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A woman’s worth. Celebrate International Women’s Day with seven inspiring speakers

What can be achieved when we embrace the uniqueness that women in leadership and business contribute, now and into the future

Kristin Dunne, Julie Hazelhurst, Bronwyn Hudson, Dr. Tom Mulholland, Ngapera Riley, Clare Swallow, Deb Workman
2:30pm — 7:30pm, 5 March 2020
Tauranga Club
Tauranga Club, Level 5, 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
Price members
$75.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$75.00 incl GST


Join professionals in the Bay of Plenty for an inspirational afternoon to celebrate International Women's Day- Brought to you by the Institute of Directors’ Bay of Plenty Branch, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, Trustpower, Comvita and Chartered Accountants ANZ.

Embracing the 2020 theme #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world, International Women’s Day brings people together to celebrate the achievements of women and to inspire, motivate and unite friends, colleagues and communities to join the global movement for a gender-equal world. 

We will hear from inspirational speakers who will each share their personal and professional experiences and reflect on how influential women have impacted on their success.

We welcome everyone to join this event, so gather your colleagues and friends to enjoy an afternoon of growing and networking to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020.

Kristin Dunne

CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty

The value of believing in yourself  - finding your own self-belief and knowing your worth

Kristin Dunne is CEO of Tourism Bay of Plenty and has worked in the tourism industry for the past five years.  Kristin is a Fellow of Marketing and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies. Prior to the tourism industry, Kristin held senior management roles at Vodafone and Woosh and has extensive marketing experience gained within DB Breweries, ASB BANK and Television New Zealand. Kristin is passionate about helping to create a sustainable future for tourism in New Zealand that enhances our visitors’ experience and local communities. Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Visitor Economy Strategy 2018-2028 is recognised as an exemplar within the sector as a framework for sustainable management of a Destination. After surviving an abusive relationship, that played out in the public eye, Kristin co-created Loves-Me-Not a prevention programme that runs in over 120 New Zealand schools in partnership with the NZ Police. Kristin is married to Jared and they have a 6.5 year old son. 

Julie Hazelhurst

Life and Business Strategist
Brought to you by Trustpower

Authenticity - remaining true to yourself in challenging and competitive environments which often demand an alternative approach, one not aligned to who you really are and your personal purpose and values.

Julie Hazelhurst started Coaching and Consulting in 2003 with a relentless passion to create experiences that inspire and challenge the way people think, impact the way they feel and help change the way they act. She has partnered with individuals and corporates across multiple sectors to design and facilitate coaching programmes and has a proven track Introducing record of delivering results for her clients. Julie has extensive experience on the other side of the fence where she led a large Transformation Portfolio in one of New Zealand’s leading Banks in a General Manager role. This gives her an edge in understanding what it takes to be a change agent in a volatile industry whilst maintaining balance and overall wellbeing as a busy wife and mother of two.              

“My vision is to create a space for people to experience first-hand a range of wellness, lifestyle and personal leadership tools. This allows individuals to discover what resonates for them so they can choose practices that will make the biggest impact for more extraordinary and fulfilling lives.”

Bronwyn Hudson

Personalised Nutrition and Wellbeing Strategist

The Unique Superpowers of the Modern Women.

Women have unique attributes that they bring to business and leadership that have enormous potential to positively influence workplace culture and the people around them. Women also have additional caregiving roles at various stages of life that sometimes provide challenges. In this session, Bronwyn highlights the worthiness of you as a woman, while inspiring and motivating you to support your most precious taonga - your hauora/wellbeing.

Bronwyn is self-employed as a registered Clinical Nutritionist in private practice and Wellbeing Strategist and Mental Health Advocate at Always More to the Story.  She also lectures on BSc and MSc nutrition programmes. 

Bronwyn is motivated by the desire to make a real difference in the health and wellbeing of others.  Her professional mission is to utilise the latest in scientific knowledge and current best practice to deliver evidence-based personalised nutrition and lifestyle interventions that transform health, happiness and connectedness of individuals, families and workplaces the world over.

Bronwyn is an engaging and inspiring speaker, having delivered presentations internationally on a broad range of health topics, including sell-out events in New Zealand, Xerocon London, live cooking workshops such as that at Althorp Food Festival, UK, and Workplace Wellness sessions for corporate clients. 

Together with husband Craig, she is raising four pretty awesome kids in Orewa, Auckland. Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Teaching from Waikato University and a Master’s of Science (Personalised Nutrition) from Middlesex University.

Dr. Tom Mulholland

Founder of the Positive Thinking Institute
Brought to you by Trustpower

The Parent Child Relationship, The influential women in my life.

Dr Tom Mulholland has 30 years’ experience in emergency medicine and preventative health. He started his career as a forester trainee and with a 1st Class honours degree in molecular genetics before attending Otago Medical School then moving to Taranaki to begin his clinical career. For the past 13 years he has been an emergency department doctor at Auckland City Hospital.

