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Choose to challenge – Celebrating International Women’s Day

Choose to challenge – What can be achieved when we embrace the uniqueness that women in leadership and business contribute, and challenge all stereotypes and bias.

2:30pm — 7:30pm, 8 March 2021
Tauranga Club
Tauranga Club, Level 5, 72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
Price members
$85.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$85.00 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, Business Women's Network, Chartered Accountants ANZ, Trustpower and Higher Perspective Corporate Events.

Embracing the 2021 theme #ChoosetoChallenge:

"A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can choose to challenge and call out gender stereotypes and bias. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change. Choose to challenge." 

We will hear from inspirational speakers including: Shelley Campbell, Laurissa Cooney, Shelly Davies, Phil O’Reilly, Lisa Tamati, Wiremu Matthews and Stacey Shortall who will each share their personal experiences and reflect on how challenge and change have impacted their lives and their success.

We welcome everyone to come along regardless of gender, so gather your colleagues and friends to enjoy an afternoon of growing and networking in honour of IWD.

This event is in collaboration with


Pip Loader - MC

Pip Loader specialises in helping leaders and teams build commitment and engagement, and, productive and effective teams. She Pip has worked in leadership roles for two decades, in the private and public sectors and in complex businesses including IT, manufacturing, arts & culture, venues & events, and innovation and co-design and now runs her own practice. 

Pip is passionate about helping teams to love what they do, find meaning in their work, and create and deliver outcomes that have impact - for their teams, their organisations and their customers.

A trainer, coach, speaker and MC, she brings her message to life with a mixture of story-telling and humour. She helps leaders, teams and organisations put the fundamentals in place to build great teams that in turn deliver successful outcomes.

Come along and see her in action.

Shelley Campbell

CEO - Cancer Society Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Ngati Hine, MInstD

Topic: Leading through change

How as women, we can continue to lead great teams during times of real stress and uncertainty when we understand a few critical truths – the problem isn’t stress; resilience isn’t just pushing through; giving to others isn’t enough.

Shelley (Ngati Hine) is currently the CEO of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society providing cancer prevention and support services to over 700 000 people in the region.  She leads the team of 800 staff and volunteers working to prevent and minimise the impact of cancer through health promotion, research and community services including the Cancer Lodge, Outreach Nursing and transport services.

She is a life member of the Halberg Foundation, Board member of Enrich, Te Pou, and LeVa and in 2017 was appointed to NIWA’s National Science Challenge Board.  In 2019 she was appointed by the Minister of Health to a six person panel to review the future of the NZ Health system. Shelley mentors emerging CEOs across New Zealand and teaches on the National Māori health leadership programme.

Laurissa Cooney

Guardian for the Aotearoa Circle and director with Air NZ, BMS (Hons), FCA, CMInstD, Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpārangi

Topic: Wairua and spirituality in business and day-to-day life

How the power of intention, belief and awareness can create positive results in your life through ancient wisdom guidance and spiritual perspectives.  

Laurissa is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has previously held senior manager, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London and was the Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

She is the Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty, and s an Independent Non-Executive Director for Air New Zealand, Accordant and Goodman NZ Ltd and is a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She was previously a committee member for the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch and was a 2017 recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award.

Laurissa is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpārangi (Whanganui) descent.

Shelly Davies

Writing, Joy and Badassery, Ngātiwai, Ngāti Porou - brought to you by Trustpower

Topic: The power of vulnerability and authenticity (to challenge stereotypes and lead change)

Shelly's last decade has been a daily example of choosing to change. She's had weight loss surgery, left her religion, started a business, and rebranded using the word "badassery" (which apparently was the best thing she could have ever done for her business - who knew?). She challenges everything we've traditionally believed to be true in business. She swears, brings her whole self to everything she does, talks as much about parenting and loving self as she does about writing, and is unapologetic about any of it. The result? Her courage to be vulnerably authentic and to follow her heart and her gut and live with integrity has brought her nothing but success. Moving from strength to strength breaking stereotypes and biases as she goes, she'll talk to us about the power we can claim when we choose to change.

