2018 Members' Retreat

The Members’ Retreat comes around only once a year. It is your opportunity to connect with fellow Global Women members and be inspired by innovative thought-leadership and fresh vision.

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Transformational Leadership

Transformational leaders activate change in individuals and social systems, successfully developing their followers into leaders. We will focus on how you, as leaders, can create valuable, positive and sustainable change within your organisations. 


The location

After receiving so much positive feedback about the last year Retreat's location, we have decided to stay in Napier for another year!

2018 Retreat will be held in your favorite Napier Conference Centre, with Friday's dinner at The Old Church and an optional networking lunch on Saturday at Elephant Hill

Where to stay

We’ve organised some great accommodation options for you. Book your preferred room when you’re booking the rest of your retreat package.


The Hotel Te Pania is directly across the road from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering reduced rates on 2 types of rooms:

These accommodation packages do not include breakfast.

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel  is a 3-4 minute walk from Napier Conference Centre. We’re offering 5 types of rooms:

These accommodation packages include breakfast.


Leisure Activities

Relax and recharge with other Global Women members while taking a closer look at the fabulous Hawkes Bay or soaking up Napier’s Art Deco heritage.

You could:

  • Ride a bike along Napier’s beautiful waterfront to Te Awanga. The two hour ride includes a refreshment stop at Clifton Cafe and return transport to your hotel. Avanti 21 speed bikes are provided. A shorter ride option is also available.
  • Take a tour of Napier City’s Art Deco quarter with a private guide. See some of Napier's most stunning examples of the architectural style that defined the 1920s and 30s.
  • Walk over Napier Hill to beautiful Port Ahuriri for afternoon tea.

You can register for the other activities on the Retreat registration page.

Book your flights

There are a few flights each day to Napier from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch but these flights fill up quickly. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Here's what past attendees have said

“It was a great event and I felt completely energised and inspired by the women I met and spent time with over the 3 days.”

“I loved the retreat. I was a new member and was warmly welcomed and embraced. I felt everyone had earned the right to be there and as a consequence it was a level playing field regardless of achievement. It was a unique experience. Thank you to the organisers.”

“I really enjoyed the meeting overall and am very glad to have attended. It was a fabulous opportunity to meet members, learn about their interests and experiences and make new friendships. And I'm looking forward to attending next year!”

Starts at 5.00pm
Thursday 3 May 2018

Please RSVP by
Tuesday 10 April 2018

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice-Chair - Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board.  Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in over 150 countries.  In addition, she is the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts.  She has been named nine times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women", and was named Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide.  In 2017, Beth received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the top individual honor bestowed by the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  She has also been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the Clinton Administration, she worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care.  She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts. 

Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She chairs the Board of Vital Voices and co-chairs of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, both founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  She serves on the Advisory Board for Out Leadership, as well as the Boards of The Conference Board, The Aspen Institute and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum.   She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute, the Committee of 200, and the International Women's Forum.

Beth played basketball at Purdue University where she earned her undergraduate degree with highest distinction and received an honorary doctorate.

Speakers Name
Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams

Lady Heeni Phillips-Williams is a barrister actively involved in the not-for-profit sector, justice, civil rights and human rights areas.

Her areas of law practice include mainly criminal law, mental health, and prison law. She has appeared in high profile trials as lead or junior counsel involving murder, sexual violation, abduction, benefit fraud to name a few. It was after the 2006 Fiji coup that she appeared in high profile trials at Suva, Fiji, involving two former politicians and a New Zealander beaten up by military personnel.

She has not only acted pro bono at coronial hearings, representing families whose loved ones have died in prison, but attended interviews at Ruatoki where the Māori community were affected by illegal police detentions at the road side during the so called “terrorist” raids.

As a mature student at the University of Auckland she gained a BA in Māori Studies & Politics, a Master of Arts in Politics followed by a law degree. With a desire to help in Māori communities she started up a Māori Women’s Welfare League branch at law school fundraising for books and marae facilities at Northland. Soon after, she became volunteer secretary role for 9 years with the prison league chaired by her husband the late Sir Peter Williams QC.

In 2011 Lady Heeni was appointed a Visiting Justice by the Governor General to preside at Auckland’s four prisons. She was reappointed for a further three years in 2015.

