Bold Steps Conference

Bold Steps Conference

To leaders, directors and beyond

The inaugural Bold Steps Conference will be held on 6 December at The Langham Auckland. Brought to you by the Institute of Directors whose purpose is to drive excellence in governance and On Being Bold which aims to provide a forum both on-line and in person where successful women can share their ideas, experiences, thoughts and challenges with others who are seeking to reach their potential in terms of a successful career and a rewarding personal life. 


This event is aimed at women who are looking to accelerate their careers and aspire to a career in leadership or governance roles. Take some time to listen to a number of exceptional female leaders as they give advice, guidance and share stories of what works and how to deal with the inevitable challenges and compromises.

Make an investment in yourself, your career, your life and your organisation.

Date: Wednesday 6 December
Time: 12.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Venue: The Langham*, Auckland

Registration fees:

Earlybird - book and pay by 31 October
IoD members: $400 including GST
Non-members: $450 including GST
Table of eight: $3200 including GST

Full price
IoD members: $450 including GST
Non-members: $500 including GST
Table of eight: $3600 including GST

Find out more about On Being Bold   

*Note from November The Langham is rebranding to be called the Cordis.

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Registration and networking       

Welcome and MC – Dame Therese Walsh

Keynote address – Why corporate governance in New Zealand is better now than it ever has been     
Joan Withers

2.00 pm
Panel discussion – Governance as a career
Dame Paula Rebstock, Liz Coutts ONZM, Cathy Quinn ONZM, and Tania Simpson

2.45 pm              
Afternoon tea and networking   

3.15 pm
Keynote address – Charting your own course
Jolie Hodson

4.00 pm              
Panel discussion – Career choices and challenges              
Royal Reed, Alison Gerry, Kirsten Patterson, and Silvana Schenone

4.45 pm
Closing keynote address – What the future holds
Frances Valintine 

5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Networking drinks and canapes

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With a stellar line-up of some of New Zealand’s most successful women, this is a rare opportunity to be a part of a conversation aimed at making us all our boldest selves.

Joan Withers  Jolie Hodson  Frances Valintine


Terms and conditions
If a delegate's cancellation is received more than 14 days prior to the conference, the registration, less 25%, refund will be given. If a delegate's cancellation is received within 14 days prior to the conference, no refund will be given, but you may substitute the delegate's name with another. For table of eight bookings, if a delegate is unable to attend, no refund will be given but you may substitute one delegate’s name with another.

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