Inspiring Women in Aotearoa New Zealand
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This spreadsheet started in December 2015 after Kath Dewar pointed out gender imbalance in the New Zealand media, and Anna Guenther crowdsourced this list. This article came out of it: http://idealog.co.nz/venture/2015/12/idealog-gender-imbalance. Please feel free to add names of inspiring women in Aotearoa New Zealand you know below.
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What they doWhy are they inspiring? Leave a love note!SectorSocial media linkLocationContact Details
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Margaret BrimbleChair of Organic and Director of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Auckland, Principle Investigator at multiple research organisationsDistinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, an organic and medicinal chemistry molecule maker, has multiple achievements, listed at http://brimble.chem.auckland.ac.nz/?q=margaret-brimbleAcademic/Science@BrimbleMAuckland
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Rebecca Priestley
Science historian, Science Communicator, Author
Won the Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize recently. See http://www.victoria.ac.nz/science/about/staff/rebecca-priestley
Academic/Science@RKPriestley
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Sarita KumbleCo-Founder, PictorAcademic/Sciencehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sarita-kumble-8971a934Auckland
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Lisa TaylorCo-founder of Making Sense of Fluoride (MSoF) & Co-founder of Science Based Healthcare (SBH)These are two societies formed to battle pseudoscience, advocacy based.Advocacy
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Anya SatyanandExecutive Officer at Ara TaiohiProvides a strong voice on issues affecting young people Advocacy, youth rightshttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anya-satyanand-737792a2Auckland
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Tina JennenCEO, Plus GroupA gorgeous, driven, amazing woman who inspires everyone she meets. My heroineAg Tech
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Sandy MamoliDirector, Nomad8. Author - creating great teams.Ex-Olympic athlete, doing amazing things in Agile for multiple companies and yet always makes time to answer questions. Very inspirational! (TanyaJ)Agile, lean, business scaling, developing teams@smamolAuckland
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Alison Dewes tipuwhenuaTipu Whenua brings knowledge together to be New Zealand's leading advisory service on “One Health” - sustainable agriculture and systems. We help landowners achieve better profits, lower risk, and tread more lightly - for generations to come. Agriculturehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-dewes-9307b235Auckland
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Kimberley BrayNational Services Manager RavensdownDigital Transformation leader. Digital innovator.Agriculturehttps://twitter.com/armstrongbray
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Sophie StanleyVice President, Figured USAAgriculture, Tech, SaaS Startup@sestanley1
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Shirley McIntyreHead of Architecture and Strategy at Livestock Improvement Co-opBringing about the digital transformation of a 100 year old co-operative.Agritech, Banking, Tech@2bookworms
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Gerda Kuschel, DrDirector, Emission Impossible LtdNational leader in a male dominated fieldAir Pollution Engineeringhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/gerda-kuschel-25058111
www.emissionimpossible.co.nz
Wellington
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Anne CunninghamCo-Director Te Putahi:Christchurch Centre for Architecture and City MakingArchitecturehttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anne-cunningham-2844528aAuckland
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Astrid AndersonGeneral manager, Architectural Designers New Zealandleads the professional body for architectural designersArchitecturehttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/astrid-andersen-65518873Auckland
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Christina van BohemenArchitect and President of the New Zealand Institute of ArchitectsArchitecture@CvanBohemen
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Katherine SkipperArchitect and Wellington Branch Chair for the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Architecture@smudgeskip
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Hayley KingFlox, artistArt and Designhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/hayley-king-b073aa28www.pngdirect.com
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Kerri McMasterCO-FOUNDER, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER at Performance Lab. Two time winner of World Karate Championships back-to-back!Artificial Intelligence, healthhttps://www.linkedin.com/pub/kerri-mcmaster/13/b92/388
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Courtney JohnstonDirector, Dowse Art MuseumBackground in art history and technology, articulate and intelligent, wise and influential.Arts, GLAM, NFP@auchmillWellington
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Fiona ColganGM Digital, ASBFantastic speaker, exec woman, no bullshitbanking, digital, agilehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/fiona-colgan-21752436/Auckland
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Glenice RileyManaging Director, Caci Glenice has a real passion for supporting women in business and sharing their success. Under the leadership from Glenice, Caci has been able to build the most confident and passionate group of women to run their business, from the owner through to the whole team. Without the support and backing from Glenice, Caci wouldn’t be the success that it is today. Beauty Industry / Franshisingwww.linkedin.com/company/caci-new-zealand

https://twitter.com/CaciNZ

www.caci.co.nz

www.facebook.com/CaciNZ
Wellington