Lady Heeni is President of the Sir Peter Williams QC Penal Reform League in Auckland. The League is focused on providing rational discourse and a balanced viewpoint for social justice and legal issues when at times racist and perverse views may persist.

Speakers Name
Audette Exel AO
Founder and Chair, Adara Group

Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette Exel is the founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian financial services businesses, Adara Advisors Pty Limited and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Limited. The Adara businesses were established as “for purpose” businesses with sole objective of supporting Adara Development. Adara Development is focussed on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty, through best practice service delivery, conducting world-class research and sharing knowledge globally.

Audette Exel is a lawyer by profession specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank.

Audette is a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company. Audette was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited (for 18 years). Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award. Most recently, Audette was named Australia’s 2016 Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia.

Speakers Name
Mandy Simpson
CEO, Cyber Toa

Mandy Simpson is a professional director, consultant and keynote speaker with a particular focus on the business and human impacts of fast moving technologies. Over the past decade, Mandy has held senior financial and operational roles in the New Zealand government and private sector including Chief Operating Officer at the New Zealand Stock Exchange and most recently Chief Executive at cybersecurity consultancy Cyber Toa. 

Mandy is a faculty member at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based organisation dedicated to educating and inspiring leaders in the use of exponential technologies.

Originally from the UK, Mandy has a law degree from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. 

Speakers Name
Mavis Mullins
Chairman, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

Mavis Mullins is one of New Zealand’s distinguished business and community leaders. Her extensive list of national awards, honours and accolades are testament to her governance excellence, her ability to connect people and her inspirational leadership. 

Her recent achievements include:

2017 - Inductee NZ Business Hall of Fame

2017 - Outstanding Maori Business Leader – Auckland University

2017 - Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award

2016 - Westpac Rural Woman of Influence

As a government and private sector governance leader, Mavis has amassed experience in a wide range of sectors from health, environment, agriculture, education, telecommunications and sport. Being Patron of the Agribusiness Women’s Development Trust gives opportunity to share skills and experiences.

At the heart of her success is her advocacy and commitment to Maori and Maori business, strong governance with diversity for improved decision making, deep personal integrity and her common-sense approach.

Mavis is also widely respected as a public speaker and thought leader, as she has an innate ability to understand the opportunities and challenges of the future. 

Speakers Name
Joan Withers
Independent director

Joan has spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions in both newspaper and radio, and has been a professional director for 20 years. Her current governance roles include Chair of Mercury NZ Ltd, The Warehouse Group Ltd and director of ANZ NZ. She is a former Chair of Auckland International Airport and TVNZ.

In July 2005, Joan became chief executive officer of Fairfax New Zealand Limited, New Zealand’s largest media company, a role from which she retired in 2009. She had previously held the position of Chief Executive of The Radio Network.

Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland. She is also a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni (2015). Joan is the author of "A Girl's Guide to Business" which was published by Penguin Books in 1998 and “A Woman’s Place – life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom” published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Joan won the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014 and the CAANZ Media Excellence Award in 2009. In 2015 she was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards.

Speakers Name
Fiona Allan
CE, Paralympics NZ

Fiona Allan has been Chief Executive and Secretary General of Paralympics New Zealand since 2007. Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for New Zealand.
PNZ are one of 170 NPC’s worldwide, responsible for supporting and growing Paralympic Sports in their countries and Fiona leads the PNZ team from the Parnell office in Auckland.
Fiona has a BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Administration Degree from Nottingham Trent University, England.
Fiona has worked within the sport industry for 14 years in various roles within State and Local Government and Not for Profit organisations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Speakers Name
Rachel Taulelei

Rachel (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Koata) is an award-winning entrepreneur and business woman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability, and support for the establishment and growth of other people and companies.

As founder and CEO of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road Ltd, Rachel was described as having led change in the New Zealand fishing industry, developing an innovative, provenance-based supply of responsibly caught fresh premium seafood to hundreds of establishments across the country. She has taken this demonstrable commitment to kaitiakitanga into her current role as CEO of Maori food and beverage company, Kono NZ LP.

With an infectious passion for the primary sector, Rachel has created values-based business models focused on the sustainability of the country’s resources - this is the hallmark of her leadership.

