1 Day for Change, A strategy for growth—Women in work

Celebrate Suffrage Day at Global Women’s first 1 Day for Change conference on Tuesday, 19 September.

During a full day of discovery, you’ll get practical information from leading figures on HOW to foster a more diverse, flexible and inclusive organisation as a strategy for growth.

Join business leaders, change makers and up-and-coming influencers for a day packed with ideas on how to address the gender balance at your business, as we look towards the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
Bring members of your team and those leading change across your networks. You’ll hear from leaders at the coalface of change, find new ways to realise the skills, knowledge and experience of diverse talent at your organisation, and get ideas on how to build an inclusive, sustainable talent pipeline.

Hear from national and international business leaders

The day’s stellar line-up includes experts in business diversity, and panel discussions on Māori workforce engagement and the millennial perspective on gender equality.

See the full line up of our speakers below.

Early bird pricing now on - grab it before its gone!

We’re pleased to offer special early bird prices of $499 (including GST) for single tickets until 5pm on 31 July 2017. And for a very limited time, groups of 10 can be purchased for $4242 (including GST)—an additional 15% discount.

Capacity is limited, so make sure you secure your ticket today.


Check out event terms and conditions.

Kawau 1, Viaduct Event Centre, 161 Halsey Street

8:15 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 19 September 2017

Please RSVP by
Tuesday 12 September 2017

NZ $499.00

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Adithi Pandit
Partner, Deloitte

Adithi Pandit is a Consulting Partner from New Zealand and leads the social impact practice, the strategy & operations practice and serves the public sector.

Adithi’s passion is for bringing together individuals and organisations to address ‘wicked problems’ at multiple levels: changing systems to transform outcomes, redesigning services to be simpler and generate better outcomes, and shifting mindsets to focus on growth, innovation and impact. Her work has included coaching and facilitating clients through redesign of social housing services, welfare payment services, accident compensation services and child care and protection services – all of which have got to different stages of the design, prototype and implementation.

Speakers Name
Anna Davis
Finance Manager, Spark NZ

Anna is Head of Consumer Performance at Spark New Zealand, New Zealand’s largest technology company and one of the largest publically listed companies in New Zealand. Anna’s role focuses on managing the financial and business performance for the consumer portfolio within Spark New Zealand.

Anna is one of the youngest senior managers at Spark New Zealand and has been involved in a number of strategic and complex projects that have contributed to the transformation of Telecom to Spark New Zealand over the last three years. At 27 years old, Anna was awarded Young Financial Manager of the Year at New Zealand’s 2016 CFO awards in recognition of her career achievements to date.  Prior to joining Spark, Anna was Financial Controller at Landcorp Farming, New Zealand’s largest pastoral farmer, and worked in business advisory roles at both KPMG and Crowe Horwath. Anna has a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) Auckland Leadership Team.

Speakers Name
Guy Ryan
CEO, Inspiring stories

Guy was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and in the same year was invited to
speak at the Social Enterprise World Forum alongside Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor
Muhammad Yunus. He has served on boards and strategic groups advising government and
business, and has spoken internationally and at home to more than 25,000 people.
From humble beginnings growing up in one of the most rural parts of New Zealand, Guy has built
numerous ventures from scratch, both for-profit and charitable, and is particularly passionate about
social enterprise as a means to help solve the complex and urgent challenges our world faces.
As the Founder and Chief Executive of Inspiring Stories, he’s built an impressive track record of
programmes and partnerships that have now supported more than 6,000 young New Zealanders to
unleash their potential. These include major national events (Festival for the Future) to accelerator
programmes (Live the Dream), and most recently the commercial ventures that have enabled
Inspiring Stories to transition from a charity to a social enterprise with its recruitment agency
(Millennials) and speaker bureau (Inspiring Speakers) ventures.

Speakers Name
Fran O'Sullivan
Editorial Director - Business, NZME

Fran O'Sullivan is managing director of NZ Inc - publisher of the newzealandinc.com website which focuses on New Zealand's business engagement with top markets such as China, Australia, the US, India and the Asean bloc. NZ Inc is the organizing partner for major internationally-focused events which drive New Zealand's business engagement with the region.