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Jackie Smith Founder of CaciJackie Smith established Caci in 1994; It was an opportunity for Jackie to combine her experience as a Registered Nurse with her commercial business background and passion for women’s confidence. She set out to create a business that has the feel-good sensation of beauty therapy but with defined deliverables, and real results using non-invasive treatments.Beauty Industry / Franshising
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Melanie MorrisPresident and Founding member NZ Bookkeepers AssociationBookkeeping, Training
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Megan ClarkFounder and MD of Copper Brand Experiences, International Juror - Brand Activation, Chair of CAANZ PREScom, CAANZ Executive Board member, Melanoma NZ Executive Board member, NZ Comedy Festival Trust Executive Board memberBrand Activation, Experiential Marketing, Event Marketinghttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/meganclarkcopper
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Ava WilsonPomeroy's/The Beer BaronessOwn craft beer labelbrewing@beerbaronessnzAuckland, San Francisco
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Tracy BannerSprig and FernStrong but nurturing leader, high capacity, incredible all-rounded business personBrewing, beverage manufacturingNelson / Tasman
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Heather RoyBlack SwansBusiness serviceshttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/royheather
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Tracy MoyesDirector Strategy, BizDojo Hardworking, experienced in tech sector in NZ and in the USA - strong background in local government. Set up the GridAKL innovation precinct and the Wellington tech hub and Collider programme. Business strategy, tech, local government https://nz.linkedin.com/in/tracymoyes
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Tash McGillStrategist, thinker and writer (previously Anthem, TBWA/DAN, Fonterra)
Business, digital, strategy and personal development
@tashmcgill https://www.linkedin.com/in/tashmcgill/
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Catarina GutierrezMarketing and Commnity Engagement at Bicycle Junction. Former Start-Up Activator at Ministry of AwesomeCycling community engagement guru, passionate about getting more women on bikesbusiness, innovation@meCatarinaWellington
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Ginny RyderGM, BizDojoGinny's leadership skills are informed by more than 20 years in Management and 6 years in Director roles across successful New Zealand businesses such as Trademe Jobs and Paystation. Business, startup https://nz.linkedin.com/in/ginny-ryder-328a3a5Wellington
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Melanie McConnellSenior Lecturer and Principal Investigator at VUWCancer Research, Cell communication
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Vanisa DhiruVice President, National Council of Women NZ ZealandCharities, NGO, Women's leadershipWellington
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Venus StarrStarr EmpireEntepenuerial and hard working for an industry that she loves and supports 110%Circus arts and performance, business
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Suzi McAlpineLeadership coach and blogger - The Leader's DigestFinTech, innovation, Startups, Coach and blogger@suzimcalpine
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Brianne KerrBrianne Kerr PublicityComms/PRhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/brianne-kerr-b8981612/ Wellington
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Alina SiegfriedKiwi Connectpassionate about creative communications and the use of storytelling in digital mediaCommunications@AliJacs Auckland
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Anna Kominikfounding partner, Ideas Shopincredibly smart and experienced in all things coms, super well connected and from a deep base of integritycommunicationshttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annakominikAuckland
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Alex MercerHead of Corporate Communications, XeroSmart, Strategic, Funny, Real, will always back her teamCommunications/PRhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mercercomAuckland
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Lesley ElliottFounder of the Sophie Elliott Foundation, author, anti-violence campaigner. Speaks in schools about how young people can recognise signs of partner violenceCommunityhttp://www.sophieelliottfoundation.co.nz/
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Nicole Skews-PooleCommunity Programme Liaison, InternetNZ. Formerly with ActionStation and NZ Greens. ALRANZ board. Founder Wellington Young Feminists. Great advocate for community campaigning and change. Intersectional feminism. Reproductive rights. Commentary on social and political issues. Community, IT@coleytangerinaWellington
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Sophie FernAnyhting to do with natural historyConservation@sophiefernDunedin
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Lan PhamECan Councillor and freshwater advocateConservation/GovernanceChristchurch
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Alex CutlerFormer Chair NZ Construction Industry Council, current CEO of New Zealand Green Building Council leads in a male dominated industryConstructionhttp://www.nbr.co.nz/article/alex-cutler-takes-reins-construction-council-ch-141979Auckland
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Caroline DeweAlpheroStrategic innovation consultancy focusing on helping large financial (and other) institutions to fast track innovation initiativeconsultancy, innovation technologyChristchurch
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Lesley Kennedy Maven ConsultingNZ, Middle East and continuing to growConsultinghttp://www.consultmaven.co.nz/#home
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Sarah GibsonCEO RedvespaConsulting / IThttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-gibson-b4827b13/
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Rachel Antony CEO - Greenstone TV / Producer There are now women at the helm of NZ's four largest production companies. Result!Content/Mediawww.linkedin.com/in/rachelantony