Rachel’s directorships include NZ’s largest iwi-owned fishing company Moana NZ, Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, Young Enterprise Trust, New Zealand WineGrowers, and Aquaculture New Zealand. Rachel was formerly NZ Trade Commissioner In Los Angeles, in 2012 received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and in 2015 was honoured by becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: For services to the food and hospitality industry.

Speakers Name
Trudy Warrender
Director of Public Affairs, New Zealand Defence Force

Trudy is a business development, marketing, and communications professional. For the last 25 years, she has been leading the growth and professionalisation of international organisations in reputation management, business development, marketing and sponsorship activation programmes, and through integrated communication and stakeholder engagement strategy.

Over the last two decades Trudy’s roles have included senior council to Westminster and Her Majesty’s Treasury, as well as senior roles in UK FTSE top 250 companies, private and public sector organisations, and NGOs in defence, infrastructure, regeneration, construction, engineering, media, international government grant assistance, and export finance.

Career highlights include:

  • 6 years leading the architecture, engineering and design story to deliver international brand lift and market growth opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games association
  • No 10 and UK Treasury funding approval to deliver a targeted global marketing profile lift campaign to facilitate £3.7billion worth of UK exporting to more than 70 countries worldwide

Communication lead for cultural change management programme for two major New Zealand Defence Force initiatives: ‘Operation Respect’ to take a stand against inappropriate sexualised behaviour, and the ‘White Ribbon’ pledge 'men against violence against women.

Speakers Name
Julia Raue
Independent Director

Julia is an Independent Director for Z Energy Limited, The Warehouse Group Limited, Television New Zealand, and Southern Cross Medical Care Society, and is a Member of the Risk & Audit Committee for the Treasury.

She was previously Chief Information Officer of Air New Zealand for almost nine years, and has extensive experience in digital and information technology, business transformation and strategic planning across the airline, telecommunications and local government sectors, as well as not-for-profit in New Zealand.

Julia is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julia is passionate about women in technology and is actively involved in or working with a number of groups and educators to encourage young New Zealand women to consider technology as a career path.

Speakers Name
Gráinne Moss
CE, Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

Gráinne Moss’ career spans over 25 years in the public and private sectors across three countries, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Gráinne is the Chief Executive of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, where she is leading a fundamental system change, putting children front and centre so that New Zealand children can flourish.

Before this Gráinne spent nine years with Bupa Care Services NZ as Managing Director, and previously as General Manager Rehabilitation and Care Services.

Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognised as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.

Prior to studying for her MBA she worked at Carter Holt Harvey Forests as the Human Resources Manager and then moved to the Central North Island as the Regional Operations Manager for Forests.

Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 90s.

Originally from Ireland, Gráinne is an accomplished long-distance swimmer. She is the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel and Cook Strait. She is married to Ivan and they have four children.

Speakers Name
Hinewehi Mohi

Born in the historic Hawke’s Bay country town of Waipukurau - on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand - to a Māori father and ‘Pakeha’ mother of British and Irish descent, Hinewehi has often credited her father for helping her develop a deep insight into Māori culture.

It was in 1999 that the first of Hinewehi’s three albums was released - Oceania is a beautiful collection of haunting melodies and the first Māori language album to be distributed internationally.

In 1999 - while in London promoting her debut album - Hinewehi found herself inadvertently thrust into the international limelight when she was asked to perform the New Zealand national anthem before the All Blacks played at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. Hinewehi stunned the rugby crowd after singing the national anthem entirely in Māori.  Since then, the national anthem has been sung loud and proud in both English and Māori. Two more albums have followed since Hinewehi’s internationally acclaimed, platinum-selling debut. Oceania II was a collaborative effort with accomplished British musician and composer Jaz Coleman.

In 1996 Hinewehi’s daughter, Hineraukatauri, was born with cerebral palsy. This was an intensely difficult time for the singer who recently admitted that expression through music gave her a chance to ‘grieve’.  In March 2004, she opened the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, an Auckland-based center named in honour of her now 17-year-old daughter and inspired by Hine Raukatauri, the Goddess of Flutes.  The Centre is the first of its kind in New Zealand and a haven for those coping with a range of disabilities.