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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Name What they doWhy are they inspiring? Leave a love note!SectorSocial media linkLocation
Contact Details
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AaradhnaSinger/Songwriter/MusicianAn inspiration through her beautiful sound and writing that pays homage to her identity as a Pasifika woman.Music
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Abby FooteIndependent Director - Z Energy, Diligent Corporation, Livestock Improvement Corporation, Local Government Funding Agency BNZ LIfe InsuranceVarioushttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/abby-foote-b7a2802bAuckland
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Adela MayGeneral Manager - Wellington. Talent Army/Director Startup Grind WellingtonGreat supporter of the NZ startup eccosystem Professional services providerlinkedin.com/in/adela-may-16301427Wellington275128992
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Adithi PanditPartner, Deloitte NZLeads the social impact practice at Deloitte NZ, Partner in Strategy & Operations. Passionate about women in leadershipProfessional services providerhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/adithi-pandit-39485833Wellington
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Agnes NaeraAUT Business SchoolEducation; Managementhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/agnes-naera-54969a4Auckland
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Ailsa AtkinsKey Skills Recruitment, co-ownerdealing in temp/permanent industrial recruitmentRecruitmenthttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/ailsamcgavinAuckland
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Ailsa ClaireAuckland DHB CEOHealthhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/ailsa-claire-obe-b0800a69Auckland
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Aimee McCammonManaging Partner, Assignment Group; ex GM, Park Road Post; Trustee, NZ Arts FoundationMarketing
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aimee whitcroftNZ Govt Open Data Programme, Data Ventures, Syntropics, GovHack NZ, Startup Weekend, GovWorks NZ, Flaxroots, Martian Trust, New Zealand Open Source Society, Meshed, Open Data Day, QuickSanddata, gov, open data, open gov, service design, plain English, web (incl content design and information architecture), civic tech, startups/ventures, public/private collaborations, training, connector, former national lead @govhackNZ, founder Syntropics, co-founder GovWorks NZ, founder @nerdnitewelly, Mongol Rally driver, motorbikes, dogs, trails. http://medium.com/quicksand, https://syntropics.nz.Tech, government, comms, events, business, engagement, data@teh_aimee, linkedin.com/in/awhitcroft, govworks.nzWellington, nationwide
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Alanna Irving (was Krause)Loomio founder, director of EnspiralBossless leadership, collaborative technology, cooperative systems, pro-social, values-based, open-source companies and communitiesTech@alannairving, https://www.alanna.space/Auckland
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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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Alex MercerHead of Corporate Communications, XeroSmart, Strategic, Funny, Real, will always back her teamCommunications/PRhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mercercomAuckland
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Alexia HilbertidouOnly 17! Started GirlBoss New ZealandDiversity, Women's rights ,STEM
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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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Ali HughesEducation CEO and outstanding efforts for Canterbury Earthquake recoveryEducationhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alihughesAuckland
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Ali MauBroadcasterChampion of the underdogMedia@AlisonMauAuckland
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Alice AndersenThe Chch Under 5s Collective
@MsLadyMamaAuckland
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Alice JonesContent Marketer, Montoux. Artist. Founder Super Young Arthritics. NZ rep on the Patient Council for Creaky Joints Australia. Previously Adulttoymegastore, Melon Health@nicetiesWellington
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Alice ShoplandAngel FoodF&Bhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alice-shopland-657a1344Auckland
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Alina SiegfriedEdmund Hillary Fellowshippassionate about creative communications and the use of storytelling in digital mediaCommunicationshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/alina-siegfried-a088a049/Wellington
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Alison AndrewsTranspower CEOEnergyhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alison-andrew-a032358Auckland
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Alison BarrassCEO Griffin’s Foods,F&Bhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/alison-barrass-32658329Auckland
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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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Alix KlingenbergSoftware DeveloperOrganiser of DevFest Auckland and Google Developers Group Auckland, Google Women Techmakers Lead Auckland. Speaks at events about various aspects of tech, particularly software and devops. Facilitator at Ally Skills NZ, running Ally Skills workshops with top NZ tech companies. Techhttps://twitter.com/evolutionises Auckland