He has been a professional speaker for the last 20 years trying to keep people out of hospital. For the past five years he has toured NZ in his retro Chevy V8 ambulance and circumnavigated the country in his 40-foot catamaran, being the ambulance at the top of the cliff. 

He has been an honorary lecturer in psychological medicine at the University of Auckland, written two internationally best-selling books on healthy thinking and trained thousands of people how to manage their emotions through keynote presentations, e-learning and workshops.

Dr Tom is an experienced adventurer, surfer, snowboarder, diver and pilot who has his own expedition company. He received the NZ Defence Force’s special services medal for his work in the boxing day tsunami, has worked as a ships doctor in the polar regions and run medical clinics in remote islands in the pacific. He has worked extensively in hospitals and as a rural GP in NZ including the Chatham Islands. He has been the doctor for Taranaki, East Coast and Fijian Rugby teams and survived a tsunami in Java in 1994. 

He has hosted his own daily TV show on TV 2, weekly radio show on Radio Live and has been writing weekly for Stuff and the Sunday Star Times on wellness and risk. He founded the health risk assessment tool KYND which is an app that is being used by the forestry industry, Government and dozens of corporate clients to measure, monitor and manage the health risks of their employees. 

Dr Tom is a passionate parent and has served on School boards, the Taranaki District Health Board and has won awards in business and leadership. He has been an ambassador for Farmstrong and is currently on a two year nationwide Walk the Talk tour with PGG Wrightson on a mission to get 200 000 people to measure, monitor and manage their own physical, mental and social health.

Ngapera Riley

Chief Executive Officer, Figure.NZ

Lessons from mana wahine on my epic journey to data leadership.

Ngapera believes everybody should have access to good information, and that knowing how to find and use data is vital to solving our country’s biggest problems. She cares about everyone being able to take part in that, so we can collectively work towards a better future for Aotearoa.

Ngapera works closely with Māori business and education efforts across New Zealand. She currently holds board positions with the InZone Education Foundation, Hyundai’s Pinnacle Programme, and Te Ohu Whai Ao Trust, which connects indigenous business efforts from around the world. She is also part of the working group Te Pokapu for the Maori Data Sovereignty Network advocating for Maori rights and interests in data.

Formerly the global director of the World Class New Zealand Network for Kea, Ngapera has also worked for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Ministry of Health, University of Auckland, and Manukau Institute of Technology. 

Most of all she is a global citizen who loves to spread kindness, sing, cook and spend time with family.

Clare Swallow

Experience Consultant

How the 'oh s@*#' moments of my career taught me everything I need to know, to survive an EQ driven world.

Since the industrial revolution, we have tried to teach humans to act as machines inside our organisations with a standard operating procedure, a process and a policy for everything. Now that robots are becoming an everyday occurrence we're coming to the realisation that that 'soft' skills of empathy, curiosity and creativity are the things which will ensure the sustainability of our organisations in the future. In this presentation, we will explore how unlearning everything I thought I knew about leadership made me a better leader and have a laugh at the moments in which I learnt these lessons.

Clare is one of Westpac’s Millennial Women of Influence and after having spent a number of years as a shareholder and General Manager of a growing technology consultancy, she had a 4am epiphany that, with 2 children under three, a large mortgage and no real plan of attack, this was the perfect time to leave a job and start a business. Clare now helps organisations take a human approach to change with a focus on building cultures of courage, vulnerability and innovation.

Deborah Workman

Founder of ‘Illuminating Lives’ 

Success through vulnerability.

Deborah is one of the leading experts in living and leading a successful life.  Her own life apprenticeship is one where she needed to learn that love and self-acceptance is safe.  Deborah has a genuine interest in supporting people transform from where they are currently operating to living an empowering life of love, acceptance, trust and freedom. 

Deborah has 20 years’ corporate travel experience working predominately with Air New Zealand during this time. Deborah is passionate about success as success for most is elusive.  There are 7 billion people on the planet and the majority experience a feeling of disconnection, disassociation and disempowerment in life. They typically feel like a fraud, don’t like the job they are in, fearful of following their purpose and not earning their worth.

Deborah understands what it is like not to love your life.  In the past, Deborah felt dissatisfied with her own life and couldn’t understand why.  She was in control, married to an extraordinary man, had two children – one boy, one girl, the dog, two cats, beautiful mortgage free home, successful career and travelled to over fifty countries in the world yet she couldn’t feel or connect to being satisfied with her greatest achievements in life.   She has learned that love is all about connection and if you don’t love yourself, you won’t let love in and instead present a mask to the world on what’s really going on. 

Whether you are a mother, father, business leader, a corporate, an entrepreneur or individual we all have one thing in common, we are human and deserve to have extraordinary relationships with each other.  

Her vision is to help people get present to living in the now moment and she shines the light on people to make them brighter and more visible to the world.

In partnership with

Chartered Accountants ANZ

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Branch event cancellation policy

Regrettably, registration fees cannot be refunded when cancellations are received within two working days prior to any branch event.

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Laura Gaveika
Bay of Plenty Branch Manager
+64 27 5888 118

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