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Helen SteemsonWords for BreakfastFWIW, excellently named company!Copywritinghttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/helensteemson
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sarah laingeVodafone Foundationcorporate philanthropyAuckland
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Beth BrashKaibosh Food Rescue, Peoples Coffee, Eat and Greet, BeervanaCraft beer, event management, dining, coffee, publishinghttps://twitter.com/genkibethChristchurch
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Chrissy IrvineDocumentary Photographer and creator of an online collection of women's stories, www.herstory.org.nzProud Feminist/Photographer sharing important stories of local women and empowering young women Creative, Photography, educationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/chrissyirvineChristchurch
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Puawai Cairns
Senior Curator Māori at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Creating amazing exhibitions andbeing kaitiaki for national treasures. Culturalhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/puawai-cairns-10071a77/ @puawai_
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Jane Treadwell-HoyeFounder of epifani and co-founder CXPA NZ / Leadership team of ZeroPoint Ventures Passionate, committed to creating a better NZ for all. Volunteers with Springboard Trust working in schools to improve strategic leadership. Consults in org transformation space; dedicated to growing strong regions with great communities; startups focused. Generous with her time. Mentor, coach and facilitator.CX, Startups, Educationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/janetreadwellhoye/
@janethoye
Auckland
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Kate Hannahcultural historian, Executive Manager at Te Pūnaha Matatini; director of data scraping for doing gooddata, science, history, gender & unconscious biashttps://twitter.com/Knhannah ; http://thingsweholddear.blogspot.co.nz/Auckland
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Helen BaxterManaging Directrix, Mohawk MediaDesign and animationhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/helenbaxter
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Pamela BellPrefabNZleading a step-change in our approach to design and construction in a male-dominated industrydesign and construction@prefab_pam
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Cath SampleCo Founder of Phosphor Ltd20+ years as co-director of Phosphor a graphic and multi-media design agency. Has a background in fine arts.Design, Multi-media, Web DesignChristchurch
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Sydney ShepReader in Book History, The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press at Victoria University of WellingtonPowerful intellectual, incredibly supportive and inclusive.Digital Humanities, Printing and Publishing, Academiahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sydney-shep-09944928/?ppe=1Wellington
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Anna ConnellDigital Strategist, Bettle & Associates, newsroom.co.nz contributor RadioLive Sunday Social commentator digital, comms, marketing, advertising, media, leadership traininghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annaconnell/ https://twitter.com/AnnaGConnell Auckland/Hamilton
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Anna NielsenDirector, Toast Martinborough; Founder and co-director Wellington on A Platedining, events, hospitalityhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anna-nielson-0100965Auckland
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Alexia HilbertidouOnly 17! Started GirlBoss New ZealandDiversity, Women's rights ,STEM
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Joanna PurdieDirector for Learning Links Childcare and ECE Astute, Consultant and EntrepreneurEarly Childhood Education and Leadership
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Ali HughesEducation CEO and outstanding efforts for Canterbury Earthquake recoveryEducationhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alihughesAuckland
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Caroline SeeligCE, Open PolytechniceducationChristchurch
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Claire AmosDP at HPSSarticulate & intelligent advocate for change in the education system Education@ClaireAmosNZAuckland
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Frances ValintineCEO The Mind Lab by UnitecEducationWellington
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Helen RobinsonN4LEducationhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/helenrobinson99
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Kaye JujnovichHead of School, Whitireia Polytechnic School of CreativityEmpowering leadership, creativityEducation
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Mel CollingsManukau Institute of TechnologyScientist turned educator, Digital Learning Lead focussed on using digital tools for promoting inclusive education.Educationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mel-collings-57067924/Auckland
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Wendy KerrDirector - Centre for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipCommitted to growing a better NZ via innovation and entreprenuerial development in Auckland Uni Business School. Author and former business ownerEducation / Innovationhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/wendyrkerrAuckland
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Lynda StuartPrincipal May Rd School, President NZEI Te Riu RoaMs Stuart has been a teacher for more than 30 years. She has been president of the Auckland branch of NZEI, a counsellor for NZEI and has represented NZEI on education focus and advisory groups and in public forums. She has been an active media spokesperson for NZEI and quality public education. She has also represented NZEI at international conferences and is a member of the Education Council.Education and NGO@lyndamstAuckland/Wellington