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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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Amanda GilbertsonCo-Founder Kami (previously Notable PDF) and Founder XYNZ Magpublishinghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/allivAuckland
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Alyona MedelyanCEO and R&D at Thematc, Founder STEAM AheadSuper intelligent, and caring. She's done great work trying to get more girls into tech (with STEAM) all while being an entrepreneur, mum, and tech whizz.Tech@zelandiya Auckland
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Amanda GilbertsonScience Manager Agritech, Ballance Agri NutrientsAmanda exists where science and technology collides with real business. Passionate about technology in the Primary Industries. Lover of Agtech and Startups. Has worked for Industry Boards, Government Science Agencies and a Technology Incubator. Not scared to call out a Manel.Primary Industry, Agtech, Startups, Innovation, Science, Technology@ANJGilbertsonTauranga
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Amanda JuddLovenotes / MenumonsterTech; Socent@MandaJuddAuckland
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Amanda Santos CEO, Tekron: Founder, StratAspire LtdA "high growth"​, high energy chief executive; Amanda leads organisations that need to adapt fast or want to achieve stronger business/revenue growth. As the chief executive she has energy and drive to ensure the culture matches the Board's vision and strategy and is therefore able to accelerate their performance. Amanda builds capability and skills to meet the growing needs of organisations so they can get ahead or stay ahead!Growth Strategies, Sales & Tech linkedin.com/in/amandalsantos/Wellington
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Amanda SterlingNZLEAD, Humane WorkplaceHR@sterling_amandaAuckland
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Amanda WoodInternetNZ, IT Architecture - ANZ, Whare Hauora, Women Who Get Sh*t Done (WWGSD), Māori Cultural Identity, Gaming and writingCo-Founder of Refactor

Major cheerleader for other women, encouraging them to speak up (TanyaJ)
Techhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/amandawheelerAuckland
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Amber CraigA Change Agent & Influencer for Corporate Innovation, Culture Transformations & Technology. On the board of Internet NZ, Whare Hauora & WWGSD. Has many thoughts on cultutral identity as a Māori wahine.Tech; Banking; Housing & automation, Culture, Leadership, transformation, cultural change,@amscraigWellington
027-255 5663 or amscraig@gmail.com
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Amelia LinzeyTechnical Director - Planning at Beca LtdAmelia leads teams working on major infrastructure and place-making projects, growth and development strategies and District Plan reviews in urban and rural New Zealand, major infrastructure investment projects and consenting / approvals for land development. She is the Editor for the Planning Institutes national quarterly magazine and is a member of the Beca Ltd (NZ)Board and the Professional Leadership Team of Beca Group. Amelia is also a Breakthrough Leaders Participant 2016. Leading the way for other women at Beca and in the Professional Services industry!Planning
Consultancy
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-linzey-2444431bAuckland
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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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Amie WolkenCTO – Geo AR GamesCo-Founder using mobile gaming as a platform to get kids healthy and active outdoorsGame Development@GeoARGamesAuckland
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Amiee McCammonAssignment Group, Business Leader - Ex GM of Park Road Post, The Arts Foundation, Boosted
https://nz.linkedin.com/in/aimee-mccammon-9994b628Auckland
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Amy CarterPerception PR, VP of Cardinal Kiwi Connectionhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/amy-carter-ab071011Auckland
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Amy CunninghamFounder of Cunningham CommunicationsLoves to help people succeed. Public Relations@cunninghamcommsAuckland
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Amy PotterLeaping Tiger, Lululemon Athletica, Hot Chips GamingAmy is the founder of her company, endlessly passionate about what she does, and an overall inspiration to women in the industrytech, online gaming@HelloMissPotter Wellington
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Ana HeremaiaDirector, ĀKAUSocenthttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/ana-heremaia-36543925Auckland
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Ana MorrisonConsultant / Director· https://nz.usembassy.gov/wahine-toa-ana-morrison/https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-morrison-95928094Auckland
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Anchali AnandanayaganTech Media and Telco Lawyer with Hudson Gavin MartinBefore HGM was lawyer for Pacific FibreLaw - tech media telco IPhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anchali-anandanayagam-27021216Auckland
