The Schedule

Friday 20 November 2020 12pm – 4pm
Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD

12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Welcome
1:10 pm – Keynote Speaker
1:40 pm – Panel Discussion
2:40 pm – Q&A From the Audience
3:00 pm – Networking Over Cocktails
4:00 pm – Forum Finishes

Journey To Excellence helps businesses develop Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.

We spend so many of our waking hours at work, what we do should not only be rewarding, it should be satisfying too. It’s the same for our staff as well as ourselves. So, by allowing the people who work for us to feel good about their jobs, they will be more likely to stay on and encourage others to do likewise.


Live Forums





And Counting…

Our Journey to Excellence Live forums are immersive events where a panel of successful business people discuss issues and solutions to creating greater inclusion and diversity in the workplace
The panel discussion is followed by audience questions then a networking opportunity where attendees can expand on the discussion over cocktails in a more intimate and casual setting – perfect to make invaluable connections!

Our next event: 20 November 2020 - Live Forum:

Anahera Rawiri
Head of Culture and External Relations, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Anahera is a driving force within Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa, the commercial arm of the Auckland hapū. A proud descendant of the hapū, Anahera fosters meaningful relationships with key players to deliver real outcomes.

Haylee Putaranui
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, People & Culture, Fonterra

Becoming a Mum at 17, provided the motivation to quickly graduate from Law School and forge a career in law before joining Fonterra in 2015.  Beyond her career, Haylee has contributed to iwi governance roles and led parts of her iwi (Ngāti Maniapoto) Treaty settlement with the Crown.  At Fonterra, Haylee’s role is to unlock more Inclusion – in all respects to lead D&I for NZ’s biggest export company.

Jan O’Neill
Executive General Manager People & Culture, Downer

Downer is a leading NZ infrastructure company with 12,000+ employees. Jan is a member of the Downer NZ Executive team responsible for organisational effectiveness and performance, capability and culture.

Shaun Philp
General Manager People & Culture, Chorus

Shaun has over 20 years human resources experience, including expertise in supporting leadership and culture, innovation and business execution strategies. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a seasoned senior executive having held senior leadership roles across Australia and New Zealand, most recently as GM HR at AMP.

Zoe Brownlie
Auckland DHB Board Member & Belong Co-Director

Zoe is an equity and wellbeing specialist, and the creator of ‘Belong’, a global community building employee wellbeing. She is also Co-Director of the GenderTick, an elected Board Member on the Auckland District Health Board, and the co-parent of two young children. Zoe is passionate about building organisations where everyone feels they belong, and believes the best way to do this is through whakawhanaungatanga (building meaningful relationships) and mahi tahi (co-creating).

Rachel Grunwell
Qualified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, & Author

Keynote Speaker & MC

Rachel worked for the Herald & Fairfax as an investigative journalist for many years & was once awarded NZ’s best social issues journalist of the year. She’s been writing in the wellness/ health/ fitness/ happiness niche for seven years.

“By sending selected key male managers within our business (along with selected female leaders), we have seen real value.”
Dana Toeke
“An amazing afternoon listening to inspirational female leaders from NZ business. Thanks @m2woman for a great event!”
Virtue Consulting
“Feedback from both our tables was overwhelmingly positive. All of the women really enjoyed the event and the panel session kicked off very interesting conversations after.”
Michelle Herlihy (Custom Fleet)
“I very much enjoyed the discussions. My clients and I had some very good conversations carrying on from the themes brought up by the panel members.”
Jo Cheeseman (ASB Bank)

5 Reasons to attend Journey to Excellence:


Learn how Diversity & Inclusion can not only improve business culture but grow your business’  bottom line.


To upskill & build great teams who feel appreciated


To strengthen relationships between team members and business stakeholders


To attract the best people to your business


To innovate & motivate your team & clients around key issues that matter to them

Companies That Attend


Don't Miss It!

Friday 20 November 2020, 12pm – 4pm, Cordis Hotel, Auckland CBD


Each Table Includes:

8 x seats per table
8 x 12 Month M2woman Subscriptions including topics from the event featured throughout the year
8 x Luncheon including dessert options, served on the table
8 x Goody Bags, one per seat
8 x Cocktail Networking Function, including drinks and nibbles

M2Woman – Journey To Excellence

How do you go from living in a caravan park to becoming a top well respected business leader? Vanessa speaks about learning from experience and sharing this with other woman… Learn more about the next forum at #diversityandinclusion #supportdiversity #genderdiversity #journeytoexcellence #lexusnz

Posted by M2woman on Monday, 25 February 2019
How Can We Make Progress

How can we start to make meaningful progress with diversity? With thanks to Lexus New Zealand Kate Daly from BNZ shares her opinion in terms of a potential bold move … #progressive #nextsteps #makeadifference #diversity #targets #journeytoexcellence #lexusnz #vector #GJGardner #legacycontracting #NZsteel

Posted by M2woman on Sunday, 3 March 2019
Worklife Balance

Kate Daly from BNZ shares her tips on how to achieve work life balance …#worklifebalance #worklifeintegration #importance #family #worklife #balance #diversity #journeytoexcellence #lexusnz #vector #GJGardner #legacycontracting #NZsteel

Posted by M2woman on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Journey To Excellence – Rob Campbell

What's stopping gender diversity in the NZ workplace? Hear Rob Campbells thoughts on the trap we need to avoid… #diversity #diversityandinclusion #supportdivesity #genderdiversity #journeytoexcellence #lexusnz

Posted by M2woman on Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Are we undermining our own fight for diversity? What do we do about woman sabotaging other woman? #diversity #diversityandinclusion #supportdiversity #genderdiversity #workplacesabotage #journeytoexcellence

Posted by M2woman on Sunday, 24 February 2019
Journey To Excellence Wrap Up

In recognition of International Women's Day we want to share insights from the wrap up discussion at our recent Journey To Excellence event. Learn what this well respected panel discuss in terms of how we can start to fix gender and cultural diversity in the workplace, with thanks to Lexus New Zealand #diversity #supportdiversity #diversityandinclusion #genderdiversity #culturaldiversity #makeadifference #journeytoexcellence #lexusnz #vector #GJGardner #legacycontracting #NZsteel

Posted by M2woman on Thursday, 7 March 2019
Or Contact

Michelle (
Telephone: 09 377 62 94

How we’re hosting a safe event

We’re taking appropriate measures to ensure your safety at Journey to Excellence by working closely with the Cordis Hotel to provide a safe and seamless event. 

Everything will be planned according to the best interest of our attendees, also taking into consideration the rules and regulations advised by the Government at the time of the event. 

Areas we will focus on for the event. and that we are working on with The Cordis include:

– Advance online registration and managed contact tracing

– 5 star sanitisation and hygiene practices

– Appropriate seating arrangements

– A table service menu and table drinks service

– Signage to remind all attendees of the current safety requirements

If you have any questions around what we are doing to keep you, our staff and the Cordis team safe, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Or Contact

Michelle (
Telephone: 09 377 62 94


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