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Maddy KingCo-Founder of The Drawing Board Challenge, self employed in Education x TechnologyBecause she has big ideas and follows through with making them happen. Because she is passionate about empowering young women.Education and Tech@MaddyKing44Auckland/OS
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Louise GreenPrincipal at Khandallah School, immediate past president of NZEIEducation, Advocacy@aroha2ako
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Emma BettleFounder of Ministry of Done and School KitRuns and owns own business, unbridled and passionate supporter of educators, unfailing belief in young people and power of educationEducation, businesshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/emmabettle/Hamilton
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Vivita RaboCORE eduation eFellow recipient 2015, teacher of the deaf at KDEC, leader in inclusive education using digital platforms. Inspiring teacher and educator who works with deaf and hard of hearing students in South Auckland. Education, digital technology@vrabo1Auckland
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Renea MackieKohknowco, UPT DigitalEducation, Tech
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Agnes NaeraAUT Business SchoolEducation; Managementhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/agnes-naera-54969a4Auckland
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Anya AndersonRedSeed Founder & CEOAnya has built this business from the ground up and continues to drive business growth in offshore marketseLearning, Training, Retailhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anyaandersonAuckland
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Alison AndrewsTranspower CEOEnergyhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alison-andrew-a032358Auckland
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Alix WhittakerFounder and CEO, Candlelit PicturesInspiring filmmaker, in terms of both women in film, and new media - interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_uWsmUxEV4Entertainment@AlixWhittakerAuckland
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Jo AllumFounder, Venture Centrepassionate to her very bone marrow about the role of startups in NZEntrepreneurship, Community@jo_allum
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Ranjna PatelDirector, East Tamaki Healthcare and Nirvana Health GroupRanjna Patel has developed a successful healthcare business, built a Hindu temple and created a groundbreaking domestic violence programme -- all driven by determination and vision. Winner of numerous awards including Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader 2016. Spoke at Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards in 2016.Entrepreneurship, health, social, domestic violencehttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11755845Auckland
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Ali CopemanFounder akb limited and NZ PCOA councillorEnergetic, professional conference organiser. Passionate advocate for all things Dunedin and Otago.Event Managementhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-copeman-18936818Dunedinwww.akb.nz
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Marie-Claire AndrewsCEO, Show Gizmoan uber-doer! gets stuff done, courageous and kindEvent technology
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Emma Mackie-WattsExecutive recruitment at Aspire Executive Search, trainee counsellorEmpathetic, holds some of the most interesting opinions about work, recruitment which she blogs about, fierce supporter of women, great writerExecutive Recruitment, Communicationshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-mackie-watts-31ab3a52/Auckland
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Kaila ColbinMinistry of Awesome / TEDxChristchurch / SingularityUExponential Tech @kcolbinChristchurch
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Alice ShoplandAngel FoodF&Bhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alice-shopland-657a1344Auckland
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Alison BarrassCEO Griffin’s Foods,F&Bhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alison-barrass-32658329Auckland
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Amie NilssonFounder, Merino Kids / Amie DesignCreative head behind this International business with husband James, as well as mum of 4(?)Fashionhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/amie-nilsson-244b4717Auckland
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Anjali StewartFounder, twenty-seven namesFashionhttp://www.twentysevennames.co.nz/about/Auckland
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Annah StrettonFashion Designerfashionhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annahstrettonAuckland
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Dame Trelise CooperFashion DesignerFashionWellington
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Persephone SingfieldDirector, Courage My Love, Ethical ClothingFashion
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Doris de PontFashionFounder & Director of NZ Fashion Museum. First fully on-line museum. DesignerFashion, Museums, DesignAuckland
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Hannah ClarkeFestival Director NZ FringeFilm and televisionhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/hannah-clarke-68090726Wellington (Singapore)
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Brough JohnsonCEO and co-founder of Narrative MuseBrough's pationate about changing the international entertainment sector through the representation of more women. She's doing this by connecting audiences to women's stories through movies and books both here in NZ as well as internationally. She worked in the film and tv sector for 12 years as an editor.Film, TV, Publishing, mediahttp://www.narrativemuse.co/Aucklandbrough.johnson@narrativemuse.co
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Claire PiperDirector, FiduciaFormer human rights lawyer, now reinventing financial regulatory compliance in New Zealand through digital products and servicesFinance@FiduciaNZTauranga
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