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Andrea BrewsterStrategy development, GirlGuidingNZ / trustee for Trade Aid + Catapult Employment ServicesLeading + disrupting NZ's oldest girls organisationSocial enterprise, women on boardshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabrewster/
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Ang Jury, DrCEO, Women's RefugeDedicated and a quiet encouragerNFPhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/ang-jury-5a589694Auckland
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Angela HumphreyFounder, The Sugar Trade, former head of CanTeenHealth educator and café owner, providing low-fructose sweet treats and education in reducing sugar intake. Former youth worker and head of CanTeen. Hospitality; health educationhttps://www.facebook.com/thesugartrade/Wellington
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Angela MeyerPartner, Double Denimmarketinghttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/angela-meyer-378b321aAuckland
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Angela Warren-ClarkManager, Tauranga Women's Refugetireless fighter for women <3NFPTauranga
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Angie JudgeCEO of DexibitKnows lots about new/emerging tech e.g. IoT, data science, AITechAuckland
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Anika TipladyFormer: All Black, Captain (Infantry), NZ Army Current Med student (Final year)· http://www.otago.ac.nz/otagomagazine/issue37/profiles/otago064112.html

· http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11128126
Auckland
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Anjali StewartFounder, twenty-seven namesFashionhttp://www.twentysevennames.co.nz/about/Auckland
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Anna BrownEnterprise Co-Ordinator, Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey UniversityEnterprise Educatortech, business mentoringhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annaebrownAuckland
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Anna CampbellCPO Warehousehttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/anna-campbell-nee-towersey-178a002Auckland
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Anna ConnellDigital marketing and social media consultant, columnist, commentator, writer, board of Auckland Writers Festival and Waikato Rugby Uniondigital, comms, marketing, advertising, media, leadership traininghttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annaconnell/ https://twitter.com/AnnaGConnell Auckland/Hamilton
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Anna DeanPartner, Double DenimPromoter extraordinaire, including "What we do in the shadows" launchMarketing and comms@ohyesannadean wellington
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Anna DivoliHead of Research, Pingar@annadivoliAuckland
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Anna GuentherPledgeMe co-foundertech, crowdfunding@where_is_annaAuckland
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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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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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Anna ReevesCEO That Startup Show mediahttps://au.linkedin.com/in/anna-reeves-9666a510Auckland
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Anna StoveCEO GlaxoSmithKline New Zealandpharmahttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annastoveAuckland
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Anna WorthingtonCakes by Annahttp://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/8254407/Cake-crazyfoodAuckland
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Annah StrettonFashion Designerfashionhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annahstrettonAuckland
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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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Anne PinckneyTherapist, Started the wine industry here in Queenstown The first woman to start the wine industry that we know here down south, but is never credited and never asks to be. Now therapist, absolute lover and advocate for womens rights and the idea of the 'feminine'. health, horticultureAuckland
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Anne Salmond (Dame Professor)Former NZer of the Year; anthropologist; teacher; social commentator; environmentalist; on Air NZ Sustainability CouncilAuckland
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Annette PresleyAnnette Presley, co-founder Slingshot, helping women in business by funding startups with female founders through the Lightning LabShe's pretty fearless and incredible. She'd make a great mentor. NOTE: She doesn't have a friendly history with Telecom/Spark
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Annette TaylorVeteran journalist with several NZ newspapersGenuine, clever, wonderful all-round person.JournalismHamilton
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Annie AckermanCEO of The Big Idea Charitable TrustExperience across the nfp sector, set up Spark FoundationNFPAuckland
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Annika NaschitzkiTiamana Brewery owner/sole workermaking original Berlin style beers in the heart of Wellingtonhttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/annika-naschitzki-135aa422Auckland
