Is your workplace missing out on the opportunities of diversity?
Are you wanting to move ahead in your career but don’t know what the next step is?

Lack of diversity is one of the biggest opportunity costs facing New Zealand businesses today. Join us as we uncover the secrets to unlocking the benefits of a diverse team of decision makers.

The world is heading in the direction of true authenticity. People want everything in their lives to be a true expression of themselves – their jobs, brands and relationships. Alignment of values has never been more essential to doing business and attracting the best people to your workplace.

There is a paradigm shift going on and we are thrilled to be at the leading edge of this. For the past 10 years M2woman has always been about inspiring women, but the current climate, and appetite for change, is creating some incredible momentum in this area. We want to be part of this momentum by creating a forum where people hear other successful women in their ‘Journey to Excellence’.

On 16 February 2018 we took a major step forward by launching the M2woman Journey to Excellence Live Forums. An immersive event where a panel of successful women in business talk about the issues and solutions to gender diversity in the work place. At our launch event we had over 200 attendees from a broad range of industries many of whom have already made changes to HR processes and decision making on the path to better diversity in the workplace.

Feedback from our Live Forums:

“By sending selected key male Managers within our business (along with selected female Leaders) we have seen real value. We want them also to become strong advocates for gender diversity, so their insight from attending is positive and gaining real momentum and awareness internally for us.”
Dana Toeke

“Such a great event with great speakers!”
Holly Adams

“An amazing afternoon listening ton inspirational female leaders from NZ business. Thanks @m2woman for a great event! The lemon meringue pies were good too”

“Feedback from both our tables was overwhelmingly positive. All of the women really enjoyed the event and the panel session kicked off very intresting conversations after. It was a great customer event.”
Michelle Herlihy (Custom Fleet)

“I very much enjoyed the discussions and the event planning was excellent. My clients and I had some very good conversations carrying on from the themes brought up by the panel members.”
Jo Cheeseman (ASB Bank)

 CLICK HERE to see what happened at our Friday 15 February 2019 Forum in Auckland

 CLICK HERE to see what happened at our Friday 26 October 2018 Forum in Auckland

CLICK HERE to see what happened at our Friday 15 June 2018 Forum in Auckland

CLICK HERE to see what happened at our Friday 8 June 2018 Forum in Wellington

CLICK HERE to see what happened at our Friday 16 February 2018 Forum in Auckland

Don’t miss a step on the Journey to Excellence!
Bookings are now open for our next Auckland live forum on Friday 21 June, 2019, being held at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland CBD.

Our tables sell out fast, so don’t miss out, contact Philippa for more information:
Philippa Gates
M2woman Magazine
Tel: (09) 377 62 90

CLICK HERE to buy a table online now for the Friday 21 June 2019 Event!

THE AGENDA (Friday 21 June, 2019):
The Pullman Hotel, Auckland CBD

12:30pm Registration & lunch

1:00pm Panel discussion to begin

2:30pm Q&A from the audience

3:00pm Networking over cocktails

4:00pm Forum finishes

Our Panel:


Rebecca Thompson
Founder and CEO of Mint Asset Management

Rebecca founded Mint in 2006. She has a strong pedigree in funds management, with a career spanning 30 years, both in New Zealand and offshore. Her previous executive positions include Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Johnson Fry, a London-based funds management firm, acquired by Legg Mason, where she went on to hold the position of Group Chief Executive Officer. On moving to New Zealand she became Chief Investment Officer for ING (NZ) Limited.  Rebecca has been a Director and Chair of the AFRC of KiwiRail Holding Limited and an Associate member and AFRC Chair on the Board of the Financial Markets Authority from 2011-2016. She has also held several non-executive directorships for investment and property trusts, including Pathfinder Development Companies and LMI European Utilities Investment Trust Plc. Rebecca is a member of the Institute of Directors of both New Zealand and London, as well as a member of the Securities and Investment Institute of London. She has completed examinations for the UK Institute of Investment Management and Research and the London Stock Exchange.



Kristen Lunman
FinTech Innovator & Founder of Hatch

Kristen is a senior strategy professional with over a decade of experience running product teams at a wide range of organisations in North America. With interests in innovation and startups, she directed New Zealand’s first FinTech accelerator, preparing startups to compete on a global scale. More recently as Kiwi Wealth’s Director of Innovation, Kristen validated a financial platform concept using proven startup processes. This led to the launch of Hatch, an investment platform that provides easy and affordable access to world-class investment opportunities. An active mentor, Kristen is passionate about women in leadership, governance, and founder roles.



Kaye-Maree Dunn
Director of Indigital Blockchain Limited

Māori Entrepreneur and Facilitator Kaye-Maree has been working in the space of Māori and Community Development, public relations, and communications, with a particular talent for strengthening cross-cultural relationships. Kaye-Maree is fascinated with family, community and technology, and works with Māori groups, especially at a grassroots level to build capability, and identify risks and possibilities for development.



Sam Stubbs
Managing Director, Simplicity

Sam Stubbs was most recently the CEO Of Tower Investments, a KiwiSaver default provider. Before that he was Managing Director of Hanover Group, and spent 10 years working for Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He previously worked for Natwest Markets, Fay, Richwhite and IBM New Zealand. He has been a Board Member of the Financial Services Council, and a member of the Government Taskforce on Financial Services. Sam has an MA (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Sam is the father of two children. He dreams of Simplicity and sailing around the world.


Your host: Carly Flynn

Broadcaster Carly Flynn is a New Zealand journalist, presenter, MC and host, who’s worked in the industry for more than 20 years. A former Nightline, Sunrise and 3News presenter and journalist, Carly is more recently known for her role as presenter of TV3’s flagship consumer affairs programme Target, reporting and hosting 60Minutes, as well as lifestyle shows Cook the Books and the Healthy Food Guide. Carly gained a Bachelor of MediArts in the late 90s and has worked in the industry ever since, she also writes on a variety of topics for newspapers and magazines, all while juggling a busy family life.

Companies that have sponsored tables at our forums:

To influence this change we need to engage and inspire as many career women as possible by:

– Having regular forums like this with business decision makers immersed in the topic, uninterrupted.

– All guests at the Journey to Excellence forums receiving annual subscriptions to the magazine with ongoing articles around the topic.

Each Table Consists of:
– 8 seats per table
– 8 x Luncheon including desert options, served on the table
– Selection of Red & White Wines over lunch
– Champagne & Nibbles at the Cocktail Party afterward
– 8 x Goody Bags, one per seat
– 8 x 1 year M2woman Subscriptions posted free every issue including topics from the event featured throughout the year

Our Next Live Forum: Friday 21 June 2019, Auckland at The Pullman Hotel

Our tables sell out fast, so don’t miss out, contact Philippa for more information:
Philippa Gates
M2woman Magazine
Tel: (09) 377 62 90

CLICK HERE to buy a table online now

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