Auckland - International Women's Day #PressforProgress

The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report tells us it will take a glacial 200 years to achieve gender parity. This is unacceptable. That’s why we’re joining a worldwide movement this International Women’s Day. To be tenacious. To accelerate change. To #PressforProgress. 

Global Women and Super Diverse Women invite you to an evening of talks with five exceptional and inspirational women. Bring your friends, colleagues, sons and daughters and join us in being inspired, being vocal, and being active in pushing for gender parity.

  • Tickets: $85 (includes GST, beverages and canapés)

Photo credit: Women & Allies

The Auditorium, Auckland War Museum
The Auckland Domain

Thursday 8 March 2018

Please RSVP by
Monday 5 March 2018

NZ $85.00

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Actor, director

Since training at Auckland’s influential Theatre Corporate, Jennifer has worked extensively in theatre, film, television, musical and radio for over 35 years. A founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust and Actors Benevolent Fund. In the 2007 she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and the community.

Jennifer’s journey to learn te reo Māori began in 2008 with kura pō at Pūkenga, Unitec. Since then she has studied at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (Te Arataki Manu Kōrero 2012, Te Aupikitanga ki te Reo Kairangi 2013, Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi 2016) and at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki-makau-rau/ AUT (Te Pihinga 2014, Te Māhuri 2015)

Speakers Name
Paula Penfold
Journalist, Stuff Circuit Investigative Unit

Paula Penfold is an award-winning investigative journalist with a prestigious career spanning more than 25 years. She spent a decade working on 60 Minutes as a reporter and producer, before moving on to 3rd Degree, earning a reputation during her time on these shows for her in depth and hard-hitting stories.

During her career Paula has worked on a number of high profile stories — most notably the Teina Pora case, in which a man wrongly convicted was released from prison after 21 years. She called the case “the hardest but most rewarding story I’ve done in 25 years of journalism”.

Currently Paula is a journalist in the video-led investigative unit, Stuff Circuit, at Fairfax. Stuff Circuit was set up to explore new ways of telling important stories with a mandate to be bold, experimental and innovative in digital storytelling. Paula describes it as a dream job for a journalist. She says Circuit is given a great deal of autonomy to choose which investigations they do and the way they tell the stories - and they’re given the time required to do them properly.

Circuit’s latest project, The Valley, is a landmark project asking questions about New Zealand’s deployment to Afghanistan, which exposed concerning revelations about some of what our soldiers did there, and more importantly, how secretive the NZDF has been about those things. It is a multimedia investigation and documentary series, the biggest ever produced in New Zealand. 

Speakers Name
Cathy Parker
Publisher, Adrenalin Publishing

Cathy is a business owner and manager, board member, parent, coach, team manager, sportswoman and she is also a transgender woman - she is a master at balancing a mix of roles that many women in management will be familiar with. Cathy has had the typically tangled career path of many women, especially those with a diverse background. Starting with an Engineering degree, she entered the corporate world as a Management Cadet with Ceramco Ltd and later worked for several other corporates in management roles before buying her own business 25 years ago in the competitive media and magazine publishing space. Her business Adrenalin Publishing has grown from two titles and two staff to now owning nine respected media brands and employing close to 20 staff. Cathy is an advisory board member for SUPER Diverse WOMEN and sits on several other industry and Not for Profit boards.

Speakers Name
Jodie King
Chief People Officer, Air New Zealand

Jodie returned home to New Zealand in 2012 after 16 years of living and working in the UK. She joined Air New Zealand as an HR General Manager and member of the HR Leadership Team. Over the past four years she has managed the portfolios of Organisational Effectiveness and Talent, HR Corporate and HR Airports and Sales & Commercial before her appointment as Chief People Officer in February 2016.

During her time in London she worked at KPMG (latterly as Director of Talent Management across 9 European countries)in leadership and consultancy roles across a range of industries, including infrastructure, oil and gas, banking and retail with companies like London Underground, BP, Easy Jet, Royal Bank of Scotland and Diageo. She loved the variety of the work supporting businesses across Europe and North America and getting to work with people from all over the world. Prior to KPMG she worked for New Zealand Treasury and NZ Dairy Co-operative after graduating from Otago University. 

Speakers Name
Shahbeba Ali
Customer Experience Manager, Launchspace

As a young Fijian Muslim female business professional, Shahbeba has broken boundaries and challenged the norm. She knows first-hand what it takes to break the stereotype and succeed in life. Her favourite saying is “Whatever I asked for, I didn’t really get, except for when I worked hard.” Her successful professional journey started with a role at Unitec where she helped people make their future career choices. This led to her managing a team that helped over 1200 teachers make a choice to develop their digital skills at The Mind Lab by Unitec which grew into the largest post graduate programme in New Zealand. She now heads customer experience at Launchspace, a technology education start up where she inspires and encourages talent to achieve their passion particularly women.  She also advises young aspirants to not let the fear of failure or other barriers keep them from following their passion.