoil have put risk top of mind for directors. This panel of risk experts will discuss global risks and what New Zealand directors should be focusing on today.

Marcus Pearson  Martin Lewington  Catherine McDowell  Ben Stevens

Sponsored by  Marsh


Boardroom dilemmas
Facilitators: Richard Westlake, Zoe Attwood, Anna Kominik, Murray Strong  

Discuss and debate governance issues and dilemmas directors face in their roles. This session allows for highly interactive group discussion facilitated by a group of experienced IoD facilitators. (Chatham House Rule applies).

Richard Westlake  Zoe Atwood  Anna Kominik  


Authentic leadership in governance
Harold Hillman

When managing the inherent tension between ‘fitting in’ and ‘standing out,’ directors face the same challenge as leaders on other teams. Are you bringing your full voice to the board table? Harold Hillman, author of The Impostor Syndrome, will provide insights and tools that will help you bring more of your authentic self to important governance discussions. This session will reinforce the importance of authentic leadership in all aspects of business.  

Harold Hillman


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