Shelly (Ngātiwai, Ngāti Porou) trains people to write better at work. Her company "Shelly Davies - Writing, Joy, and Badassery" is unexpected and is also everything the business world seems to be crying out for. She used to be a high school English teacher, and she's taught academic writing at universities in NZ, the United States, and France.

Phil O'Reilly

Ex-international rugby player, strong supporter of women’s empowerment and all-round good guy

Topic: I love my mum

Phil (Ngati Raukawa) was a professional rugby player who had an eight-year stint in Japan learning the language and culture where he also used rugby to explore the other side of the world. During his sporting career he was also able to focus on the business side of life while he was at the company he represented.

Phil holds leadership roles in a range of organisations to give him the breadth and the ability to diversify, he so enjoys. One of his current positions, has him leading a Maori business of which he is very keen on stretching his thinking to empower an organisation to dream big but do the small things well, to actually get where they want and need to go. Indigenising the process and picking up Tikanga Maori and Te Reo is the absolute art that he needed as part of his own identity to get him to a higher level of being and understanding.

His energy and passion is contagious and mesmerising. Phil knows he was born with a gift to empower and he does it with colloquial ease that gets buy-in because it is raw and authentic. He has had challenges and obstacles which he describes as the real learnings to successfully navigate through life and its myriad of obstacles.

Lisa Tamati

Mental toughness coach, author & human potential expert - brought to you by Trustpower

Topic: Pushing the limits

Pushing the limits is about challenging your own set limitations, of which you can achieve more than you think you can. To create change and to achieve your big goals requires courage and the ability to persevere through obstacles, challenges, naysayers and your own limiting beliefs.

In 2008, Lisa was awarded with the prestigious title of Maori Sportswoman of the Year, and was also a finalist in the Next Magazine ‘Woman of the Year’ awards.  She was a national champion, and New Zealand representative in 24 hour racing events, and has a number of podium places in renowned international races.

Lisa is a very down to earth and passionately caring person, someone of substance and character, who has had to overcome many obstacles in her personal life. Divorce, financial ruin at a young age, rebuilding life in a foreign country, the  deep loss of two babies, and most recently, to supporting her mum after a brain damaging aneurysm, have given her the fight to go up against all odds and challenge the world. When the medical professionals told her there was no hope for her beloved mother, she fought. This is the topic of her third book: “Relentless”.

Lisa knows what it takes to overcome obstacles, to chase massive goals and to face your fears. She now lives to teach, coach and inspire people to reach their true potential through her speaking, programs, books, seminars and courses.

Wiremu Matthews

Integrative health and life coach, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu

Topic: Overcome emotional challenges

Wiremu (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu) is a Kiwi Dad and Husband, blessed to have six children and an awesome wife, Kristen. He combines expertise in wellbeing, personal development and team leadership to support senior leaders to be well themselves, support their teams to be well, and create the environment required for team success. He has over 15 years’ experience in leadership, in public, private, social enterprise and not for profit sectors.

Originally graduating as a pharmacist, a strong commitment to toiora (total wellbeing) personally and for his whānau led to further qualifications in physical activity and nutrition, opening a gym/health centre, coaching certifications in psychoneuroimmunology, roles in learning and development, and as an executive coach and integrative health consultant.

One of his favourite quotes is: "Ordinary people who consistently do small and simple things that are right, can achieve extraordinary results".

Stacey Shortall

Using grassroots initiatives to challenge the status quo.

Raised on a farm in Colyton in the Manawatu, Stacey is a former Wall Street lawyer with volunteer experience in New Zealand, New York and Ghana.  A litigation partner at the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts law firm, a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of women and children, and a mother of four, Stacey is the founding trustee of the Who Did You Help Today charitable trust.

​Stacey has received awards for her community-based work in New Zealand and New York. She also is the founder of Our Words Matter which is an online forum for sharing ideas to solve the issues that affect New Zealand. In 2019 and 2020, Stacey was named as a semi-finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award and Social Mobility Lawyer of the Year at the inaugural Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards: Asia-Pacific 2020.

Stacey has also co-authored a book titled Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law.

Additional information


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Laura Gaveika
Bay of Plenty Branch Manager
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