M2woman believes in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.

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 and retaining the best people to your workplace.


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 diversity in the New Zealand 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!

14 February 2020 - Live Forum:

Sarah Archer
Air New Zealand


In her 8 years with Air New Zealand, Sarah has held the roles of Regional Operations Manager Tandem Travel, Long-haul Cabin Crew Manager, Pilot Enablement manager and is now the acting Diversity and Inclusion Manager Air New Zealand. Her career history also includes commercial account management, organisational development and tutoring. Sarah feels fortunate to affect positive change in her D&I role and lives by the mantra that everyone is entitled to work in a culture and environment that enables them to be their best. Her life experiences, personally and professionally, have established her values and beliefs and these align with the fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion.

Latifa Daud
Regional Facilities Auckland

Latifa is a Gujarati-Muslim and was born and raised in Auckland. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Latifa is a blogger and a writer on the topics of Islamophobia and disability. She values the importance of reclaiming one’s identity, and agency over their own stories, and believes the most powerful weapon we all have against discrimination is to take control over our own voices. Latifa was a participant in the 2017 Be. Leadership programme.

Danu Abeysuriya
RUSH Digital

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Danu founded RUSH Digital in 2010 and has lead its technology teams in developing world-first solutions for global companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Google, Samsung and Nokia to name a few. He’s overseen and been hands-on involved in the design, development and deployment of numerous software and hardware projects across a wide range of platforms and disciplines. Danu’s commitment to innovation and pushing boundaries is at the heart of what they do at RUSH. His resilience and deep knowledge means he doesn’t get stuck when something gets hard but pushes limits to deliver outcomes.

Nicola O’Rourke
Lewis Road Creamery
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Nicola has over 15 years experience in New Zealand FMCG industry and is currently the General Manager of Lewis Road Creamery. She believes that New Zealand has some of the highest quality produce from the best sources that can sustainably compete both here and abroad. She has always been passionate about putting people at the heart of innovation, demanding a diversity of thought throughout the process to push for differentiated ideas and bring value to consumers. She has most recently been appointed Chairman of the Food Basket Board, an innovative start up business that is bringing together a number of NZ Food & Beverage businesses to work together and pool resources to take on the China market.


“Achieving true gender equality in your organisation – the powerful tools you’re not using and their transformative potential”

By Dr. Kaisa Wilson
Diversity & Inclusion practitioner and the Director of The Gender Tick

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Having worked with some of the world’s leading institutions for the advancement of gender issues globally such as the WHO, The World Bank and Save the Children International, Kaisa is recognised as a leader in the field of gender equality.

Her expertise includes the treatment of gender in organisations, gender-based violence, local and central government gender policy, reconciliation of family and working life and the representation of gender in popular culture. Kaisa was also appointed as an advisor on gender to the World Bank in 2019 and is Director of The Gender Tick. The Gender Tick accreditation programme was launched in 2018 to provide a framework for organisations in NZ to develop and evidence fair workplaces for all employees regardless of gender.


“How to Negotiate What You Want”

By Kristin Harper
Director of Harper Consultancy

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We are selling in every interaction of everyday, whether it be an idea to a colleague, negotiating with your child or pitching to win a new client. However the word ‘sales’ has a real stigma around it and we feel like we’re being sold to when with a salesperson. Sales is all about building relationships, solving your clients problems and continually adding value. Kristin believes it’s about being authentic which builds trust, being passionate about what you do as this will help sell your ideas and creating a culture of success, not only in your sales team but also in the wider business to breed confidence.

With a 15 year career in sales, Kristin started out literally knocking on doors in arguably one of THE most competitive industries. Over this time, he had generated millions of dollars in revenue, a 55% market share and is consistently one of the top reps in NZ. Kristin’s business came about through his passion for sales and a real interest in helping people and sales teams grow. A proud Cantabrian of Ngai Tahu Heritage.

The Schedule – Friday 14 February 2020

Cordis Hotel, 83 Symonds street

12:00pm Registration
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm Welcome
1:10pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kaisa Wilson
1:25 Keynote Speaker 2: Kristin Harper
1:40pm Panel discussion begins
2:40pm Q&A from the audience
3:00pm Networking over cocktails
4:00pm Forum finishes
For more details please contact Jennifer:
or (09) 377 6290
“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”.
Dana Toeke
“An amazing afternoon listening to inspirational female leaders from NZ business. Thanks @m2woman for a great event! The lemon meringue pies were good too”
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. 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)

4 Reasons why you should attend Journey to Excellence:


Learn how Diversity & Inclusion can grow your business’s bottom line


To upskill staff to seize opportunities to grow your business


To deepen relationships between team members and business stakeholders


To attract the best people to your business

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14 Feb 2020, Cordis Hotel, 83 Symonds street


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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

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