Women in Leadership: Diversity in the Business of Sport

As the 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour takes the country by storm, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Global Women are thrilled to co-host an inspirational event that brings together some of the most compelling female leaders in the NZ sporting world.

Sport is at the heart of New Zealand’s culture and the way we understand ourselves as a nation. How can we ensure that sports leadership is truly diverse?

Our four panelists will bring their knowledge and expertise to a discussion illustrating the important role that diversity plays in our wider NZ Story. They’ll discuss the reasons why diversity is key to advancing New Zealand’s sporting culture, and how we can bring more women into sports leadership roles.

Don’t miss out on this unique event: Be sure to register for your complimentary ticket now.

Shed 10 (Level 1)
Queens Wharf

5.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Wednesday 5 July 2017

Please RSVP by
Friday 30 June 2017

About the guest speakers:

Speakers Name
Kereyn Smith
CEO, NZ Olympic Committee

Kereyn is CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Her appointment to this role in 2011 follows 20 years in sport leadership having been CEO of the New Zealand Academy of Sport South Island, General Manager of the Hillary Commission, as well as positions within Government and CEO of a sports trust.

Kereyn was the first woman in the 100-year history of the New Zealand Olympic Committee to be appointed CEO. She has been a leading advocate for increasing the profile and participation of women in sport in all roles and functions, and has won international acclaim for her work.

Speakers Name
Dr Farah Palmer
Board Member, New Zealand Rugby & New Zealand Maori Rugby Board; Senior lecturer, Massey University

Dr Farah Palmer (ONZM) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management at Massey University and Director of the University's Maori Business & Leadership Centre (Te Au Rangahau). She is a former captain of the Black Ferns who captained the team to three consecutive Rugby World Cups, was inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014 and has served on the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board since 2007. In 2016 Farah was elected to the board of New Zealand Rugby, the first woman elected to the NZR board in it’s 124-year history.

Speakers Name
Liz Dawson
Board Member, NZ Cricket, NZ Olympic Committee, St Kilda Football Club, Hurricanes Ltd.; Chair, Kiwi Insurance Ltd

Liz sits on the boards of New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Olympic Committee, St Kilda Football Club in Melbourne, Hurricanes Ltd and is the Chair of Kiwi Insurance Ltd. Liz has also served on the boards of racing and betting organisations on both sides of the Tasman, and the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust Board. Liz is a prominent company director with over 30 years of experience in the governance, management and marketing of business and sports organisations in both New Zealand and Australia. 

Speakers Name
Barbara Kendall

Barbara spent 21 years at the top of international windsurfing, competing at five Olympic Games and winning medals at three of them. She has 4 World Championship titles, 4 New Zealand sportswoman of the year titles, has been inducted into International Sailing and New Zealand's halls of fame, and was awarded the Sport New Zealand Leadership award in 2014.
From 2005 to 2016 Barbara served as a member on the International Olympic Committee, sitting on 12 different sporting executive boards, commissions or working groups representing New Zealand, Oceania, Woman and Athletes on this highest level of sports administration. Currently she is a vice president of the International Surfing Association and was instrumental in assisting surfing to make it’s debut as a new sport on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She is also on the advisory board for the LA2024 bidding team.

Speakers Name
Jenny-May Clarkson
Sports presenter and former Silver Fern

Jenny-May is an ex-Silver Fern and well known sports presenter for TVNZ and Māori Television. She was vice-captain of the Silver Ferns in 2001 and has also played for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, the Auckland Diamonds, the Southern Steel, and the Northern Mystics during her career.

Speakers Name
Kate Daly
Board member, Blues; Chief People and Communications Officer, Fletcher Building

Kate joined Fletcher Building in June 2011. Prior to joining Fletcher Building, she was General Manager Corporate Affairs, People & Performance for Coca‐Cola Amatil (NZ). Prior to this she worked for Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, ABN AMRO and Greenwich Healthcare Trust in London.