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Antonia Bakerhghh ghahahhhhhhhhhhhshhhh a great deal with of your day your and your and Kath
Founder at The Property Market (real estate agency with unique business model)She's building a solid business which is loved by client and staff alike and she's also a strong role model and advovate for change in the industry. She was on the inaugural advisory board to the REAA and assists with the changes to the way the industry is trained.https://nz.linkedin.com/in/antonia-baker-25753319Auckland
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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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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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Arani CuthbertDiva Productions - artist managementhas managed the Topp Twins for yonksAuckland
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Ash PetersFounder, JoyRide; Founder, WORD Youth Mountain Bike Adventures; Trustee, Wellington Trails TrustHuge advocate for mountain biking and access to trails in NZ, youth development, community building, and biking all roundWellington
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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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Aurynn ShawFounder, Eiara DevOpsDevelopment of DevOps and configuration management solutions for clients, deployment engineering, and DevOps trainingtech@aurynnWellington
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Ava WilsonPomeroy's/The Beer BaronessOwn craft beer labelbrewing@beerbaronessnzAuckland, San Francisco
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Barbara ChapmanCEO ASB BankCanterbury
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Becky LaneKey Skills Recruitment, co-ownerrecruitmentCanterbury
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Belinda BennFormer bodybuilder and surfer, fitness model, founder of the Belinda Benn products and the get lean program
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4154186/Woman-fitness-coach-aged-52-transforming-body.html
fitness model and coachhttps://www.facebook.com/BelindaBennFans/Wellington
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Belinda TukiHonest Food Company (social enterprise), AVIDGIRLBOSS (Mindset Coach)@avidgirlbossAuckland
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Bernadette CaseyCreative Director - The FormaryTextile R&D specialising in award winning fabrics from fibre waste. Garment and textile end-of-life consultant. TED talker.manufacturing, eco-fabricbernadette@theformary.com https://twitter.com/BernadetteC88Wellington
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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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Bev Cassidy-McKenzie CE, Diversity Works Winner of 2017top 50 diversity professionals - international list  http://www.globaldiversitylist.com/2017-top-50-diversity-professionals-in-industry.htmlLeading all things diversity in NZ - courses, Diversity Awards, trainingAllAuckland
https://diversityworksnz.org.nz/
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Bex BrentOwner, Wilis York & winner L'Oreal colour trophycollaborates with others in the fashion and art worldChristchurch
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Bex TwemlowFounder; Firebrand and HailScrappy, fearless, team builder and a "get shit done" lady.Technology, eCommerce, business, marketing and contenthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccatwemlow/Dunedin
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Bianca MuellerFounder/Director of German / NZ law firm @LawDownUnder technology & law, dispute resolution, international tradehttps://nz.linkedin.com/in/lawdownunderWellington
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Bonnie HowlandFounder, Indigo & Irismanufacturing, retail, fashionChristchurch
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Bop MurdochFounder, CoLiberate and Pat-A-cake ProductionsHealth, wellbeing, theatreWellington
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Brenda LeeuwenbergFounder/Director of Nomad8, Ministerial Advisory Group for Digital Economy & Digital Inclusiondigital media, story-telling, agile coach/consultant, @digitalharpy // https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendaleeuwenberg/Auckland
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Brenda WallaceInternet NZ, Rabid
tech, domain name registration
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Brianne KerrBrianne Kerr PublicityComms/PRhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/brianne-kerr-b8981612/ Wellington
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Brianne WestCEO and founder, Ethiquemanufacturing, retailhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/brianne-west-791a2a49/
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Briar Grace Smithplayright, authorBriar is warm talented and above all REAL. All the years I have known her she always has time for peoplePaekakariki
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Bridget CoatesWhite Cloud Dairy Innovationsuper ambitious for NZ, super supportive, gets what it takes!
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Bridget McKendryFabriko
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Bridget WilliamsBridget Williams BooksAward winning NZ publisher for over 3 decadesretail booksellers
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