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Changing Times

Women are powerful agents of change and the far-reaching benefits of diversity and gender parity in leadership and decision-making are increasingly recognized in all spheres. Still, women continue to be vastly under-represented in decision-making in politics, businesses, and communities.  When women are meaningfully represented, engaged, and hold more executive leadership positions or positions of influence organisations exhibit leadership traits that are highly applicable to future global challenges.

Through the Breakthrough Leaders legacy of 11 years, we have observed significant growth in the number of women in leadership roles in business, government, community, and the not-for-profit sector. As a result of this, there has been a butterfly effect for other women, ‘when she rises, we all rise’. The programme was impacted by COVID-19, postponed in 2020 and impacted by lockdowns in 2021. This gave us time to reflect, observe the intensification of skills and traits needed to lead when the ‘leadership book runs out’.   In our commitment to deliver a premium programme we have made the decision to recess the programme for 2022 and relaunch in 2023. We are excited about the opportunity to build on our legacy of women in leadership, draw on the collective intelligence from our sponsors, alumnae, members, and cultural wisdom with an emphasis on Te Ao Māori in the design of the programme.


2023 Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest for our 2023 Breakthrough leaders programme are now open! Click HERE and find more information on how to apply.

Meet the Graduates

Breakthrough Leader Programme alumnae have gone on to lead companies in New Zealand and internationally, started their own business and been promoted into top executive roles.


Meet the Breakthrough Leaders

These are our stories

Breakthrough Leaders Programme 10 Years Celebration


The Benefits

► Build confidence and courage to lead bold change
► Evolve leadership style, strengthen capabilities and expand influence
► Nurture purpose and ambition in a safe, supportive and diverse community
Connect like-minded leaders to develop forward thinking mindset


We are delighted to provide scholarships to Māori and Pasifika participants. These scholarships recognise the need to develop a pipeline of diverse women leaders that have the skills and knowledge to drive New Zealand forward.


Find out more about scholarships

Get in touch

For enquiries or to express interest for our 2023 Breakthrough Leaders Programme please email:

Chantelle Lincoln