Fran Co-Chairs the China Business Summit - the premier annual China business conference in New Zealand - and sits as a member of the New Zealand China Council's Advisory Board.

She is deputy chairman of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZ) which brings together government officials acting in their private capacity; academia and business representatives to engage with counter-parts within APEC’s membership on issues of regional economic importance.

Fran was a founder-director of the New Zealand United States Council in 2001 having led the private sector task force which originated the council. She subsequently served as vice-president of the council and is a member of the advisory board. She is also a regular participant in NZ's partnership forums with the United States, Australia and Japan.

Fran is a former editor of National Business Review, New Zealand's leading business weekly, and a former Assistant Editor at the New Zealand Herald.

She is a prominent columnist for the New Zealand Herald writing on business, politics and international affairs and manages the annual high-profile Mood of the Boardroom project.

Speakers Name
Jason Walker
NZ Managing Director, Hays Australia/New Zealand Management Board Director

Jason is a 23+ year veteran of the Recruitment and Staffing. As MD, Jason oversees the market leading Hays NZ operations, and as a board member, he shares responsibility for setting the strategic direction for the growth of the Hays Australasian Business.

As CEO member of Champions for change, Jason is committed to diversity throughout the wider business community. Jason is considered an expert in the staffing and employment industry presenting and providing commentary on recruitment, staff engagement and salary trends across a variety of industries and sectors.

Speakers Name
Kara Brown
People and Performance Manager, Fletcher Construction

Kara Brown is the People and Performance Manager for the Fletcher Construction - Infrastructure business. Kara has worked across manufacturing, retail and telecommunications for over 20 years and also set up her own HR business. Kara has a strong bent towards organisational development, particularly engagement, talent and leadership capability with a specialised focus and purpose in helping people to be their best. Kara initially completed a Commerce degree majoring in Commercial Law but was soon attracted to the world of human resources and behaviour. She later completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Her most rewarding job is being the mother of two energetic young boys.

Speakers Name
Parekawhia McLean
Director Regional Relationships, Central North Island

Parekawhia has been with the Transport Agency since September 2016 after five and a half years as the Chief Executive Officer of Waikato-Tainui/ Te Whakakitenga o Waikato. 

Parekawhia has more than 15 years of public policy and public sector management experience including being an advisor to three prime ministers during her time at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She brings significant stakeholder management and governance experience to the Transport Agency. Parekawhia is also involved in the Transport Agency’s diversity project, developing diversity and inclusion policies for the workplace.  For almost seven years she was director of her own company dedicated to advancing the creative potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources.    

Parekawhia has Masters’ degrees in Social Sciences from the University of Waikato and in Public Administration and Development Policy from the University of Wisconsin. In 2014, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waikato and in 2016 was a finalist in the Board and Management category for the Westpac-Fairfax Women of Influence Awards.

Speakers Name
Simon Moutter
Managing Director, Spark New Zealand

As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Spark New Zealand, through its various business divisions and brands that provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and many thousands of New Zealand businesses.  Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark New Zealand, to position the company for success in the new world of digital services in which the business now operates.  As a passionate and committed Kiwi, his ambition is for Spark to be a winning business, inspired by customers to unleash the potential in all New Zealanders.  He has a deep understanding of the industry, having managed most parts of Spark’s predecessor Telecom New Zealand, during his first stint at the company, including five years as Chief Operating Officer.  He also led Auckland International Airport for a period of four years in which he invested in a successful growth strategy and transformed the customer experience to deliver a significant uplift in shareholder value.  Simon spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry earlier in his career, including seven years as chief executive of Powerco in the 1990s.  Simon has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor's degree in Science from Massey University.

Speakers Name
Sir Ralph Norris

KNZM, Hon. D Bus (University of NSW) Independent Chairman

Sir Ralph retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in November 2011 following a 40 year career in the banking sector in Australia and New Zealand, including as Chief Executive Officer of ASB Bank.  He is also a former Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand. 

Sir Ralph is Chairman of Contact and RANQX Holdings and a director of the Advisory Board of New Zealand Treasury and Fletcher Building Industries.

Sir Ralph is Chairman of Fletcher Building Ltd, Contact Energy Ltd, RANQX Holdings, a director of SouthPark Corporation, the Advisory Board of The New Zealand Treasury and the Parenting Place.

He is a Council member of the University of Auckland and a Trustee of Business Mentors New Zealand.

Speakers Name
Nicola Richardson
Executive General Manager People & Culture

Nicola joined Genesis Energy in October 2014 as Group Manager Talent and Development and appointed to the leadership team in October 2016. Nicola is responsible for the people and culture focus of the Company, including human resources, internal communications, property, health and safety and remuneration. Nicola has worked for the ASB and internationally in Asia and the UK in financial services, real estate, manufacturing industries and global Human Resource consulting firms.

Speakers Name
Susan Doughty
Partner, EY

Susan is a Partner in EY’s People Advisory Services practice. She leads the Reward service line delivering executive reward and broad based remuneration services across Oceania markets. Susan was previously a Director of dsd Consulting Ltd, Remuneration Specialists which was acquired by EY in 2014.

Susan has over 25 years’ experience in senior Human Resources and Reward specialist roles and is recognised as an industry expert in the design of contemporary reward strategies and solutions.

Susan is an advocate for equal pay and was instrumental in developing the YWCA Auckland Equal Pay Awards – now in its 4th year.   She speaks regularly on the topic and works with organisations to undertake pay equity analysis and setting diversity strategy.

Susan is a member of the Institute of Directors and she is the current President of the YWCA Auckland and Co-President of the YWCA Aotearoa. 

Speakers Name
Theo Spierings
CEO, Fonterra

Theo sets Fonterra’s overall direction and leads the Fonterra Management team. He is focused on building
on Fonterra’s strengths and securing future growth for the Co-operative. Theo joined Fonterra in 2011,
bringing with him a wealth of experience in managing dairy businesses across Asia, Africa, Latin America,
the Middle East and Europe. He has 30 years’ experience in the global dairy industry and has held a variety
of general management, operations and supply chain, and sales and marketing positions across a number
of geographies. Theo was previously the acting CEO of Royal Friesland Foods, leading the Dutch dairy cooperative
into a merger with Campina in 2008.

Speakers Name
Traci Houpapa
Professional Director

Traci is an award winning company director and a recognised industry leader.  She is the Chair of Landcorp New Zealand, FOMA (Federation of Maori Authorities), W3 Wool Unleashed PGP and the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women.

Traci specialises in strategic and economic development advice to Maori, iwi, and public and private sector clients throughout New Zealand.  She is known for her strong and inclusive leadership and her clear focus on building the wealth and prosperity of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

In 2012 Traci was named as one of the top ten most influential women in New Zealand agribusiness. In 2013 she was named amongst the Listener’s top ten influencers in New Zealand. In 2014 she won the Westpac Women of Influence Board and Management award.  In 2015 Westpac named Traci on its “NZ Women Powerbrokers” list.  In 2016 she was awarded the Massey University Distinguished Alumni Service Award for services to New Zealand agribusiness and Maori and also named by the BBC amongst the 100 Most Influential Women in the World. 

Traci has an MBA from Massey University and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant.  

Speakers Name
Vicky Robertson
Secretary for the Environment

Vicky Robertson is the Secretary for the Environment, appointed in April 2015.

Vicky has extensive experience across a range of complex policy frameworks.  She is passionate about diversity as a critical factor in high performing organisations and speaks regularly at business and industry forums.  

Vicky is also a member of the steering group for Te Hono  - a network of primary sector leaders using design to realise the full potential of our exports. Vicky’s involvement has given the business leaders a richer understanding of the wider context their industries are operating in, including new approaches to policy development for more effective public services.